For Nicosians an evening walk by the sea to cool down during the summer months isn’t really an option. But at least the Faneromeni Festival gives the chance to visit the old part of the city, enjoy the night sky, have an ice-cream and all while enjoying a four-month programme of concerts, theatrical performances and film screenings.
For the third year, the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation will run a total of 14 events at the largest courtyard in the capital. It will all begin tomorrow with A Sea of Songs concert with the Estudiadina of Nea Ionia Orchestra together with singers Costas Makedonas, Aspasia Stratigou and Apostolos Mosios, and go right the way through until September 20.
The Faneromeni 18 festival promises to be a multidimensional festival with local and international performances. Its mission is to become the city’s most vibrant event by presenting a unique amalgamation of arts, seasons and artists from different backgrounds. Complemented by the rich history of the Cultural Foundation, guests will enjoy a series of events addressed to all ages and spanning all tastes, with free admission. While the audience will enjoy an array of contemporary artistic creations, artists will have the chance to be part of a celebration of the arts, be given a platform from which they will be able to showcase their talent and also work and exchange ideas with other artists.
And as those in Nicosia do not have the sea, the first performance brings it to them. A Sea of Songs will bring the smell, the sound and the colours of the sea while combining traditional music of the Mediterranean countries and creating one musical entity.
Expect to hear songs that have been passed from generation to generation, songs that have made their mark on our soul and become part of our memory and even songs that we may have never heard before, but yet sound familiar.
These songs will be brought to us by the Estudiadina of Nea Ionia Orchestra and the artistic director Andreas Katsigiannis. For the first time in Cyprus, the orchestra will present an amalgamation of the music and songs of Greece, while linking them to other musical traditions of other Mediterranean countries. Firstly, from the east to the Balkans and then to the Greek speaking villages of southern Italy. The concert will then move on to the sounds of Portugal and the music of Greece through the ages.
All performances that are part of the Faneromeni festival will begin at 9pm and are free of charge.
A Sea of Songs
Concert as part of the third Faneromeni 18 Festival. June 7. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia. 9pm. Free. Tel: 22-128157