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Arts & Living Events Coming Up in May

by Natalie Haughton

The 36th Cyprus International Fair will be on in Nicosia until 15th May.  This is a huge event with 100 exhibitors of over 1000 companies from Cyprus and 22 other countries, including the US, Spain, Greece, Syria. Opening hours are 6.00-10.00pm every day and Saturday till midnight. In Pavillion 3 there will be the CYTOUR Exhibition better known as “Holidays in Cyprus”.   For more details go to

This Saturday May 7th is the Limassol Street Life Festival.  There’ll be 10 hours of entertainment including live music, painting, skateboarding, handicrafts stalls and food and drinks.  It starts at 9am until 7pm at the Limassol Historical Centre on Saripolou and Athenon Streets. 

An exhibition of 100 rare toys is currently on show at the Melina Mercouri Hall at Famagusta Gate.  Open daily from 10am-1pm and from 5pm-8pm.  Ends on May 24th.

May 6th, 7th and 8th are the dates for the 13th Garden Exhibition at the Spyros Kyprianou Sports Center, Palais de Sports, Limassol.  On display will be plants, outside furniture and garden equipment.  Plus there’ll be a special kid’s area with entertainment and inflatables.  Entrance is €5, children go free. Open to the public on Friday from 6-10pm, on Sat from 11am- 10pm and Sun from 11am – 9pm.

Saturday May 7th is the date for the 8th annual Nicosia Dogathon.  Starting point is the University of Nicosia.  Registration takes place between 1-2pm and the charity fundraising walk begins at 2.30pm. For more info call 9933 7072.

On May 8th car owners across the island are taking their pride and joys on wheels out of the garage to exhibit them at the The 2nd International Classic and Historic Car show.  As well as a chance to see all sorts of vehicles from 1904-1989, there will also be live music, food and drinks.  It takes place on May 8th at Plateia Palaiou Dimarchiou in Nicosia (within the walls) from 11am-5pm. 

The 4th Pancyprian Boating and Fishing fair is on until May 8th at My Mall in Limassol.  Times are: - Friday from 5-10pm, and on Sat & Sun from 11am-10pm.

Israeli Trance rockers Skazi will be performing at Club Nuovo in Nicosia on Saturday May 7th.  Tickets are €25 in advance or €20 on the door.  Call 9685 8545.

The Bank of Cyprus is holding its annual charity bazaar at their headquarters in Ayia Paraskevi on Sunday May 8th. From 10am-6pm, there’ll be fun for the kids, food and entertainment.  Proceeds will go to the Anti-Cancer Society

Rock Gods Deep Purple will be in Cyprus in Concert on May 8th.  It’s a 4 hour wheels of steel extravaganza with special guest, Greek Rock God Vasilis Papakonstantiou.  Venue is the Eletheria Stadium in Nicosia Tickets are €40 (arena) €50 (seated) from or call 7777 2939.

On Wed 11th May, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra are performing music from Chopin, Dvorak, Wagner and Prokofiev in a memorial concert for Roda Menelaou.  Tickets are €12 from the Box Office at the Strovolos Municipal Theatre. 

The Women’s Friendship group are holding a coffee morning on May 12th at 9.30pm in the hall.  There will be a talk by Hoda Mazloomian on Art Therapy.

The art and design students of the Cyprus College in Larnaca will be exhibiting their end of year works in a show called ’30 Artists You Should Know’ . It opens on May 13th at 7pm with a chance to visit on Sat 14th and Sun 15th from noon till 4pm. Visit

Potenzia Del’ Arte’s spring musical extravaganza takes place on Sunday 15th May at 6pm at PASYDY theatre.   The talented adults and children from this Nicosia Performing Arts Centre will be singing songs from movies and stage shows such as Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago, Grease, the Sound of Music, Mamma Mia.  Tickets are on sale now for €12 (free seating) and are available from Potenzia on 2244 4443.

The 2011 “Cyprus Gourmet” Dinner will take place on Friday 13th May at 8.30pm at Caprice Restaurant in the Londa Hotel in Limassol.   There will be a three course dinner created from 100% Cypriot ingredients and served with Cypriot award winning wines.  The price per person including wine is €45.00. The Guest of Honour will be the great French wine personality, Mr Michel Picard. For reservations please call 2586 5540 or e-mail

St Paul’s May Fayre is on Saturday May 14th from 4pm-7.30pm.  If you are interested either helping or contributing please contact one of the following: -   For jewellery, toiletries, bric-a-brac, ornaments, anything hand-made or suitable unwanted gifts, Hilary Christou 2233 3990.  For home - made cakes, scones, biscuits, sweets and bread, Vera Stephanides 2266 2184.  For jams, marmalade, lemon curd, pickles, chutney, home-produced olive oil, and glyko, Frauke Christodoulides, 2235 3419. The White Elephant stall will accept household goods, bric-a-brac, kitchen equipment, crockery, glass, ornaments, curtains, cushions, jigsaw puzzles, but not clothes or toys,  contact Susan Grant 9992 436.  And for refreshments call Loulla Frangou 2242 2295.

The next walk organised by the Cyprus Services Rambling Club is on Sunday 15th May.  The route is a circumnavigation of Armagetti, over a distance of 8 Miles.   To book a place on the ramble, email:  or phone: 99 292092 by midday Wednesday 11th May. For more details of this walk and the CSRC visit

The Central Band of the Royal Airforce will be giving a charity concert on Wednesday May 18th at harbour in Kato Paphos at 7pm.   Tickets cost €10 and are available from 9649 6353.

The Royal British Legion is celebrating their 90th anniversary on June 11th 2011 with an event at the Dhekelia Leisure Centre.  From 11am-3pm there will be various displays and stalls. At 6pm there’s a sunset ceremony and music by the Kings Division Band.  Plus there’ll be entertainment from ABBA Diva and JED with a buffet and disco.

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