FOR THE MOVERS & SHAKERS
Contemporary Dance Festival June 2 to 22
Right at the start of the summer, the 22nd Contemporary Dance Festival includes innovative contemporary dance performers from both local and international groups. With a total of nine events (performances and workshops), the festival aims to expose its audience to conceptual, postmodern and modern contemporary dance. Taking place in both Limassol and Nicosia, the series begins on June 2 at the Rialto with Arno’s Schuitemaker Dutch dance group in a performance called If You Could See Me Now.
Into the Limbo July 13
Definitely one for the alternative crowd, Into the Limbo is an annual ‘psychedelic stoner rock festival’ which presents a line-up of both international and local musicians playing rock, metal and trance. Now in its eighth year, the festival is unique in its location: the abandoned village of Ayios Sozomenos, outside the capital. Definitely not for the faint of heart, this year promises Ukrainian band Stoned Jesus, the Belgian “four-piece stoner rock band” Cowboys and Aliens, and local boys Cactus Cult among others.
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Living Color Fest August 3
Brought to Cyprus courtesy of Loud Mind Entertainment Ltd and a live entertainment event team from the US and UK, Ayia Napa’s Living Color is a massive mix of art, performance and games designed for those who can hold their glowsticks high hour on hour. In its third iteration, this year’s festival promises music performances by world famous artists, art exhibitions and tastes from local and international cuisine, along with hours of “spectacular entertainment and unforgettable experiences.”
FOR THE ECO-CONSCIOUS
G.I.F. Green is Fantastic Festival June 13
Taking place at the Future Worlds Centre in Nicosia, the second annual G.I.F. (Green Is Fantastic) Festival celebrates a healthy and eco-conscious way of life, bringing people together to “talk about sustainability and discover local initiatives.” With informative stands on environmental issues, various workshops, a mini market with organic and local products, and live local music, this event is definitely one for the environmentally minded (and those who should be but aren’t!).
Reclaiming: Back to Blues Rock July 13
Perfect for lovers of nature who want to escape the concrete confines of city life, the ‘One Night of Reclaiming: Back to Blues Music Festival’ takes place at a unique BnB just outside Simou: Yurts in Cyprus. Home to three authentic Mongolian yurts and a newly-built wooden cabin, the project also hosts intriguing events on a regular basis. This festival promises “a starlit night connecting to a like-minded community in an intimate setting with an exciting line up of accomplished and emerging musicians to celebrate an evening of Back to Blues Rock.”
Afro Banana Republic Festival July 17 to 21
The ultimate in summer celebrations (think acceptance, inclusion, and non-stop excitement), we’ve put the ABR Fest here because of the organisers’ environmental awareness. Yes, this is a fun-filled fiesta of music, art and games, but there’s a serious side to this community event too: recycling and renewable energy are always top themes (last year saw a sculptural wind turbine device powering one of the stages), plastic packaging is banned, and the whole thing is straw-free.
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FOR THE MUSIC LOVERS
AglanJazz July 2 to 3
The name says it all: a chilled out, laid-back celebration of all things jazz in the suburb of Aglangia. Always a favourite with music lovers in the capital, this is simply one of the best summer festivals around – and not just because it’s free of charge! Two full evenings of smooth jazz under the stars await; bands hail from all round the world, and thousand-strong audiences pack the square on both nights.
Fengaros August 1 to 3
Now in its ninth year, Fengaros is all about immersing yourself fully in the music. Returning to the familiar setting of Kato Drys, the festival is an extravaganza of musical workshops, seminars and performances which explore local talent and showcase an array of new bands and songwriters. This year, we’re promised three stages and more than 40 acts, in what organisers describe as “another unforgettable music experience.”
Windcraft Loud August 10 to 11
Another village-based festival, Windcraft Loud takes place in Katydata, a rural community overlooking Morphou Bay. A gentle celebration of all that’s unique about wind instruments, the festival welcomes all ages and abilities, and promises both local and international artists showcasing original music projects influenced by the traditions of the world. Now in its sixth year, this two-day event can be summed up as lovely music, wonderful location, and plenty of community spirit.
FOR THE HISTORY BUFFS
Nostalgia at the Pool June 30
Okay, this isn’t really about history, but the music certainly promises to be a blast from the past! An annual event, Nostalgia at the Pool is just what it says on the tin. Partly, it’s the location (remember those summer holidays up in the hills?), but mostly it’s the music. Taking place at the Forest Park Hotel, we’re promised an entire day (10am to 7pm) of tunes from the past: a gorgeous selection from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Snacks, drinks and cocktails are on tap, and there are plenty of activities planned for the kids too. Plus, if all that twisting and jiving works up too much of a sweat, you can jump in the titular pool!
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International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama June 28 to July 27
One of the highlights of our theatrical calendar, the Festival of Ancient Greek Drama is an annual event series which emphasises quality collaboration with major theatre institutions from around the world. This year we have five groups (from Slovenia, Spain, Greece and Cyprus) performing their unique versions of Trojan Women, Hippolytus, Lysistrata, Bacchae, and Iphigenia in Aulis at the Paphos Ancient Odeon, Aglangia’s Skali amphitheatre, and at Curium. Seriously good stuff. And we stress the serious.
FOR THE CHILLED OUT
Paradise Jazz Festival August 23 to 24
One of the island’s longest-running and most chilled-out summer happenings, the 20th Paradise Jazz Festival promises to be the epitome of musical relaxation. This year’s event takes place at Val’s Place in the village of Gialia – a change from the usual venue, but still with great views over the sea. 27 artists will be presenting six shows (three each night), and there are a couple of bonus ‘special guest jam sessions’ thrown in for good measure. Smooth and sultry is the order of the day at this festival; even when the music hots up, the vibe’s still chilled.
Flying Away Art & Music Festival September 6 to 8
Celebrating 10 years, the Flying Away Festival is Nicosia’s answer to the more coastal and village-based summer events. Hot on local talent, it’s billed as “a space for interaction and interrelation, acting as a home in which acts and artists can share their ideas, raise their public profile, present their products, and network with their peers.” This year, we’ve got a live rooftop session, a photography competition, festival looks from MAC Cosmetics, and the intriguingly-named ‘barrel painting contest’: expect the unexpected!
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