The New Centre of Lefkara
The eagerly awaited, new Lefkara Multi-functional Conference Centre is set to officially open in March, bringing a modern facility to the traditional mountain village - famous worldwide for its handmade embroidery and other unique handicrafts.
The €3 million investment is Lefkara’s biggest project and is co-financed by the European Union Structural & Investment Funds, the Ministry of Interior and Lefkara Municipality. It comprises a main hall with a seating capacity of 450, and several, smaller meeting and event rooms – all fully-equipped with the latest audio-visual technology, as well as facilities for translating and broadcasting events. The development has also boosted the village’s parking capacity.
Lefkara Mayor, Sofoklis Sofokleous, says that the vision of the conference centre has been years in the making and it is with great joy that it has become a reality: “The new centre will benefit Lefkara itself, as well as its neighbouring communities by boosting year-round event tourism to mountainous Larnaka and strengthening the economy of our rural areas. But the centre does not just belong to Lefkara; It belongs to all of Cyprus and will offer a state-of-the-art facility for events from across the island.”
The petite village is one of the most popular places to visit on the island thanks to the preservation and promotion of its traditional character and local customs – something the mayor says has been further strengthened by the private sector, and in particular, the development of quality, agrotouristic accommodation.
It is most famous for its exquisite drawn-and-counted thread embroideries - known as ‘Lefkaritika’ – which are included on the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage List and have been made exclusively in the village since Venetian times (1489-1570 AD). Today, the women of Lefkara still sit outside their homes deftly working on the prized linens and attracting visitors to the village.