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Six Cypriot Bands & a Percussion Workshop for Kids! 

16th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival

July 2021 @Rialto Open Air

For the 2nd consecutive year, the Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival focuses exclusively on Cypriot musicians, giving them the opportunity to present their latest work to the public.

The main mission of this year's event is to develop optimism and a climate of return to artistic production. The 16th edition will provide the opportunity to musicians and bands with the subject of World Music and will contribute to the continuation of the relationship that has developed between the audience and this kind of music.

In the Festival that will take place at SEK parking (behind the Rialto Theatre), more than 50 Cypriot musicians participate while for the first time, within the framework of the Rialto Residency, a Percussion Workshop for children will be organized by Rodos Panayiotou and members of the Batukinio team.

The Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival, which started by Rialto Theatre in 2006, is honored with the EFFE label 2019 -2021 (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) and is a member of the Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals.


6 Sol Aurorae I Tuesday 21:00 (75’)

A concert presenting the first album of composer Vassilis Philippou, titled Sol Aurorae, inspired by the musical traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean region. Philippou’s contemporary modal music has its geographical roots in the wider Middle Eastern region. The album has received critical acclaim and positive reviews from Songlines and fRoots among others.

Vassilis Philippou: voice, percussion, Michalis Kouloumis: violin, viola

Giannis Koutis: oud, guitar, Meir Gassenbauer: ney, Marios Menelaou: double bass

12 Tropos Ensemble I Monday 21:00 (75’)

A musical exploration across the yards of the Eastern Mediterranean region. Beginning from our small island, TROPOS musical ensemble will present a selected repertoire of songs and melodies from Cyprus, the Aegean Islands, Asia Minor and Istanbul, as well as original compositions by Michalis Kouloumis.

Michalis Kouloumis: violin, artistic direction, Petros Kouloumis: vocals, laouto, artistic direction

Pieris Kakouros: violin, Yiannis Mathaiou: violin, Theofanis Theofanos: violin, Moses Papamoiseos: violin, Iordanis Menelaou: laouto, Alexandra Pambouka: oud, Anastasia Zakynthinou: oud, voice

Stelios Stylianou: politiki lyra, Yiorgos Hadjipapas: clarinet, Moses Marcou: clarinet, flute

Yiannis Hadjinikolaou: percussions, kavalI Guest: Manos Stratis (double bass)

14 Inquietudes of a quiet mind vol.3 I acapella solo loop (the band) Ι Wednesday 21:00 (75’)

A performance based on the new album by Dimitris Spyrou, having strong experimental and performative elements, incorporating poetry and prose. A fusion of contemporary music genres (hip hop /reggae /sampling / beat making / traditional and folk music) combined with traditional instruments and basslines on a journey across Cyprus, Egypt, Africa and the present.

Dimitris Spyrou: voice, lyrics, beats, sampling, Andreas Rodosthenous: electric bass, loops

Theodoros Polykarpou: baglamas, tzouras, mandolin, vocals, Christina Polykarpou: lyra

17 Percussion Workshop for kids I Rodos Panayiotou I Saturday 10:00 – 11:30

The Rialto Residency introduces a percussion workshop for children aged 6-12, led by Rodos Panayiotou and members of the Batukinio Percussion Band.

Presenting authentic Brazilian percussion instruments, the workshop will offer a unique opportunity to children to get to know their special features, to listen, experiment with,

improvise and experience the creative process.

The participation is free / Seats must be booked in advance through

or the theatre box office 77 77 77 45

19 Eleonora Roussou - Hara (Joy) I Monday 21:00 (75’)

As suggested by the name "Hará" (Joy), the compositions and songs to be presented are inspired by human emotions: their capacity, their structure, their effectiveness. My creative impetus is transparency, sharing and openness, consequently, these compositions are a moving amalgamation of life lived so far.

Eleonora Roussou: flute, voice, Elias Ioannou: trumpet, Giannis Koutis: oud, guitar, mandolin

Odysseas Toumazou: guitars, Christos Yerolatsitis: piano, Andreas Rodosthenous: bass, fretless bass, Stelios Xydias: drums

27 Chunky Funky I Tuesday 21:00 (75’)

The band aims at involving the audience in the concert, not only as spectators, but also in the creative process of a live performance. A song called The Game gives the chance to the audience to get “their hands dirty”, perform with the band on stage and control the music. Words that describe the performance: danceable, uplifting, groovy and fun for all ages.

George Morfitis: conductor, keys, percussion, Elias Ioannou: trumpet

Harris Ioannou: tenor, baritone saxophone, Christos Zenios: tenor, baritone saxophone

Andreas Pantelis: keys, Ermis Michael: guitar, Rodrigo Caceres: electric bass

Andreas Stefanou: drums, Rodos Panayiotou: percussion

29 Amalgamation Project I Thursday 21:00 (75’)

A musical journey balancing between fresh Mediterranean sounds, melodies of the Balkan Mountains and the diverse sonic flavours of polyphony. The band will perform cover versions of traditional songs, an amalgamation of the East and the West, as well as its own original compositions. The performance also features short stories and poems inspired by the women of Cyprus and of other Mediterranean countries.

Vasiliki Anastasiou: voice, research, compositions

Ermis Michael: guitar, arrangements, compositions, Michalis Kouloumis: violin,

Rodos Panayiotou: percussion, Andreas Rodosthenous: bass

Amalgamation Choir: Argyro Christodoulou, Myrto Aristeidou, Christina Antoniadou, Christina Papamichael, Annita Konstantinou

Sponsors: Cyprus Republic, OPAP Cy, SEK, Medochemie, Fameline Holding Group, Trust Insurance Cyprus, VNK Capital, EFG Private Banking, KPMG

Technical Support: Event Pro

Media Sponsors: I Kathimerini, CyBC, Kanali 6

@SEK Parking (behind of the Rialto Theatre)

Tickets: € 5 (Free Entrance for musicians, pupils & students / Seats must be booked in advance

Information / Box Office: 77 77 77 45, Rialto

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