2 Markos Vamvakaris / Thanasis Papageorgiou / STOA THEATRE 

wed 20:30 (95’)  


After two years of successful performances in Greece, the confessional monologue of Markos Vamvakaris comes to Rialto’s stage only for one show. The work of Nancy Toumpakari is based on the musician’s autobiography, spanning the most turbulent period of Greece, including the two World Wars, the Asia Minor Catastrophe, the Occupation and the Civil War. During this time, Markos Vamvakaris wrote lyrics and music that eternally marked the Greek laiko song.


With his extraordinary performance, Thanasis Papageorgiou illuminates the stories of Vamvakaris’ songs. 

Directed and performed by: Thanasis Papageorgiou. Set and costume design by Lea Kousi. 

4 Transfiguration / OLIVIER DE SAGAZAN / on stage 

fri 20:30 (45’)  


The Open House Festival begins with the renowned performance by painter and sculptor Olivier de Sagazan, portraying the artist’s insatiable desire to give life to the sculpture itself. In a desperate attempt, he covers his body in clay, eliminating his own identity and metamorphosing himself into a living work of art. The performance was selected to participate in numerous festivals. According to the Guardian, it is one of the most original and innovative shows one will never forget. 

Co-organised by the Rialto Theatre and Dance House Lemesos on the occasion of the theatre’s 20-year anniversary and the Open House Festival’s 10-year anniversary. 

8 Peer Gynt / HENRIK IBSEN  
tue 20:30 (60’) 


A music and dance performance based on Henrik Ibsen’s allegorical drama Peer Gynt, part of Kypria International Festival 2019. Living in a parallel, artificial world where stories are made as a sum of our lives, the realm of false identities becomes the norm that carries the ruined and abandoned landscapes of ourselves. Creativity and “thoughtful thoughts” become personal ethics and art, as a means of revealing the source that leads the way to salvation. 


Concept/musicians/pianists: Anita Tomasevich, Manolis Neofytou 
Choreography: Fotis Nicolaou  
Dancers: Fotis Nicolaou, Viki Kalla, Evi Karsera,     

Yiannis Economides, Ivi Hadjivasiliou 


sat-fri 20:30  


Α long list of fiction, documentary, experimental and animation short films from across the globe will be screened at this year’s International Short Film Festival of Cyprus. Through this large selection of films, directed by Cypriot and international filmmakers, the Festival offers to the local audience the opportunity to enjoy the best of international short film cinema. 


Curated by Artistic Directors Ioakim Mylonas and Alexia Roider, the 2019 ISFFC edition also includes parallel events and screenings. Τhe Festival has been selected by the European Film Academy to participate as a partner into the exclusive circle οf the Academy's network of accredited festivals. With English and Greek subtitles 

Organised by: Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus & Rialto Theatre 

20 Tell me your name / FIVOS DELIVORIAS 

sun 11:00 (60’) 4-10  


Fivos Delivorias, Nefeli Fasouli and the multi-instrumentalist Yiorgos Katsanos present the most delightful songs and stories for children from their new CD book released by Mikri Arktos publications. Fivos remembers his own stories as a kid, his relationship with his city, his childhood, his friends and their adventures. Through a selection of 15 songs, the beloved storyteller sings those moments in his own special way, accompanied by his friends and collaborators. A performance that guarantees a good dose of fun, lots of singing and laughing!  

23 Life Changing ideas 

wed 18:30 (75’) - Inspirational Talks 


Organised and curated by the University of Nicosia, Life Changing Ideas hosts some of the world’s greatest figures in business, sharing their ideas and the latest global trends. World-renowned Freek Vermuelen, Professor of Strategy at London Business School will talk about ‘Why 9 out of 10 Companies do not have a Strategy’. 

24 & 25 Elena Antoniou / WISH  

thu 20:30 & fri 20:30 & 22:30 (60’) 


Elena Antoniou invades Rialto Theatre with the synergy of five other female artists. Right after her performances at Athens Festival and Onassis Stegi in Greece she is back to questioning time as a construction, freedom as a convention and individuality as a prerequisite. She renegotiates the personal boundaries and highlights wish-ing, as the only way out of any subjective restraint. “The sole responsibility of the beholder is that of his infinite freedom”. 

Conceived and choreographed by Elena Antoniou in collaboration with the artists. 

26 Manon / Jules Massenet / THE MET LIVE IN HD 

sat19:55 (232’) 

Opening of the award-winning series of the Met: Live in HD programme, broadcast in more than 2.200 cinemas across 70 countries.The protagonists are the irresistible title character, Manon, a tragic beauty who yearns for the finer things in life, and the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for her proves their undoing.Conductor: Maurizio Benini.Directed by Laurent Pelly. 

Cast: Lisette Oropesa, Michael Fabiano, Carlo Bosi, Artur Ruciński, Brett Polegato, Kwangchul Youn. With Greek and English subtitles.  

27 Revival / ALEX ZOGRAFOU  

sun 20:00 (90’)  


A music performance dedicated to the life of the Bábi movement’s initiator and the revival of his social impact on the world today. The music is written by internationally acclaimed Cypriot composer and pianist, Alex Zografou. With the tenor at the Zurich Opera House, Boiko Zvetanov, upcoming bass Stoyan Bonchev, Cypriot flutist Heran Mirilo and violinist Gurel Kirmizi. Narrated by: Mark Hellicar.