I am a Dresden-born Cypriot, and a resident of Leipzig by choice. I grew up in Cyprus and today I feel that I am a European citizen with German-Cypriot roots. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you one of my greatest visions and hopefully invite you to join in my enthusiasm for Cypriot history and culture, now and in the years to come. The idea to combine the three most important locations in my life, namely Dresden, Cyprus and Leipzig in a single project has been growing in my heart for many years. Dresden, the city where I was born; Cyprus, the country where I spent my youth years until the completion of my military service, home to many of my relatives and also where I am a legal citizen; and Leipzig, the city which I call my hometown, which I have made the centre of my life, where my own family lives and my work is located. In many aspects of my life I have been blessed with happiness and luck; because of this, I have been able to collect many historical objects spanning the last 11,000 years of Cypriot history, and to combine them with my second passion for Late Impressionist and Expressive Realism paintings and graphic arts of the Dresden School, ranging from the beginning until the middle of the 20th century.
After the growth of both art collections, I started to entertain the idea not to keep these pieces of art only to myself, but to share them with others. The potential of this initiative lies more in the Cypriot Collection than in the Paintings and Drawings, as the focus of a new cultural hotspot within the city of Leipzig. I have been able to actively experience Leipzig as a thriving and ever-growing city over a long period of time. Now, with this project, I wish to give something back. Therefore, I cordially invite you to follow my vision, which is none other than to establish a German-Cypriot Cultural Centre in Leipzig.