The Famagusta Ecocity Project on the review of France 24: “Reunifying Cyprus: Hopes and fears, 44 years on (part 2)”

Thanks to France 24 for giving us part in their report. Special thanks to Raphaëlle Vivent and Guillaume Chamerat ! We are honoured to be in this review as a Eco-city Project team, who are dedicated to build a peaceful and sustainable co-existence together in Cyprus. We would also like to thank to all our supporters who have never left us alone during this process. There are a lot of things to do and we will do better with your support!





Reunifying Cyprus: Hopes and fears, 44 years on (Part 2)

Barbed wire, checkpoints, abandoned buildings and military bases: all of these are common sights in Cyprus – a country that remains split in two, 44 years after the Turkish military invaded and occupied the north. In 2017, peace talks slated as the “best and last chance” by the United Nations, collapsed. Following President Anastasiades’ re-election in February of this year, our team travelled to Cyprus to unpick the biggest issues that could help, or hinder, the path to peace.

We travel to both sides of the buffer zone to meet Members of the European Parliament, who tell us what they think Europe should be doing to help its third-smallest member state; as well as the outgoing foreign minister; the Greek Cypriot chief negotiator; Turkish Cypriot officials and citizens; gas experts involved in exploiting precious offshore reserves; and some of the 1,600 Russians who’ve been granted Cypriot nationality in the last decade under a new fast-track scheme.

We bring you several reports during the show: “Turkish Cypriots: Europe or Erdogan?” by Luke Brownand “Citizens unite for Famagusta” by Raphaëlle Vivent and Guillaume Chamerat.

By Catherine NICHOLSON


Building a peaceful co-existince together

How can we empower the voice of the people for the unification of Cyprus? How can we show two communities that unlike the “deadlock”, something different, something sustainable can be done in this island? We talked about our inspirations, strategies and will to build a peaceful co-existince together in Cyprus with Raphaelle Vivent from news channel France 24. Thank you Raphaelle for including the initiatives in favor of the reunification in your review. All the initiatives’ efforts will one day bring peace in our island-

Review on Cypriot Cities on EL PAIS

Interesting review on Cypriot cities, especially with a special focus on Famagusta and Eastern Mediterranean University through the narrative of our respectful rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam (3:30’). And final remarks from me (3:53’) on the sustainable future of the Cyprus: Famagusta Ecocity Project. Thanks to EL PAIS!


The ‘Journey’, International Summer School

Today we talked at the International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC about how to handle the challenges caused by ecological treats, climate changes and war/conflict in specific areas. We shared our experiences from the Famagusta Ecocity Project with those international postgraduates and young professionals to inspire them to tackle these grand scale problems. We would like to thank Dr. Stelios Yiatros for inviting us.

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC


International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

What is  Climate-KIC?

“The Largest EU public-private initative to tackle the consequences of Climate change  KIC stands for Knowledge Innovattion Community and is effectively a Europe-wide network comprising universities, corporates, SMEs and startups aiming to tackle the hardest challenge of all: mitigate or adapt to the consequences of Climate Change through education, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Climate-KIC focuses on 4 (some-mes overlapping) themes: Urban Transi-ons (UT), Sustainable Land Use (SLU), Sustainable Produc-on Systems (SPS) and Decision Metrics & Finance (DMF).

Climate-KIC runs educa-onal ac-vi-es such for postgraduates and young professionals like the Journey as well as short masterclasses and week long courses for members of its community and other local and regional stakeholders. It also runs innovation programmes for R&D projects of different readiness levels to market (e.g. demonstrator, accelerator and scaler programmes) and idea-on and accelera-on programmes for green startups, such as ClimateLaunchpad which has been organised in Cyprus by Chrysalis LEAP.” »Source

Brief info for CKIC Journey CY6_Page_6.jpg


»More about the Journey summer school

Stories for Peace

Amelia and Me at Walledcity Famagusta

We shared two ‘peace’ stories with the editor in chief of Amelia and her partner Josh. This inspiring couple created an online platform for travel video/ bloggers to share their stories. There are many ways for peace making; art, architecture, storytelling, permaculture, economy and many more. Our first story came from art in which my father talked all about the “Risky Travels”.  Second story followed as “The Famagusta Ecocity Project” which displays great potential for a peaceful co-existence. Thanks to Amelia and Josh for making us part of their stories in Cyprus.

Me, Munise and Amelia, hanging out in Famagusta

Josh and Amelia, interview with Baki Bogac

Interview for EL PAÍS Newspaper

We may not be close to find a permenant solution to the Cyprus problem yet. However we need to learn to cooperate together in order to provide a sustainable future to our children. No matter what, we will keep on sharing our common vision for an integrated, peaceful and ecological city and a better life for all! Thanks to María Hervás from the Spanish leading newspaper EL PAÍS for making us part of their review on Cyprus.

Not a heroic story but a humanitarian act

“All kind of art is politics” Baki Boğaç

During his entire life, my father always said whatever he wanted trough his art. To him, making sculptures is building life again and again with the products molded with philosophy. His main philosophy always circled around love, balance and peace.

‘Risky Travels’ displays the unusual story of how  an artist (Turkish Cypriot architect and sculptor, Baki Bogac) found, saved and finally returned the works of a Greek Cypriot artist, Andy Adamos, who had left them behind in Famagusta after 1974. This a tale of not a heroic but a humanitarian act that he wanted to tell through his sculptures for so many years.

“My sculptures are like my flesh and bones…” Baki Boğaç

Discovered and saved sculptures, paintings, photos and other objects which Andy  left behind in his studio in Famagusta, were delivered back to his family in Paphos after two decades.  After Baki confided his story to the American Council’s Director, and during an art exhibition titled “Brushstrokes Across Cultures”, he asked for her help to deliver this collection to its rightful owner. The delivery took place in 1993, three years after Adamos’ death.

Even today when he talks about the first time he was Adamo’s studio abandoned, vandalised and upside down, he trembles. What if this would happen to him? How would we feel…

“The most humanitarian thing for a person to do is art.” Baki Boğaç

The exhibition is curated by Sergis Hadjiadamos and Yiannis Sakellis and  opened by the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades on 5 May (2017) (that is the birthday of Baki) in the context of the European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017, at the old electrical authority building, Palia Ilektriki, in Pafos.


Place: Palia IlektrikiDuration: 5th of May 2017 – 4 of June 2017, 16:00 – 19:00


Baki Boğaç at the exhibition place


I was so honored to help my father to deliver his peace message to Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades and other participants in English


Sergis Hadjiadamos (co-cruator), Nikos Anastasiades, Sezin and Baki Boğaç


Me and Münise at the exhibition hall (with my balance sculpture- private collection)


Adamos and Boğaç families together


Celebrating Baki’s 66th birthday together


European Capital of Culture 2017: Paphos


Production Coordinator – Curator: Sergis Hadjiadamos (Visual Artist)

Production Coordinator – Curator: Yiannis Sakellis (Visual Artist)

Assistant Coordinator: Dr. Ceren Bogac (Architect & Environmental Psychologist)

Printing of woodcuts and etchings: Kimonos Art Center

Video: Charalambos Margarites

Poster Design: S.H. Instant Ad Ltd Invitation

Design: S.H. Instant Ad Ltd

Media coverages regarding to the exhibition

»Cyprus Mail online

»Daily Mail UK

»Paphos 2017

» Parathyron (Greek)

»Cyprus Mail


»Hey Event

»Cyprus Events

» Yenidüzen (Türkçe)

» Voice of the Island (Greek)

» Voice of the Island (Türkçe)

» The Cyprus Weekly