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Let the fun begin > a taste of Carnival February 25, 2008

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Events Cyprus, Music Life Greek.
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Carnival > a taste of the real thing with Tierra Latina

Sometimes glittery, usually hideously tacky and always outrageous – there’s nothing quite like the craziness of carnival costumes. Carnival is all about spectacle. And there’s little doubt that the greatest spectacle of them all can be found in the cities of Latin America, where carnival festivities go on for days and streets fill with a party vibe like no other.

If the recent carnival excesses from Rio to Trinidad shown on TV here made you desperate to experience carnival as it should be, then we have great news for you. You’ll soon have the chance to be part of all that fun as a Latin dance and music extravaganza is about to hit our shores.

With talented artists from Cuba, Colombia and Brazil arriving at the start of March to give a show like no other, you can also enjoy performances by special guest, Nancy Murillo, all under the direction of the Argentinean Ricardo Cuellar. The Tierra Latina show will be touring Larnaca, Limassol and Nicosia, with performances at Antidote Theatre in Larnaca, Rialto Theatre in Limassol, and the Strovolos Municipal Theatre in Nicosia.

As the Latin spirit arrives in Cyprus, we asked Ricardo who lives in Cyprus how he came up with the idea for the Tierra Latina show. “Since the moment I first arrived on the island I was happy to see that a large part of the Cypriot community embraced Latin American dance and music,” he says. “I’m really glad to see the work and effort of various dance schools and companies that put on regular shows, and somehow feel that Tierra Latina is my gift to the community, thanking them for their passionate support of Latin American culture.”

Go along to the performance and you’ll get to watch a variety of dances and acts which represent all different Latin American rhythms, from mambo and salsa to Brazilian samba, Argentine tango and Colombian cumbia. The limelight will then shine on Nancy Murillo, a vibrant Colombian singer now living in France, who has brought folkloric rhythms like the cumbia, salsa and porro to Europe. “Murillo is a wonderful artist renowned in Europe for her great voice, artistic talent and for promoting Latin culture through her music to the world,” says Ricardo.

As she travels from country to country, Murillo has gained fame and respect for her talent and passion for music on stages in France, Morrocco, Holland, Germany and Greece. “Through her captivating performances on stage and powerful voice I felt her passion was contageous – a feeling I’m hoping to convey to the audience of Tierra Latina,” Ricardo adds.

You may not be leaving on a jet plane for an exotic destination this month, but you can experience the passionate spirit of a Brazilian carnival practically at your doorstep very soon. Let the fun begin!

Tierra Latina > A music and dance extrabaganza with performers from Colombia, Cuba and Brazil
March 2: Antidote Theatre, Larnaca. Tel 24 822677
March 3: Rialto Theatre, Limassol. Tel 25 343800
March 5: Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. Tel 22 313010
8pm. €25. General info: Tel 22 444612

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