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Art and music never mixed so well before

After a decade of giving us musical wings on which to fly, the Flying Away Art and Music Festival will be raising the bar a few notches with this year’s installation – with its very own title of Level Eleven.

The festival, which will take place from September 8-10 at Orfeas Stadium in Nicosia, will leave no art or music lover dissatisfied. Art and music – and food – will make sure that our entertainment for the second weekend of September is utterly and truly sorted.

On the art side of things, the festival will bring together artists and designers who will be exhibiting their creations and art at specially designed stalls. You will be able to take a walk through these stalls and get an overview of the current world of creativity on the island. This world includes fine art, illustrations, travel photography, hand-crafted furniture – which will bring a unique feel to any living-room – works from graphic designers, various handmade crafts using all kinds of materials, unique pieces of jewellery handcrafted with techniques that are not so often used or seen, and pieces of clothing created by talented Cypriot designers. But you won’t only be looking, you will also be able to meet the artists, talk about their work and also take a part of their own personal collection home with you.

So that is the artsy part of the festival out of the way, now on to the musical vibes that will give the festival its ultimate lift off. Each of the three days will have their musical start with popular DJs, who will set the scene for the day’s main event.

The band that will make sure the whole of Nicosia is entertained on the first day of the festival will be the Greek band Mble. The band is a committed part of the festival, and this year the musicians are celebrating their 20th year of touring with a reunion of all 10 band members and the two amazing female voices of Georgia and Theodosia Tsatsou, who are more than ready to set the stage on fire for a one-of-a-kind performance in a one-of-a-kind festival.

Get ready, because Level Eleven will only get bigger and better on Saturday, September 9 when the Greek band Melisses will take to the stage. The pop-rock boy band, led by vocalist Chris Mastoras, have been rocking the Greek music scene since 2009 when they released their single ‘Krifa’ and took part in the Greek final for the European Song Contest 2010.

Melisses has appeared at the MAD Video Music Awards in 2010 and 2011, toured with singer Helena Paparizou in 2012, and the boys have also helped us celebrate a number of events on our island. This time the five-member band will be entertaining us with songs from their three albums and also a range of their released singles as a farewell to the summer season.

The final day of the festival will have a more reggae feel with Locomondo. The seven-member band is the first to fuse the Caribbean sound together with Greek musical elements and Greek lyrics, as well as the first Greek band to record in Jamaica. Locomondo is a band of firsts, but this won’t be the first time they have got us jamming, neither will it be the last.

Flying Away Art and Music Festival
Three-day music and arts festival. September 8-10. Orfeas Stadium, Nicosia. 6pm-12am. €5. Tel: 99-463764

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