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Napa festival turns 33

The summer may be over but that doesn’t mean Ayia Napa isn’t still a great holiday destination for anyone still wanting to catch the sun, sea and waves of the Ayia Napa International Festival.

The 33rd Ayia Napa International Festival will kick off on Thursday and run until Sunday with some amazing line-ups. The highlights of the festival are a performance by Greek singer of Byzantine music Petros Gaitanos on Friday, and a performance by the Tenors of the XXI Century and the Greek singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki on Saturday.

The Tenors of the XXI Century are a group of tenors who come together to perform certain concerts around the world. The tenors have been part of the Ayia Napa festival before so we know that the central square is big enough to hold their bellowing voices. For this performance, they will perform individually and then together to bring to the festival well known arias and classic hits while, also putting a twist on things with songs by the Beatles, Queen, Bocelli, Lucio Dalla and others.

Each tenor has his own solo career and has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the world – and since 2006 they have shared such stages together, giving around 120 concerts a year.

After the tenors have gone on a magnificent musical journey, Arvanitaki will be joined by the Children’s Choir and the Diastasis choir to perform songs by a number of Greek composers.

The singer with the very unique voice has sung with Cesaria Evora and Arto Tuncboyaciyan and has given many international concerts.

She started out as part of a group called Opisthodromiki Kompania but after only four years, she started her solo career and released her first album. And now for almost 40 years she has been helping celebrate life with all kinds of music, including folk songs, rembetika and even some jazzy tunes.

33rd Ayia Napa International Festival
Festival with live musical performances. September 21-24. Ayia Napa Central Square, Ayia Napa. Thursday: 7pm, Friday: 8pm, Saturday and Sunday: 7.30pm. Free. Tel: 23-816307

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