Fengaros festival in Kato Drys in the Larnaca district, for another three-day run, filled with music, on the 31st of July until the 2nd of August. Celebrating its fifth birthday, Fengaros is today considered as one of the best and most highly-anticipated events of the summer. The bar has been set even higher this year, with the ultimate goal being the festival’s establishment as an important and major international event.
Bands and solo artists from Cyprus, Greece, England, France and the USA created an amalgam of music ranging from traditional to progressive, ethnic, blues, pop/rock, psychedelic, ambient, jazz and more.
This musical melting pot includes an attractive collection of names such as: the renowned world music act Banda Magda (USA), the Epirus stoner-rockers Villagers of Ioannina City (Greece), the beloved to the cypriot audience Flying Ibex (UK), the Cretan music virtuoso quartet Xylouris/Spyridakis/Persides/Katsikiotis (Greece), the uplifting The Burger Project (Greece), the freak-folk Le Juki (UK), the upcoming psychedelic-pop band The Cave Children (Greece), acts for children such as Dimitris Baslam’s (Greece), Alexia C.’s solo act (France), and Martha Mavroidi’s ethnic trio (Greece). From the local music scene, we’ll see names such as the veterans of cypriot rock To Marazi tis Fotoulas, the folk/progressive J. Kriste, Master of Disguise, and Tricoolore.
The festival’s organic athmosphere is further emphasized by the village’s graphic scenery, as the aesthetic of the surroundings will become once again a source of inspiration for both the artists and the participants
The deplorable living conditions of the enclaved Cypriot’s can be demonstrated by the simple recounting of their numbers following the Turkish invasion of 1974.
In July of that year the Greek Cypriot population of the area presently occupied by the Turkish army was 162,000. By the time the second phase of the Turkish invasion had been completed, in August 1974, 142,000 Cypriots were expelled or forced to flee, leaving 20,000, mostly in the Karpas peninsula (Report S/11488 of the UNSG to the Security Council dated 4 September 1974).
During the next four months, another 5,000 were forced to leave, resulting in a reduction of the Greek Cypriot population of the occupied area by 91% (Report S/11568, 6 December 1974, para. 43).
According to the latest report of the Secretary General to the Security Council this number has diminished to 427 Greek Cypriots and 165 Maronites (S/1122, 30 November 2001, para. 8).
The situation today seems better the enclaved are almost 350 people, the students in school of Rizokarpaso are only 19
On 24 of June in the school parents, students and official guests celebrated the closing ceremony of the school year
(EDITING by Slaviana Chekirova)
On June 19, 2015 on the beach of Larnaca Medieval Castle, married 70 couples, which were accompanied by about 200 guests.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Municipality of Larnaca and the Tourism Development and Promotion Larnaca in cooperation with tour operators from Israel, organizing this celebration event of massive civil marriages.
The intended spouses, majority Israelis and Russians, arrived by boat in Larnaca port from Haifa,
the transition of couples in the marriage celebration took place with vintage cars from the Old Car Club of Cyprus.
The area was ruled by the Police with a strong presence for the fear of terrorism, since on June 29 will be tried in criminal court, 26 year old Lebanese where in his house found 5 tons of ammonium nitrate
CURETED & EDITING by Slaviana Chekirova
For the very first time in Cyprus history, a blind student take part in the National parade with his teacher
When I read the news that a blind student will take part in the national parade I thought:
bravo to the lad
but when I went there to cover photographically the parade, I was not expecting that I would feel such emotion,
perhaps because everybody who watched the parade as you could believe that they he had gone only for Andreas.
Permanently applause and the world urges to Andreas touched by his effort.
Professor (Angelos Angelidis) that since last October helped this venture, begged me not to take pictures and that’s because there were even negative reactions, he told me sad that they said
that he do it for self-promotion
I asked Andreas why?, (why always there)
. he told me that he wanted this experience and why
. he wants to tell the whole world that everything can be done as long as you try,
. he wanted to tell people with disabilities to dare,
and finally how tired he is because almost every day people faced him like being sick
Andreas made me smile
Andreas inspire me
Andreas and this kind of people they are leaders and not followers
We need them
CYPRUS, Nicosia 15 of July 2014,
In the cemetery of Ayios Constantinos and Elenis but in separate sections are buried citizens,
soldiers and police officers were killed during the 1974 coup aimed at union (Enosis) with Greece, the morning of 15th of July 1974 were battles, against Cypriot Greek Orthodox Archbishop and president Makarios at the Presidential Palace.
Today Greek Cypriot officials “Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, Cypriot Greek Orthodox Archbishop Chrysostomos II,
members from political parties and families of soldiers and police officers killed during the 1974 coup, attends at the ceremony
Another black anniversary, a holiday memory, forgetfulness and political agenda
The focus for an hour, the graves, two words, wreaths, relatives, politicians.
40 years passed much to remember and so little for the pain
I do not know what happened and probably Ι will not ever know
Officially???? History always is written by the victors
behind the scene so many rumors, more mutterings and murmurings, the people say, say a lot,
I really do not know,
once the story will be rewritten, there are gaps, I wish to look more like the truth that the dead be vindicated, need for them,
we do not need it … we prove it daily, do not read the story, not taught, so make the same mistakes
exactly the same, bet as self harm
Two separate rooms in the same cemetery, Two different ceremonies, two memorial services away from each other,
twice the national anthem, for perpetrators and for victims,
ones … and those ….. did….. they know,
God rest their souls..
they know …..