We want Rialto to become a hub for people of our generation, a place to go see art and draw inspiration from. We wish to challenge and blend the, age groups that attend Rialto and make its events known and accessible to new audiences.
Meet the Rialto Gens
art theorist, writer, curator | her/she
Ioulita Toumazi is an art theorist, curator and writer. Her research interests revolve around contemporary Cypriot art, postcolonialism, memory and language. Under this research perspective, she co-curated the exhibition "8΄20”: Vera Gavrielidou-Hadjida" at Garage Art Space and curated "Seeking Roots" at NiMAC. She was the project manager of various cultural projects, including "The Broken Pitcher" at Thkio Ppalies and "Christoforos Savva: Unbound" in London. Her texts were published in exhibition catalogues, artists’ books, literary and art criticism platforms, while in 2022 she wrote and co-directed the interdisciplinary performance “setting the codes for the heart of a dream”. She holds an MA in History of Art from UCL and a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Kent, with a year at the Sapienza University of Rome.
Film professional | her/she
Evi Hadjipieri is a film professional specializing in film production. She is currently an assistant producer working at FILMIKI production house. She has worked on the production of films and series such as Days and Nights of Demetra K.(2021), Broadway(2022), Milkyway(in post-production), and The Islander(in post-production). She was an external collaborator for Cyprus Film Days (2018,2019), and also for the cultural organization Phaneromenis 70 for the project Delivering Views. She has a background in theater, having worked as an assistant director and a researcher for different theater plays in Cyprus, such as Anagelasta (2018), Look Back in Anger (2019), and most recently Out of Necessity (2021). She received her MA in Cultural Policy and Development from the Open University of Cyprus in 2022, and has a BA(hons) in Film and Culture Studies at the Amsterdam University College which she received in 2016.
Diego Armando Aparicio
Festival Director, Queer Wave | he/him
Diego Aparicio is the founder and artistic director of Queer Wave: the Cyprus LGBTQIA+ film festival. From 2,000 applicants, he was one of 40 cultural innovators selected to participate at the Global Cultural Relations Programme in 2022. For his work on Queer Wave, Diego was one of 20 finalists worldwide shortlisted for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Awards, amongst 1,000 nominees from 43 countries. He served as an official jury member for Giornate degli Autori at the Venice International Film Festival in 2018, and has assisted the Giornate as pre-selector since 2019. He was also part of the selection panel for the 2022 LUX Audience Award, presented jointly by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy. Diego’s credits in the production department include work on four international co-productions, two of which premiered at the Cannes Critics’ Week and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. He has also worked in the direction department for French limited series Tikkoun, distributed by Canal+. He graduated with a physics degree from Imperial College London in 2016.