Shoe Factory hosts International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival


Modern music makes a groundbreaking debut just across the capital’s “Green Line” today in the seventh International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival at Ermou Street’s Shoe Factory (see map below).

Four concerts with two accompanying film screenings and one lecture are on offer from Friday to Sunday, October 2-11, for lovers of 20th century music.

Unique percussion from Dutch group Slagwerk Den Haag opens the season on Friday, October 2, promising performances including works by Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Javier Alvarez. The 1977-founded ensemble brings a traditional arsenal of instruments supplemented by custom-made 3D-printed porcelain or glass instruments.

A free-of-charge screening of the introductory film A temporary Arrangement with the Sea by Peter West and Steve Martland on Saturday, October 3, precedes a performance of works by Louis Andriessen and Schönberg the following evening by the Belgian Het Collective.

Free film screenings and lectures follow on Monday, October 5 with the 7pm introductory lecture Facing the Past/Facing the Future by Peter Sheppard Skaerved and 9pm films Leaving Home: Dancing on a Volcano and After the Wake, written and presented by the eminent British conductor Sir Simon Rattle. Violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved joins horn player Carly Lake and pianist Roderick Chadwick for a Tuesday, October 6 performance of rare works by Brahms and Ligeti.

The season ends with the rousing closing performance and Cyprus premiere of Frederic Rzewski’s The People Will Never Be Defeated! performed by pianist Robin Green.

Tickets for the 8.30pm concerts are priced at 10 euros and may be reserved by phoning 00357 9666 9003 from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

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