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By Maria Gregoriou

It looks as if it will be another very creative year this year, starting off with workshops and open calls galore.

For those who play a wind instrument, the workshop offered by trumpet player Andreas Polyzogopoulos next Thursday and Saturday will take you into the world of music improvisation.

The two-hour sessions, which will take place at the Windcraft Music Centre in Nicosia, will show you how to build melodies spontaneously, deal with what our relationship is to time and rhythm, and how notes can be teamed up into phrases.

The workshop will initiate beginners and provide more advanced musicians with fresh ideas and approaches. Emphasis will be given to the performance of wind instruments, though other instrumentalists are also welcome to join.

Polyzogopoulos was brought-up in a small village in southwest Greece, where he began studying the guitar at the age of ten. At 16 he moved to Athens and started participating in rock and blues bands.

While there he discovered he also had a passion for jazz, so he started to study jazz guitar at the Philipos Nakas Conservatory. It was in 2000 when he picked up the trumpet. Two years later he moved to the Netherlands, where he entered the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam.

In 2006 he formed the group Poly Quartet. He recorded a CD containing pieces by his favourite rock bands. In 2014 he formed a new band and just last year released the album Anicca, where some of his own work is recorded.

Now to move on to open calls, the Cyprus International Performance Art Society is currently accepting submissions from all over the world from artists wishing to participate in the Cyprus International Performance Art Festival 2016.

The open call is for performance artists to pitch their ideas for an innovative event that will take place on June 11 and 12 in Mitseros.

The event will be under the name New Synchronicities: (no) one’s action, everyone’s celebration and will aim to use artistic means to enable us to rekindle and shape a new relationship – a new synchronicity – with our environment.

The intention is to work and live collectively on the mountain site, and from this process devise new performance art works that will be presented to the audience during the public part of the festival.

Prior to this public event, the festival will be holding a site-sensitive workshop which will aim at building connections between nature, art and people. The event, therefore, is somewhat of a continuation of the workshop.

Ideas should be sent to [email protected] by February 28. There is no submission fee and the selected artists will be notified via email by March 4.

You must have surely noticed that the flamingos have landed in Larnaca and it is looking very pretty in pink. To capture this beautiful sight, the Larnaca Tourism Board is currently running a photography competition with flamingos as its theme.

The rules are that the photographs must be taken during the current winter season at the Larnaca Salt Lakes or Oroklini Lake.

You can only submit one photo – with no submission fee – until January 31 in jpg format to [email protected] stating your name, email address, telephone number and the date on which the photograph was taken.

Submitted photographs will go online from February 4-18 on where members of the public can vote.

When voting is concluded, three awards will be given and three honourable mentions. The first prize will receive €500, the second €200 and the third €100.

Play Solo
Improvisation workshop for winds by trumpet player Andreas Polyzogopoulos. January 14 and January16. Windcraft Music Centre, 27 Xanthis Xenierou, Nicosia. 7pm-9pm on Thursday and 11am-1pm on Saturday. €15. Tel: 22-377748

Open Call
Open call for performance artists to pitch their ideas for an innovative event. Deadline: February 28. Send ideas to [email protected] Tel: 99-650113

Photography Competition
Take a photo of the flamingos at Larnaca Saltw Lakes or Oroklini Lake this winter season. Deadline: January 31. Send photo to [email protected]

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