CYPRECO Mission Statement & Activities In Brief
CYPRECO OF AMERICA, INC., (Cypriot Emigrants Cultural Organization) of America, Inc., founded in 1977 by Elena Maroulleti and Ioannis Ioannou as, Greek Folk Dancing Group "The Vraka", Inc., and renamed CYPRECO in 1989, is the only purely Cultural Greek Cypriot organization in America. It is a Queens-based non-profit and tax-exempt under 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich heritage, history, folklore and culture of Cyprus and Greece. Through the production and presentation of ongoing worthy and successful cultural and folk arts programs each year, folk dance and music shows and through its active participation in numerous cultural events throughout the City and State of New York, CYPRECO reaches wide audiences and spreads the folklore of Cyprus and Greece. All of its productions are offered bilingual.
The year 2009 marked CYPRECO's 30-year anniversary and the organization celebrated this auspicious occasion with the production of a series of very unique and successful cultural programs, concerts and other productions with the highlight being the sold-out concert CYPRUS-AEGEAN-SMYRNA - A Tribute To The Rembetika (Greek blues) given with outstanding success on March 6, 2009 at the Queens Theatre In The Park featuring the renowned Traditional and Folk Music Group from Greece, Estoudiantina Neas Ionias. Since then it has produced a series of other outstanding musical performances and is also collaborating with AKTINA Productions, Inc., in the production and presentation of concerts from AKTINA's acclaimed series, GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY (GMJ) highlighting the most distinguished and renowned singers from Greece.
The important cultural contributions of CYPRECO continue steadfast and every year the organization reaches thousands of people in the tri-state area of New York comprised by Greek Cypriot and Greek Americans of all generations and ages, including an impressive number of non-Greeks from different ethnic backgrounds who are educated about the different aspects of the Greek and Cypriot cultural heritage, folklore, music, customs and traditions. CYPRECO's ongoing live productions, as well as its radio programs about Cyprus and Greece continue to receive wide recognition from the public it services, as well as from New York City and State elected officials who honor it with Proclamations and Citations that further acknowledge the valuable impact its cultural performances and cultural radio programs have on society.
For more information about CYPRECO's cultural mission and to read about all of its past activities please visit the organization's website at cyprecoofamerica.com.