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Paphos: full of culture

By Maria Gregoriou

Paphos is certainly on the up when it comes to culture. Lots of venues are giving the people of Paphos much more to do and see, including the Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre, which regularly puts on all kinds of events – from music to open discussions and book presentations. Elsewhere the Polihoros Cultural Centre has joined the growing number of venues screening performances from abroad.

On Wednesday both these venues will offer a little something to keep almost any cultural buff happy.

Technopolis 20 will host a live performance by Cypriot guitarist Timotheos Stylianides, who will perform a programme with works by Manuel De Falla, Miguel Llobet, Isaac Albeniz, Frank Martin, Mikis Theodorakis, Benjamin Britten and Joaquin Rodrigo, at 8pm.

Stylianides, who will be playing in his home-town, took his first guitar lessons at the age of eleven. In 2002 he started his studies at the University of Hull, where he focused on Performance, Composition, Orchestration and Psychology of Music.

While at the university, he also studied the guitar under the guidance of Tom McKinney and Graig Ogden. He then followed with postgraduate studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where his guitar teachers were Eleftheria Kotzia and John Mills.

During his studies he participated in various festivals and seminars in which he took advice from many accomplished artists including Leo Brouwer, David Russel, Manuel Barruecco, and Alvaro Pierri. Stylianides also studied at the Real Cοnservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid in Spain where he took guitar lessons from Jose Luis Rodrigo. He was awarded the John Mills Guitar Prize in 2006.

Stylianides has performed in several countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Croatia and Cyprus. He is currently teaching guitar at the European University of Cyprus.

While Technopolis 20 will be filled with the sweet sound of the guitar on Wednesday, the Polihoros Cultural Centre will honour Shakespeare with a screening of a performance of Hamlet at the National Theatre.

As this year marks the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, leading actors have filmed a new Shakespeare solo series for the Guardian, which is a great opportunity for our island to have the chance to enjoy the words of the Bard as performed on the British stage.

The role of Hamlet is taken on by Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch. Hamlet must avenge his father’s death but struggles with the actual task he has set for himself.

Hamlet is not at all a short play, so get your popcorn and refreshments ready, it will take just over three hours for the final scene to unfold. It will also be screened at the Rialto theatre in Limassol on Monday.

Timotheos Stylianides
Live performance by the guitarist. February 10. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 8pm. €10. Tel: 70-002420

Screening of the performance from the National Theatre. February 10. Polihoros Culural Centre – Old Electricity Authority, 8 Vladimios Heracleous Street, Paphos. 8pm. €10/7. Tel: 26-932017

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