Cinderella’s fairytale comes to life at the 17th Pafos Aphrodite Festival

Cinderella’s fairytale comes to life at the 17th Pafos Aphrodite Festival

The famous melodrama «La Cenerentola» by Giochino Rossini will come to life during the Pafos Aphrodite Festival from the 4-6 September at the Pafos Medieval Castle.

The comic opera «La Cenerentola» will be performed by a team of acclaimed artists from the French lyrical organisation Ramfis Productions Avignon, joined by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. Paolo Panizza will stand as director of the theatre and Massimo Taddia will be the conductor of the orchestra. A team of Cypriot choristers will accompany the lyric choir “Amintore Galli” from the city of Rimini, Italy.

Speaking during the festival`s annual press conference, Paphos Mayor and President of the company`s Board of Directors, Fedonas Fedonos said for the “17th year running, thanks to the support of the music loving audience of Cyprus and its foreign visitors who have embraced the Pafos Aphrodite Festival, the enchanting area of the Pafos Medieval Castle will become a focal point of culture without boundaries”.

He said Pafos has left its own mark on the cultural map of Europe, as it is the centre point of different nations and cultures, something which is highly important as Pafos stands as Cultural Capital of Europe for 2017.

Minister of Education and Culture, Costas Kadis who also attended the press conference, said that over the course of 17 years, the Pafos Aphrodite Festival has contributed to the increase of cultural tourism on our island while fostering an audience which appreciates high calibre performances.

He welcomed the involvement of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra in the past three years, “highlighting the effort the company has made toward achieving its goal to eventually produce a fully Cypriot show”.

Cyprus Tourism Organisaiton President Aggelos Loizou said the organisation has high regard for such important events as they substantially contribute to the effort of all those in tourism and contribute to the establishment of Cyprus as a destination that offers quality options to tourists.

French Ambassador in Nicosia, Jean Luc-Florent, noted that the two countries are intrinsically linked in the field of culture. “The French Institute of Cyprus plays an important role in the Cypriot cultural domain, enhanced by its participation in the greatest events on the Cypriot cultural agenda while also offering a number of educational programmes in the field of art and culture”, he said.

“This favourable atmosphere encourages the further development and reinforcement of the cultural cooperation between Cyprus and France”, he added.