With the aim of promoting and supporting multiculturalism in Cyprus, the Andrey & Julia Dashin Foundation and Limassol Municipality will present La-Dee-Dah Nights, the first edition of the Foundation Film Festival (FFF) next weekend.
The three-day event takes place in Molos, Limassol where there will be the chance to enjoy some feel-good movies from Russian, English and Greek Cinema, together with a live music programme by local artists.
Speaking about the event, Julia Dashina explained that “in essence it is a three day seanema celebration of Cyprus’ multiculturalism with live music set against the magical backdrop of Limassol’s glistening sea.”
“We also get a chance to inform the public about the Evagorion Palliative Day Care Centre in Limassol (under the auspices of the Cyprus Anticancer Society) and raise awareness of the needs of thousands of cancer patients in the areas of Limassol and Paphos. Despite the fact that entrance is free for all, we dearly wish that people would donate money in the glass boxes that will be set throughout the festival on the premises.”
The event, which is under the auspices of the First Lady Andri Anastasiades, starts on July 8 when soprano Ellie Aloneftis and pianist Nicholas Melis will perform famous arias, followed by the award winning 1957 Russian film The Cranes are Flying.
On Saturday the festival continues with a screening of the 1975 British cult film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a film that combines adventure, comedy and fantasy. The music for the night will be provided by the Sandy Brour band.
Dashina explained that the band will create a unique atmosphere, going on a journey back in time to the rhythms of bossa nova, swing, tango, bolero, blues and waltz.
On the last day of the festival the 1960 Greek classic film Never on a Sunday starring Melina Mercouri will be screened. As the music for the film was composed by Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis, the night will also bring with it some of Hadjidakis’ melodies, performed by Evangelos Christodoulou, Loizos Pafitis and Katerina Andreou.
Wishing to celebrate the diverse cultural backgrounds of the people of Cyprus, as Dashina puts it, all the movies will be shown with English, Greek and Russian subtitles.
In this way the foundation “wishes to bring people together and entertain them through the visual poetics of the seventh art and, in this way, fulfil one of the pillars of our foundation, the practical contribution to society and culture. It is perhaps not an overstatement to say that FFF is pioneering in this way,” Dashina said.
Admission to the festival is free. Snacks and drinks will be offered at low prices and donations will be accepted, all in support of the Cyprus Anticancer Society’s Evagorion Palliative Day Care Centre in Limassol.
Film screenings and live musical performances by the sea. July 8-10. Molos, Limassol. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 25-246220