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Pefkios Georgiades
Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus




KYPRIA 2004: 

Letter from the Minister of Education and Culture of Cyprus

The "KYPRIA" International Festival is in its 14th year in the cultural life of our island. Its presence is a strong one, to judge from the continuous interest and growing response, year by year, of the public to the events hosted within the framework of the Festival. This indisputably confirms the fact that the "KYPRIA" has become established in the conscience of our people and is now considered to be the most important festival on the island, offering a variety of cultural events of a high standard. This, of course, is not a reason for complacency, since there is always scope for further improvement and upgrading the quality of the Festival with regard to both its conception and further course and also the character of the events which are hosted in its program.

Here I would like to stress the particular emphasis and attention given to the selection of events for this year's Festival. The selection has been made with the aim of providing an opportunity for the representation and participation, to the greatest possible extent, of Cypriot creators and Cypriot artistic groups. The selection was made without, of course, detracting from the character of the Festival, which continues to be an international one.

In the field of opera, Gaetano Donizetti's masterpiece "Caterina Cornaro" will be performed, with the participation of the Cyprus State Orchestra (under the direction of Agis Ioannides) and the "Aris" choir, Limassol.

In the field of theatre, Satirico Theatro and the Turkish Cypriot Municipal Theatre of Nicosia will stage Aristophanes' "Lysistrata". This is a production in which cultural bodies from the two communities of Cyprus are collaborating, a fact which demonstrates yet again that culture can act as a bridge of communication between the two communities, the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot. In addition, the "Diadromi" Theatre will perform "The Trojan Women" of Euripides.

In the field of music, the State Orchestra of Athens will perform the poetic symphony "Hamathen" by Christos Pittas; the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, under the direction of Spiros Pisinos, will perform works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Rossini, Brahms, Beethoven and Stylianou; the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, with Martinos Tirimos, will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Bizet; the Japanese ensemble Reigakusha will perform traditional Japanese music, as well as works by the Cypriot composer Faidros Kavallaris, inspired by the Japanese musical tradition; the Limassol Folklore Association will present "Strolling in Tradition", a performance with music, songs and dances from Greece, Asia Minor and Cyprus. There will also be a performance entitled "En Chordais", in which music, voice and dance ensembles from Cyprus will participate in a programme that includes music, songs and dances from Asia Minor, the Aegean and Cyprus.

In the field of dance, the contemporary dance group Dance Anonymous will perform the work "Petra: the awakening of the myth", with choreography by Harry Mavromichalis, and the Academy Ballet of St Petersburg will perform the work "Eros tas Aphroditas" to music by Andreas Charalambous.

I believe that this year's festival, too, will attract the attention and interest of the public and will, through its varied programme, satisfy its demands for high quality artistic events and creations.

I wish to express my warm thanks to the sponsors of the various events in the Festival for their willingness to support and contribute to the realization of the events.

Finally, my warm thanks go to the management and staff of the Cultural Services for their contribution to the organisation of the Festival.

Pefkios Georgiades
Minister of Education and Culture



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