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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 March to December 2022 and are open for visitors from 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. No reservation is required if you are just visiting.

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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Friday, Dec 23
Christmas ornaments with natural materials
@ Christmas Villages
Constantina Achilleos
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Making Mulled Wine
@ Christmas Villages
Rafaella Georgiadi
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Christmas ornaments with recycled materials
@ Christmas Villages
Matina Konydari
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Pottery Workshop
@ Christmas Villages
Lavrentis Kouzarides
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
14:00 - 16:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
In the wine-spirit of Christmas (Zivania distillation)
@ Christmas Villages
Nikos Ioannou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 17:00 ,
11:00 - 17:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
Weaving Christmas
@ Christmas Villages
Rafaella Mpakaliaou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
14:00 - 16:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
Decorating Traditional Gourd
@ Christmas Villages
Chryso Tyrimou & Myro Georgiou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
14:00 - 16:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
Christmas ornaments with clay
@ Christmas Villages
Marianna Tserkezou & Elina Solomonidi
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
14:00 - 16:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
Making of Palouzes
@ Christmas Villages
Elena Markantoni
Time of Activities:
17:30 - 19:30 ,
17:30 - 19:30
Folk Art Museum
DERYNEIA
AMMOCHOSTOS
Christmas crafts with crochet and macramé
@ Christmas Villages
"Klotho" women's group
Time of Activities:
16:00 - 18:00 ,
16:00 - 18:00
Folk Art Museum
DERYNEIA
AMMOCHOSTOS
Bread making
@ Christmas Villages
"Panagia" Women's Christian Association
Time of Activities:
14:00 - 16:00 ,
14:00 - 16:00
Folk Art Museum
DERYNEIA
AMMOCHOSTOS
Saturday, Dec 24
Christmas crafts and cards
@ Christmas Villages
Eva Kyprianou
Time of Activities:
15:00 - 18:00 ,
15:00 - 18:00
Primary School
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
In the wine-spirit of Christmas (Zivania distillation)
@ Christmas Villages
Nikos Ioannou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 17:00 ,
11:00 - 17:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
Decorating Traditional Gourd
@ Christmas Villages
Chryso Tyrimou & Myro Georgiou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
14:00 - 16:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
Pottery Workshop
@ Christmas Villages
Lavrentis Kouzarides
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Christmas films
@ Christmas Villages
Rafaella Georgiadi
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Making Mulled Wine
@ Christmas Villages
Rafaella Georgiadi
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Narration and creation of fairytale books
@ Christmas Villages
Antri Antreou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Pottery Workshop
@ Christmas Villages
Michalis Michael
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Frangoulides Museum
AGROS
LEMESOS
Sports activities for children
@ Christmas Villages
Yorgos Charalambous
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Primary School "Nearchos Clerides"
AGROS
LEMESOS
Wood creations with laser
@ Christmas Villages
Christos Agathokleous
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Frangoulides Museum
AGROS
LEMESOS
Making of traditional flute
@ Christmas Villages
Charalambos Charalambous
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 19:00 ,
11:00 - 19:00
Central square
POLIS
PAFOS
Theater workshop
@ Christmas Villages
Angelica Rizaki
Time of Activities:
10:45 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:15
Lavrentino Conference Center
KALOPANAGIOTIS
LEFKOSIA
Christmas creations with wood
@ Christmas Villages
Metaxia Kleanthous
Time of Activities:
10:45 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:15
Lavrentino Conference Center
KALOPANAGIOTIS
LEFKOSIA
Making percussion instruments with recycled materials
@ Christmas Villages
Christos Pechlivanis
Time of Activities:
10:45 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:15
Archontariki - Monastery of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis
KALOPANAGIOTIS
LEFKOSIA
Treasure hunt
@ Christmas Villages
Notis Georgiou
Time of Activities:
13:00 - 15:00 ,
17:00 - 19:00
Pavlos Neocleous square
KALAVASOS
LARNAKA
Christmas crafts
@ Christmas Villages
Maria Yannakou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Museum - Event hall
KALAVASOS
LARNAKA
Sunday, Dec 25
Pottery Workshop
@ Christmas Villages
Lavrentis Kouzarides
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
11:00 - 13:00
Folk Art Museum
DERYNEIA
AMMOCHOSTOS
Christmas crafts and cards
@ Christmas Villages
Eva Kyprianou
Time of Activities:
15:00 - 18:00 ,
15:00 - 18:00
Primary School
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
In the wine-spirit of Christmas (Zivania distillation)
@ Christmas Villages
Nikos Ioannou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 17:00 ,
11:00 - 17:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
Physical education workshop and games
@ Christmas Villages
Yorgos Charalambous
Time of Activities:
10:45 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:15
Casale Panayiotis lawn
KALOPANAGIOTIS
LEFKOSIA
Emotional empowerment through play
@ Christmas Villages
Maria Menikou
Time of Activities:
10:45 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:15
Lavrentino Conference Center
KALOPANAGIOTIS
LEFKOSIA
Aloe Vera
@ Christmas Villages
Mary Paraika
Time of Activities:
10:45 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:15
Lavrentino Conference Center
KALOPANAGIOTIS
LEFKOSIA
Christmas creations and ornaments
@ Christmas Villages
Maria Yannakou
Time of Activities:
10:45 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:15
Archontariki - Monastery of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis
KALOPANAGIOTIS
LEFKOSIA
Christmas crafts
@ Christmas Villages
Michalis Charalambous
Time of Activities:
13:00 - 15:00 ,
17:00 - 19:00
Museum - Event hall
KALAVASOS
LARNAKA
Christmas tales
@ Christmas Villages
Notis Georgiou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Museum - Event hall
KALAVASOS
LARNAKA
Monday, Dec 26
In the wine-spirit of Christmas (Zivania distillation)
@ Christmas Villages
Nikos Ioannou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 17:00 ,
11:00 - 17:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
Decorating Traditional Gourd
@ Christmas Villages
Chryso Tyrimou & Myro Georgiou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
14:00 - 16:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
Pottery Workshop
@ Christmas Villages
Lavrentis Kouzarides
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Making Mulled Wine
@ Christmas Villages
Rafaella Georgiadi
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Christmas song composition workshop
@ Christmas Villages
Christos Pechlivanis
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Narration and creation of fairytale books
@ Christmas Villages
Antri Antreou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Traditional Soutzioukkos workshop
@ Christmas Villages
Koulla Ioannou
Time of Activities:
10:45 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:15
Palisporas str. 11
KALOPANAGIOTIS
LEFKOSIA
Aloe Vera
@ Christmas Villages
Mary Paraika
Time of Activities:
10:45 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:15
Lavrentino Conference Center
KALOPANAGIOTIS
LEFKOSIA
Christmas with our robot
@ Christmas Villages
Marina Charalambous @ Maria Kakouli
Time of Activities:
10:45 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:15
Archontariki - Monastery of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis
KALOPANAGIOTIS
LEFKOSIA
Cyprus wine: history, varieties, wine tasting
@ Christmas Villages
Petros Akonidis
Time of Activities:
13:00 - 15:00 ,
17:00 - 19:00
Olive mill - Arc. Makarios III str.
KALAVASOS
LARNAKA
Archery
@ Christmas Villages
Dietrich Krieghoff
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
14:00 - 16:00
Church courtyard
KALAVASOS
LARNAKA
Letter to Santa Claus
@ Christmas Villages
Maria Koraka
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Museum - Event hall
KALAVASOS
LARNAKA
Wednesday, Dec 28
Honey Bee workshop
@ Christmas Villages
Nicholas Papaleontiou
Time of Activities:
14:00 - 16:00 ,
14:00 - 16:00
Pentadaktylou 9
FRENAROS
AMMOCHOSTOS
Christmas films
@ Christmas Villages
Rafaella Georgiadi
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Making wooden snowmen
@ Christmas Villages
Irene Christodoulou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Christmas mosaics
@ Christmas Villages
Demetra Christodoulou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Making Christmas candles
@ Christmas Villages
Paraskevi Komodromou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Christmas ornaments with natural materials
@ Christmas Villages
Constantina Achilleos
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Frangoulides Museum
AGROS
LEMESOS
Chrsitmas cookies
@ Christmas Villages
Niki Agathokleous
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Frangoulides Museum
AGROS
LEMESOS
Christmas wine creations
@ Christmas Villages
Nicholas Christophis
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Frangoulides Museum
AGROS
LEMESOS
Friday, Dec 30
Weaving Christmas
@ Christmas Villages
Rafaella Mpakaliaou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
14:00 - 16:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
Christmas ornaments with clay
@ Christmas Villages
Marianna Tserkezou & Elina Solomonidi
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
14:00 - 16:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
Christmas crafts with crochet and macramé
@ Christmas Villages
"Klotho" women's group
Time of Activities:
16:00 - 18:00 ,
16:00 - 18:00
Folk Art Museum
DERYNEIA
AMMOCHOSTOS
Halloumi making
@ Christmas Villages
EKYSY Deryneia
Time of Activities:
13:00 - 15:00 ,
13:00 - 15:00
Folk Art Museum
DERYNEIA
AMMOCHOSTOS
Saturday, Dec 31
Festive creations
@ Christmas Villages
Christina Varnava
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
11:00 - 13:00
Folk Art Museum
DERYNEIA
AMMOCHOSTOS
Christmas crafts and cards
@ Christmas Villages
Eva Kyprianou
Time of Activities:
15:00 - 18:00 ,
15:00 - 18:00
Primary School
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
Be an artist for a while (Painting)
@ Christmas Villages
Chrysanthi Farmaka
Time of Activities:
15:00 - 18:00 ,
15:00 - 18:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
In the wine-spirit of Christmas (Zivania distillation)
@ Christmas Villages
Nikos Ioannou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 17:00 ,
11:00 - 17:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
Narration and creation of fairytale books
@ Christmas Villages
Antri Antreou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Traditional distillation of Zivania
@ Christmas Villages
George Panayiotou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Christmas song composition workshop
@ Christmas Villages
Christos Pechlivanis
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Village square
KYPEROUNTA
LEMESOS
Christmas crafts (for Kids)
@ Christmas Villages
Michalis Charalambous
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Frangoulides Museum
AGROS
LEMESOS
Christmas creations with wood
@ Christmas Villages
Metaxia Kleanthous
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:00
Frangoulides Museum
AGROS
LEMESOS
Making Honey products
@ Christmas Villages
Charalambos Christodoulou
Time of Activities:
10:45 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:15
Myrianthousas 12
KALOPANAGIOTIS
LEFKOSIA
Icon painting
@ Christmas Villages
Constantinos Lytridis
Time of Activities:
10:45 - 13:00 ,
15:00 - 17:15
Archontariki - Monastery of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis
KALOPANAGIOTIS
LEFKOSIA
Christmas crafts
@ Christmas Villages
Maria Yannakou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
14:00 - 16:00
Museum - Event hall
KALAVASOS
LARNAKA
Cycling through the streets of Kalavasos
@ Christmas Villages
Christos Chrysostomou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
14:00 - 16:00
Pavlos Neocleous square
KALAVASOS
LARNAKA
Sunday, Jan 01
Christmas crafts and cards
@ Christmas Villages
Eva Kyprianou
Time of Activities:
15:00 - 18:00 ,
15:00 - 18:00
Primary School
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
In the wine-spirit of Christmas (Zivania distillation)
@ Christmas Villages
Nikos Ioannou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 17:00 ,
11:00 - 17:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
Decorating Traditional Gourd
@ Christmas Villages
Chryso Tyrimou & Myro Georgiou
Time of Activities:
11:00 - 13:00 ,
14:00 - 16:00
Village center
FIKARDOU
LEFKOSIA
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