on my own behalf…I don’t know anymore where to turn to first, which concert to
visit, in which event to listen to poetry read, which exhibition to visit first,
where to dance the tango and which village festival to see. My calendar is
start with the last one, the village festivals, each little village is now
celebrating something, asparagus, tulips, artichokes, chestnut, silk worms,
eco, dogs, fun runs, nature walks, raki etc. old cars - we haven’t had potatoes
yet and wine – not to mention art and craft and music and folk dance festivals.
I hear people moaning, don’t make us race from one place to the other and
always find the same things. Somehow the old established ones suffer from it,
from the fatigue of the people. Someone told me…ahhh it’s election time in two
weeks and all the mayors draw the attention to their well-meaning and sense for
art and culture.
priority are the arts, art exhibitions, theatre shows, literary circles, some
concerts…. but just have a look at my website and count the events we had in
April and May, (they are listed as I get and enter them I must find a way to
sort them properly by date which is not easy) I have a collection of hundreds
of posters I get sent by email only for the last two months. I get invited to
many events but I cannot cover them all. I would have loved to see the first
play in Lefke by the Slow Theatre behind which is Ismail Isilsoy, the sculptor
of wooden faces and in earlier days also theatre man; but Lefke has become too
far for me at night, but however, they will come to Kyrenia and Nicosia, see
also could not make it to the Baraka Theatre at the Arabahmet Cultural Centre
with a play by Molière.
I missed the Ballet Show with Moscow Ballet group dancing swan lake at the Near
East University, no cards anymore. The Bellapais Musical Festival has begun…There
were the Lefkosa Music Days, then Turkish Music evening with my friends the
Nicosia Music Association; not to forget the Cyprus Songs on the 8th
would have loved to see the art event at MAGEM in Famagusta, but again, it
takes me three hours just driving time….for the exhibition by Gönen Atakol I
had organised a bus.
a photo exhibitions on, painting and craft exhibitions, art events by the Girne
Lions Women, by Charity groups, the universities become competitive and bring
one event after the other, especially Near East University for their 25th
anniversary, yesterday I went to see the sculptors work on huge blocks of
marble, the exhibition Academiada will be from May 08 for one week in the foyer
of the hospital and in front of the building. Last Sunday I talked to the 40
artists that were lined up on the Highway Kyrenia Lefkosa, see my report on
these pages. GAU are hosting a symposition “The Art of Poetry” I am sure I will
you see the dilemma I am in? However tonight I will be going to the FODER
Photographic exhibition at 19:00 hrs. Foder is one of the local photographic
associations. At 19.30 I will be at the opening of an interesting looking art
exhibition by Fezile Köksal at the Ismet Güney Art Centre. You will see my
report next week in Cyprus Observer. Oh yes, here one of our friends, Tim
Francis, will invite his friends and art lovers to ‘Myanmar Memories and More’
at his house (see details in the Events Calendar or also on my website).
Saturday there will be the 3rd anniversary of the Home of
Cooperation with a huge open air music festival with many music groups starting
at five. That is something for the young to stay up late and sing and dance.
think I stop now. I am not complaining, no, I am happy that people enjoy doing
art, showing it and also appreciating the efforts of others. Art is a good
language. But why all at once? From experience I know that in the months of
July, August and half September there will be nothing, all dead. And then I
will have to invent tales while I sit by the pool.