The Good Reception - Cyprus Community Media Centre Opening
On the 9th of December 2009, the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) had its opening event at its new premises in Nicosia's Buffer Zone. The centre was officially opened by three members of the eminent Elders group, Lakhdar Brahimi, Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu.
Hundreds of people came along to celebrate with us, and hear directly from the Elders themselves, who were in Cyprus to support individuals and organisations seeking to build greater trust and dialogue between the communities of the island. The Elders expressed their support for the new centre, and their desire to see a positive outcome to current political negotiations.
Speaking at the event, Desmond Tutu said that Cyprus was full of untold and beautiful stories and that he hoped the community media centre could be a vehicle for these stories to surface. The guests, which included media professionals, artists, creatives, and members of the diplomatic community, also had the opportunity to see the work of the CCMC through multimedia installations, video projections, photographs and stories collected from across Cyprus.