The Rialto Theatre kick-starts the summer season with drive-in cinema on the 17th of June. Open-air concerts and performances are also on the programme.

The Rialto Theatre has rescheduled its programme of events while taking all necessary safety measures and, despite the challenging circumstances, has announced its upcoming summer programme. Events will be taking place at the parking place where the Theatre has been successfully organising the open-air cinema during the past few summers. Ensuring compliance with all safety measures while symbolically bridging the physical distance, the Rialto will set a huge outdoor screen against SEK’s parking place, inviting the audience to a unique drive-in cinema experience.

Open-air screenings are scheduled for mid-June and include recently-released films that received multiple awards for their originality, tenderness and artistic quality. All films making up the programme have been selected for their multicultural character, as well as for narrating hilarious and delightful stories (Come un gatto in tangenziale, La belle époque, And then we danced, The Brand New Testament and Les Invisibles).

Moreover, the Rialto will also showcase awarded films directed by Cypriot filmmakers that were released during the past two years. Specifically, the drive-in cinema will screen Siege on Liperti Street by Stavros Pamballis, awarded at last year’s Thessaloniki Film Festival, Smuggling Hendrix by Marios Piperides, which received multiple awards and international distribution, as well as Small White Envelopes by Sotiris Christou, which was selected to participate in Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2019. Additionally, for avid cinephiles who wish to watch the films in the traditional way, the Rialto will ensure the designated 2-metre safety distance between seats.

In the beginning of July, the Rialto’s summer programme will be enriched with a series of concerts and performances following the Rialto World Music Festival and FlashArt@Rialto Open Calls, addressed to artists who are either Cypriots or permanent residents of Cyprus. These will be performed on a special stage that will also be set in the open-air cinema parking place.

Through this year’s summer programme, the Rialto Theatre aims at eliminating social distancing and surpassing restrictions through a cultural and artistic programme that will be open and accessible to everyone, while at the same time entertaining the audience and supporting the local artistic production.

SEK’s parking place was deemed to be more appropriate than the Heroes’ Square where the Theatre has been traditionally organising its summer events, since the Rialto will be able to properly control the events and the entrance of the audience, thus ensuring compliance with the relevant governmental directives on health and safety.

The re-scheduling and implementation of Rialto’s summer programme would not have been possible without SEK granting the use of its parking place during the evening hours or the invaluable support of EventPro in terms of infrastructure and know-how.