Economic difficult and divisions provide inspiration for performing arts in Cyprus

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Despite its small size, Cyprus enjoys a dynamic performing arts scene.

Established in 2006, the Paravan Theatre Company explores experimental ways of producing theatre, performance and visual arts.

It recently took part in the Nicosia Pop Festival with a production of Nicolai Gogol’s ‘The Overcoat’, adapted to modern times against the background of the economic crisis.

“The performance took place in an old coffee shop that has shut down. We present a double story – Nicolai Gogol’s ‘The Overcoat’ and at the same time the story of what happened in Nicosia, after the recent financial crisis, what happened to this particular coffee shop and what people went through in these difficult times,” explained Paravan’s Artistic Director, Melita Couta.

The Mitos Theater Group recently took part in the EU-backed culture programme with the project ‘Songs of My Neighbours’.

“The idea of this European project is to say, ‘If I sing the songs of my neighbour, who lives in my country and with who