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Technopolis cultural centre, year two

After two years of hosting all forms of entertainment, Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre in Paphos shows no signs of slowing down. The balcony setting of this 1920s home continues to offer a homemade breakfast to everyone on Wednesday mornings from 10am until 2pm. But that is not the best part of it. While you munch down on your toast and drink your orange juice, you will start your day off right with the classical and jazz sounds performed by Ivelina Ruseva. So enjoy the most important meal of the day while listening to music from popular musicals and Greek classics on the piano.

The cultural centre will have a little something for children and their parents during its series of family creative moments. Planned for Saturdays or Sundays, and packed with creativity, education, activities and performances, the next event will be on Saturday with the workshop Sky with no Limits. At 11am artist Chara Papadopoulou will get children familiar with the world of visual and performing arts. This is a practical workshop and by the end of it the participants will have a better understanding of art on a visual and performance basis.

If you would rather get your kids – and yourselves – more involved in something with more movement, then the next event on October 29 is all about moving your body. The Yoga for Children and Parents workshop run by professional dancer, choreographer and yoga instructor Erica Charalambous will teach basic yoga postures. Children and parents will learn how to engage their senses and sharpen their movement skills. But body movement is not the only thing focused on during the workshop, as children learn to exercise their bodies they also increase focus, concentration, strength and balance.

Back to this week. After the workshop in the morning, the cultural centre will give us that jazzy feel with a performance by the Kafeney Houseband at 8.30pm.

The Kafeney Houseband – Alkis Agathokleous (Ney), Ermis Michail (Guitar), Andreas Rodosthenous (Bass) and Giorgos Koulas (Drums) – will present colourful ethnic and jazz music from past and present.

Agathokleous, from Limassol, studied jazz guitar and graduated from New School University of New York. He worked as a guitarist with several bands in the US, England and Greece. At the moment he performs and records with several bands in Cyprus and abroad.

Michail started playing the guitar at 14 and studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory. In 2012 he won first prize at the Nicolas Economou Foundation Scholarship Competition and this year he released his debut album with his original compositions under the name Minor Change.

Rodosthenous started playing the electric bass at 16. He has had lessons with famous Greek bass player Yiotis Kiourtsoglou and has recorded two CDs with guitar player Christoforos Krokidis. In 2003 he took the audition in Rotterdam’s Conservatory and was the only one in his year to pass the exam. The next year he formed a band and started to play in many theatres and jazz clubs in the Netherlands. He has also played as a member in a number of other bands in Europe.

Koulas – drummer, percussionist, performer and music creator – has been actively playing and creating music for the last 30 years in Cyprus and abroad. He has performed with a large number of artists and the places he has performed include Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Sweden, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Spain and Boston.

Breakfast and Piano
Homemade breakfast with live music by pianist Ivelina Ruseva every Wednesday. Until October 26. Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre. 1am-2pm. Tel: 70-002420

Sky with No Limits
Creation workshop for children with Chara papadopoulou. October 22. 11am. €5

Yoga for Kids and Parents
Movement workshop with Erica Charalambous. October 29. 11am. €5

The Kafeney Houseband
A live performance of ethnic and jazz music by the band. October 22. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 70-002420

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