Drink wine, and be merry. Limassolians seem to take this saying to heart as every September the Municipal Public Gardens is transferred into a large wine celebration. The Limassol Wine Festival is a nine-day event filled with music, dancing, art and local winemakers. This year, the 61st edition of the festival returns with tons of activities and performances from Saturday until September 25.
Every evening, the Gardens will welcome local music and dance ensembles to entertain festival-goers amongst the food and wine stalls. Parallel activities include a caricature exhibition on wine, a photography exhibition titled Wine through the Centuries and activities for children. Young visitors can attend pottery workshops, and theatre performances and be entertained by magicians, comedians and stilt walkers.
Marking the opening of the 2022 festival will be a series of performances at the Marios Tokas Municipal Garden Theatre on Saturday. From 8pm onwards, Limassol’s Male Four-Part Choir will perform accompanied by the tenor Andy Aroditis. Then a theatrical performance will follow by famous actors Kostas Vichas and Chrysanthos Chrysanthou as well as a dance show by the groups of the 15th Euro-Mediterranean Festival of Traditional Dances with the participation of the Limassol Municipality Philharmonic Orchestra.
On Sunday, a concert by the famous Greek singer Kostas Makedonas will take place, alongside Elena Neofytidou and an eight-member band. Joining them on stage will also be the Machallekide Dance School. Monday’s events will continue with dancing as the Limassol Folk Research Club Oi Amathousioi will present Cypriot dances while the Zidros Cultural Club will dance Cretan dances and the Alexandra Traditional Dance Workshop will continue with even more Greek dances.
On the following evening, the Georgalettoi Choir will perform wine songs before the Laughter Theatre group presents a Cypriot comedy. Wednesday evening will host the renowned Greek singer Pantelis Thalassinos in concert with the participation of Liza Theofanous and the Orpheus Music Group of the Cultural Foundation Panikos Hadjichampis.
Thursday September 22 will continue with a short tribute to traditional Cypriot music by the Cultural Club Desmos of the Limassol Association of Parents and Friends of Children with Special Needs as well as a tribute concert in honour of Dimitris Mitropanos.
Two days before the festival ends, Skala theatre will take the stage to present a comedy by Pavlos Liasides while on Saturday September 24 singer Glykeria, accompanied by the vocal ensemble of Diastasis and an eight-piece orchestra of renowned musicians, will perform beloved Greek music.
The celebrations will conclude on Sunday September 25 with a magic show by the world-renowned Cypriot magicians of the Liotatis family, in loving memory of Andreas Liotatis. Following their performance, the evening will continue with rembetiko music by the acclaimed singers Mario and Petros Kouloumis accompanied by the composer and bouzouki virtuoso Dimitris Livanos and violin player Michalis Kouloumis, alongside other artists and the Limassol Folklore Association.
Also happening on the final day of the festival are Cypriot dances and songs by the Mesaoria Cultural Club at 8pm in front of the Vraka Man statue and a concert by well-known Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani.
The festival fun will also spread to some Limassol district villages throughout the week. On Sunday in Vasa Kilani, the Dionysus Cultural and Dancing Group and the Cypriot Serenaders Group will perform early in the afternoon. Then on September 25, the Cultural Association Nostos Pissouriou and Antama band will travel to Ayios Mamas village for an afternoon performance to entertain the residents.
Wanting to make the festival an event that the whole island can attend and enjoy, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation is organising free buses from Nicosia, Larnaca, Paphos and Ayia Napa.
61st Limassol Wine Festival
9-day festival with music, wines, dances, exhibitions and more. Until September 25. Limassol Municipal Gardens, Limassol. 8pm-11pm. €5 for adults, €3 for children. www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy. Tel: 25-344402, 25-344952, 25-745919