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Documenting a great event

By Maria Gregoriou

In October 2014 Nicosia was made a better place by a number of pianos being placed around the capital together with a bench for anyone to just sit down and play.

The event was under the name Play Me, I’m Yours and, although it was new to Cyprus, it was started in 2008 by artist Luke Jerram in Birmingham and since then more than 40 cities have adopted this idea. Jerram realised that people would be waiting for a bus, for example, and not speak to each other. He saw that we were starting to lose our means of face-to-face communication so he had this idea to let people meet and mingle over a piano, and mingle they did. Relationships have been formed over a street piano, and proposals of marriage have even been made.

The ten pianos which were especially made for the event and decorated by local artists were a great success. Now a book documenting the event from its start to its finish will be launched on Thursday.

The book entitled Play Me, I’m Yours: Nicosia 2014, is a 160-page album divided into 15 chapters. It consists of texts in Greek and English and rich photographic material from the idea itself to the arrival of the pianos, their transfer to the artists’ workshops, the painting process and the inspiration from each of the artists who decorated them, their installation in the city, the interaction with the people of Nicosia and the final allocation to the various charitable institutions.

The book presentation is being organised by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Avantgarde Cultural Foundation and Hellenic Bank. It will be addressed by the Minister of Education and Culture Costas Kadis, the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of The Hellenic Bank Group Irena Georgiadou and the President of Avantgarde Cultural Foundation Stavros Kyriakides.

The book will be available for free.

Play Me, I’m Yours: Nicosia 2014
Book presentation. February 4. Hellenic Bank Head Office, Strovolos, Nicosia. 6pm. Tel: 22-500500

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