The Berlin Philharmonic is one of Europe’s greatest orchestras, with hundreds of concerts, performances and recordings all over the world. The Artistic Director of the Berlin Philharmonic was for many years the legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan. Since 1991, every year on the 1st of May the Berlin Philharmonic organises its annual European Concert which broadcasts live on German TV (ARD) to many European and Asian countries, while it is also streamed globally. In 2017, the great conductor Mariss Jansons, who was for many years the Artistic Director of the Vienna Philharmonic, will conduct the Berlin Philharmonic for the European Concert in Pafos. Apart from its artistic excellence, which is highlighted only by the presence of the Philharmonic, the Concert contributes significantly to the promotion of the European idea and gives prominence to the European dimension for the implementation of the European Capital of Culture in Pafos.