Pafos2017 goes out with a bang


The European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 will take a bow on December 30, after a year of wowing the whole of Europe with its line-up of cultural events. We saw musicians from different cultures and traditions come together in the name of art, we saw artists from different backgrounds give us their insight into contemporary themes, and we saw Paphos like we have never seen it before, and now the torch will be handed on – but not before one last performance.

The closing celebration, under the name ‘All About This City’, will take place on December 30 at 28th October Square at 7pm – the same place where the opening ceremony took place in January. During the event, the European Capital of Culture will celebrate everything the city has accomplished, as well as showing how proud it is of how it has managed to transform the city and make it even more beautiful.

Music, images, projections, mapping and lights will create a spectacle which will bring back memories exciting and moving the audience.

The participating choirs in the event will be the Choir of the Paphos Music Gymnasium conducted by Eleni Kyprianou, the Choir of the Paphos Music Lyceum conducted by Isavella Christofidou, the Paphos Philharmonic Band conducted by Zacharias Evangelou, and the well-known band Monsieur Doumani.The event is directed by Spiros Charalambous, music is directed by Giorgos Christodoulides, choreography and dance is by Panos Malactos, production design by Giorgos Stylianou Matsis, lighting design by Jacek Choiczak, video production by Piotr Maruszak and assistant direction by Loukas Walewski.

Monsieur Doumani is a three-piece band – Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (wind instruments) – formed in 2011 in Nicosia. In 2016 the band was nominated for Best Group at the Songlines Music Awards 2016. Although each band member comes from a different musical background, they are all influenced by Cypriot folklore on various levels.

This is why their songs often focus on re-arranging Cypriot traditional songs, adding their own particular colour to the sound and feeling of the music. Monsieur Doumani also compose their own songs in the Cypriot dialect, which are inspired by contemporary Cypriot society.

Their live appearances at festivals and venues across Europe have been very well-received by diverse audiences, and their music has been presented on radio stations around the globe such as BBC, NPR, Radio France, Sveriges Radio and PBS Melbourne.

In addition, the singers who will be raising their voices to celebrate all that the European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 has brought us over the past year will be Yasmin Levy, Giannis Kotsiras, Eleni Tsaligopoulou, Kyros Patsalides, Marios Andreou, Tasoula Vorka, Mariza Anastasiades and Panikos Pistentis.

Levy is an Israeli-Spanish singer-songwriter who comes from a musical family. Her distinctive and emotional style brought a new interpretation to the medieval Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) song by incorporating more modern sounds of Andalusian flamenco, as well as combining instruments like the darbuka, oud, violin, cello, and piano.

Greek singer Kotsiras started his musical career in 1990 singing Greek folk songs and released his first album in 1996. He is the youngest singer to have performed Aksion Esti, a series of poems by Odysseas Elytis put to music by Mikis Theodorakis – a performance that Greek singers seek like actors do the role of Hamlet. He often shares the stage with Tsaligopoulou, who has enjoyed a 30-year-old career so far with her unique voice and electric stage performance.

Local baritone Patsalides enjoys an international career. He has represented Cyprus at various international events with great success and earned enthusiastic praise from international critics. He has been honoured by various political and cultural institutions for his contribution to the musical life in Cyprus. Patsalides will be joined by tenor Andreou and soloists Vorka, Anastasiades and Pistentis.