The Residency Programme hosts artists,
musicians, scholars and composers who have an opportunity to create new
works in Cyprus and give lectures, workshops and masterclasses.
The Pharos Arts Foundation invites composers from abroad for
residencies in Cyprus so they can create new works and interact with local
composers. Young British composer Emily Hall spent a month in Cyprus in 2005
during which she completed her opera Sante, based on the Rwandan genocide,
which received its premiere in 2006 at the Aldborough Festival in the UK. In
2008, Russian writer and environmentalist, Ivetta Gerasimchuk, gave a talk
about her work and read from her award winning essay
"Dictionary of Winds"
as well as writing a short piece, dedicated to the Pharos Arts Foundation
and inspired by the divided old Nicosia, titled
"The Blue Line". Other
residencies in the past have included poet and writer Joachim Sartorius and
many artists from Armenia.