Free Cultural Moments Are Never Too Far From Nicosia Accommodation!

Free Cultural Moments Are Never Too Far From Nicosia Accommodation

Stepping out of your Nicosia accommodation, a cultural moment may often be encountered as you turn the very next corner. Absolutely not unusual in Cyprus, of course. After all, this is the actual location of Mount Olympus, rising up some 1,952 metres (6,404 ft) in the Troodos Mountains – the mythic home of Zeus, King of the Gods who created the nine Greek muses of creativity.

Many Nicosia hotels are only a few moments walk from engaging with the spirit of the muses plying their craft on a non-stop calendar of music, theatre, dance, art and film. Whether you are in Nicosia for a minibreak, on a business trip or visiting friends, there’s always likely to be an impromptu event happening on one of the many public squares to be found around the island capital. Many can be enjoyed throughout the year, and often with free entrance too.

Perfect open air spot for a live concert

One such free entrance was held on Wednesday 11th September in Old Nicosia’s Faneromeni Square. Built within the city walls during Venetian rule (1489-1571), it was the perfect open air spot for a live concert – aptly entitled “Spellbound and Magic” – to hear the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s rousing “Ode To Joy” and Mendelssohn’s scintillating overture of Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Also featured during the 90 minutes was Dvořák’s Czech Suite including lively stylised, national ‘polka’ dances.

National dance closer to home is the theme of the 14th Mediterranean Folklore Dance Festival, another free open air event, staged at the Nicosia Municipal Park on Friday 13th (18:30 – 20:30). For one day only, before the festival heads off to Larnaca, the Heritage Association of Nicosia presents 29 dance groups originating from Cyprus, Greece and around the Mediterranean.

Dazzling displays of movement and colourful costumes

Musicians, dancers and performers are brought together by a universal love of traditional dance in dazzling displays of dexterity, movement and colourful costumes. The aim is to raise awareness, provide insight and create a dialogue between a diverse range of national and cultural backgrounds as expressed through the tradition of dance.

A cultural moment for food lovers also takes place in Nicosia Municipal Gardens a week later on Sunday 22nd September (11:00 – 18:00). The Indian Vegetarian Food Festival is part of a series of events organised by the High Commission of India in association with the Nicosia municipal authority to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi (1869- 1948) who pioneered India’s independence from British rule.

 

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