Founded for the purpose of promoting cultural activities of all kinds on the island of Kythera, the Kythera Cultural Association is a private non-profit association incorporated in March 2003 “for the pursuit of initiatives beneficial to the public” as defined by Greek law. It is administered by the six-person team responsible for the first Kythera Photographic Encounters, which took place in October 2002.
The association currently rents office space in Chora, but makes use of municipal and other venues across the island for its purposes. Activities include exhibitions, concerts, lectures and seminars, as well as the annual and by now well-established Photographic Encounters. Projects are often undertaken in collaboration with other organisations, including the Kytherian Studies Association and the Porfyris Youth Group. While some running expenses are raised through the association’s activities, most of these are free to the public, and funding therefore inevitably depends on public and private sponsorship (see “Sponsorship” section for details).
One of the association’s major initiatives has been the foundation of the Kythera Photographic Archive, which houses the historic Fatseas Archive as well as original and digitised photographic material from the 19th century to today, including work by distinguished contemporary photographers (more details and a selection of images can be consulted in the “Photographic Archive” and “War and Occupation” sections).
Director: John Stathatos
President: Stavros Emanouil
Treasurer & secretary: Olga Foteinaki
Associates: Panayotis Leftheris, Spyros Panaretos, Drosia Tseri
All officers of the association currently work without remuneration.
Kytheraiki Politistiki Etaireia
P.O. Box 48
Chora, Kythera 801 00