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Feature – A Euro-Mediterranean Music Celebration in Cyprus
26.09.2012, 09:29 (CET)
Geographically positioned at the crossroads of three continents, Cyprus has always been a melting pot of different civilizations, from ancient times through to the present day. From Thursday, September 27 until Sunday, September 30, the island will act as a ‘filoxenos topos', a hospitable place, in welcoming hundreds of young and upcoming musicians from EU Member States and the Arab world, in a true Euro-Mediterranean celebration of music.

Specifically, the Cultural Movement of Limassol ‘Epilogi’, in cooperation with a number of other local and international music institutions from 20 countries of Europe and the Mediterranean, such as Jeunesses Musicales International, the Arab Academy of Music and the European Music Council, will present a series of concerts and music workshops at ‘Platia Iroon’ (Heroes Square) and Rialto Theatre in the coastal city of Lemesos (Limassol).

Music for all tastes

From classical (Western and Arabic) music to rock, ethnic, jazz, hip–hop and reggae, artists will present something for everyone’s musical taste during this Euro-Mediterranean celebration of music.  According to the Executive Director of ‘Epilogi’ and one of the main organisers of the ‘Εuro-Mediterranean Youth Music Expo’, Nenad Bogdanovic, the audience will enjoy the pleasure of listening to, among others, the string orchestra of Vytautas Magnus University from Lithuania, the Jordanian Arab music women’s band ‘Naya’, R&B and funk bands ‘Wasla’ and ‘Karakeeb’ from Egypt, the traditional music group ‘Zaman’ from Greece, J.Kriste, Master of Disguise - a collective of musicians that performs the music of Cypriot musician and composer Lefteris Moumtzis - and the popular Croatian band ‘HGM Jazz Orchestra Zagreb’.

Workshops open to the public

Parallel with the concerts, a symposium and workshops will also be held, featuring distinguished guests from all the countries of the League of Arab States and the European Union. The workshops will be open to the general public.

“What makes this event special”, says Mr. Bogdanovic, “is the fact that through a holistic platform, artists will have the chance to perform abroad and gain intercultural knowledge. They will be able to socialize with other artists from other countries and regions and gain valuable experiences that will help them in their future careers”.

Behind the scenes, the Expo will also host over 100 cultural managers, who will work together over the four days to devise innovative strategies that facilitate the development of young people through music in the Euro-Med region.

According to Mr. Doros Zesimos, a Cypriot musician who will take part in the Expo, “as Cyprus, we have the opportunity through such festivals to show that over the last few years we have made huge strides when it comes to live music, in terms of classic as well as modern and traditional music”.

“A multicultural society through music”

Cyprus’ traditional music, Mr. Zesimos points out, carries elements originating from Western Europe all the way to Asia. “I am happy that through the organisation of the Euro-Mediterranean Expo, we can stress and encourage a multicultural society through our music,” he added. 

Part of the Expo will also be a music market, held on Sunday September 30 at the Limassol Municipal Garden, where audiovisual material from various youth and music organisations from all over the Mediterranean will be exhibited.

The Opening Ceremony held on Friday, September 28 at ‘Platia Iroon’ (Heroes Square) will be addressed by the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Mrs Androulla Vassiliou.

 

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