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“TOURS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS AT THE HOUSE OF DIONYSOS, ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF KATO PAPHOS”,
05/10/2013

PRESENTATION OF THE PILOT PROJECT
«GUIDED TOURS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS AT THE HOUSE OF DIONYSOS, ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF KATO PAPHOS»,
5 OCTOBER 2013

The Department of Antiquities, aiming at increasing the relationship between all citizens and the archaeological sites and monuments of Cyprus, announces the presentation of the pilot project entitled “Tours for visually impaired persons at the House of Dionysos, Archaeological Site of Kato Paphos” by the Minister of Communication and Works, Mr. T. Mitsopoulos, on Saturday 5th of October 2013 at 17:30.

The objective of the Department of Antiquities is to provide access to all citizens to the archaeological heritage of Cyprus. In particular, it is the first time that an opportunity is given to visually impaired persons to get familiar with and understand, in a direct and tangible manner, the archaeological material and related aspects, such as a mosaic and its manufacture technology. Most importantly, this project highlights further the value and great significance embedded in the preservation and promotion of our archaeological heritage.

In collaboration with the School for the Blind “St Barnabas”, bilingual informative panels have been produced in the Braille writing system and placed at the “House of Dionysos”, while a plan of the same house in relief, enables a direct understanding of the architectural organization. Moreover, a copy of a mosaic has been created with dspaces in relief, in an attempt to provide an insight into the character of the motifs depicted on the surface. Guides have also been published in Greek and in English in the Braille writing system, as part of the efforts to provide accessibility to all available historic and archaeological information relating to the archaeological site of Paphos and the “House of Dionysos”. For the people with reduced sight the guides were published in an enlarged font. These guides will be provided to the persons with visual disability by the Department of Antiquities free of charge. In addition, the guards of the archaeological site have been trained by special trainers of the School for the Blind, so as to act as guides to visually impaired persons, in order to increase the benefits of their visit. It is important to note that this is a pilot project and that it will be soon applied to other monuments and other archaeological sites.

The opening ceremony of the presentation of the pilot project will commence at 17:30 with a guided tour at the House of Dionysos by an Archaeological Officer of the Department of Antiquities. The event will continue at the ancient Odeon and will be addressed by the Minister of Communications and Works Mr. T. Mitsopoulos, the Mayor of Paphos Mr. S. Vergas, the Acting Director of the Department of Antiquities Dr M. Solomidou – Ieronymidou, and the Acting Director of the School for the Blind Mrs Pelagia Egglezaki – Karpasiti. The main part of the event comprises a concert by students of the Programme of the Ministry of Education and Culture for the Development of Musical Talents, under the artistic direction of Professor Mathaios Kariolou.

Finally, a kite aerial photography exhibition of ancient sites and monuments of Cyprus by Mr. Thomas Sagory will be hosted for a week at the Visitors Centre of the Archaeological Site of Kato Paphos. The exhibition, entitled “Cyprus – An aerial perspective”, is co-organized with the French Institute of the French Embassy in Cyprus.



PROGRAM

Saturday, 5th of October 2013 at 5:30 pm


5:30 pm: Tour of the House of Dionysos by personnel of the Department of Antiquities

TRANSFER TO THE ODEON

6:30 pm: Address by the Minister of Communications and Works
Mr Tasos Mitsopoulos

Address by the Mayor of Pafos
Mr Savvas Vergas

Address by the Acting Director of the Department of Antiquities
Dr Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou

Address by the Acting Director of “St Barnabas” School for the Blind
Mrs Pelagia Egglezaki-Karpasiti

6:40 pm: Concert by the students of the Programme of the Ministry of Education and Culture for the Development of Musical Talent, under the artistic direction of Professor Mathaios Kariolou

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TRANSFER TO THE VISITORS CENTRE

A cocktail reception will follow at the Visitors Centre where a kite aerial photography exhibition of Mr Thomas Sagory is hosted titled: “Cyprus - An aerial perspective”. The exhibition is co-organised with the French Institute of Cyprus.





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