Village activities, music, dance and exhibitions are all on offer on Sunday, October 11, as Büyükkonuk eco-village launches its 17th Traditional Eco-Day festival at 10.30am.
Mayor Ahmet Sennaroğlu said: “President Akinci has promised to attend on his return from New York and we have also invited Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and predecessor Demetris Christofias. Many Greek Cypriots will also be coming and we are proud to have a truly inclusive celebration of Cypriot life.”
A record 26 village activity demonstrations are promised in a “Journey to the Past” programme which includes horse and donkey rides, wood-carving, basket-making, demonstrations of the preparation of 10 traditional foods, weaving, gourd-decoration, mud brick, compost and clay production and a demonstration by a local cobbler and chair-maker. Opening recitals feature shepherd’s flutes, Alawite lutes, and violins as local standholders hang up their aprons to perform their “Karpaz Girls” traditional dance.
The programme features local folk dance shows, an Alawite whirling dervish show at midday, for which no applause is requested, and live music from Group Baria, the Cyprus Peace Bicommunal Choir, Group Solanahtarı and a closing concert at 7pm.
The Animal Husbandry Union, Farmers’ Union and National Seed Swap Centre promise exhibitions of equipment and local seeds, and archive photos of the village and basketry by the Hasder Folk Arts Foundation will also be on show.
Büyükkonuk Municipality promises ample parking on the outskirts of the village, disabled parking places close to the festival and a horse-drawn cart shuttle.