The Cultural Festival by the University of Cyprus, currently in its 25th edition, has been offering eclectic productions throughout the summer. This month it finally concludes but until the there are five performances left.
On Tuesday, the Theatrical Workshop of the University of Cyprus (Thepak) will present Waters of Cyprus, of Syria, and of Egypt Study on the ‘Dramatic’ Cavafy. The performance features a big cast and is based on the entire Cavafy oeuvre, which combines poems or parts of poems in which the Alexandrian makes use of techniques and elements characteristic of dramatic art.
The University’s Theatrical Workshop will take the floor again on Friday performing Aristophanes’ famous anti-war comedy Lysistrata translated and adapted into Cypriot dialect by the well-known contemporary poet of Cyprus Costas Montis. The performance is considered to be one of Thepak’s most successful productions, which brings to the Ancient Greek comedy an intense local flavour and an unmistakably Cypriot character.
Next up is the Harris Lambrakis Quartet which on October 9 will perform original musical compositions. Established in 2006 in Athens, the trio plays modal jazz, Greek traditional music and modal music of the Eastern Mediterranean blended harmoniously with jazz harmonies of the 1960s. Continuing the musical performances is a concert by Savina Yannatou, Primavera en Salonico and Lotus Eaters on October 11. Inspired by real people and events in the history of Smyrna, Miss Clotilde Won’t be at the Sporting Club Tonight’ presents music from the early 20th century that reflects the cosmopolitan and multinational character of the city. Traditional and urban Asia Minor songs in their Greek, Latino and Armenian versions coexist with Neapolitan canzonettas and operettas both in Italian and in translation.
The festival will close on October 13 with the artists Marios Takoushis and Gabriel Karapatakis as they pay their respects to Michalis Pieris, taking inspiration from his poems to build a dialogue between poetry and music and honour in their own creative way the contribution of the founder of the Cultural Festival of Axiothea. The performance features poems from Pieris’ collection Metamorfosi di Città and unpublished bits of his poetic work, drawing a full circle in the festival edition that is dedicated to its founder.
25th Cultural Festival of the University of Cyprus
Annual cultural festival. Until October 13. Axiothea Mansion, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 22-894531-2