Girne and Lefkoşa municipalities have announced further details of three days of events to see in the New Year.
The first event started at 2pm on December 26 at Karaoğlanoğlu park, where stalls sold gift items, food and drink. Local band Two Night Stand also gave a free concert at 3pm.
A clown, magician and dancers will entertain children from 11am to 3pm on Sunday at the covered section of Girne’s Wednesday Market, where there will be also be goodies on offer, music and other activities to keep youngsters amused.
Girne’s main celebration will take place on New Year’s Eve at Ramadan Cemil Square from 10pm onwards. Grup Gancelli will get the crowd going with a free concert, before a midnight fireworks display to welcome in 2016.
Lefkoşa Municipality announced three consecutive days of free concerts beginning on Monday with an 8pm performance by the Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Oskay Hoca, at the city’s Atatürk Cultural Centre.
That will be followed on Tuesday by a show from the municipal children’s choir conducted by Hare Yakula, also starting at 8pm.
The third event will see the “Pop/Latin Orchestra” take to the streets of Arasta within
Lefkoşa’s walled city.
Some councils have also issued emergency contacts for New Year’s Eve. Lefkoşa officials said residents could call their dedicated “185” line for “any issues”. For water problems in Lapta, call 0548 829 1833. Çatalköy Municipality has released three numbers – 0548 865 7854 for the cleaning department, 0548 874 7042 for the police department and 0548 845 7091 for the water department.
Meanwhile passengers traveling through Ercan airport are being greeted by the sight of a “New Year’s tree” made of 500 books.
The 180cm-tall creation was made by students from Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) to raise awareness about the importance of reading.