Cypriot printmaker H. Tsangaris one of European Heritage Awards 2023 winners

Cypriot printmaker Hambis Tsangaris is among this year’s winners of the European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards 2023, announced by the European Commission and Europa Nostra on Tuesday.

This year, 30 “outstanding” heritage achievements from 21 countries have been awarded Europe’s top honour in the field, a press release said.

Tsangaris received an award in the “Heritage Champions” category. “Hambis Tsangaris is remarkable for his achievements in fostering connections and understanding among communities in Cyprus through his work with heritage. With a passionate and inclusive approach, he has dedicated himself to the transmission of knowledge both locally and internationally, integrating traditional Cypriot storytelling into his efforts. He has reached an impressive number of people, including schoolchildren. His innovative ideas and commitment to art as a medium for delivering meaningful messages is an inspiration to other European citizens”, the Awards’ Jury stated.

“Tsangaris’ international travels and engagement with remote villages reflect his dedication to fostering intercultural relationships in Cyprus and further afield. Through his work, he exemplifies the power of art and education in revitalising diverse aspects of and ensuring continuity with our collective past,” the Jury concluded.

The non-profit company Hambis Printmaking School-Museum, in a statement, welcomes “with enthusiasm and deep satisfaction” the decision of the European Commission and Europa Nostra.

In its own announcement, the Municipality of Nicosia, also welcomes this award to Tsangaris, a close partner of the municipality in the field of cultural activities of the capital, it said.

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