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Bryan Adams’ Cyprus performence July 2, 2007

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Bryan Adams’ 2007 tour started in January 5 in the United States and led him to Southern America and to Europe.

He started his European tour in Milan, Italy on March 23. After his performance in Malta, the Canadian rocker performed in Limassol, Cyprus on June 29 and in Hungary on June 30. His tour will also take him to Denmark, Sweden, Germany, England, and Scotland and will end in Canada.


Cypriot singer Constantinos Christoforou had the honour of performing as the support act for the global superstar, Bryan Adams, during his debut concert in Cyprus last Friday night. The legendary Bryan Adams visited Cyprus for the first time in order to give a concert for his Cypriot fans. The concert took place on the 29th of June in Limassol’s Tsirio Stadium. 


Constantinos performed the songs “She is no fool” and his latest Greek hit “Thes na kanoume sxesi”. Constantinos Christoforou has a long history in the Eurovision Song Contest. He  represented Cyprus in 1996 with the song “Only for us” , in 2002 as a member of the boyband One with the song “Gimme” and in 2005 with the song “Ela Ela”.


Museum on Acropolis closes for big move July 2, 2007

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The Acropolis Museum next to the Parthenon will close today so that preparations can get under way for the transfer of some 300 ancient artifacts to the new Museum that is being built just 400 meters away, the Culture Ministry said on Saturday.

Three giant lifting cranes will be used to help move 5th century BC antiquities from the Parthenon to the New Acropolis Museum at the foot of the hill.

It is expected that all the exhibits, including sections of the Parthenon frieze, will be transferred by the end of the year so the new Museum can open to the public early next year.

The antiquities will be wrapped in protective packaging and put into crates. They are to be transferred in three stages. The cranes will be placed some 100 meters apart and the crates will be relayed between them.

Shacolas Emporium Park in extended works July 2, 2007

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Woolworth Cyprus Properties (FWW) announced that its subsidiary company ITTL Trade Tourist and Leisure Park Ltd submitted a tender to Loizos Iordanou Ltd for the construction of two additional buildings for commercial use of a total area of 10,000 m2 at the Shacolas Emporium Park in Nicosia.

The contract price stands at CyP 11.6 million and operations are expected to commence by the end of 2007.

The Shacolas Emporium Park is a unique project of its kind for Cyprus, which will accommodate “The Mall of Cyprus”, (27.500 m2), an IKEA store (22.000 m2), as well as two adjacent retail buildings (10.000 m2).

Marcos Baghdatis beats Nalbandian at Wimbledon July 2, 2007

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Marcos moves to 4th round at Wimbledon

Cyprus tennis star Marcos Baghdatis, ranked 16th in the world beat Argentina’s  David Nalbandian in the third round of the Wimbledon tournament qualifying game on Monday.

Winning in three straight sets of 6-2, 7-5, 6-0, Baghdatis will now qualify to the fourth round of the tournament and improve his world rankings. He’ll face the Russian 6th-seeded Nikolay Davydenko or Frenchman Gael Monfils in the fourth round.

In the second round, the 10th-seeded Cypriot player beat French Nicolas Devilder with 3-1 sets and advanced to the third round.

This is the fourth time that Baghdatis and Nalbandian have clashed in international tournaments, the last time being at the Australian Open in Melbourne in 2006 where the Cypriot player won 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to get to the final with world champion Roger Federer.

Its game, set and match for holidaymakers in Cyprus July 2, 2007

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Combat tennis fever in Cyprus at the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Tennis Academy.

As the second week of Wimbledon is about to get underway, tennis fever continues to sweep over the courts around the country and start to fill with Roger Federer and Venus Williams wannabes.

Whether you are a pro or like to play tennis for fun, the five-star Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills Resort in Cyprus boasts a wonderful tennis academy offering tennis packages and lessons for all ages and all levels. Not only is the resort the perfect escape for a summer break but is also the ideal location post-Wimbledon for those of you wanting to either master your back hand or perfect your serve.

The exclusive and luxurious resort offers four floodlit tennis courts with a professional coaching team and a variety of packages including stroke correction, skill developments and even sessions for the under 9’s are all available.

Specialist tour operator Libra Holidays offers seven nights b/b at the resort from £805 per adult. The price is based on two sharing a garden or pool view room and includes return flights from Gatwick in September, transfers and all taxes and supplements. All tennis packages are booked and paid for locally.

For further information visit > www.libraholidays.co.uk

Mikis Theodorakis decorated by the Russian Federation July 2, 2007

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World famous Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis was decorated on Monday with the Medal of Friendship of the Russian Federation at the Russian Embassy.

The decoration was carried out by Russian Culture Minister Alexander Sokolov on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sokolov termed Theodorakis “the heir of the tradition of great Greek artists from antiquity until today,” underlining that the composer’s work and life “constitute a magnificent and proud hymn to the ideals of freedom, independence and human honour which were born on Greek land.” He also thanked Theodorakis for his contribution to the anti-fascist resistance.

On his part, Theodorakis noted the “particularly pleasant development of Greek-Russian relations which demonstrates the persistence of peoples in the road of cooperation and friendship, the only road that leads to progress and the consolidation of peace.”

Referring to the issue of installing anti-missile systems in the Chech Republic and Poland, Theodorakis said that the latest proposals by President Putin “fill us with optimism and hope that there can be, at last, a counterbalance which will put an end to the terrible glissing towards destruction, to which the sole superpower, with its arrogant arbitrariness, is driving humanity today.”

Narcissus, Narcissus in a new solo exhibit July 2, 2007

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Art enthusiasts in Jakarta, Indonesia, can be sure of one thing: there is nothing like the opening of a solo exhibition by F. Widayanto.

Such was again the case on Friday night, when the National Gallery in Central Jakarta was transformed into a garden of abundant narcissus flowers, re-creating the atmosphere of Greek mythology for the 39 images of Narcissus on display.

Widayanto had left nothing to chance. Everything was as meticulously prepared as he had with his ceramic sculptures, from the flowers named after the tragic Greek hero to the classical pillars of that time, and from the different mirror frames to the framed certificates for each purchase. Widayanto’s solo exhibition Narcissus Narcissus once more proves the enduring fascination with Greek mythology, with its gods and goddesses, demons, monsters and other supernatural creatures.

The myth of Narcissus has many variants. One story says that Narcissus had a twin sister. They looked alike and dressed alike, and he fell in love with her. When she died, Narcissus pined after her, gazing upon his own reflection in the water and pretending it was her. Another story says that Narcissus was exceedingly beautiful and was prophesied to live a long life, provided he never gazed upon his own features. He challenged the vengeance of the gods when he rejected the love of the nymph Echo and of his young male lover Ameinias. He fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water and died because of this obsession. It is also said that he was turned into a flower, thus named narcissus. The myth of Narcissus has been a constant source of inspiration among visual and literary artists for at least 2,000 years, according to Wikipedia.

But how remarkable that two exhibitions in Jakarta, held almost during the same period of time, were inspired by this same mythology. Hamad Khalaf and F. Widayanto, artists born in the Eastern hemisphere, both delving into the mythology of a people foreign to their own. While the Kuwait-born Khalaf seeks justice for all, drawing analogies between the greed, hatred and war raging in the mythological heavens and the same situation that is splitting the world of today, Indonesia’s Widayanto is drawn to the dramatic and the romantic.

In presenting the 39 sculptured images of Narcissus, he draws on the widely used term “narcissistic”, adorning his figures with jewelry, coquette poses and feminine clothing, as he says, the social tenor of male urbanites who love to beautify themselves as ladies of leisure do. Men today are in want of more attention, said Widayanto in an earlier interview.

His Narcissus sculptures in the ongoing exhibition are meant to reflect the male figure by taking on the air of the female, mostly through gestures, expressions and poses that recall the artist’s female sculptures of previous exhibitions.

Such duality is also noted in the execution of the exhibition, which re-creates the Greek environment with Widayanto and his team wearing headdresses from classical Greece, as well as in the Narcissus figures whose facial features take after classical Javanese art. The titles also include names or words that may be either Javanese or Sundanese.

As usual, Widayanto’s works are executed with meticulous craftsmanship, exposing his experience as a ceramist of over 15 years. Created at his studio in Tapos, Bogor, the clay used in these sculptures was taken from Sukabumi, West Java.

Born in 1953 in Jakarta, Widayanto graduated in 1981 from the Ceramics Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design at the Bandung Institute of Technology. This is his twelfth solo exhibition since 1987.

Narcissus Narcissus, A solo exhibition of ceramic sculptures, Through July 5, Galeri Nasional, Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur 14, Central Jakarta, Indonesia.