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Ayia Napa to party up a storm with Living in Color fest

Does everyone know something we don’t? Is the world due to end in August and, somehow, we haven’t been told? The reason we ask is that all the festivals which have – for the last few years – taken place in Month 8 have suddenly been bumped forward four weeks. Okay, not all of them, but it’s a noticeable trend for those of us who work in the media. Case in point: the Living Color Festival…

In 2017 the first iteration of this gloriously fun-filled fest took place in the first week of August, courtesy of Loud Mind Entertainment Ltd and a live entertainment event team from the US and UK. It was, apparently, the party to end all parties, a riotous revelry, a non-stop celebration of everything under the Mediterranean sun. There was music, games, food, and adult-sized playgrounds, along with installations and performance art round the clock, DJs from all over Europe, dancing till dawn and beyond. And it all took place at the very height of summer. So it’s quite a change to see the whole thing jump forward by four weeks to July 7…

Okay, it’s not all change. The same venue is being used: a specially designed 21,000 m² area in Ayia Napa’s Modern Athletic Centre; apparently “an outdoor grass covered venue with uninterrupted sea view which blends perfectly with the Cyprus summer, offering a majestic Mediterranean experience”! The focus is still on music and arts. And there’s the same sort of stage set-up – though much-reduced in size (last year’s was billed as “spectacular 12m x 70m stage, the biggest stage ever built in Cyprus, loaded with mind-blowing sound and visual effects, which enchanted both headliners and the public”; this year’s clocks in at a mere 250m2). Speaking of which, we’ve got any number of the world’s top DJs set to spin their stuff in front of the crowds: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – voted the world’s No1 DJ for 2015 and No2 DJ for 2016 – as well as the world renowned Nervo, Nicky Romero, Quintino, Bassjackers and Angemi, and a number of other local talents known for their infectious digital and acoustic sound.

But the beauty of Living Color is that it’s much more than just your average music fest. Organisers have clocked the fact that nobody – even the most bumptious of teens – can dance for more than six hours at a time, and have decided to deliver non-stop diversions worthy of the shortest attention span. Like 2017, there’s going to be a mix of art, performance, games, and food to keep everyone happy: artists will engage in live-play with their audience, there’s going to be a huge live art wall, interactive installations, and a host of creative games (including bumper cars and a human-size bowling installation!) designed to “give everyone the chance to unleash their playful side.”

Fuelling the whole event is the Fork Food Market – “curbing hunger pangs with top quality street food to tantalise those taste buds, whether you fancy tucking into a juicy burger or are keen on devouring some healthy veggie treats” – adding a fantastic flavour to the festival, with a whole variety of stalls dishing up quality street food in a specially designed culinary area.

While we’re on the subject of areas, it’s worth mentioning that there are all sorts of designations actually within the arena, depending on whether you’re a VIP, a VVIP, or merely a P. “Those who are looking for a truly exclusive experience can enjoy the festival fun in cabanas, at high-service tables or in the standing area of the festival’s luxury 1,200m² VIP lounge,” tempt organisers. VIP perks apparently include prime stage view, express separate entrance, exclusive dedicated parking, private bar and restrooms, and exclusive bottle service presentation…

For the rest of us, it’s enough to know that we’re attending one of the highlights of the party calendar (oh, and giving back at the same time: donations from the festival are going to the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients & Friends). So dig out your comfiest clothes and shoes, find that bumbag (believe it or not, they’re not only useful, they’re making a fashion comeback!) and prepare for 24 hours of unforgettable fun and games. It may be one month early, but it’s bound to be twice the fun!

The Living Color Music & Arts Festival

July 7 at the Modern Athletic Centre in Ayia Napa. For more information and bookings, call 95 569405, visit http://livingcolorfestival.com/ or the Facebook page ‘Living Color Festival’. Tickets cost from €30 Ages 16 and over

 


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