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Workshops

Handicraft & Enogastronomy

“Learn a craft even if you don’t need to and if you get hungry, practice it”. This is an old Cypriot folk saying, that can be interpreted as to have a contingency plan, if everything doesn’t go according to your plans, learning a craft  will never fail you. Not so long-ago people living at the Heartland of Legends villages were either farmers or shepherds and at the same time handcrafters. People had to be creative and multi-talented, to be able to supplement their income, if they faced hardship,  and a craft always comes in handy.

They engaged in basket weaving, icon painting for rich churches and landlords, silversmithing, wood carving, ceramic and pottery making, mosaic making, embroidery, wine and Commandaria making, and many more. All these crafts are nowadays part of our Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Deputy Ministry of Tourism has developed a scheme to offer people the opportunity to participate in workshops promoting both traditional crafts and contemporary fashionable handicrafts where tradition pairs harmonically with modern.

Visitors can participate in various handcrafts and oenogastronomy workshops, which take place at many Heartland villages. Wrap your hands around clay to make pots, learn how to use the gouge (carving tool with a curved cutting edge) to carve your own wooden artifact, master needle and thread to create Lefkaritika needlework, sit at a voufa (loom) moving rhythmically to weave Fythkiotika fabrics and many more. Exciting workshops and authentic experiences just for you, beckon to be discovered in the Heartland of Legends.

All these experiential activities require booking, therefore contact the organizer in advance. Also, at the village/location where the workshops take place, free guided tours are offered.

All Workshops are free of charge

Workshops take place from February to November 2023 and are open for visitors from 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. No reservation is required if you are just visiting. There are also workshops available within  the framework of the Christmas Villages.

We are waiting for you to come and experience this once in a lifetime journey, through traditional tastes, activities and customs, gaining the authentic Cyprus feel.

* It is noted that the organizers of the workshops will implement all sanitary measures for the protection of public health, as defined by  the Decree and instructions issued by the Ministry of Health.

* The Deputy Ministry of Tourism invites all interested parties to contact the organizers for any further information regarding the workshops.

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Sunday, Dec 17
Baking in the wood fire oven and pottery for children
@ Christmas Villages
Varvara Michael
Time of Activities:
10:30 - 11:30 ,
10:30 - 11:30
Lumina Botanical Gardens
KORNOS
LARNAKA
Making shadow theater puppets
@ Christmas Villages
Yannis Pafios
Time of Activities:
15:00 - 16:00 ,
16:00 - 17:00
Old Town Hall - Central square
LEFKARA
LARNAKA
Tuesday, Dec 26
Cyprus dances (Tatsia and Drepani)
@ Christmas Villages
Marios Patsias
Time of Activities:
18:30 - 19:30 ,
18:30 - 19:30
Primary school
LEFKARA
LARNAKA
Making tsestos (weaved baskets)
@ Christmas Villages
Eleni Anemomylou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Handicraft centre
LEFKARA
LARNAKA
Wednesday, Dec 27
Theater Workshop
@ Christmas Villages
Elena Venizelou
Time of Activities:
16:00 - 17:00 ,
16:00 - 17:00
Primary school
LEFKARA
LARNAKA
The pastry shop of Mrs Santa Claus
@ Christmas Villages
Maria Toumazou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
11:00 - 13:00
Old Town Hall - Central square
LEFKARA
LARNAKA
Friday, Dec 29
Making tsestos (weaved baskets)
@ Christmas Villages
Eleni Anemomylou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Handicraft centre
LEFKARA
LARNAKA
Saturday, Dec 30
Making stools from giant fennel (Ferula communis)
@ Christmas Villages
Christos Demetriou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
16:00 - 18:00
Handicraft centre
LEFKARA
LARNAKA
Monday, Jan 01
Theater Workshop
@ Christmas Villages
Yiorgos Karaviotis
Time of Activities:
16:00 - 18:30 ,
16:00 - 18:30
Primary school
LEFKARA
LARNAKA
Tuesday, Jan 02
Experiential Workshop
@ Christmas Villages
Kakia Patsalou
Time of Activities:
18:00 - 19:00 ,
18:00 - 19:00
Primary school
LEFKARA
LARNAKA
Sunday, Jan 07
Experiential Workshop
@ Christmas Villages
Kakia Patsalou
Time of Activities:
12:00 - 13:00 ,
12:00 - 13:00
Primary school
LEFKARA
LARNAKA
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