Cyprus Culture Summit: Music 2022

8-11 December 2022

The Organization for European Programmes and Cultural Relations, in its capacity as the Creative Europe Desk Cyprus, has organised the Cyprus Culture Summit: Music 2022, as a parallel event of the 9th edition of the Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase.

The event marked an important milestone in the roadmap towards establishing a platform for the Cypriot creators and advocates of music to build links, share ideas, and develop new ways of working with the international music sector.

This highly interactive event provided information and working sessions on issues related to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a blueprint for action, advocacy and partnership in the international music field. In this respect, the event also hosted sessions facilitated by the European Music Council (EMC) and Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI).

The three days provided the opportunity for dialogue on the critical issues that concern the European music sector such as:

  • recent developments and the current situation in the international music sector
  • lessons learned from the covid-19 pandemic and potential outcomes for the sector
  • areas of possible deeper cooperation of the various bodies and supporters of the international music sector

The event was streamed online for those who could not make it to Cyprus and all working sessions were conducted in English. Access the full programme here.

Presentations can be accessed here. Photos can be found here (© Pavlos Vrionidis).


OEPCR - 11 December 2022

PRESS RELEASE - Cyprus Culture Summit: Music 2022

The “Cyprus Culture Summit: Music 2022" was successfully held between 8 and 11 December 2022 in Limassol, with over 100 participants. The event was organised by the Organisation for European Programmes and Cultural Relations, in its capacity as the National Contact Point for the Creative Europe, Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values and New European Bauhaus programmes, and the Cyprus Centre for Music Research, Innovation and International Networking. The programme of the event was jointly developed in collaboration with the European Music Council and Jeunesses Musicales Internationa networks.

Most of the participants stressed the urgent need to join forces in a concerted effort to work towards achieving the long-awaited vision of putting culture at the heart of sustainable and inclusive development in the post-2030 agenda.

The Deputy Minister of Culture, Dr. Yannis Toumazis, addressing the event, pointed out the very important developments currently in the field of international cultural relations by utilizing and expanding European and international partnerships, enhancing the mobility of artists, participation and support in international events, expanding the network of cultural representation of Cyprus abroad, creating promotional material in cooperation with the Press and Information Office and promoting Cyprus as a cultural hub in the Eastern Mediterranean. He also pointed out that all these objectives are complementary and supportive of the recently adopted EU Work Plan for Culture 2023-2026 and its programmes and initiatives, such as Creative Europe, the New European Bauhaus, the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programmes.

The event offered participants a programme of conference sessions, networking events, workshops and meetings, allowing for an open and constructive dialogue on the themes: Innovation, Digital Transition, Enriching and upgrading the skills of professionals in the Cultural and Creative Sectors, Culture and Social Cohesion: inclusion, equality, gender equality, access to cultural and creative sectors.

The event was attended by local and international cultural and music professionals and delegations from many European and international cultural networks and organisations such as the European Commission, International Music Council, OMC Status of the Artists, Values of Culture, Delia Arts Foundation, European Creative Hubs Network, CED Croatia, Arab Music Academy, International Federation for Choral Music, European Composer & Songwriter Alliance, Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, European University Cyprus, and others.