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SATURDAY 10 MAY 2025  | 20:00  |  AMARA HOTEL, LIMASSOL, CYPRUS

The CYDIA Awards 2025 are an annual celebration honouring Cypriots of the diaspora in various categories, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given to an individual who has made a significant impact on many individuals or organisations or who exemplifies what it means to be an ambassador of Cyprus abroad.  This formal event includes a gala dinner and a spectacular entertainment programme.

The Cyprus Diaspora Forum 2024 concluded with an impressive gala dinner and awards ceremony attended by over 350 guests, who were welcomed on arrival by the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, followed by a rich entertainment programme referencing Cyprus' traditions through music and dance by Christos Shakallis, as well as exclusive performances by Andrew Lambrou, last year's Eurovision representative for Cyprus, renowned Greek Cypriot singer Marilia Charalambide, Konstantinos Michaeloudes, and Vasiliki Hajiadamou, who performed with Pavlos Michaelides and his orchestra.  A special guest performance included Cyprus’ 2024 Eurovision representative, Silia Kapsis, who performed the ballade version of her song ‘Liar’.

The highlight of the gala event were the first CYDIA Awards, which honoured Cypriots of the diaspora in sixteen categories, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was awarded to Cypriot ‘Icon Hunter’ from the diaspora, Tasoula Hadjitofi, a globally recognised activist for human rights, religious freedom, international humanitarian law, and the protection of cultural heritage.

 

Tasoula Hadjitofi's efforts were applauded by hundreds of attendees at the ceremony, including businesspeople from Cyprus and abroad, as well as ministers, diplomats, and others. The award ceremony was also followed by thousands of other viewers from around the world through digital channels.

 

In her acceptance speech, Tasoula Hadjitofi called on everyone to realise and harness the immense power of the Diaspora, both through Economic Diplomacy and Security Diplomacy, in order to re-define the Cypriot narrative and directly link it with current international and European hot issues.

 

The presentation of Tasoula Hadjitofi's work and her speech, spread waves of emotion, while the audience stood up and applauded incessantly. Throughout the evening, numerous people expressed their desire to actively contribute to her cause, including people of other nationalities who live permanently in Cyprus, expressing their desire and intention to strengthen it.

CULTURE AND ARTS

Christina Dymioti, Director, Fashion Heritage Network Cyprus

United Kingdom

 

EDUCATION

Christina Shailas, Founder and CEO, Gear Education

USA, Cyprus

 

FILM, TV, THEATRE, MUSIC

Stelana Kliris, Film writer, Director, Producer

South Africa, Cyprus

 

LITERATURE

Helena Kidd, Author

Australia

MEDIA

Emilia Papadopoulos, Television and Radio Journalist

United Kingdom, Cyprus

 

MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE

Peter Kypri, Comedian and Video Creator

United Kingdom, Cyprus

 

SOCIAL AND PHILANTHROPY

Catherine Constantinides, Humanitarian and Environmental Activist

South Africa

  

SPORTS

Vladimiros Tziortzis, NASCAR Professional Racing Driver

Cyprus

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, Renowned Psychologist

Canada, United Kingdom

 

HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM

Miranda Tringis, Founder, Cyherbia Botanical Park

The Netherlands, Cyprus

 

REAL ESTATE

Jenny Ellinas, Founder and CEO, Cypriot Realty

South Africa, Cyprus

 

STARTUPS AND INNOVATION

Tanya Romanyukha, Head of Operations, TechIsland

Cyprus

 

FINANCE AND COMMERCE

George Moulos, Managing Director, Ecommerce Brokers

Australia, Greece, Cyprus

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Peter Abraam, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer

Abu Dhabi, UAE, Australia

 

CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY

Yianis Christodoulou Foundation

Cyprus, United Kingdom, Other Countries

 

DIASPORA AMBASSADOR AWARD

Andreas Dometakis, Tailor and Patternmaker for Film, TV, and Theatre

United Kingdom

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Tasoula Hadjitofi, Cultural Activist

The Netherlands, Cyprus

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