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Music talks tradition

This week, music played on traditional instruments by enthusiastic young people from European and Arab countries will be heard in Limassol and Paphos.

On Friday in Limassol – as part of the eleventh Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival – and on Saturday in Paphos, 35 young virtuoso instrumentalists will play traditional instruments

The musicians, who range in age from 15 to 30-years-old, are part of the Ethno Cyprus 2016 project. The project is a traditional ten-day music camp that has taken place in Limassol every year since 2005.

Ethno Cyprus mainly focuses on music workshops dedicated to each participating country, with the target that all participating young people will learn about the tradition music of all participating countries.

This year the young people who participated in the camp, and who will perform in the upcoming concerts, are from Cyprus, Croatia, Belgium, Egypt and Jordan. During these very challenging times in the Mediterranean, these young musicians were able to come together and explore their common cultural identity, while passing on to each other their own local music traditions.

Programmes like this aspire to convert Cyprus into a cultural and educational centre of the region by bringing together young people from different countries, which will contribute to an intercultural dialogue between them. The cultural activities contribute to an economic development and social cohesion.

Ethno Cyprus aims to support the creativity and mobility of young musicians who will become ambassadors of positive changes in their communities and elsewhere.

After the workshops and the end of the camp, the participants are ready to show what they can do, during two concerts that uniquely combine the music traditions of Mediterranean countries.

Ethno Cyprus 2016
Live performance by young virtuoso instrumentalists playing traditional instruments as part of the 11th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival. July 8. Heroes Square, Limassol. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 77-777745
July 9. Geroskipou Public Square, Geroskipou, Paphos. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 26-932017

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