’Tis the season… to pop in to a pop up! Yes, it’s that time of year again, when pop up shops and festivals are – quite literally – popping up on every corner and in every square, bringing Christmas cheer (and the associated spirit of Frantic Festive Spending) to the season. By now, of course, many of the pop ups have done their thing, been and gone, leaving behind nothing but a dusting of glitter and a whiff of mulled wine. But there are three pop-ups that are either just about to start or are ongoing for the whole of December. So break out your shopping bags and get ready to load up on those last-minute luxuries…
Actually, the first of our pop ups isn’t going to see you going home with anything other than a sated stomach and a satisfied smile. You can’t actually buy anything at the Border Kitchen Pop Up Restaurant: just an excellent meal and good company. Taking place on December 16 and 17 at The Powerhouse Restaurant in Nicosia, this is a pop up that’s all about caring, sharing and food.
The brainchild of Niki Psarias, who has a passion for exploring the power of food to unite and inform, Border Kitchen celebrates consumption in real, rather than retail, terms. “Food,” we’re told “has the power to bring people together and build understanding. And thus chefs from both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities will deliver a collaborative menu that showcases their passions and heritage.” A delicious three-course set menu is on offer, and guests of all nationalities will be seated at communal tables: sharing dishes and exploring how food unites. At a cost of €25 per head, this is a pop up that’s definitely worth your time and will have you, in the words of organisers: “Breaking bread with each other and making new friends.”
While the Border Kitchen is ultimately an independent initiative, it actually falls under the auspices of the Nicosia Pop Up Festival 2017, an annual extravaganza of shopping and performances which takes over Makarios. Note well, however, that this year the festival has moved: no longer blocking the main city thoroughfare, proceedings are now taking place in the Old Municipal Market – making for a festive little Christmas market tucked away within the walls. It all produces “a real community atmosphere, and a collaborative spirit among the exhibitors,” say organisers who, working on the themes of innovation, commerce, art and education, have brought “creative people from the fields of entertainment, culture, and entrepreneurship to the historic centre of the capital, with the aim of stimulating and revitalising the Old City.”
Crafty contributors will be there en masse, purveying an exciting mix of clothing, homeware, accessories, furniture and decorations. But it’s the associated workshops and Open Stage portions of the festival that are bound to be the big draw this year. While the former range from vocal confidence sessions with local jazz legend Sarah Fenwick to an exciting Slam Poetry workshop with Stella Voskaridou Economou and James MacKay, the latter will include artists such as “Monsieur Minimal, Delirium Elephants, and other popular musicians and DJs from the local scene” lighting the nights every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the end of the month.
Lastly, Limassol. Known for its avant garde spirit and artistic community, for the past four years the city has played host to the highly successful ARK Pop Up Shop. In 2017, it’s back once more, running until January 5. But like the Nicosia event, there’s been a change of venue: this year sees proceedings move to Art Studio 55 next to the Rialto Theatre in Heroes’ Square. Rest assured, however, that the essence of the pop up remains the same: as an initiative of local artists and crafters who collaborate to create events where they can exhibit, showcase and sell their products, ARK is all set to provide the same quality and variety of gorgeous items as ever.
“Every year we have new participants, selected for their fresh ideas and high quality items,” say organisers, “and roughly 25 of this year’s 35 artists are new – so there’ll be plenty of things you haven’t seen before: kids’ toys, handmade soaps, bags, clothes, accessories, jewellery, artworks, home decoration and the like.”
We’ve got both your popping and shopping completely covered this year!
Border Kitchen Pop-Up Restaurant
December 16 and 17 at The Powerhouse Restaurant, Nicosia. For more information and bookings, visit www.eventbrite.com, the Facebook page ‘Pop Up Restaurant Border Kitchen’ or email [email protected]
Ark Pop-Up Shop
Every day from 2 to 10pm until January 5 at Art Studio 55 in Heroes Square, Limassol. For more information call 99 073100 or visit the Facebook page ‘arklimassol’
Nicosia Pop Up Festival 2017
Tuesday to Friday (3 to 8pm) and on Saturdays and Sundays (11am to 8pm) until December 31 at the Old Municipal Market, Nicosia. For more information and a full programme of events, call 22 797400 or visit the Facebook page ‘nicosia pop up festival 2017’