Series of upcoming events sets festival season in motion

Festival season is getting in to full swing, with events lined up across the country to showcase local culture and traditions over the next two weeks.

The flurry of activity begins with the 19th International Guzelyurt Culture and Art Festival, which started yesterday and continues until a gala closing night next Saturday, May 2.

Today sees a 3.30pm cookery contest at the Guzelyurt Hotel and tomorrow a tree-planting beside the Lefkosa road from 10am to noon.

Nightly events from 8pm include dance shows featuring guest groups from Ankara, Izmir, Romania, Russia and Georgia at the Middle East Technical University Kalkanli campus on Monday – following a procession through the town at 3.30pm, and shows at its sports hall from 5pm.

There will also be a conference on Tuesday evening and a costume show on Wednesday, both in the town’s Ataturk Cultural Centre, and on Thursday a children’s activity day from 3pm in the Ataturk wedding hall.

Yesilirmak hosts its 10th Traditional Strawberry Festival from Thursday until next Sunday, May 3, with the village festival grounds hosting concerts, folk and dance shows, a strawberry product contest and classic car display from 9am daily. There will also be a swimming marathon and surfing shows at Yedidalga, and nature walks including visits to strawberry fields. A beauty contest will provide the finale.

Next Saturday, May 2, sees the Magusa Walled City Association stage its Seventh Children’s Festival in the walled city of Gazi Magusa between 10am and 6pm. The day will include dance shows and musical entertainment, face-painting for children, pony rides and a range of fun activities.

Cypriot tradition comes to the fore at the 16th Eco-Day in the Karpaz village of Buyukkonuk next Sunday, May 3. Activities which kick off at 10am and run until 8pm will include almost 100 stalls selling traditional food, produce and handicrafts, folk dance displays and donkey rides for children.

The 10th Bellapais Silk Cocoon Festival will take place from May 8-10, when the mountainside village will host stalls from 11am to 9pm daily offering food and drinks alongside traditional crafts, including silk cocoon and ”Lefkara” lace work and wooden carvings. There will be music and dance shows from 2pm each day.

Would-be stall-holders should contact the Girne Municipality Public Relations Department on (0392) 815 2118 by May 4.


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