The Limassol Municipality delivered this significant work of cultural infrastructure to the city on 17 December 2017. The Arts Centre is housed in the premises of the historical Papadakis Warehouses, a kind donation by the Stathis Papadakis family and was inaugurated by the President of the Republic, Nikos Anastasiadis. The inauguration ceremony was held in the presence of the Mayor of Limassol, Nicos Nicolaides, the donor Stathis Papadakis, citizens and other political and cultural officials. During the ceremony, attendees had the chance to visit the very first exhibition hosted at the Centre, titled “Soft Stone Documents”, preceded by a music performance by the Philharmonic Orchestra and the String Quartet of the Municipality of Limassol.
A few words about the Warehouses
Papadakis Warehouses are located in the heart of the historical centre of Limassol, in the narrow picturesque Stathi Papadaki street, which is adjacent to the widely known Ayios Andreas street.
According to Sevina Floridou, the architect responsible for the rehabilitation project of the premises, the Warehouses are probably the oldest warehouses preserved in the city. They were declared a listed building in 1995 since they characterise chronologically the change from the Ottoman period to the British domination. The complex consists of two brick-built warehouses, with tiled roofs and a yard, located within a one and a half metres distance from each other.
The rehabilitation of the Warehouses aimed at transforming the space into a cultural centre and was carried out with utmost respect for their long history of existence and on an eco-design basis so that the Arts Centre constitutes a unique public building of sustainable development.
The Limassol Municpal Arts Centre has officially opened its gates and is ready to welcome artists, both from Cyprus and abroad, in the specially designed spaces of the Warehouses, as to effectively connect the local art scene to the international art world.