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Ermou: going back in time for third year

Ermou Street in the old part of Nicosia will travel back in time on Sunday as it will be transformed for the third year in the row into a market resembling the early 20th century.

The event – Ermou 1900 – which was the brainchild of Rita Severis, Executive Director of the Centre of Visual Arts and Research (CVAR), will be bigger this year as it will be funded by betting company Opap and the Nicosia municipality.

The revival of a Cypriot market in the 1900’s was introduced in 2014 by the CVAR – which is located on Ermou – but as of last year, it became a collective effort as businesses housed in the same street expressed interest in becoming involved in its organisation.

“This year, with the contribution of the municipality, there will be more participants, more stands, and weather permitting we will have even more people. The first year we had around 3,000 people, last year we had 8,000,” Severis said.

To turn Ermou – one of the busiest and most commercial streets of the capital before 1974 – into an early 20th century market, CVAR has lent objects from that era from its collection for decoration, but also folk costumes that will be worn by volunteers who will represent various traditional professions.

“People come even at the last moment, they get excited, and ask to wear traditional attire and we give them costumes too,” Severis said.

“We bring both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot vendors to sell their products. On the day visitors will have the opportunity to taste treats of that period, such as salep, and brittle made with carob syrup which is hard to find in the market today,” she said.

The market will also host artisans, that will sell their handiwork.

The event will be open between 10am and 8pm at Ermou, near Famagusta Gate.

Due to the event, part of Ermou will be closed to vehicles between 7am and 10pm on that day.

For information visit the foundation’s Facebook page: CVAR/Severis Foundation




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