After the relaxation and soaking up of the sun this weekend at the beaches, next weekend will offer the chance to head to the mountains for the fifth Xarkis festival.
Held in Limassol district’s Koilani village, the two-day cultural and interactive event includes experiential workshops, music, open air cinema, audio walks, installations and a musical experiment. With a more cohesive and comprehensive structure, this year Xarkis Festival is implemented with collaborators who, like every year, have been selected mainly on the basis of their contribution to social and creative groups.
The festival works towards rejuvenating traditional crafts and the revival of interest in younger generations, in order for them to be preserved in years to come.
When it comes to music there will be plenty to listen to. The sound of an electro acoustic pedal harp will be created by solo artist MC & The 7 Pedals. There will also be Jannis Anastasakis on guitar with versatile Greek singer Sofia Sarri. Together the duo will create their own spontaneous compositions and melodic improvisations. Coming from Berlin, singer Alcalica will show us how her music can overcome borders when civilisations and traditions meet, fuse and interact.
One musical act is set right apart from the rest at this year’s festival with Andreas Christakkos, who is a renowned pithkiavli (flute) player.
In the performance category Anastasia McCammon will present three site-specific performances that explore the storytelling experience, while Manuel Lopez Garcia will perform under the name Displaced Frequencies, and reflect on memory and collective identity.
On the workshop front, the visual artist Twenty-three will bring us up close to the technique of stencil art. When it comes to cinema, all those present will watch stories about man vs their environment under the stars. And because culture and tradition are things that must be passed down, there will be a session during which people from the village will talk about their lives, the past and their stories.
This year the festival is free of charge but any donations will be welcome.
For more information about the event and a complete programme go to http://xarkis.org.
A festival with workshops, performances and more. August 19-20. Koilani Village, Limassol. All day event. Free. Tel: 97-676011