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The Bi-communal Awards in Cyprus

The Stelios Bi-communal Awards have been in operation on the island of Cyprus since 2009.
The idea is to encourage  bi-communal cooperation between Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots in order to promote lasting peace on the island. Each team involving one Greek-Cypriot and one Turkish-Cypriot can win 10,000 euros per year. All forms of human cooperation are eligible to apply including business, arts, sport, ngo work and life! Past applicants and past winners are also welcome to re-apply. The awards are announced at a ceremony in Nicosia in October each year. 


Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is announcing the 100 winners of Stelios Bi-Communal Awards 2018


Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has today announced the 50 bi-communal teams (50 Greek-Cypriots and 50 Turkish-Cypriots), each of which will receive cash prizes of €10.000 (total this year is €500,000). This year, nearly 700 Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots collaborated and submitted their applications for Stelios Bi-Communal Awards 2018, to win one of the 50 cash prizes that are offered by Stelios Philanthropic Foundation. Since 2009, the total value of the awards that were granted to bi-communal collaborations adds up to €3,250.000.

The aim of Sir Stelios’ philanthropic act for the past ten years, is to encourage cooperation between the members of the two communities in Cyprus and to establish lasting peace on the island.

The Awards Ceremony this year will only include the winning teams and their spouses and will be held on the 3rd of October, at the newly acquired Headquarters of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, on 5 Markou Drakou street, Nicosia, which is walking distance from the Ledra Palace.  The winners will be sent special access passes for the event directly.

The winners have been selected from various backgrounds including business, sciences, arts, sports, NGO work and “partners in life”.




















The selection was done in such a way in order to give 60% of the prizes to new applicants and the rest is divided between past winners and past applicants who have not won before. The idea is to encourage new forms of cooperation but also encourage people to keep applying year after year.

“Partners in life” is a category that stands out for backing the overall downward trend in applicant numbers in other categories. This year the applicants in the “Partners in life” category saw  an increase in applicants of 2.5 times since last year. As in previous years, a generous proportion of the awards is given to this  special category of human cooperation.



The list of the 50  winning Bi-Communal teams is:


Partners in Life - 16 teams

1. Konstantinou - Mustafa

2. Georgiou - Tosun

3. Siamptani - Tuncbilek

4. Christoudia - Gumuskut

5. Polydorou - Kormazel

6. Sea - Doluay

7. Pogiatzea - Ataser

8. Louca - Ozkarsiyakali

9. Kyriakoude - Toker

10. Hadjiioannou - Kahvecioglu

11. Onbasi - Onbasi

12. Avgousti - Akdogu

13. Elia - Olgun

14. Christofides - Yuksek

15. Savvidou - Beidoglu

16. Pilakouta – Ersoy


Business - 9 teams

17. Lemis - Sagiroglu (Joint law firm activities)

18. Roussounidou - Senyigi (Mandiratimes.com website)

19. Ioannou - Banu (To publish a recipe book with traditional food and sweets)

20. Stavrou - Doluay (Digital platform for startups with 1800+ members)

21. Tsaknakis - Erk (Digital directory for healthcare sector)

22. Lordos - Eronen (Architects to organise architectural heritage walking tours)

23. Siahinian - Cananoglu (United Brewers – “Drink for Peace” project)

24. Constantinou - Koroglu (Interior / furniture designer and manufacturers)

25. Kouklos - Fasli (Activities concerning boat services, boat repairs, boat training etc.)


Arts - 8 teams

26. Pantelides - Keleszade (Book publication / translation)

27. Stelicos - Gokyigit (Photographers taking part to numerous exhibitions)

28. Petrondas - Saldun (short film “The Hunt”)

29. Charalambous - Guclu (Bicommunal band the “Blind Man’s Tale”)

30. Papachristoforou - Yikik (Bilingual poem book)

31. Hadjipetrou - Kozal (Play - theater - for deaf people)

32. Modestou - Yahi (Fashion designers / book about heritage fashion in Cyprus)

33. Michail - Bolayir (Art therapy workshops)


NGO - 6 teams

34. Missirlis - Imge

35. CYMEPA - Biological Society (Bicommunal environmental projects)

36. Perentos - Hizli (Laona Foundation and Lefka NGO - case study on an abandoned mine)

37. Archimandrides - Aygin (Multicommunal grassroots initiative promoting actions in support of peace and the reunification of the island)

38. Manoli - Osman (Cycling for peace event in Nicosia)

39. Heracleous - Bilen (Feminist grassroots project)


Science - 5 teams

40. Kofou - Zorba (Research project on mental illness between GC & TC)

41. Hadjikyriacou - Ozkul (History professors - project upon inter-communal coexistence on the island)

42. Hadjipanayi - Evcimen (Bicommunal study to improve the life and educational conditions of students with Special Educational Needs)

43. Karra - Ekinci (Cyprus Research Network - for academics)

44. Zenonos - Karsili (Archaeologists for the Committee on Missing persons)


Sport - 4 teams

45. Pantopiou - Elektrikci (Million Communications - organizing and promoting sport events, such as running, cycling, swimming etc.)

46. Theocleous - Koroglu (Classic rally drivers taking part to races as a team)

47. Nea Salamina - Magusa FC (Football teams - to play a friendly football game)


Other - 3 teams

48. Karageorgis - Akkorlu (Book about Anafotia Village)

49. Maratheftis - Akkinci (War veterans)

50. Mytides - Guden (Mukhtars of the mixed village Pyla)


 Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou commented: “This year it has been a difficult year to be doing bi-communal work in Cyprus. Following the record year we had in 2017 with an all time high number of applicant , I have to report that the number of applicants is down (as you would expect from the negative climate). However focusing on the positive side,  still having 700 people apply is a good result for lasting peace on the island. My favourite category which is the partners in life, is the only category that has shown an increase year on year with now giving 16 awards this year vs 9 last year to partners in life. At least at a human level the relations between the two communities are improving. We will be there to keep working for lasting peace on the island for the long run!”



Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou announces the launch of the 10th Stelios Bi-Communal Awards in Cyprus

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou announces the launch of the 10th Stelios Bi-Communal Awards in Cyprus

21 May 2018

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, easyJet and easy family of brands (www.easy.com), announces the launch of the Stelios Bi-Communal Awards 2018, to be held for the 10th consecutive year in Cyprus.

The objective of Sir Stelios' philanthropic act is to strengthen the socio-economic ties between the two communities on the island and to encourage cooperation between Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots.

Click here to see the full press release in:
English Text
Greek text/Ελληνικό κείμενο



Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou awarded 75 prizes to enhance Bi-Communal cooperation

Today, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has awarded 75 Bi-Communal teams with cash
prizes of €10.000 each at the Award Ceremony (Stelios Bi-Communal Awards
2017) that took place at the Filoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia.

The aim of Sir Stelios’ philanthropic act for the last nine years, is to encourage
cooperation between the citizens of the two communities in Cyprus and to
establish lasting peace on the island. Since 2009, the total value of the awards
that were granted to Bi-Communal collaborations adds up to €2.750.000. This
year, the number of applications exceeded each precedent, as 850 Greek-
Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots collaborated and submitted their applications at
the Bi-Communal Awards.



Record number of applications received for our Cyprus Bi-Communal Awards 2017!

2017_cy_awards_logoDate : 19 July 2017
The number of applications received for the 2017 Bi-Communal Awards in Cyprus has hit an all time high. At the close of applications - 424 teams - made up of 848 people from the island, who have applied with a partner from the other community (either Greek-Cypriot or Turkish-Cypriot ), could win one of 75 prizes of 10,000 euro in cash from the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation (www.Stelios.org). This is the 9th consecutive year that the Awards are taking place in Cyprus.



One day left to apply for Stelios Cyprus Awards 2017!

2017_cy_awards_logo 6 July 2017

New record of participations for Stelios Bi – Communal Awards 2017

Applications closing tomorrow, Friday the 7th of July 2017.



Stelios Cyprus Awads 2017 - Deadline extended to 7th of July 2017

stelios_cyprus_bi-communal_awards_2017_leaflet_extending_deadline_as_at26june17 DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS EXTENDED TO THE 7TH OF JULY 2017!



We are open for applications! Cyprus Bi-communal Awards 2017

2017_cy_awards_logoWe are open for applications!

Join our bi-communal group on Facebook:
Stelios Cyprus Bi-Communal Awards 2017
Submit the filled form via an inbox message to the Facebook page Stelios Philanthropic Foundation
and type in the main body of the message:

The deadline for submitting the applications is the 30th of June, 2017.

Check out the criteria here.



9th Stelios Bi-communal Awards in Cyprus!Cash prizes of €750,000 to be won this year!

2017_cy_awards_logo9th consecutive year

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou announces the launch of  the 9th  Stelios Bi-communal Awards in Cyprus

Cash prizes of €750,000 to be won for lasting peace on the island!



Sir Stelios awarded 50 prizes to enhance bi-communal cooperation

bi-communal_awards_with_checksSir Stelios Haji-Ioannou granted today 50 cash prizes of €10,000 to Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots, as an endeavor to consolidate the island's bi-communal relations. The aim of the charitable work of Sir Stelios is to establish lasting peace on the island.



Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou awards 50 prizes for building Cypriot bi-communal co-operation

Stelios_Cyprus_Award_2016__HQ_Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou will be granting on Tuesday October 25, 2016, at 9.30am, 50 cash prizes of €10,000 at Chateau Status in Nicosia to Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots as an endeavor to consolidate the island's bi-communal relations. The Stelios Bi-Communal Award Ceremony will be held in the presence of President Nicos Anastasiades.

Tomorrow, at Nicosia, Sir Stelios will host a dinner for the 430 Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots who have expressed their interest for the competition.



Record number of participants for Stelios Bi - Communal Awards!

Stelios_Cyprus_Award_2016__HQ_The number of contenders has doubled for the prize

Press Release

The interest of Greek and Turkish Cypriots to participate in the 8th Stelios Bi-Communal Awards 2016 exceeded each precedent. This year, the number of contenders for the awards doubled reaching 215, which is a new participation record for Stelios Awards.



One day left to apply for the Stelios Cyprus Awards 2016!

stelios_cyprus_bi-communal_awards_2016_deadline_for_press_adverts_30june16_final-page-001Press Release

For an eighth consecutive year the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation organises the Stelios Bi-Communal Awards and the deadline for application submission for 2016 is on the 15th of July.


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