Visitors to Cyprus this summer will have a range of festivals to enjoy, showcasing the island’s prowess at the arts and also the art of winemaking. The Cyprus Tourism Organisation has picked out some of the highlights of Cyprus’ festivals, taking place across the island this year.
Wine enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike will find something to enjoy at the Limassol Wine Festival, taking place for 12 days at the end of August and running into the beginning of September.
The festival is based at the city’s Municipal Gardens, and aims to celebrate the island’s local wine produce and the history of its viticulture. Visitors will be able to sample a wide variety of Cypriot wines such as Commandaria and Muscat, as well as enjoying locally-sourced food, traditional music and dancing.
Culture vultures looking to combine their Cyprus holidays with some artistic enrichment also have a few festivals to choose from in 2011. The Pafos Aphrodite Festival in the coastal city of Paphos consists of three days of open-air opera performances in the medieval castle of Pafos, close to the old harbour. The festival starts on September 2 and features the operetta Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach, which was written around the short stories by the German author ETA Hoffmann.
The most widely-known arts festival on Cyprus is Kypria – a multi-arts event taking place in September and October this year. The festival is organised by the island’s ministry of education and culture, and showcases some of the world’s best musicians, performance artists and dancers in various venues around Cyprus.