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Rich pickings at film festival August 30, 2007

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‘Hairspray’ a silver screen production of the 1960s musical, starring John Travolta, will be screened in Athens.

The Premiere Nights Athens International Film Festival promises to live up to its name. Two films that will open the Venice International Film Festival (Mostra) will be screened shortly afterward at the Athens event, scheduled to take place from September 19 to 30. Joe Wright’s “Atonement,” based on the best-seller by Ian McEwan, is set in Britain in the years between the two world wars. In the film – starring Vanessa Redgrave, Keira Knightley and James McAvoy – a series of family secrets and lies develop in a fascinating way.

The second film to come straight from the Mostra will be Todd Haynes’s “I’m Not There.” The original biography of songwriter legend Bob Dylan features a series of actors embodying different aspects of Dylan’s life and work, including Richard Gere, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. David MacKenzie’s “Hallam Foe,” a dark story of mysterious crimes and sexual obsessions starring Jamie Bell that will also be screened in Athens, won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Five films from Cannes will also come to Athens. They are Gus Van Sant’s “Paranoid Park,” which won the Cannes Film Festival’s 60th Anniversary Prize, Denys Arcand’s “L’age des tenebres,” Roy Andersson’s “You, the Living,” Julian Schnabel’s “Le scaphandre et le papillon” (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), which earned him the Best Director Award at Cannes and Michael Moore’s documentary “Sicko,” a look at the American healthcare system.

The Premiere Nights Festival will end with two of the next season’s most entertaining films. “Ratatouille” is Pixar’s latest animation production, while “Hairspray” is the big screen production of the popular 60s musical of the same title and stars John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken and Queen Latifah.

Iakovakis left behind in Osaka Worlds final August 30, 2007

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Greece’s Periklis Iakovakis, the European champion in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, ended sixth in the final of the event at the Osaka Worlds yesterday.

He ran a time of 49.25 seconds after clocking 48.44 seconds in the semifinal. Olympic champion Kerron Clement of the USA won the gold medal in 47.61 seconds, this year’s fastest time in the world.

In the equivalent women’s event, Olympic gold medalist Fani Halkia failed to reach the final. She ended seventh in her semifinal heat in 56.58 seconds, well below her best.

Tassos Gousis made the men’s 200-meter semifinals, ending second in his heat with a time of 20.51 seconds.

Donations for Greece’s fire victims pour in August 30, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Cyprus News, Greece News.
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Cyprus continues to offer help to Greece, which has been victim to devastating fires for the past six days and has mourned the loss of 64 lives.

So far, Cyprus has sent 12 firefighting vehicles and 137 firefighters and volunteers, while Cypriot missions fought the flames in Aliveri and Mount Seta of Evia, Matesi in Elea, Lala area and Foloi forest near ancient Olympia in Peloponnesus.

In a late-night telephone call on Tuesday, the leader of opposition party PASOK Giorgos Papandreou thanked President Tassos Papadopoulos for the help Cyprus has offered over the past few days.

Cyprus’ financial assistance to Greece continued yesterday. Donations >

The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) deposited 200,000 euro in an account opened to help those affected by the fires. The Authority also decided to purchase electrical equipment for two Greek lyceums and cover the costs to rebuild an athletic stadium. Furthermore, CyTA will cover the telecommunication costs for the Cypriot fire fighters and volunteers in Greece, while it has also opened a Charity Direct line for donations, which will be announced once it is up and running.

The Cyprus Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KEVE), along with the Local Chambers of Nicosia, Limassol, Famagusta, Larnaca and Paphos, decided to donate 20,000 euro and called on all the island’s businesses to contribute to the bank accounts that have been opened for the cause.

“The business world of Cyprus is observing with grief the destruction that is taking place in Greece from the continuous fires and is expressing its wholehearted supported towards our affected fellow human beings for the unjust loss of human lives, the loss of private properties and the ecological destruction of the country’s natural beauty,” read a KEVE announcement yesterday. The donation will be given to the Greek Ambassador in Cyprus next week.

The Pancyprian Medical Association (PIS) announced it would create a list of voluntary doctors, who are prepared to go the areas in Greece that were affected by the fires. Furthermore, PIS said it had pronounced a money-collection among its members to gather money for those affected. PIS also announced its plans to contribute to the construction of a medical centre that will welcome those injured in the fires.

The Cyprus Union of Municipalities decided to donate 100,000 euros to help the areas affected by the fires. The Union’s president, Limassol Mayor Andreas Christou, sent the Greek Union of Municipalities a letter expressing Cyprus support for Greece in these difficult times. He also referred to the immediate financial aid the Union was willing to offer.

The Refugees and Repatriates of Cyprus made a public plea for donations of basic need items. As the union announced yesterday, the Red Cross in Athens is in the process of creating shelters to house 1,000 refugees in its warehouses and is accepting donations of food, clothing, mattresses, beds, sheets, blankets, pillows and pillow cases, cleaning products, kitchen utensils and any other items that could be useful to someone who has lost everything.

“It takes a lot of effort, money and a lot of soul to rebuild a burnt-down home. We know because we have been through it too,” read an announcement by the union. “In Peloponnesus, people are in need of everything, because they have lost everything. Let us all help as much as each of us can.”

The Confederation of Cyprus workers (SEK) began a Pancyprian charity collection among its thousands of members, while it announced it would be contributing 20,000 euro to the cause. In an announcement yesterday, SEK called on its members to “embrace” its attempt to help the suffering Greek public. “It is with pain and devastation that we have watched in the past few days the blaze burn down the natural beauty of Greece, causing huge problems to the entire country,” it said.

The Nicosia Race Club yesterday donated 20,500 euro to Greece. The money was handed over to Justice Minister Sophocles Sophocleous, who will in turn give it to the Greek Ambassador in Cyprus, Demetris Ralli, today.

“The Nicosia Race Club is expressing its total support to the Greek government and public, and hopes for a swift and effective correction of the devastation caused by the fires,” read an announcement yesterday, adding the club’s special condolences to the relatives of those lost in the blaze.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry yesterday warned the public to beware of charity collectors who are in fact unregistered and illegal. The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Lazaros Savvides, issued an announcement saying that in order to collect money for charity, an organisation needs authorisation from the Ministry first. So he called on the media to avoid publicising charities without making sure the specific organisation had received the ministry’s approval. “For any further information or specifications, the media and public can consult the Interior Ministry on 22-867800, the local authorities or the police,” Savvides concluded.

SOS Hellas from Quebec August 30, 2007

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HomeboyMediaNews is deeply touched by an email received today, on behalf of the Hellenic Community of Montreal, which we publish below >

Gia sou George,
What a dreadful tragedy in Greece I hope you and your family are okay. The Greeks in Canada have banded together and are beginning to start a national fundraiser. This was spearheaded by the Hellenic Community of Montreal and each region has undertaken activities to raise over 5 million dollars for the victims. I have sent you a press release about this Canadian effort. And please keep in touch.
My kindest regards

With such great response from the Greeks in Canada, as well as from the Greek Diaspora, all over the world, our thanks and appreciation is the least we can convey. Below is the Press Release in English, French and Greek >

[For Immediate Release]

CANADIAN EMERGENCY FUND FOR GREECE

Montreal, August 28, 2007

The Hellenic Community of Montreal in collaboration with the Greek Orthodox Community of Laval and under the auspices of the Canadian Hellenic Congress have today issued an appeal for donations to help victims of fires raging in Greece.

“The news footage of Greek families left homeless or hurt and the loss of life that has resulted from forest fires that have ravaged the Peloponnese and other regions of Greece have shocked and saddened us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of this tragedy”, said John Theodosopoulos, President of the Hellenic Community of Montreal.

“Many of us have family members in the areas affected and all of us have roots in a land that today, is calling for our help” added Mr. Spiros Roumbas, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Laval. “We ask all who are concerned to join in our collective effort”, he said.

Mr. Demetrius Manolakos, President of the Canadian Hellenic Congress was equal in calling for the joint effort of Greek Canadians and all Canadians. “In response to this unprecedented national emergency declared by the Greek government, we are appealing to all in Montreal, Quebec and the rest of Canada to join in providing support and assistance to those most in need during this difficult time”, he said.

A special bank account has been set up with Scotiabank at their Jean Talon branch (Account Number 63081 0151610) to receive donations from those willing to help. In addition, donations can be made online at www.hcm-chm.org or by sending your check to the coordinates below.

Together, the Hellenic Community of Montreal and the Greek Orthodox Community of Laval are the voice of over 85,000 Quebecois of Greek descent that live in the Montreal and Laval regions. For more information, to help or to make a donation, please contact the Hellenic Community of Montreal at 514 738 2421, extensions 116 & 125.

Contact: Hellenic Community of Montreal
514 738-2421, ext. 107
Donations by Check:
Please make payable to the “Canadian Emergency
Fund for Greece” and send care of:
The Hellenic Community of Montreal
Canadian Emergency Fund for Greece
5777 Wilderton Avenue
Montreal, QC H3S 2V7

5777 Wilderton Avenue, Montreal, QC H3S 2V7
Tel.: (514) 738-2421 Fax: (514) 738-5466 www.hcm-chm.org

Pour diffusion immediate

FONDS CANADIEN D’URGENCE POUR LA GRECE

Montreal, le 28 aout 2007

La Communaute Hellenique de Montreal, en collaboration avec la communaute orthodoxe grecque de Laval et sous les auspices du Congres Hellenique canadien, a fait un appel de dons pour venir en aide aux victimes des incendies qui font rage en Grece.

« Les images des incendies qui ont ravage le Peloponnese et d’autres regions de la Grece montrant des familles sans abri, des blesses, faisant etat de pertes de vie, nous laissent dans le desarroi et la tristesse. Nos pensees et nos prieres accompagnent toutes les victimes de cette tragedie », a declare John Theodosopoulos, President de la Communaute Hellenique de Montreal.

« Plusieurs d’entre-nous ont des parents dans les regions touchees et nous avons tous des racines dans un pays qui aujourd’hui nous lance un vibrant appel a l’aide », a ajoute monsieur Spiros Roumbas, President de la Communaute Grecque Orthodoxe de Laval. Nous demandons a tous ceux qui se sentent concernes de nous soutenir dans cet effort collectif ».

Le President du Congres Hellenique Canadien, M. Demetrius Manolakos, a pour sa part invite tous les Canadiens a joindre leurs efforts a ceux de leurs compatriotes d’origine grecque. En reponse a l’urgence nationale sans precedent declaree par le Gouvernement grec, nous faisons appel a tous, a Montreal, au Quebec et dans le reste du Canada, pour mettre en commun nos efforts en offrant soutien et assistance a ceux qui en ont le plus besoin dans ces moments difficiles.

Un compte bancaire special a ete ouvert a la Banque de Nouvelle-Ecosse, succursale Jean Talon (numero de compte : 63081 0151610) pour recevoir les dons de tous ceux qui desirent contribuer. Des dons peuvent egalement etre faits en ligne a l’adresse : www.hcm-chm.org ou en envoyant votre cheque aux coordonnees mentionnees ci-dessous.

Ensemble, la Communaute Hellenique de Montreal et la Communaute Grecque Orthodoxe de Laval representent les 85,000 Quebecois d’origine grecque qui vivent dans les regions de Montreal et Laval. Pour plus d’information, pour offrir votre aide ou un don, priere de contacter la Communaute hellenique de Montreal au 514 738-2421, postes116 et 125.

Contact : Communaute hellenique de Montreal Don par cheque : Fait a l’ordre de « Fonds 514 738-2421, poste 107 canadien d’urgence pour la Grece » et envoye a l’attention de :
Communaute hellenique de Montreal
Fonds canadien d’urgence pour la Grece
5777 avenue Wilderton
Montreal, QC H3S 2V7

5777 Wilderton Avenue, Montreal, QC H3S 2V7
Tel.: (514) 738-2421 Fax: (514) 738-5466 www.hcm-chm.org

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ΚΑΝΑΔΙΚΟ ΤΑΜΕΙΟ ΕΚΤΑΚΤΗΣ ΑΝΑΓΚΗΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ

Μοντρεάλ, 28 Αυγούστου 2007

Η Ελληνική Κοινότητα Μοντρεάλ, σε συνεργασία με την Ελληνική Ορθόδοξη Κοινότητα Λαβάλ και υπό την αιγίδα του Καναδικού Ελληνικού Κογκρέσου, κάνουν σήμερα έκκληση για δωρεές προς τα θύματα από τις φοβερές πυρκαγιές στην Ελλάδα.

Οι εικόνες των ειδήσεων που δείχνουν ελληνικές οικογένειες που έχουν μείνει άστεγοι ή πληγωμένοι, ή χαμένες ζωές από τις φωτιές των δασών που μαίνονταν στην Πελοπόννησο και σε άλλες περιοχές της Ελλάδας, μας έχουν σοκάρει και μας έχουν
λυπήσει όλους. Οι σκέψεις μας και οι προσευχές μας είναι κοντά στα θύματα αυτής της τραγωδίας», είπε ο κ. Γιάννης Θεοδοσόπουλος, πρόεδρος της Ελληνικής Κοινότητας Μοντρεάλ.

“Πολλοί από μας έχουν μέλη των οικογενειών τους στις περιοχές που επλήγησαν και όλοι μας έχουμε ρίζες στη χώρα που σήμερα ζητάει τη βοήθειά μας», πρόσθεσε ο κ. Σπύρος Ρούμπας, πρόεδρος της Ελληνικής Ορθόδοξης Κοινότητας Λαβάλ. «Ζητούμε από όλους που ενδιαφέρονται να μας πλαισιώσουν στη συλλογική μας προσπάθεια», είπε ο ίδιος.

Το ίδιο και ο κ. Δημήτριος Μανωλάκος, πρόεδρος του Καναδικού Ελληνικού Κογκρέσου, καλεί για συνδυασμένη προσπάθεια όλων των Ελληνικαναδών και Καναδών. «Ανταποκρινόμενοι στην πρωτοφανή αυτή έκτακτη εθνική ανάγκη που έχει κηρυχθεί
επίσημα από την Ελληνική Κυβέρνηση, κάνουμε έκκληση σε όλους στο Μοντρεάλ, στο Κεμπέκ και στον λοιπό Καναδά να συμμετάσχουν προσφέροντας υποστήριξη και ενίσχυση σε εκείνους που έχουν πολύ μεγάλη ανάγκη στη δύσκολη αυτή περίοδο» είπε.

Ένας ειδικός λογαριασμός έχει ανοιχθεί στη Scotiabank στο υποκατάστημα Jean Talon (Αριθμός λογαριασμού 63081 0151610) για να δέχεται δωρεές από εκείνους που θέλουν να βοηθήσουν. Επιπλέον, δωρεές μπορούν να γίνουν στο www.hcm-chm.org ή με αποστολή της επιταγής σας στις παρακάτω διευθύνσεις.

Μαζί, η Ελληνική Κοινότητα Μοντρεάλ και η Ελληνική Ορθόδοξη Κοινότητα Λαβάλ είναι η φωνή ογδόντα πέντε χιλιάδων και πλέον Κεμπεκιωτών ελληνικής καταγωγής στις περιοχές Μοντρεάλ και Λαβάλ. Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες για βοήθεια ή
για να κάνετε δωρεά, παρακαλούμε να επικοινωνήσετε με την Ελληνική Κοινότητα Μοντρεάλ στο 514-738-2421, x 116,x125.

Επικοινωνία: Δωρεές με επιταγή:
Ελληνική Κοινότης Μοντρεάλ Παρακαλούμε να είναι πληρωτέα στο «Canadian
514 738-2421, x 107 Emergency Fund for Greece” και το στέλνετε εις:
The Hellenic Community of Montreal
Canadian Emergency Fund for Greece
5777 Wilderton Avenue
Montreal, Qc H3S 2V7

5777 Wilderton Avenue, Montreal, QC H3S 2V7
Tel.: (514) 738-2421 Fax: (514) 738-5466 www.hcm-chm.org

Time to bring families back to Ayia Napa? August 30, 2007

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As the world’s clubbers have moved on, is it time for what was once Cyprus’ hottest resort to look to new markets to keep afloat?

A plan to change the face of Ayia Napa is causing widespread debate among business owners and employees in the area. Two camps seem to have been established, with business-owners and residents on one side and pub and club owners on the other. And while the two sides remain at loggerheads over which type of tourist is best for the area, it is painfully apparent that their sheer number is nowhere near what it used to be.

Ayia Napa earned a notorious reputation around five years ago as one of the best holiday destinations for clubbing youths. Millions of tourists poured into the once sleepy fishing village and boosted by their cash, the village, almost overnight, grew into one of the hottest holiday resorts in Europe.

That has all since changed. Some say this is for the best while others argue it spells the end for Ayia Napa. The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) is well aware of the falling arrivals and has started an advertising campaign on large television networks including Eurosport, Euronews and CNN to lure family tourists to the island.

Christopher Avgousti, who co-owns Spangles Boutique, is in favour of the changes that are currently taking place in Ayia Napa. “There appears to be a plan in process to upgrade the village and bring a better quality of tourist,” he said. “Work is already underway to build a marina and a golf course and it is my belief that this project will not happen overnight. It appears that the new Mayor is doing a good job.

“The days of the eighties and nineties are gone. I have been in the village for quite a long time and have noticed that during those decades we got a lot of kids coming to the area. That caused problems because they weren’t bringing the right sort of business and let us not forget the serious issues of crime that was occurring because of them.”

But Avgousti believes government money is not being spent in the right way. “The CTO, in my opinion, have a lot to answer for because they are spending too much advertising Cyprus. How do they expect to pull tourists advertising on a network such as CNN? That money, which the CTO could also get from an EU grant, could be spent on upgrading the village.”

CTO Tourism Manager, Lefkos Fylaktidis claims that Ayia Napa has received a good amount of tourists, especially for the months of July and August, but that one of the aims is to make the seaside resort a year-round destination. He is also underlined the effort being made to change the image of Ayia Napa. “The municipality is slowly, slowly working towards bringing back families and older tourists not just for the summer period but for all the seasons,” he said. “The CTO is currently aiming to bring other types of tourists to the area such as locals from Nicosia and Limassol as well as people from Israel.”

Commenting on the youth scene in Ayia Napa, Fylaktides confirmed that the Municipality was in fact in league with the police to bring an end to the club and pub scene for youngsters. “For the last few years, there has been an effort underway to stamp out certain types of people visiting the area,” he said.

“During the years 2001 to 2003, Ayia Napa became notorious for its club scene and we had an influx of clubbing youths and people related to the garage scene. This, in turn, created problems because the families on holiday there were being driven out by the youths because they were rowdy, they would cause public affray and lots of noise. Pub crawling was also a massive problem because the youths would get very drunk and get into fights.”

But not everyone in Ayia Napa is in agreement with the new approach. Tony, one of the head entertainers at the popular Bedrock Pub close to the square, described the new facelift to Ayia Napa as a “disaster”, going as far to say that the Municipality in Ayia Napa is running amok with their new scheme.

“I have been here for around 15 years and I am still here to witness the destruction of Ayia Napa,” he said. “Everybody is scared to speak out against the Municipality and as a result they are doing what they want.”

Tony says the customers who he is paid to make sure have fun have been keeping Ayia Napa afloat all these years. “Napa is dying because they have got rid of the young people. Whether they like to know this or not, it is the drinkers that are the big money spenders. These are the people with the money.”

He also accused the Municipality of using connections with the police to lean down hard on the pubs as a way of ousting out their customers. “The police are now calling on all pubs to be shut by 1.30am,” he said. “Why? If I was on holiday with my wife and was having a laugh in a pub, I might not want to go to a club at 1.30am. I might wanna stay at the pub and drink. What the hell is the point of switching on the lights, turning off the music at 1.30am and telling the customers who are enjoying themselves ‘Get out, we’re closing!’”

He added, “The Ayia Napa board is trying to get what they want instead of what they can get. That is the biggest problem here.”

However, there is one issue that all business owners and employees agree on: their unhappiness with the recent influx of Israeli tourists to the area. Boutique shop owner Avgousti pinpointed the Israelis as being the worst tourists, along with the Swedes.

“They have never seem to spend any money. All the other nationalities, like the Finns, Danes, Norwegians and the British, are great. For example, I have seen Swedish women wandering the streets with football shorts or dresses. Where are there pockets? Where do they keep their money? They don’t even have money to buy a bottle of water. The same goes for the Israeli tourists. They have zero money!”

In rare agreement, Tony added, “All the good customers have now f****d off to Ibiza and we have been left with hardly anyone except Israelis! The place is swarming with Israelis and they don’t have any money. What are you gonna do with people like that?”

Kypria 2007 International Festival Calendar of Events August 30, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Events Cyprus, Arts Festivals.
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Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra
September 3: Strovolos Muncipal Theatre, Nicosia

Complexions New York Contemporary Dance Group
September 6: Makarios III Amphitheatre, Strovolos, Nicosia
September 7: Patticheon Amphitheatre, Larnaca

State Northern Theatre of Northern Greece ‘Lysistrata’
September 7: Curium Ancient Amphitheatre, Limassol
September 8: Makarios III Amphitheatre, Strovolos, Nicosia

Municipal Peripheral Theatre of Crete ‘Captain Michalis’
September 12: Makarios III Amphitheatre, Strovolos, Nicosia
September 13: Curium Ancient Amphitheatre, Limassol

Doros Demosthenous Concert ‘One For the Road’
September 13: Nicosia Municipal Theatre
September 14: Rialto Theatre, Limassol

Goran Bregovic ‘Tales and Songs From Weddings and Funerals’
September 14: D’Avila Moat, Nicosia
September 15: Castle Square, Paphos

European Union Baroque Orchestra ‘Orpheus Myth’
September 20: Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia
September 21: Larnaca Municipal Theatre

Noema Danceworks ‘Crossing Borders’
September 21: Nicosia Municipal Theatre
September 23: Castle Square, Paphos

Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Concert
September 25: Rialto Theatre, Paphos
September 26: Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia

Savvas Houvartas Ethnic Jazz Concert
September 28: Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia
September 30: Rialto Theatre, Limassol

Budapest Concert Orchestra and Kamea Israel Dance Group ‘Carmina Burana’
September 28: Castle Square, Paphos
September 29: Patticheon Amphitheatre, Larnaca
September 30: Nicosia Municipal Theatre

Moscow Helikon Opera ‘The Barber of Seville’
October 3: Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia
October 5: Municipal Garden Theatre, Limassol

Ledra Music Soloists and Avantgarde Pianist Non ‘Solo’
October 5: Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia

Michalis Christodoulides ‘40 Years of Musical Creation’
October 9: Nicosia Municipal Theatre
October 10: Rialto Theatre, Limassol

Vasos Argyrides ‘Senses and Jasmine’
October 12: Nicosia Municipal Theatre
October 13: Patticheon Municipal Theatre, Limassol

Bejart Ballet Lausanne ‘L’Amour, La Danse’
October 19 and 20: Nicosia Municipal Theatre

All performances start at 8.30pm. For information call Limassol 25 878744 and Nicosia 22 800933.

Kypria Festival > An arts extravaganza August 30, 2007

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The annual Kypria Festival opens its doors next week and promises a variety of performances to last over the coming weeks

It’s that time of year when locals and visitors on the island can put their hands together and celebrate all things ‘Kypria’. Actually, it’s not quite what the name suggests as performances by local Cypriot artists only account for part of the Kypria Festival, as foreign companies also jet in to impress the crowds with special shows.

This time round, 18 performances were chosen from 73 proposals, with plenty of music, opera, theatre and dance as part of the annual occasion. Commencing on September 3, Kypria events will continue until October 20, with shows at various theatres throughout the island. So what’s tipped as being the best of the lot?

Complexions New York Contemporary Dance Group > Lovers of contemporary dance rejoice, the Complexions New York dance company is finally coming to perform in Cyprus for a show that will give audiences a taste of contemporary ballet in all its glory. Back in 1994, the founders of the group, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, had a vision for sharing their appreciation of diversity and multiculturalism through dance. With Rhoden being one of America’s most popular creative directors, the concept was to bring many artists from various disciplines into one room and let their interaction become a springboard for innovative creation.

From the beginning, the company received numerous accolades for its powerful and often provocative performances. In 1995, Complexions received the coveted New York Times Critics Choice Awards and began touring. The company has since been invited to perform at major European Dance Festivals and tours around the world with shows inspired by social and political issues, pondering the human condition and the full range of human emotions.

Expect cutting edge and original choreography in the upcoming performance with exceptionally gifted dancers. The music of Gershwin, Aretha Franklin, John Adams and Bach is used to create pieces of pure physical movement.

Noema Danceworks ‘Crossing Borders’ > Expect a mix of dance, music and video art in this quirky piece by Noema Danceworks that challenges and examines how artificial and forced borders obstruct the evolution and development of a country as a whole.

Founded by Alexandra Waierstall, Noema Danceworks has been busy developing its activities as a European contemporary dance company, presenting its work in festivals such as Aerowaves, Tanec Praha and the Kalamata Dance Festival. As the daughter of the German artist father and Cypriot choreographer mother, Waierstall splits her time between Dusseldorf and Nicosia.

Knowing a lot about crossing borders in daily life, dance for Waierstall is all about capturing moments of everyday actions and transferring them into something tangible and exciting on stage.

Budapest Concert Orchestra and Kamea Israel Dance Group ‘Carmina Burana’ > Carmina Burana in all its glory as the Budapest Concert Orchestra and the Kamea Israel Dance Group join forces for a one off performance. Carmina Burana was composed by Carl Orff between 1935 and 1936, based on the 24 poems in the namesake medieval Latin collection. Influenced by late Renaissance and Baroque works, it has become a world famous theatrical piece, performed in some of the best theatres around the globe.

While the Kamea Group will be wowing the crowds with a dynamic dance show, the Budapest Concert Orchestra will bring the piece to life with fantastic music. Having recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, the orchestra has performed in hundreds of concerts around the world, including sell out concerts with Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

Moscow Helikon Opera ‘The Barber of Seville’ > Don’t miss The Barber of Seville brought to life by the Moscow Helikon Opera. Written by Italian Giochino Rossini, it is an opera in two acts with a libretto based on Beaumarchais’ comedy, Le Barbier de Seville. Although other operas based on the play preceded Rossini’s version, it is his interpretation that has stood the test of time as it continues to be a mainstay of the operatic repertoire. Quite outstandingly, all the music for the opera was composed in just three weeks, though the famous overture was actually borrowed from a prior Rossini opera.

Interestingly, the first time The Barber of Seville was performed to an audience in 1816, it was a disastrous failure as the audience hissed and jeered throughout. The performances that followed however met with a very different fate as the Roman audiences gave the opera a second chance and it soon became a roaring success.

You can expect a very special performance here in Cyprus by the Moscow Helikon Opera, founded in 1990 by the People’s Artist of Russia, Dmitry Bertman, which has became popular throughout the world with performances in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Salzburg Festspielhaus, Montpellier Opera Berlioz and the Paris Champs Elysees Theatre.

Goran Bregovic ‘Tales and Songs from Weddings and Funerals’ > One of the most famous modern composers of the Balkans is to appear on our shores with his entertaining wedding and funeral band. Sound a little odd? Not to worry, Goran Bregovic and his band simply insist on playing music that our souls recognise instinctively and bodies greet with an irresistible urge to dance.

There’s so much to say about Bregovic’s long career that it’s hard to know where to begin. Born in Sarajevo in 1950, Bregovic earned his fame as a guitar player with his rock band Bijelo Dugme, a group that rose to stardom and set the groundwork for the Yogoslav rock scene. Known internationally for his scores for Emin Kusturica’s films (Time of the Gypsies, Arizona Dream and Underground), he’s also composed for various artists including Iggy Pop and Cesaria Evora.

In concert, Bregovic commands an ensemble that matches his larger than life persona as a rowdy brass band, bagpipes, a string ensemble, a tuxedo-clad, all-male choir from Belgrade, and traditional singers make up his dynamic 40-piece band and orchestra! What’s more, his compositions somehow manage to combine the extremes as traditional Balkan rhythms are infused with electric guitar and traditional percussion with a curious touch of rock.