On Saturday, Pera Oreinis village in Nicosia invites us all for the Pera Stin Plateia festival, where the afternoon will be filled with lots of entertainment for children and adults.
The festival, which is running for a second year, is organised by the Open Group of Artists of Pera Oreinis and will take place in the village square. The events start at 4pm but you can get to the village early and take a look around the traditional setting and, most probably, get talking to some locals – and maybe even be invited in for some Cypriot sweets by enthusiastic housewives.
The kids can have their fun from 4.30pm until 6.30pm, when the village stage will be given over to five Cypriot bands. There will be songs for children, some acrobatics going on and percussion workshops. All this will get us all warmed up for the music event to come.
The five bands set to entertain us in the village have become very big names on the local music scene, and they will all be at the same place at the same time to liven up the festival mood even more.
The live performances start with the very famous – at least locally – Windcraft band at 6.30pm. The band, specialising in trumpets, French horns, trombones, tubas and any other wind instruments that the musicians can get their hands on, stems from the Windcraft Music Centre in Nicosia, where a team of qualified and experienced teachers pass on their knowledge to future musicians.
The band is well-known for its range of musical styles, from performing classical pieces, to the jazz genre, to folk music.
Next up at 7.30pm will be the young and enthusiastic band Drumble Beats. Made up of teenagers who love to beat their drums, Drumble Beats came together in 2013. The teenaged band members combine conventional drums and percussion with experimental instruments. Pots mix with drums, African djemble, typewriters, cans and electronic samples creating a unique musical blend, performing Latin-influenced rock covers as well as their own pieces. So don’t be surprised if your kids start banging on your pots and pans at home – it will all be part of their newfound musical influence.
Coming up at 8.30pm will be the local band that hasn’t stopped making waves since it took to the airwaves in 2011, Monsieur Doumani.
The band, that was nominated for Best Group at the Songlines Music Awards 2016, consists of Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (wind instruments).
Although each member of Monsieur Doumani comes from a different musical background, all three are influenced by Cypriot folklore on various levels. This comes through in their songs, which are focused on re-arranging Cypriot traditional songs by adding the band members’ own particular colour to their sound and feeling.
They also compose their own songs in the Cypriot dialect, which are inspired by contemporary Cypriot society.
The four-man blues and rock band known as the Zilla Project will take to the stage at 9.30pm.
The band, comprised of ‘Big Mo’ (a.k.a Emmanuel Vourakis) on vocals and electric guitars, Nikolas ‘Honeyman’ Melis on the keys, Loizos Pafitis on bass and Stefanos ‘PP’ Meletiou on the drums, will bring their big sound to the village square as the night gets more and more into a party mood.
Greatly influenced by all styles of American music, Zilla Project have played all over the country, in major festivals, in small and big clubs. They also recently played in London.
Last up at 10.30pm will be Papapera featuring Meraklis. Paparena, who are Yiorgos Vlamis (guitar, vocals), Roger Heinrich (cajon set, percussion), Jim Themis (guitar, bass), and Constantinos Evangelides (violin, trumpet, vocals), will present some of their original songs, along with some covers. Meraklis will join the band with some of his own songs.
During the festival there will be an arts and crafts market running parallel to the main event, including local products, excellent food (with options for vegetarians) and drinks.
Pera Stin Plateia
Festival for children and adults with entertainment, music workshops, acrobatics, and musical performances by five local bands. October 1. Pera Oreinis, Nicosia. 4pm-11.30pm. Free. Tel: 22-621359