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7th Chamber Music Festival > a dazzling festival May 13, 2007

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The Pharos Trust will present its 7th Chamber Music Festival this year from the end of May, opening in Nicosia and moving for the remaining four concerts to Kouklia in Paphos.

Each year, the two Artistic Directors, Levon Chilingirian and Alex Chaushian, arrange a variety of works with some of the world’s most accomplished chamber and solo musicians for an intensive week of music making. This year, special attention has been given to include lesser known contemporary composers such as Alfven, Arensky and Aho, as well as the familiar but firm favourites Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Schumann and Mendelssohn.

The final concert in Nicosia on May 31 includes the Arensky String Quartet in a minor for two cellos, which will be performed by Chilingirian, Zemtsov, Geringas and Chaushian.

You can purchase tickets for the concerts directly from the Pharos Trust or from Athalassas Music Centre, tel 22 510547, Travelorama, tel 22 452945, Moufflon, tel 22 665155 and Soloneion, tel 22 666799 Bookshops in Nicosia and Moufflon Bookshop Paphos, tel 26 934850. Ticket prices range from £7-£12.

Or what could better than making a holiday out of it and enjoy a midweek break in Nicosia or a weekend break in the Paphos area? Check below the links for more information.

29, 30, 31 May 2007 > PASYDY Auditorium, Nicosia
2, 3, 4, 5 June 2007 > The Royal Manor House, Kouklia, Paphos
All performances start at 8.30pm
The Pharos Trust, tel 22 663871, www.thepharostrust.org

Related Links > www.cyprusclassical.com


Bryan Adams’ concert in Limassol, Cyprus > Summer of ’07 May 13, 2007

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Bryan Adams’ concert next month promises to be one of the largest events the island has ever hosted

Some women find him undeniably sexy, others melt at the mere sound of his voice, and even though some say they don’t like his music they can’t help singing along if one of his tunes begins to play on the radio. If it wasn’t for Bryan Adams, we wouldn’t have been able to gaze endlessly at Johnny Depp in Don Juan De Marco to the sound of ‘Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?’ He has made females around the globe swoon with the sound of ‘The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me is You,’ and has made it impossible to utter ‘Everything I Do’ without following it up with ‘I do it for you…’

Adams started his current world tour in March, travelling to South America and touching down for concerts in Brazil and Argentina. Just a few days ago, he was playing at Wembley Arena in London to thousands of screaming and adoring fans. Most times that we hear about stars performing at concert halls abroad, we’re merely left wishing that they would arrive on our shores. But now is the Cypriot’s chance to be part of the fun as the legendary singer will play the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol on June 29. Set to be one of the biggest musical extravaganzas to hit Cyprus, it promises to be a magical trip into 20 fabulous years of rock and pop history.

Many of us probably wondered the same thing when news spread like hot fire that Adams was to arrive: why did he decide to come here? His choice couldn’t have been financial. After all, elsewhere in Europe he attracts audiences of over 40,000. The truth is he decided to come and play in Limassol as a chance to visit a new place. “I haven’t been to Cyprus before and I always wanted to see it, I think it’s about time! We’ve been all around the Mediterranean and flown over Cyprus so many times, it’s now time to land down and come play,” he said.

Interestingly, because the upcoming show is forming part of his European tour, fans will be arriving from all over to catch a glimpse of him on stage. Back in March, when ticket sales began, people from as far away as Iceland, Canada and America were booking to see the star in Cyprus. Brought here by Moonlight Endless Productions, organisers were stunned by how fast sales rocketed.

Adams’ timeless rock and roll music has been popular for over 20 years and he’s still winning awards and legions of new fans every day. The singer was born in Ontario in 1959 to English diplomat parents who eventually settled in Canada in the 1970s. As a teenager, he pursued his rock goals and began to play in nightclubs as well as washing dishes, selling pet food and working in record stores to make a bit of extra money. It was a serendipitous meeting with drummer Jim Vallance in a Vancouver music store that led to a partnership that continues to this day, as the pair instantly began writing successful songs together and making demo tapes.

His solo career was launched with the release of his self-titled album, Bryan Adams, in February 1980. Then followed a string of records until the release of one of his most successful albums, Waking up the Neighbours, in 1991 and featuring the single ‘Everything I Do’ used in the film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. The album and the song shot to number one everywhere in the world, spending a record-breaking 16 weeks at number one in the UK Singles Chart and 17 weeks on top of the US Hot 100 Single Sales.

In 1993 came the unforgettable single ‘All for Love’, sung with Sting and Rod Stewart for the film The Three Musketeers. In the period between 1996 and 1999, Adams was on a roll and released an album each year. 18 Till I Die featured the flamenco flavoured hit ‘Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?’ with Spanish guitarist Paco De Lucia. Adams was rewarded with yet another number one hit, as well as a Grammy nomination for Best Male Vocal Performance and his second Oscar nomination for best song.

In the autumn of 2005, Adams celebrated his 25th anniversary as a recording artist with his first two CD-collection, Anthology, standing as the biggest retrospective of his multi-platinum career to date. Spanning from the 1980s through to today, it offers the very best works of one of the most popular singers to don a t-shirt and jeans.

Recently, Adams has even made hit film soundtracks with his song, ‘Never Gonna Break My Faith’ featured in Bobby, earning him a Golden Globe nomination in 2004.
Set to be one of the biggest concerts ever to be staged in Cyprus, the upcoming summer show will definitely be full of great surprises. As for all females out there who love the star, you should start learning the lyrics to ‘When You’re Gone’ off by heart. Why? Because Adams always chooses one lovely lady out of the crowd to sing the famous song on stage together. Better get practicing those vocal skills!

You may remember spending countless nights out dancing and singing along to ‘Summer of 69’, but it’s now time to forget about the past as the countdown begins to the summer of 2007 with the superstar by our side. “It’s going to be a really great pleasure to be in Cyprus and I’m really looking forward to it,” says Adams. “See you in June for a night to remember.”

Bryan Adams > International singer live in concert. June 29. Tsirion Stadium, Limassol. 9pm. For ticket information, group booking and sponsorship packages visit www.moonlightshow.com, www.bryanadamsliveincyprus.com. £25 arena and £30 seats. Tel: 77772939.

50 Cent and Akon head for Nicosia, Cyprus May 13, 2007

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Multi platinum selling hip-hop superstars 50 Cent and Akon have been booked to give a one-off performance at Nicosia GSP this summer.

The headline acts are due to perform at the launch of Medfest, the first international music festival organised by AP Entertainment and One Events, on Saturday July 28. Hip Hop mogul 50 Cent, who sits comfortably alongside the likes of Tom Cruise and Oprah at No. 8 on the Forbes Power List, will be performing an exclusive set showcasing tracks from his forthcoming album Curtis, as well as previous smash hits including Candy Shop, Just a little bit and In da club.

Also, fresh off his successful US tour with Gwen Stefani, Akon is set to perform hits from his current album Konvicted, which has sold over three million copies to date since its December release.

AP Entertainment Managing Director Philip Stavrou said the purpose of the festival was to give Cypriots the opportunity to experience a concert of such a grand scale firsthand. “We think Cyprus is ready for this. Everyone in Cyprus knows about concerts that are held in other places but they don’t go to them. We thought it would be nice to have something of their own,” Stavrou said. Based on the success of this year’s festival and the response from the public and businesses, Stavrou said the organisers hoped to host the festival for at least another five years. “This is not just a one-off thing,” he said.

Stavrou said booking the two superstars had been made possible through contacts that members on the organisers’ team had made during their years in the industry working for Warner Brothers and MTV Europe. He added there would be two or three more big names due to join the festival, whose names would be announced in the following weeks. “We might have a well known reggae artist just to mix it up a bit,” Stavrou said.

Tickets for Medfest went on sale yesterday via Ticketweb and are also available directly from the GSP Stadium box office, and all other usual ticket agents. Tickets are priced from £30. Standard booking fees apply. www.ticketweb.co.uk or www.medfest2007.com; Ticketweb, 0044 8700 600 100 (24hr); GSP Stadium, Nicosia, tel 22 874050.

34th Annual Greek Festival in Piscataway, NJ May 13, 2007

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St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1101 River Road, Piscataway, announces its 34th Annual Greek Festival, taking place May 18 – 20, 2007. Hours of operation are Friday, 11 AM – 11:30 PM; Saturday, 11AM – 1:00 AM, and Sunday, 12 – 8 PM.

The 34th Anniversary of this Festival commemorates the longest continuously-running Greek Orthodox Church Festival in the state of New Jersey. This annual three-day-event attracts thousands of people each year for homemade Greek food, live music by the Golden Greeks II Express, live traditional Greek Folk Dancing by the Church’s four dance groups, as well as Church tours and cultural information.

New for 2007: In addition to its regular amenities, the 2007 Festival will also offer a Taverna Night on Saturday, with the outdoor bar, souvlaki and gyro stands remaining open until 1:00 AM. There will also be music. The Taverna Night will have a $7 admission fee beginning at 10 pm, come early to avoid paying this fee!

As in past years, the 2006 festival attracted over 10,000 people. We encourage the public to join us again for the 2007 Festival and celebrate three days of being Greek. Greek food, pastries, wine, ouzo, gyro, souvlakia, ethnic folk dancing, live music and singers, will be a few of the amenities one will be able to enjoy in our air conditioned community center. We will also have an outdoor Taverna, Take-Out Booth, Bakery, and Gift Shops on our premises. Master Card and Discover Card accepted. Free parking and shuttle service is available at the Church and Rutgers Stadium. Patrons wishing to order their food for take out by email may do so by sending their orders to: Festival2007@patmedia.net. Please include a contact name and phone number with your order and allow 20 minutes for pick up.

Proceeds from the 34th Annual Greek Festival will assist the Church in continuing it’s cultural and community programming. Young and old alike are anxious to extend our famous Greek hospitality and make it a time to be remembered. We look forward to seeing everyone on May 18th, 19th and 20th.

Fourth annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival May 13, 2007

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Welcome to the Fourth annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival. The 2007 festival edition offers a gateway to the rich, complex culture of contemporary Greece through its lively and passionate cinema.

An opening-night reception will take place on Saturday, May 12, immediately following the feature films at Delancey Street. Tickets to the opening night film and reception start at $60. Sponsorship opportunities for the Film Festival are available with various recognition incentives at different levels.

Individual tickets cost $15 and can be purchased ahead of time through the Festival’s website, www.grfilm.com. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event but will be subject to availability. To purchase tickets, make a donation and for more information about the Fourth Annual San Francisco Greek Festival, please visit www.grfilm.com.

The San Francisco Greek Festival will run Saturday, May 12, through Friday, May 18, 2007, at the Delancey Street Screening Room. The Film Festival is being sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies Foundation, the Center for Modern Greek Studies, the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair at San Francisco State University, Greek Film Center and Graal Productions of Greece for the short films.

The Festival is part of an international tour, which includes Germany, Cleveland, Canada and Serbia. It will showcase seven contemporary Greek feature films and several Greek short films, one feature and one short film will be shown each night, which have received acclaim in Greece and throughout the world.  The films are from veteran and up-and-coming producers and directors, and explore various topics in modern-day life in different regions of Greece.

For additional information call 415 3381892 or visit http://www.grfilm.com

St Philip Greek Food Festival in Nashua May 13, 2007

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The St Philip Greek Food Festival will be held from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, at the St. Philip Church grounds.

The festival features homemade delicacies, live Greek music and Greek imports. Take-out will also be available. The Nashua Fire Department will offer demonstrations on Saturday.

Admission and parking are free. Shuttle service is available. For more information, call the church office at 889-4000.

President of International Rugby Development visits Cyprus May 13, 2007

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The President of Development of The International Rugby Board, Michel Arpaillange is visiting Cyprus for a series of high level meetings with the Cyprus Rugby Federation (CRF).

On Sunday 13th May, he will be attending the Paphos Tiger’s Fun Day which is an all day event and takes place at the Kiniras Sports Centre in Paphos. The main event of the day will be a rugby match between the Paphos Tiger’s President’s 15 against the best of the Combined Services on Cyprus. Kick-off is at 3.00 p.m.

On Monday, Arpaillange will be meeting both the Executive and General committees of the CRF where he will be informed of the Federations immediate plans for developing rugby on Cyprus. These include; introducing rugby at schools, the establishment of rugby academies for boys and girls of all ages in the main towns, the introduction of seminars and training courses for coaches, referees and touch judges, the formation of additional clubs along with a number of other important plans.

On Tuesday, he is scheduled to meet Costas Papacostas of the Cyprus Sports Organisation. Later he will be meeting with the Cultural Secretary of the French Embassy Madame Bassereau Dubois, who will inform him of the proposed screening of the Rugby World Cup, which is being held in Paris this year in September.

The main matches will be screened at the French Cultural Centre in Nicosia, in association with the Nicosia Barbarians Rugby Club.

It is hoped that this visit will result in the upgrading of the CRF’s status with the Federation of International Rugby Association (FIRA AER) from associate member to full member. This will entitle Cyprus to receive funding from the FIRA AER and to participate in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.