The village

The residency is located in a village Treis Elies, at 800 meters altitude, in the Marathasa-valley, west of the highest peak of Mount Olympus (1952m) in the mountain range of Troodos, Cyprus. The village has roughly 30 habitats all year round. The village is accessible daily by bus from Limassol (about 1,5 hours). There is also a bus connection to Nicosia that leaves from a near by village daily (about 2 hours).

The village is located next to the Paphos forest, the home for most wild life on the island. There are rich, varied and sensitive ecosystems in the area, on different altitudes, which the residency actively aims to protect. The forest around is mostly pine trees, aspens and a cedar valley near by. A range of herbs and seasonal flowers such as wild roses are found in the area.

In the residency garden and the village there are several fruit and nut trees including mulberry, cherry, pomegranate, apple, walnut, fig and almond.

Not in the direct proximity of the residency, but around the village in general conventional agriculture is practised with chemical fertilisers, toxic herbicide and pesticide use. The residency is participating with a local organic farmers to move towards sustainable and natural cultivation and environmental protection practices.

Culturally the village has, despite being only about 30 people all-year-round, roughly speaking, three different cultures. The oldest generation of working class villagers, mainly above 80-years old, who still work in the fields and physical labour. They represent an old working class culture, which is very traditional, but fearless and open. The artists in the residency has collaborated and connected several times with people from this generation. The second is the middle generation, whose culture is generally a mix of the conservative tradition with more modern privilege and comfort. Last, there is a growing new generation of young Cypriot and international people who have moved to the village in hope of a more sustainable and simple life. The residency collaborates closely with the people of this young generation.