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Nicosia hosts the second Urban Arts Festival September 23, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Events Cyprus, Arts Exhibitions Cyprus, Arts Festivals.
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Next Saturday will see Nicosia host the second Urban Arts Festival

When the first Urban Soul Festival came to life last year, it was a brave move on behalf of the Pantheon Association. As a passion for the arts was mixed with a touch of urban culture, central Nicosia was buzzing with artists, musicians and writers who came together in the park between Eleftheria and Solomou Squares.

Breaking down the boundaries of everything the public had known, art moved beyond the four walls of a gallery and music shifted from the closed confines of a venue. As crowds lazed on the grass, soft electronic music played in the background and interactive performances lured the crowds in. Some artists were busy with their installations; others had their films screened with projections on the surrounding walls.

This year, the Pantheon is pushing the re-play button and organising the second festival of its kind. Wishing to take art out to the general public, the organisers hope that shoppers, those going for walk around town, or friends having coffee, will make time to stop by the festival.

A new addition to this year’s festival is a children’s area, which will include an exhibition entitled ‘The Euro Children Voyage of Exploration and Creation’. Through simple painting and paper cutting techniques, children will be able to create musical instruments, masks and costumes that will then be used for musical improvisation. The children’s scene is to be organised by artist Marlen Karletidou and musician Agni Sakka. 

The music scene will consist of DJ Magos, DJ Zen, Yiannis Trifon and others presenting hip-hop, reggae and electronic beats. Local bands and performance artists will also be putting on shows throughout the day. Expect some great vocals with funk-edged rock by Nicola K, a British-born Cypriot who will impress with her distinct soulful sound blended with an amazing power. You can also look forward to the fantastic sounds of the much-loved Zara der Arkelien, as well as a number of other acts to sweep you away.

Take a stroll away from the music tent and you’ll stumble on the independent publishers section, filled with local and international independent magazines and publications. You’ll also be able to look through comics, posters, stickers, t-shirts and postcards while you do a little shopping, as most of these items will be on sale. Scattered around the area will be a series of installations and works by various artists, with film screenings to be projected throughout the course of the evening. A map of the area will be available, also giving information about the concepts behind each work of art that you see.

Other interesting events to really heat up your night are an inspiring drum performance as well as Fire Poi Spinning, another variation on the ancient art of fire spinning. In this specific version, the spinner uses a special pair of fire-wick balls on a chain, twirling them in rhythm to create brilliant fire trails, patterns and circles.

For all those of you looking for a chilled out Saturday, you’re in luck as there’s plenty of space to relax as various food and drinks are served up. It’s a free, non-profit event bringing the arts practically to your doorstep. What more could you ask for?

Second Urban Soul Festival > Open-air festival with live music, art works on show and much more. September 29. Park of Eleftheria Square, Central Nicosia. 12 noon to 12 midnight. Free. For additional info call 22 670843.

Related Links> www.urbansoulfestival.com

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