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Turing around the capital

The end of the week is our favourite time to get out and about, mainly because there are more things to choose from and the entertainment scene opens itself up to all ages and tastes. There will be lots going on in the capital, and this is only a handful of what you can get up to.

Tomorrow take advantage of free entry to museums and galleries and tours to celebrate World Tourism Day. The event includes two walking tours. The first starts at 11am and will take you through Taktakals, Ermou street, and Chysaliniotissa area, and the second, that starts at 3pm, will follow the same steps around the old part of the city. Both tours will begin from the Nicosia Municipal Multipurpose Centre.

There will also be guided minibus tours at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 3pm, also starting from the Nicosia Municipal Multipurpose Centre. The tour will include the Cyprus Archaeological Museum, the Pancyprian Gymnasium Museums, the Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum, the Byzantine Museum, the Centre of Visual Arts and Research, Museum of George and Nefeli Giabra Pierides Collection, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, AG Leventis Gallery, Nicosia Struggle Museum, and the Cyprus Classic Motorcycle Museum. Also, the AG Leventis Gallery be running a special tour for people with disabilities at 4pm. To reserve a place for this tour, call 22-889704.

The Nicosia Municipal Multipurpose Centre is not only a meeting place, it will also give you a chance to see the revival of traditional cultural crafts and look around the city market fair with stalls selling handmade products, food and drinks.

On Saturday the city will greet the smiling faces of children at the Acropolis park for the Together in Life festival, in support of PASYKAF.

The festival, which will take place from 11am until 6pm, will feature activities for the kids and stalls with products and food. The activities include an arts and crafts corner, jumping on the bouncy castles, fishing games, face painting, football, mini golf, the chance to take photos with the kids’ favourite characters and much more.

You can buy handmade creations, jewellery, books, stationary, jams and marmalades, cakes, biscuits and all kinds of street food.

Also on Saturday, the village Pera Oreinis in the Nicosia district, will be holding its And I Will Turn the Village Upside Down festival. The village community board will organise for the traditional house yards to welcome everyone in to participate in workshops run by artists and members of the community. You will also have the chance to observe or be involved in various activities such as, drama workshops, painting, halloumi making, sewing, prints, storytelling workshops and crochet.

There will also be guided tours around the village where you can get to see venues and monuments. An art exhibition under the name Aperanti Kypros (Vast Cyprus) by the artist Kyriakos Lyras will be on display inside the old School for Boys.

The highlight of the event will be the choir festival, which will take place at the community’ central square from 7.30pm until 9.30pm, celebrating traditional Cypriot music. Eight choirs will take part in the event.

World Tourism Day
A day with free guided tours in Nicosia. September 24. Nicosia Multi-Dynamic Municipal Centre, Athina Avenue, Nicosia. 10am-5pm. Free. Tel: 22-889600

Together in Life
Fair with music, dance, games, food and more in aid of PASYKAF. September 25. Acropolis Park, Strovolos, Nicosia. 11am-6pm. Tel: 22-345444

And I will Turn the Village Upside Down
A festival with lot of art, singing, and more. September 25. Pera Orinis, Nicosia. 4pm-11pm. Tel: 22-621359

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