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Beer festival to go ahead after minister drops objection to venue

THE Septemberfest Nicosia Beer Fun Festival 2014 will go ahead, chairman of its organiser Display Art Savvas Nicolaou said on Tuesday.

The holding of the festival was called into question last week when Education minister Costas Kadis said he would not hear of it being held next to a school.

He has since said he would not continue with his objection against the Aglandjia district school board, which gave permission to Display Art to use the Akadimia park, adjacent to a school, as the venue for the festival.

“We don’t want to engage in endless disputes; all we want is to focus on the festival,” Nicolaou said on Tuesday.

The minister had last Tuesday announced he would not allow an event promoting alcohol to take place in school grounds, rescinding the Board’s decision and ordering them to decline Nicolaou’s request. The Board refused to cooperate and instead allowed Nicolaou to use the premises. The matter was to be solved legally.

Nicolaou said the minister has now decided not to give any more publicity to the matter and dropped his objections, but intends to discuss with district school boards a framework for events to be allowed within school grounds.

Before this year Nicolaou’s company had co-organised the annual September beer fest within the Nicosia walls since 2011, along with the Nicosia municipality and the Nicosia Tourism Board (ETAP), which will also go ahead as usual this year a few days after that in Aglandjia.

Nicolaou decided to organise the Septemberfest event after he was told by his former partners he had been replaced.

Earlier this month Nicolaou brought legal proceedings against the consortium organising this year’s event, seeking compensation for their use of the logo and for unfair competition.

A court hearing is due to be held on Wednesday and the judge has assured all parties a ruling will be issued before the festival dates, Nicolaou said.

The Septemberfest Nicosia Beer Fun Festival 2014 runs from September 5 to 10 and the Nicosia Beer Fest from September 10 to 14, at the Constanza Moat.


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