Events in the Local Region this coming weekend

As always, there’s plenty of local events taking place to keep you busy & entertained this weekend. From great selection of events from Cypriot traditional nights, ballet and Pafos2017 events!   Click on the images below for full details:

 

Friday 26th May 2017 & Every Friday: Cyprus night at Platea Tavern, Pissouri Village Square, at 7.30pm:

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Cyprus Night is back this Friday at Platea. Go along for a fun filled family friendly evening of great Cypriot entertainment and food. Booking is essential as these nights get busy.

 

 

Friday 26th May 2017: Pafos2017, ‘Cypriot Kaleidoscope & Orchestra Popolare Italiana Ambrogio Sparagna’, Kato Vrisi,
Geroskipou, 8:00pm
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are part of a series of events which celebrate the musical traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean and its neighbouring countries, as well as their impact on contemporary music. Shared musical experiences connect people from across cultures, mentalities and beyond language. They become the way to truly link continents and bridge cultures as the motto of Pafos2017 suggests. Mediterranean Musical Traditions is a three-day event comprising of five concerts by musicians from Greece, Northern Italy, Israel and Spain.
Tickets: 10€

Saturday 27th May 2017: Pafos2017, ‘I sing for my city | Schools in Action’ Makariou Avenue / Kennedy Square Paphos , 5.00pm:

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The action includes a students parade of the primary schools / kindergartens accompanied by the band of the Musical Lyceum on Makariou Avenue. The students of all schools of Paphos will hold a grand parade on the main street of the city holding flags from all countries and flags with the logo of Pafos 2017.
The parade will end in Kennedy square where each school will present a song of their choice, which reflects the multicultural character of our city. At the same time, students works (canvases, banners) will be exhibited at the square, which were made during the action “What I dream my city to be”
Free entrance

Sunday 28st May 2017, Hill View Restaurant, Pissouri:

The best Sunday carvery around!  Enjoy a mouth-watering meal at the Hill View restaurants with beautiful views over Pissouri Village. Book in at the Hillview Restaurant in Pissouri Village where you will get a delicious meal, great service and a warm welcome.  Call on +357 25 221972 to book in advance.

Sunday 28st May 2017: O’Vrakas Sunday Lunch BBQ ‘all you can eat’, O’Vrakas Taverna Pissouri Square, 1pm – 4pm:

Haris and his team at O’Vrakas will be offering a Sunday Cypriot BBQ lunch, featuring a Salad buffet and unlimited Grill items, accompanied by live Greek music from their Guitar and Bouzouki duo for €20.00 pp. Special menu for kids is also available as well as the chance to enjoy the Salad buffet for those of you who wish to have a light Lunch. Only €12.00 pp
‘Feast like a local on a Sunday’! For reservations and more information please call us at 0035799312443 or send an email at haris@ovrakas.com

Sunday 28st May 2017: ‘Jewels – The Royal Ballet’, Rialto, Limassol, 6.30pm:

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George Balanchine’s evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant ballet classic. The French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the subtlety and lyricism of ‘Emeralds’, while the fire of ‘Rubies’ comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet with the splendour of Imperial Russia and the peerless music of Tchaikovsky in ‘Diamonds’.
Jewels is a masterclass in the many luminous facets of classical ballet and indeed of The Royal Ballet itself: the virtuoso choreography of Balanchine, the intensity of the soloists and the precision of the entire Company.
Tickets €12.00

Sunday 28th May 2017: ‘Classical Concert with piano, violin and flute’, Technopolis 20, Pafos, 8:00pm:

A classical concert with piano, violin and flute will be organised at Technopolis 20 in Paphos, on Sunday, 28th of May 2017 at 7pm, with Natalia Lezedova (piano), Galina Dimova (piano), Nina Ioannidou (piano), Andreas Constantinou (violin) and Maria Avraam (flute). The programme will include works by JS Bach, F Kreisler, E Grieg, J Bhrams, P Gaubert, R Glier, S Rachmaninov, A Khachaturian.
All profits will be donated to The Paphos Kidney Association
Entrance: €10
Reservations necessary at 70002420.

 

Monday 29th May 2017: Pafos2017, ‘Archaeomusica’, Archaeological Park Kato Pafos , Paphos, 8.00am – 7.00pm :

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An exhibition that shows that… “Music is the ‘sound’ evidence of the common roots of European cultures”. Music can reveal facts about ancient civilizations, since it has created a network of relationships and points of contact among us long before we became aware of our common identity in Europe.
The exhibition, which includes multimedia features and interactive installations with the use of 3D technology, allows the visitor to admire and fully experience the astonishing world of the ancient musical instruments and the amazing journey through time and space, beginning from the origins of European musical tradition. The exhibition, which tours Europe, stops in Pafos this summer. The mosaics of the Roman music scenes depicted here were the inspiration for the exhibition in Cyprus. A guided tour of the exhibition will take place on the evening of the inauguration, as well as music event based on Manos Hadjidakis.
Free entrance

Wednesday 31st May 2017 & Every Wednesday: Enjoy Bouzouki Nights at O’Vrakas Taverna Pissouri Square, 7.00pm!

Bouzouki Nights at O’Vrakas Taverna are back! Every Wednesday until the end of October. Their wonderful, characterful duo of Bouzouki and Guitar will travel you through time, with traditional and modern Greek songs. Learn how to dance Zorba with Haris and his team and enjoy selected Meze for 17.00 euro pp. Limited Ala cart Menu also available. For reservations and more information call  +35799312443 or send an email to haris@ovrakas.com

Ongoing Friday 5th May 2017 –  Sunday 4th June, 2017: Pafos2017, Hazardous Travel, Old Power Paphos, 4.00pm. to 7.00pm

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It is a dual exhibition with works by Andy Hatziadamou and Baki Bogac Cypriot artists, which ypomnimatizei a true story, indicative of the force is the art of transcending the barriers and borders. The Baki Bogac, architect and sculptor, discovered and saved sculptures, paintings, photographs and other objects which Andy Hatziadamou had left in Famagusta, when Greek Cypriot inhabitants of the city were expelled in 1974. After two decades in 1993, artworks that looked the Baki all this time, finally surrendered to Andy Hatziadamou family in Paphos. The tragic irony is that Andy had died in 1990 aged just 54 years. Since then, his family maintains a close relationship with Baki Bogac which invited in Paphos, on the occasion of the Cultural Capital of Europe, to meet for the first time, even mentally, the Andy Hatziadamou in a joint report. Free entrance

Ongoing: 23th April- 31st August 2017: ‘Eco Art’ Paphos2017, Lower Arodes down Arodes Paphos, 12.00pm-7.00pm:

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The Eco Art is one of the most ambitious projects of the ECOC 2017 Paphos with cultural and ecological vision for Cyprus and Europe. With the subtitle: “Paths to a common ground – Works on site”, invited artists create works on natural areas and communities of Akamas. The Eco Art will highlight the relationship between Art and Nature, will open a dialogue on critical issues and create an important legacy in contemporary Cyprus art. Free entrance

Ongoing: 8th April- 25th November 2017: ‘Terra Mediterranea: In Action’ Paphos2017, Cave Fabrica, Apostolou Pavlou Paphos & Medieval Castle of Paphos, 10.00am-7.00pm :

www.fotolarko.com.cy

A project that includes a large modern art exhibition in Nicosia and Paphos, an international conference and a series of parallel actions involving a large number of artists from Cyprus and other countries. The ‘Terra Mediterranea: In Action’ seeks to detect, investigate and present the terms of contemporary artists around today’s generalized landscape of economic, political, religious, social, and deeply existential crisis of identity through a “Mediterranean” look, politics and simultaneously poetic.
Monday – Sunday: 8:30 to 19:30

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 Friday’s Fact About: Must Visit: Agros Rose Festival!

Taken from MyCyprusInsider

Deep in the heart of the Pitsillia region of the island, is a village that has come to be loved by islanders and foreigners alike. Not just another pretty rural hot spot, there’s something incredibly bright and beautiful that makes Agros famous: its glorious rambling roses.
Officially known as the ‘Rose of Damascus’ (Rosa damascene) that blossoms in April/May, the foothills of the Troodos Mountains provide an ideal environment for growth; a place where the fragile light pink flowers are protected from strong winds while bathed in just the right amount sunshine come spring.

With the annual Rose Festival coming up on the weekends of May 12-14 and 20-21, there are a whole host of activities to enjoy, whether you want to indulge in an earthy hands-on experience, wish to try some local produce, or fancy sitting back and listening to talks.

The festival will kick off on Friday May 12th with an opening ceremony at the Glafkos Clerides Sports Centre, followed by a cultural event dedicated to roses. On Saturday May 13th you can enjoy a hands on experience with rose bush planting taking place near the Agros Primary School, traditional distillation of rose water and a music night dedicated to roses. More song and dance will follow on Sunday 14th, with another chance to familiarise yourselves with the distillation of rose water.

Similar festivities will be taking place on the weekend of May 20-21, with a real highlight of the occasion not to be missed on Sunday May 21st, which will see a rather fun competition come to life all about innovative food using Rosa Damascena, with professional chefs selecting the winners.

Suffice to point out that the harvesting  of roses itself is a really special occasion that takes place daily before sunrise throughout the month of May as village people gather together to reap the benefits of the flowers that have become synonymous with the area. Want to wake up bright and early to experience rose picking? Both weekends provide the chance to join the villagers of the area to live the experience of gathering roses along with the rose producers of the area.

 

Kiosks serving food and drink will be set up in the vicinity, while rose products will also be available for purchase. There will also be a hop on-hop off train touring the area, while the small rose factories of the village will be open for visitors.

 

Did you know?
Agros wasn’t always famous for its roses. In fact, at the start of the 20th century, sources indicate that there were but a few rose bushes in the area, following the import of this specific rose bush from Mesopotamia. And as with most villages, this one has its own tale of a village personality that did something rather special for the community.
It was in fact a schoolteacher in the village, Nearchos Clerides (uncle of former Cypriot president, the late Glafkos Clerides), who was determined to encourage people to recognise the splendours of these roses, setting up the ‘Pupils Association for the Dissemination of the Rose Bush’ in 1917.

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With the goal of improving the standard of living of the local community, he introduced an incentive scheme aimed at cultivating the rose bush to produce rose water. The members of the association were obliged to plant and look after fifty rose bushes every year, while those who planted more than fifty rose bushes received a financial reward.
Fast forward to the present day, and his vision has certainly proved to be a fruitful one, with a whole industry now associated with the roses as locals now spending much time cultivating the flowers that so beautifully that blanket the slopes that rise above the village.

The aromatic oil of the roses that locals so treasure is now in turn used for a whole range of purposes, from rose oil to rose water, traditional sweets, to liqueur. Deliciously tantalising to the taste buds, cosmetics containing rose essential oil and rose water are said to hydrate dry skin while providing invaluable protection against harmful free radicals.

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Events in the Local Region this coming weekend

As always, there’s plenty of local events taking place to keep you busy & entertained this weekend. From great selection of events from Cypriot traditional nights, opera and Pafos2017 events!   Click on the images below for full details:

 

Friday 19th May 2017 & Every Friday: Cyprus night at Platea Tavern, Pissouri Village Square, at 7.30pm:

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Cyprus Night is back this Friday at Platea. Go along for a fun filled family friendly evening of great Cypriot entertainment and food. Booking is essential as these nights get busy.

 

Friday 19th May 2017: Pafos2017, ‘The Corner of a Foreign Field’, Lemona Village, Paphos, 8.00pm-10.00pm :

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An artistic event, a collaboration of Lia with Nic Costa, reached a documentary about the coexistence of foreigners and locals in Paphos: a resident group of intellectuals and artists, attempting to access issues on prospects and harmonious coexistence capabilities otherness, in a multicultural and highly Cypriot environment. Lemon, a hilly village with plenty of green and surrounded by beautiful landscaped hills, was to be loved by many travelers who have chosen to make it their second home. In the spirit of the film of Louis Bunuel, the artist Lia sets up a table in the fields of lemons with a group of foreign residents in the area. This meal, filmed, constituting the base material of an audio visual project that traveled and travels to various festivals and biennials worldwide. A second gala dinner will be held in the square, while at the same time the movie was filmed in 2015 will be screened at the village school.
Free entrance

 

Friday 19th May 2017: ‘A Musical Tribute to Edith Piaf’, Technopolis 20, Pafos, 8:00pm:

The “Steppin’ Out Jazz Band” invites you to a tribute concert honouring the legendary French singer, Edith Piaf, with a programme that will include some of her greatest hits such as La Vie En Rose, Padam Padam, Je ne regrette rien and many more. The Steppin’ Out Jazz Band is a professional Jazz band that performs swing standards from the 30s, 40s and 50s, composed by the greats of that era, such as George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Richard Rodgers and as performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan among others. It features Alice Ayvazian – vocalist, Konstantinos Efraimidis – clarinet/saxophone, Dimitris Miaris – piano and Greg Makamian – double bass. The band performs extensively around Cyprus and has been featured for many events and Jazz nights for various establishments.
Entrance: 10 euro
Reservations necessary at 70002420

 

Friday 19th May 2017: ‘An Evening of Opera’, The Annabelle Hotel, Pafos, 8:00pm:

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The Cyprus Academy of Music and iDA Productions Centre present Soprano Ester Ustaeva straight from St. Petersburg and Maestro Yiannis Hadjiloizou at the Piano Live in Concert. The program will include Arias and Songs by Rossini, Mozart, Rimsky Korsakov, Gershwin, Kálmán, Puccini, Loewe, Bellini, Gounod, and more in an evening of High Art and luxurious entertainment.
Tickets : €50 / €35 / €25
Phone: 77777040

 

Friday 19th May 2017: Pafos2017, ‘Paphos: Myth, History, Landscape’, Gallery “En Plo” En Plo Paphos, Opening 7:00pm:

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The report is a tribute to the city for the European price was attributed. First objective was to present the site. The landscape exposure leads to myths with Venus as a symbol, to dominate. References to history go along with the myth. They will operate in Petra tou Romiou region, respecting the environment, the “Ten Points Vision” Kostas Tsokli, who boasts and other forms of artistic interventions outdoors in Greece and Europe. With his artistic proposal, which includes ten performance metal sculpture constructions, the visitor is invited to participate in an artistic experience.
Exposure duration: 19 of May 2017 – 30 July 2017
operating hours: 10:00 -13: 00 and 16: 00-19: 00
* Saturday May 20, the report will be open 10:00 to 13:00 and 15: 00 -18: 00
Free entrance

 

Saturday 20th May 2017: ‘7th Annual Talent Show’ Limassol Theatre Arts School, Limassol, 3.00pm-9.00pm:

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Limassol’s own stage school for kids is proud to present its 7th Annual Talent Show on Saturday, 20th May, giving talented children around Cyprus the opportunity to compete against other performers in a variety of talents. A variety of acts; dancers, singers, actors, entertainers, musicians, comedians, gymnasts and even jugglers and magicians are invited to take part in this variety performance, which will be judged by a panel of professionals in the industry, one of which will be flying from the West End, London.
Participation fee: €5
Audience entrance: €5

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May 2017: ‘Agros Rose Festival!’ Agros,Pitsillia region, whole day

With the annual Rose Festival coming up on the weekend of May 20-21, there are a whole host of activities to enjoy, whether you want to indulge in an earthy hands-on experience, wish to try some local produce, or fancy sitting back and listening to talks. There will be cultural events dedicated to roses, a hands on experience with rose bush planting taking place near the Agros Primary School, traditional distillation of rose water and a music night dedicated to roses followed by More song and dance, with another chance to familiarise yourselves with the distillation of rose water. with a real highlight of the occasion not to be missed on Sunday May 21st, which will see a rather fun competition come to life all about innovative food using Rosa Damascena, with professional chefs selecting the winners.

Saturday 20th May 2017: Pafos2017, ‘One Touch of Venus and Other speak manually Ute Lemper’ Castle Square Paphos , 8.30pm-10.00pm:

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H Ute Lemper illuminates the landscape of the castle … with a touch and a concert performance dedicated to the passion of love and life. The outstanding performer sings in her own special way of unique moments from the poetry set to music of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. The famous singer big musicals in Europe and America sing some of the most famous ballads of the works “The Rise and Fall of the City Machagkoni” and “The Threepenny Opera” by creating an almost magical atmosphere. The great singer accompanies the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra in George Koundouri address. Orchestrations: Robert Ziegler.
Tickets 20 € and 30 €

 

Sunday 21st May 2017, Hill View Restaurant, Pissouri:

The best Sunday carvery around!  Enjoy a mouth-watering meal at the Hill View restaurants with beautiful views over Pissouri Village. Book in at the Hillview Restaurant in Pissouri Village where you will get a delicious meal, great service and a warm welcome.  Call on +357 25 221972 to book in advance.

 

Sunday 21st May 2017: O’Vrakas Sunday Lunch BBQ ‘all you can eat’, O’Vrakas Taverna Pissouri Square, 1pm – 4pm:

Haris and his team at O’Vrakas will be offering a Sunday Cypriot BBQ lunch, featuring a Salad buffet and unlimited Grill items, accompanied by live Greek music from their Guitar and Bouzouki duo for €20.00 pp. Special menu for kids is also available as well as the chance to enjoy the Salad buffet for those of you who wish to have a light Lunch. Only €12.00 pp
‘Feast like a local on a Sunday’! For reservations and more information please call us at 0035799312443 or send an email at haris@ovrakas.com

 

Sunday 21st May 2017: ‘A morning walk at the museums’, Cyprus Theatre Museum, Limassol, 10.00am-12.00pm:

Cyprus : A morning walk at the museums

Celebrating the occasion of the International Museum Day (18th May 2017), the Cyprus Theatre Museum and the Patticheio Municipal Museum – Historic Archive – Centre of Studies of Limassol are organising “A morning walk at the museums” on Sunday 21st May 2017 from 10 in the morning until 12 at noon. The starting point of the walk will be the Cyprus Theatre Museum where there will be a tour offered to the public. Then, the visitors will walk to the Patticheio Municipal Museum where there will be a presentation of the museum and a short tour. The morning walk will conclude with breakfast served in the garden of the Patticheio Municipal Museum.
Participation is free of charge. Reservations are necessary.
Call 25343464 (from 8 a.m. until 2p.m.) for reservations.

 

Monday 22th May 2017: Pafos2017, ‘The Wall’, Kennedy Square , Paphos, 7.00pm :

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The European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 and the Cyprus Photographic Society (GG) – Paphos Department have invited professional and amateur photographers from Cyprus and abroad to record images of the urban environment and to convey to the general public through their own visual and perception. The pictures transform an indifferent public space into an artistic reference point, enhancing in this way the philosophy of open museum and by extension of the Cultural Capital of Europe Pafos2017 Open Culture Factory.
Free entrance

 

Tuesday 23rd May 2017: Kirsty Dewar Live at Platea Tavern, Pissouri Village Square, at 7.30pm:

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Platea Tavern is delighted to announce that the multi talented Kirsty Dewar has managed to fit a date in at their Tavern during her busy schedule. Acoustic tunes and covers. Join them for a drink or a bite to eat and enjoy one of the best vocalists around. Table reservations available.

 

Wednesday 24th May 2017 & Every Wednesday: Enjoy Bouzouki Nights at O’Vrakas Taverna Pissouri Square, 7.00pm!

Bouzouki Nights at O’Vrakas Taverna are back! Every Wednesday until the end of October. Their wonderful, characterful duo of Bouzouki and Guitar will travel you through time, with traditional and modern Greek songs. Learn how to dance Zorba with Haris and his team and enjoy selected Meze for 17.00 euro pp. Limited Ala cart Menu also available. For reservations and more information call  +35799312443 or send an email to haris@ovrakas.com

 

Ongoing Friday 5th May 2017 –  Sunday 4th June, 2017: Pafos2017, Hazardous Travel, Old Power Paphos, 4.00pm. to 7.00pm

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It is a dual exhibition with works by Andy Hatziadamou and Baki Bogac Cypriot artists, which ypomnimatizei a true story, indicative of the force is the art of transcending the barriers and borders. The Baki Bogac, architect and sculptor, discovered and saved sculptures, paintings, photographs and other objects which Andy Hatziadamou had left in Famagusta, when Greek Cypriot inhabitants of the city were expelled in 1974. After two decades in 1993, artworks that looked the Baki all this time, finally surrendered to Andy Hatziadamou family in Paphos. The tragic irony is that Andy had died in 1990 aged just 54 years. Since then, his family maintains a close relationship with Baki Bogac which invited in Paphos, on the occasion of the Cultural Capital of Europe, to meet for the first time, even mentally, the Andy Hatziadamou in a joint report. Free entrance

 

Ongoing: 23th April- 31st August 2017: ‘Eco Art’ Paphos2017, Lower Arodes down Arodes Paphos, 12.00pm-7.00pm:

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The Eco Art is one of the most ambitious projects of the ECOC 2017 Paphos with cultural and ecological vision for Cyprus and Europe. With the subtitle: “Paths to a common ground – Works on site”, invited artists create works on natural areas and communities of Akamas. The Eco Art will highlight the relationship between Art and Nature, will open a dialogue on critical issues and create an important legacy in contemporary Cyprus art. Free entrance

 

Ongoing: 8th April- 25th November 2017: ‘Terra Mediterranea: In Action’ Paphos2017, Cave Fabrica, Apostolou Pavlou Paphos & Medieval Castle of Paphos, 10.00am-7.00pm :

www.fotolarko.com.cy

A project that includes a large modern art exhibition in Nicosia and Paphos, an international conference and a series of parallel actions involving a large number of artists from Cyprus and other countries. The ‘Terra Mediterranea: In Action’ seeks to detect, investigate and present the terms of contemporary artists around today’s generalized landscape of economic, political, religious, social, and deeply existential crisis of identity through a “Mediterranean” look, politics and simultaneously poetic.
Monday – Sunday: 8:30 to 19:30

 

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Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy – Rusty Rackets are back!

RUSTY RACKETS ADULT TENNIS COACHING COURSE

Starting Monday 22nd May 2017

  • Every Monday evening, from 6 -7 pm
  • Cost €5 member / €10 non member

This course is designed for complete beginners or players that have played in the past, lost touch with the game and would like to get back into it again!

racketsRackets are provided if you do not own one – you just need to attend in sportswear and trainers.

Don’t be shy come and give tennis a try!

The friendly tennis team are looking forward to welcoming you 🙂

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To sign up for weekly pay and play sessions please email : tennisreservations@aphroditehills.com
Or telephone : 00357 26828122

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Scuba Diving Courses – By Steve Ford, Cyprus Diving Adventure

'Scuba Steve' at Cyprus Diving Adventures

Steve Ford, our preferred Scuba Diving Instructor on the island, writes a fantastic blog on his website – this month we find out about the ‘aliens’ that are in our waters!  Check out his website for more details on what courses he has to offer, and information on his Dive Centre which is situated in neighbouring Pissouri Village: CyprusDivingAdventues below:

We hope you enjoy Steve’s article, below:

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For all packages and offers please click here!

Scuba Diving Courses

At Cyprus Diving Adventures our aim is to provide the very best in quality training and to produce the best divers possible. We have excellent indoor and outdoor training facilities. These include classrooms, superb confined water sites connected to the sea and all the lastest materials, DVD’s and teaching technologies to create the best possible learning environment. Cyprus is one of the top training locations in the world. Our experienced Instructors have years of experience teaching in the UK, here in Cyprus and other parts of the world.

For families and groups booking together please see our discounts below. Discounts start from just 2 people.

There are no hidden costs with prices including full equipment, transport, course materials and certification fee.

For any of the scuba diving courses we can send you the manual to study before you come to Cyprus saving valuable holiday time. Alternatively you can do all of the theory work online with e-learning at home. We can email you a link, or use the Padi elearning link for laptops, and the Open Water Touch link for Ipads or Android below.

Also of course the studying can just be completed here, the choice is yours.

Please contact us for any further information you may require.

Click to enlarge the Padi Flow chart

 

Cyprus Diving Adventures – Beginners

Ideal for individuals, couples, groups and families to enjoy together on holiday.

The half a day Discover Scuba Diving experience programme is designed for people from the age of 10 who want to try scuba diving for the first time.
A similar experience is available for 8-9 year olds and is called Bubblemaker.

See their group and family deals below for great discounts.

Discover Scuba Diving covers basic knowledge on the equipment, some easy theory and then we take you into shallow water where you practice some basic skills and build your confidence.  Once you are ready we then move into open water for a dive in the warm, crystal clear, blue waters and explore the underwater world for the first time.

At the sites we use there is a large range of fantastic marine life to see including sea bream, puffer fish, trumpetfish, colourful wrasses, pipefish, damselfish and even a good chance of a turtle. The underwater scenery is also stunning with a varied range of features to explore.

Depths are from 2m to 12m depending on your comfort level and as you gain in confidence during the dive.

We have the very best conditions and locations to ensure our divers get the most from this amazing holiday experience. We also highly recommend a follow up open water dive on the same day to enjoy the experience even more and to help cement the skills and knowledge learned during the first dive.

Discover Scuba Diving is suitable for all ages, for divers who haven’t dived for a long period, and is an excellent taster for those thinking of doing the full Open Water Course.

Try diving beginners in Cyprus

 

Group & Family Deals

2 Divers get 10%

3-4 Divers get 15-20%

5-6 Divers get 25%

Larger Groups – P.O.A

 

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Steve offers our guests a special discount as well as a FREE pick up & Drop off service! Get in touch now:

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 Friday’s Fact About: Paphos Redrawn

This time we have some great article about Paphos architecture for you! Click here

Taken from Traveller Easy Jet Magazine

So says Andreas Vardas of returning to Paphos from London, where he studied, to open his first architectural practice 20 years ago. His visions of angular buildings that nodded to Californian modernism were nothing like the Roman ruins or identikit whitewashed walls that defined the Cypriot city back then – and caused quite a stir. “The first house I did looked out of this world,” he says. “They were laughing at the office, saying I would never be able to build it. People thought my work was weird.” It’s fair to say that no one thinks Vardas’s work is weird today. His award-winning studio has designed some 50 buildings across the city, from private homes to public walkways, and is even working on a forthcoming extension to the law courts, proof that Vardas’s new brand of modernism is now part of the establishment. One flagship project, a vertiginous, three storey home embedded into the cliff in the  Melisovounos district, complete with louvred rooftop garage, wraparound windows and ‘flying’ swimming pool jutting out toward the horizon, looks like the sort of place in which David Hockney might paint James Bond.

Upper Pictures : Clockwise from far left The reception of the modernist Almyra Hotel; sea view from its infinity pool; a treatment room at the hotel; architect Andreas Vardas

 

Paphos – this year’s joint European Capital of Culture, with Aarhus, Denmark – has undergone a quiet architectural revolution lately. Designs like the luxurious Almyra Hotel and a surprisingly striking Orthodox church are just two pieces in a growing movement that has seen the Cyprus government announce a €60m investment in new projects, including the regeneration of central Kennedy Square and a revamp of the Markideio Theatre.“Paphos is defi nitely projecting a different image these days,” says Natasha Michaelides, as we sip black coffee in a restaurant of the Almyra, one of three properties owned by her company, Thanos Hotels. Like Vardas, she has been key in helping to cast the city in a new light, transforming the former Paphos Beach Hotel into the Almyra, whose elegant lines soon won it a place in the Design Hotels portfolio. “We wanted to create something fresh and new that didn’t really exist in Cyprus – it was a first,” Michaelides says. “It’s modern, but not so much that you feel like you’re entering a
club or art gallery. It’s still comfortable.” Chic additions, such as the freshwater infinity pool and glass-fronted spa attract travellers who never had Paphos on their bucket list before, while monthly pop-up nights featuring local artists aim to plug tourists in to the city’s creative community. “Th e context here was to be arrogant,” says Vardas of his own work with a smile. “To show off and say, ‘Here is what can be done’.” In contrast to his swanky private residences, his design for the pedestrian walkway that now snakes along Paphos’s seafront was built on “zero budget”, using scrap wood and marble cut off s. “People use it so much and seeing that makes me happy.”

 

Lower Pictures: Clockwise from bottom left The Vardastudiodesigned Chrysanthou Shoe Emporium; window detail of the Georgiou brothers’ St Theodoras district chapel; terrace of the Prodromos & Desi Residence, designed by Andreas Vardas; the ‘flying’ swimming pool atop this hilltop house affords amazing views out over the city; one of the temporary structures built in the city park for the Paphos City of Culture 2017; slatted roof of the Muse café; funky modern ceiling lights are just one way to create a contemporary feel.

While Vardas might well have followed his contemporaries overseas to set out his stall in a bigger European city, he claims returning to Paphos has aff orded him a freedom he would never have had elsewhere. “It’s hard to establish a new business somewhere like London, where all the big firms get the best jobs and if you want to make it in architecture, you have to work for them. I wanted to do things my way.” There are added incentives, too, such as Paphos’s plentiful supply of land and its accommodating local authorities. Plus, Vardas Clockwise from top left Local architect Costas Koutsoftides; stark interior of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus’s headquarters adds, “It’s different designing for your own town. I grew up here. I understand the local materials and every day I get to see the impact my work is having on the city.” Businessman Christos Chrysanthou is one of the many who have fallen for Vardas’s striking style. When Chrysanthou Shoes marked its 25th anniversary last year, he commissioned the architect to revamp the fi rm’s stores, starting with its biggest outlet in Propyleon Street. “Andreas’s work is distinctive in Cyprus,” says Chrysanthou. “Before him, there weren’t many architects using these cube shapes or arranging space the way he does. Now, his signature style is everywhere. People are even starting to copy him. Hopefully, it will encourage new designs and a new identity for Paphos.

 

Upper Pictures: Clockwise from top left Local architect Costas Koutsoftides; stark interior of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus’s headquarters

 

A very brief guide to Paphos
How to ‘do’ the joint European Capital of Culture this summer
Stay at the Almyra, the coolest hotel in Paphos – think Zen minimalism, clean white rooms and great food, from in-house Asianinfl uenced poolside seafood at Notios to Greek taverna Ouzeri, right by the sea.
Eat classic local ‘slow meze’ at the family-owned 7 St Georges Tavern, with a fixed menu of locavore dishes. For cocktails, Muse sits on a cliff edge, with views across the whole city and great sunsets.
Do visit the Paphos Archaeological Park, with its Roman villas and their preserved mosaic floors. You can walk from the park’s Tomb of the Kings to Geroskipou Beach via a pretty coastal path.
Get cultural in Paphos’s big year. Highlights include an art-inspired, open-air feast in the quaint village of Lemona (19 May) and a theatre show around a shipwreck by the sea caves of Pegeia (15 Aug). pafos2017.eu

 

Upper Pictures: Clockwise from top right The entrance to the modern chapel designed by the Georgiou brothers; Odysseas and Michail Georgiou; the chapel’s distinctive curving roof “As far as houses of worship go, it’s a rare unicorn”.

 

In 10 or 20 years’ time, we’re hoping that this shop will blend into a backdrop of contemporary buildings.” Still, in a city where the most revered architecture was created by the Romans, not everyone is a convert to this new boxy modernism aesthetic. Mention the 2012 building that houses the Electricity Authority of Cyprus, for instance, and the faces of many locals turn as dark as its façade. In the midst of so much white plaster and blue sky, architect Eraclis Papachristou’s thunderous black design stands out like Darth Vader at a wedding. “People either love it or hate it,” says a manager cautiously. So when, a few years back, fledgling architects Michail Georgiou and his brother Odysseas set out to build a modern Orthodox chapel in the St Theodoros district, they knew they would have to pull something very special out of the bag. The pair were commissioned by their dying uncle, who wanted to see the land he owned turned into a community space. The result, while borrowing heavily from the traditional domed chapels dotted across the region, is double-take worthy, appearing from the outside like a minimalist Scandi timber structure, but with sumptuous, undulating Gaudí-esque curves, all carved from a single piece of reinforced mortar. As houses of worship go, it’s a rare unicorn. “Our uncle was quite open-minded, but the neighbourhood… Not so much,” says Michail, who, with his long hair and scarf, looks every inch the hip, University of Nicosia architecture lecturer he is. “They had never seen a church without windows. Th ere was a lot of suspicion.” The brothers moved quickly, sending details of their project to major European art and design blogs. News spread and soon coaches of people started arriving to see the chapel. “It became hard for residents to carry on objecting when so many people were excited about it.”

Upper Pictures: Clockwise from top left Vardastudio’s AB House features concrete pipe sections; the city park’s cat climbing frame; the Western Pedestrian Promenade includes
resting points made from recycled wood

According to Michail, contemporary architecture in Paphos hasn’t quite hit critical mass, but it’s in the post. “Our generation is one of the most educated to date. Most of us have lived abroad, because there were no universities here until recently. Now that we’re coming back, with all the influences we’ve absorbed, things are changing fast.” Th e 2004 opening of Cyprus’s first-ever architecture-degree course at the University of Nicosia has brought new students and teachers to the country. “It’s all helping to create a discussion around architecture here.” In the city’s municipal garden, more building work is taking place: a series of temporary pavilions designed as part of one of several exhibitions commissioned for Paphos’s year as the European Capital of Culture. Among them, architect Costas Koutsoftides points out a quirky, Le Corbusier-inspired climbing frame intended for the park’s many stray cats. One of Paphos’s most-established architects, Koutsoftides has witnessed first hand the positive impact the Capital of Culture title is having. “Th ere’s not been much development here for a while, mainly because of the financial crisis, but then the 2017 project came along and started changing the aesthetics of the town. People have started updating their buildings, and fixing them for the better. This park was neglected but now it’s been reorganised. People have started coming back.” “Paphos is changing, partly because of places like ours but also became of all the new cultural projects surrounding the 2017 Capital of Culture,” says Natasha Michaelides at the Almyra Hotel. “There’s much more to see and do now beyond simply lying on a beach.”

 

 

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Events in the Local Region this coming weekend

As always, there’s plenty of local events taking place to keep you busy & entertained this weekend. From great selection of events from Cypriot traditional nights, opera and Pafos2017 events!   Click on the images below for full details:

 

Friday 12th May 2017 & Every Friday: Cyprus night at Platea Tavern, Pissouri Village Square, at 7.30pm:

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Cyprus Night is back this Friday at Platea. Go along for a fun filled family friendly evening of great Cypriot entertainment and food. Booking is essential as these nights get busy.

 

Friday 12th May 2017: Pafos2017, ‘Lysistrata’, Century mansion Paphos, 8.30pm-9.30pm :

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Lysistrata is a unique project for Pafos2017, he presents 16 shocking performers from four different countries and three different continents. The interpretive group, consisting solely of women, redefines the concept and the form of the Ancient Greek comedy. The text itself discovers the relativity of the day, through the female perspective. But not a feminist manifesto, but a joyful celebration of diversity, guided by music, dance and speech. Our common language is English, but in fact it is the vitality and sightliness performers who are the real language of communication. Sao Paulo (Brazil), Lagos (Nigeria), Cyprus (north and south), Essen (Germany): these are the places of origin of the performers and their cultural background are the colors that make up our world. Aristophanes had as a driver the need to save the world, which was under threat. This need is alive today, and perhaps in the therapeutic feminine energy is the key. Location: House of the Century (Main entrance Archaeological Park, Paphos), Ticket: EUR10.00

 

Friday 12th May 2017: Monika Christodoulou, Rialto, Limassol, 8.30pm-10.30pm:

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Monika (Monika Christodoulou) returns to Cyprus for two concerts in May 2017.In these concerts Monica, together with her Greek band, will present favorite songs from her albums in new orchestrations while she is also expected to perform new songs from her upcoming album. Phone: 77777745

 

Saturday 13th May 2017: ‘Der Rosenkavalier – The MET Live in HD’, Rialto, Limassol, 7.30pm:

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The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Music Director James Levine conducts the sparklingly perfect score.
Tickets €18 / €13, Phone: 7777774

 

Saturday 13th May 2017: ‘Piano Recital with Anita Tomasevich Stavrou’, Technopolis 20, Pafos, 8:00pm:

The musician Anita Tomasevich Stavrou will present a piano recital.  The programme will include works by Schubert and Chopin. The pianist was born and raised in Belgrade. She began to play piano at the age of six. She performed extensively throughout Europe including performances in Russia, Netherlands, Italy, Spain and made numerous appearances on the national Radio and Television. She has won the first prize at the International Piano Competition of Tortona (Italy, 1997).Through various master-classes she studied with world renowned pianists such as Yelena Richter, Jegor Chugajev, Konstantin Bogino, Stefan Vladar, Jan Wijn, Lazar Berman and Georgy Sandor. In 2005 she released her first CD recording with works of Scarlatti, Chopin, Scriabin and Prokofiev.
Entrance: 10 euro
Reservations necessary at 70002420.

 

Saturday 13th May 2017: Food and Wine matching Dinner with Austrian Wines, O’Vrakas Taverna Pissouri Square, 8.00pm:

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Join Taverna O’Vrakas for a carefully selected 4 course dinner accompanied by some high quality Austrian wines!
Total cost per person including meal and wines provided: 28 € For reservations please call: Haris Stylianides Mob. 99312443 or email haris@ovrakas.com. Click the picture for the menu.

 

Saturday 13th May 2017: Tribute to Sir Elton John & Billy Joel, by Graham Nash at Platea Tavern, Pissouri Village Square, at 8.30pm:

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♫ The EXCEPTIONAL Graham Nash as Elton John and Billy Joel live at Platea Tavern.
Graham Nash is a musician with 30 years performing experience worldwide. Nash’s tribute show to Sir Elton John is like no other! Combining his Elton experience with his Billy Joel experience Graham will captivate you with a unique night’s entertainment.
This is a one of a kind tribute show that is as close to the real thing you probably have ever seen ♫ Join for the food….stay for the fun.

 

Sunday 14th May 2017, Hill View Restaurant, Pissouri:

The best Sunday carvery around!  Enjoy a mouth-watering meal at the Hill View restaurants with beautiful views over Pissouri Village. Book in at the Hillview Restaurant in Pissouri Village where you will get a delicious meal, great service and a warm welcome.  Call on +357 25 221972 to book in advance.

 

Sunday 14th May 2017: O’Vrakas Sunday Lunch BBQ ‘all you can eat’, O’Vrakas Taverna Pissouri Square, 1pm – 4pm:

Haris and his team at O’Vrakas will be offering a Sunday Cypriot BBQ lunch, featuring a Salad buffet and unlimited Grill items, accompanied by live Greek music from their Guitar and Bouzouki duo for €20.00 pp. Special menu for kids is also available as well as the chance to enjoy the Salad buffet for those of you who wish to have a light Lunch. Only €12.00 pp
‘Feast like a local on a Sunday’! For reservations and more information please call us at 0035799312443 or send an email at haris@ovrakas.com

 

 

Sunday 14th May 2017: Pafos2017, ‘Signs in space and time’, Medieval Agrepavlis, Kouklia , Paphos, 8.00pm :

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In the spirit of Open Culture Factory, created installations that are installed in public spaces by establishing an Open Museum and a legacy of European Capital of Culture year in Paphos. Moreover, the correlation and landscape project enables broader conceptual synapses and enriches the visitor perception and residents both areas and for the artworks of Andreas Makariou artists, Yota Ioannidou, Andreas Paraskeva, Thanks Paspallis and Dimitris Makariou Umit Inatci. The work on implementation progress has been recorded and the projects that are already in public places, will be presented by their authors.
Free entrance

 

May 2017: Product launch, Pharmacy Sofoklis Pirpas, Timi

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Minor “Spring” advice for the beauty of the face and body waiting for the summer.Events PHARMACY SOFOKLIS PIRPAS is offering free facial treatment and 10% discount on the products on their May product launch events!
15/5/2017 MONDAY 16:00-19:00 AHAVA
16/5/2017 TUESDAY 9:00-13:00 COLLISTAR
18/5/2017 THURSDAY 16:00-19:00 APIVITA

 

Wednesday 17th May 2017 & Every Wednesday: Enjoy Bouzouki Nights at O’Vrakas Taverna Pissouri Square, 7.00pm!

Bouzouki Nights at O’Vrakas Taverna are back! Every Wednesday until the end of October. Their wonderful, characterful duo of Bouzouki and Guitar will travel you through time, with traditional and modern Greek songs. Learn how to dance Zorba with Haris and his team and enjoy selected Meze for 17.00 euro pp. Limited Ala cart Menu also available. For reservations and more information call  +35799312443 or send an email to haris@ovrakas.com

 

Ongoing Friday 5th May 2017 –  Sunday 4th June, 2017: Pafos2017, Hazardous Travel, Old Power Paphos, 4.00pm. to 7.00pm

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It is a dual exhibition with works by Andy Hatziadamou and Baki Bogac Cypriot artists, which ypomnimatizei a true story, indicative of the force is the art of transcending the barriers and borders. The Baki Bogac, architect and sculptor, discovered and saved sculptures, paintings, photographs and other objects which Andy Hatziadamou had left in Famagusta, when Greek Cypriot inhabitants of the city were expelled in 1974. After two decades in 1993, artworks that looked the Baki all this time, finally surrendered to Andy Hatziadamou family in Paphos. The tragic irony is that Andy had died in 1990 aged just 54 years. Since then, his family maintains a close relationship with Baki Bogac which invited in Paphos, on the occasion of the Cultural Capital of Europe, to meet for the first time, even mentally, the Andy Hatziadamou in a joint report. Free 

 

Ongoing: 23th April- 31st August 2017: ‘Eco Art’ Paphos2017, Lower Arodes down Arodes Paphos, 12.00pm-7.00pm:

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The Eco Art is one of the most ambitious projects of the ECOC 2017 Paphos with cultural and ecological vision for Cyprus and Europe. With the subtitle: “Paths to a common ground – Works on site”, invited artists create works on natural areas and communities of Akamas. The Eco Art will highlight the relationship between Art and Nature, will open a dialogue on critical issues and create an important legacy in contemporary Cyprus art. Free

 

Ongoing: 8th April- 25th November 2017: ‘Terra Mediterranea: In Action’ Paphos2017, Cave Fabrica, Apostolou Pavlou Paphos & Medieval Castle of Paphos, 10.00am-7.00pm :

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A project that includes a large modern art exhibition in Nicosia and Paphos, an international conference and a series of parallel actions involving a large number of artists from Cyprus and other countries. The ‘Terra Mediterranea: In Action’ seeks to detect, investigate and present the terms of contemporary artists around today’s generalized landscape of economic, political, religious, social, and deeply existential crisis of identity through a “Mediterranean” look, politics and simultaneously poetic.
Monday – Sunday: 8:30 to 19:30

 

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