A sure sign summer is here, is when the Kataklysmos flood festival, is upon us.
With the actual day is this coming Monday 9th June, creating a welcome long weekend for many locals and visitors alike. There are events in most seaside towns across Cyprus and due to begin from this Friday.
Unique to the independant country of Cyprus, the Festival of Kataklysmos has its roots in the biblical flood.
Celebrations include songs , music and dance performances, often by well-known Cypriot stars, as well as talented local groups and performers. Stalls are set up along the sea-front in some towns and on the Monday in particular, look out because part of the Kataklysmos tradition is for people, mainly children & crazy adults throw water at each other !
Paphos Festival of Kataklysmos 2014
Kataklysmos in Paphos will be celebrated between Saturday and Monday, June 7th and 9th this year.
Events begin in the Paphos Castle Square from 5pm next Saturday with a Children's Song Contest. Cretan dances by the Konia Cultural Folk Workshop follow from 8pm along with a concert by Yeroskipou's Aphrodite Folk Club's Aenaon Experimental Company.
On Sunday 8th June, the Children's Song Contest continues from 5pm. Pontian and Georgian dances by the Romiosini Pontian Dance Troupe follow from 8pm.
Next are traditional Cypriot dances by the Ktima Folk Club and a concert of traditional songs by the Michalis Hadjimichael group, featuring vocalists Michalis and Demetra Hadjimichael and Vassiliki Hadjiadamou.
The action begins a bit earlier on Monday, June 9 with a watersports contest beginning at 4pm. Viewed from the Castle Square, the event is being organised by Paphos Municipality in cooperation with Paphos Nautical Club, the Kato Paphos Cultural Association and the Ecclesiastical Committee of Panayia Theoskepasti Church.
Cultural entertainment will follow from 8pm with traditional dances by the To Kastro Cultural Club, Greek and modern dances by B.M.S Dance Studio, A. Tziamali and a concert featuring singers Christos Rialas and Christina Tselepou.
Everyone is welcome !
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