We are delighted to announce our next Ivy Series event “Tradition is the New Modern''. We invite you to express what you think via experimenting and being in the space of tradition through photographs and short videos exposing aspects of culture and everyday life from the island of Cyprus.

Tradition is the new Modern

We are delighted to announce our next Ivy Series event “Tradition is the New Modern''. We invite you to express what you think via experimenting and being in the space of tradition through photographs and short videos exposing aspects of culture and everyday life from the island of Cyprus. 

The event is organized by AHDR in partnership with the Home for Cooperation and it will take place at the Home for Cooperation on the 14th of November at 10 am. It is organised as part of the European Solidarity Corps volunteering project ‘Cooperation for Life’.

Theme: Tradition and modernity are often considered as two opposite ends and that they are in a constant conflict. However, they can support each other instead of overcoming each other. In a time of growing ‘development’ and ‘modernization’, where tradition and culture are considered as something buried in the past and to be overcome, we are keen to see from young people how they engage with tradition and culture in their everyday lives. Additionally, we hope that this can become a useful source for people through an exchange of photography and short videos and dialogue to see, acknowledge and value all the cultures on the island.

Through a live discussion which will take place at the Home for Cooperation on 14 November, the participants will have the chance to express their feelings and ideas and how by preserving and revitalizing tradition young people are welcoming the future. We do not aim for nostalgia nor full rejection of tradition nor modernization rather to integrate the two. As Tlostanova and Mignolo (2009) talking about ‘de-modernization’ argued, that “to de-modernize does not mean going back in time, which is the typical misunderstanding made by proponents of modernity’s vector models who refuse ‘to go back to the dark ages’...to understand what is de-modernization one has to forget the generally accepted juxtaposition of modernity and tradition as its ‘dark other’” (143). Therefore, we call it ‘traditionization’. 

How to participate

Step 1:

Stand up, treat yourself with a cup of coffee, take out your phone/camera and capture how you understand tradition and culture. It can be in your house, out in your neighbourhood, in urban centres or even out in the forests or mountains. Culture and tradition is everywhere and please remember that we are not professional photographers nor videographers so everything is welcome. Remember to stay safe too!

Step 2:

Make your selections, edit if required (but please remember do not over-edit) and follow steps 3 and 4 in order to submit your work.

Step 3:

Fill in the form here.

Step 4:

Send your photos (up to 3) or a short video (up to 1 minute long) via WETransfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 08 of November 2020. Each piece should be accompanied by the date and place it was created and a short story (up to 100 words) explaining what it tells and the relevance to our theme. We will go through all the submissions and we will choose 1 entry from each participant that will be presented at our exhibition and discussion. Also please remember that participation and presentation can only be guaranteed to entries that comply with the terms and conditions.

Due to Covid-19 regulations, unfortunately up to 10 artists will be invited at the Home for Cooperation for the discussion which will be followed by a brunch at the Home Cafe. But don’t worry, all of the photographs and videos that are relevant to our theme, mission and values of the partner organizations and comply with our terms and conditions will be displayed on our social media accounts and also on the day of the event.

We look forward to welcoming your creativity and your thoughts on culture and tradition.

For questions or any other information please contact us at:  +357 22 445 740 (Ext. 105) or +90 533 853 7470, via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      

About the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research

The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) is a unique multi-communal, non-for-profit, non-governmental organization established in Nicosia in 2003 that envisions a society where dialogue on issues of history, historiography and history teaching and learning is considered a means for the advancement of historical understanding and critical thinking and is welcomed as an integral part of democracy and a culture of peace. Since its establishment, the AHDR has broadened its mission by promoting peace education in formal and non-formal settings and is currently bringing together children of all ages from all communities in Cyprus.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: web: www.ahdr.info • email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. • tel: +357 22 445 740 / +90 5338537470

Ivy Series

Inspired by the ivy in our library, ‘Ivy Series’ by AHDR consists of talks, readings, quizzes and walks, and aims to enhance curiosity, encourage life-long-learning, and create new networks of readers, authors and creatives. If you wish to collaborate, contact us at +357 22 445 740 (Ext. 105) or +90 533 867 2263, via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About European Solidarity Corps

The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. Visit here to find out more: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en

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