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Capital awash with beer as two festivals take place

By Evie Andreou

THE fourth Septemberfest Nicosia Beer Fun Festival is opening its gates in Aglandjia on Friday and the organisers, Display Art, promise an upgraded event with concerts, competitions and of course local and imported beer.

Display Art chairman, Savvas Nicolaou, said that the aim is to enrich events taking place in the capital and to attract visitors from other towns and tourists.
Visitors will be able to choose from 80 beers from around the world and taste traditional beer food.

“We have brought bacon from Germany and pork shank will also be available, which is traditionally served with beer in Germany,” Nicolaou said. Fish and chips will also be offered.

The festival includes live music and shows with alternative, pop and rock music performed by Greek and Cypriot singers and bands.

Performers include Pyx-Lax rock band’s members Philippos Pliatsikas and Pampis Stokas on Friday and popular Greek singer Glykeria on Saturday, as well as rock and blues music on Sunday from the pop and rock cover band Minus One and The Zilla Project blues band. On Monday, the Greek singer Dimitris Mpasis, along with Asmation Live and the Mitropanos Orchestra will perform songs of the late Dimitris Mitropanos. Georgos Tsalikis will perform on Tuesday, while the Melisses pop band and 40+ Rock Band will perform on Wednesday.

An all-expense paid trip to Oktoberfest in Munich will go to the winning couple of the salsa dance competition that will take place at the festival. Interested parties can apply through the event’s Facebook page. Participants pay €5 to receive a number, available at the festival’s stands. There will also be a children’s singing talent show.

Nicolaou also thanked Education Minister Costas Kadis for initiating a dialogue with Aglandjia district school board, allowing for the festival to take place.
The event had been called into question earlier last month when the minister said he would not hear of it being held next to a school, a decision he reconsidered last week.

The school board had refused to adhere to the ministry’s concerns and instead allowed Nicolaou to use Akadimia park, as a venue for the festival.

Septemberfest is one of the two beer festivals taking place in the capital, the other, later in the month, is organised by Nicolaou’s former partners – the Nicosia municipality, Nicosia Tourism Board (ETAP) and the Nicosia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI).

Nicolaou decided to organise his festival after being informed he was not included in the consortium of organisers of this year’s municipality-sponsored beer festival which has taken place since 2011. He has taken out legal proceedings against the consortium organising this year’s event, seeking compensation for their use of the logo and for unfair competition.

The hearing was last week with a ruling expected on September 4.

Nicolaou said that his former partners had tried to stop him from organising Septemberfest and that they had put pressure on other municipalities in the capital not to cooperate with him and host the event, claims the Nicosia municipality says they are not true.

“In no way does the municipality accept the accusations concerning the beer festival,” said the municipality in an announcement last week and added that the claims require no further comment.

Display Art’s Septemberfest will take place from September 5 to 10. Entrance is €5 with one beer. Entrance is free for children up to 14 years old. For information visit www.facebook.com/NicosiaBeerFestival

The municipality-sponsored Nicosia Beer Festival will open on September 10 and will run until September 14 at the Constanza Moat. Opening hours: 7pm until midnight. Entrance: €5.

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