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A concert in total darkness

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Lights out, music on. December 2’s concert as part of the Nicosia International Festival will be a one-of-a-kind experience, unlike any other music event the island has known. Besides welcoming to the stage the acclaimed Greek musician Alkinoos Ioannides, the concert has a message to share about those who are visually impaired. As such, the Together in the Light concert will happen in total darkness. Pitch black.

Through this unique experience, the event aims to promote empathy and understanding of what it is like to live with visual impairment and the fact that the visually impaired have the same rights to access life, art and society. Accompanying Ioannides on stage for this occasion is writer and singer Thodoris Tsatsos who was born blind. Through their artistic coexistence, they will lead the audience from darkness to light.

The idea behind this concert in the dark started in Greece to support the voluntary organisation Reading for Others, a volunteer network founded in 2015 with the aim of recording books for people who are blind or visually impaired.

The net proceeds of the concert will be donated to the School for the Blind, thus inaugurating a partnership with the Nicosia International Festival. The goal of this collaboration is the development of a series of joined actions related to culture, as part of the school’s programme.

 

Together in the Light

Concert in total darkness by Alkinoos Ioannides and Thodoris Tsatsos. Part of the Nicosia International Festival. December 2. Nicosia Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. www.soldoutticketbox.com

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