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Music in the country

By Alexandros Achilleos

Mid-August and it’s countryside festival time and a chance for a cultural camping experience with music filled nights.

Starting from next Friday – and going through Saturday – you can either choose to be part of the Fifth Afro Banana Republic Festival at Kornos in Larnaca or the Katydata Soleas in the Nicosia district for the second Windcraft Music Fest. Either way, your two-day event will be full of musical vibes.

If you prefer a more Techno, House, Reggae, Afrobeat type of music, then pack your stuff, take your tent and head straight to Kornos Camping site.

AfroBanana Republic is organising its annual Community Festival for the fifth time and promises that this year will be bigger and better than ever before. The recent international recognition from being honoured with the EFFE Label 2015-2016 as one of Europe’s finest festivals, makes the organisers even prouder and eager to make these two days an unforgettable experience.

Three different stages will welcome international and local artists with the sounds of Afrobeat rhythms, world music, flamenco, ska and reggae, funk and post-funk, disco, techno, house and much more.

Escape amongst the trees of Kornos’ forest, and enjoy a somewhat a surreal musical experience. The organisers have also promised twelve intriguing creative interactive projects to make the festival even more enticing.

If want to stay the full two days, there are a couple of accommodation options. The first is to pitch your tent at the camping space of the festival and make the most out of the event. Don’t worry about keeping clean, toilets and showers are provided.

If you prefer the comfort of a proper bed, there is a great place just a three-minute drive away from the festival.

The Windcraft Music Fest offers something slightly different, combining the cultural inheritance of Cyprus with the power of music.

The traditional houses and endless olive groves of Katydata Soleas, combined with the workshops and music events, promise a unique experience.

Musicians from Cyprus and Greece will come together to fill every corner of the village with live jazz, ethnic, classical and alternative music. But a Cypriot village without Cypriot Traditional Music is not a true village. Our music roots will have a special place in the festival and as it has to do with wind music, a workshop on how to create and play our traditional flute, pithkiavli, will take place. To make it even more fun and exciting, the organisers will host tsiattista duels.

There will be more workshops for both kids and adults.

Like the AfroBanana Republic festival, camping is an option. The site will have showers and toilets. If you prefer home comforts, hotel rooms are available in nearby villages, but not in Katydata. Food and drinks will be served at low prices during the festival.

Fifth Afro Banana Republic Festival

A two-day festival with lots of music and more. August 21-22. Kornos Forest, Larnaca. 2pm. Contact:

Windcraft Music Fest 2
A two-day festival with exhibitions, music and workshops. August 21-22. Katydata Soleas, Nicosia. All day event. €20 for both days/ €15 for one. Tel: 22-377748

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