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Twelve years are completed since RIALTO Theater introduced a series of open air music events at Heroes Square, with the primary goal of developing and cultivating tolerance and acceptance of diversity. Since then the colorful Ethnic Festival has grown, diversified and renamed to Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival, but it still remains a meeting of music groups and sounds from different countries.
Since 2011 the Festival has been a member of the European Forum of World Wide Music Festivals and for the second consecutive season the festival is honored with its inclusion in the 17 Cypriot Festivals that have joined EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe. This is an important achievement of the Festival in the «European Cultural Map», which offers new perspectives for cooperation and further development.
Rialto Theater hosts, in July every summer, groups and musicians of the World at Heroes Square. The multicultural Wold Music Festival, aiming to creat a musical conversation between audiences and music of different traditions and influences, takes its stage in front of the theater, thus emerging music with common starting points and influences that draw their inspiration from the tradition of each country and of course, Cyprus projects as a bridge between them.
At the 12th Festival will appear important artists: From Italy the acclaimed BandAdriatica, from Cuba the group Soneros De Verdad, the second generation of Buena Vista Social Club, from India the award-winning Abishek Lahiri with his band and two recognized bands from Cyprus - Trio Tekke and The Amalgamation Project.
With all its events being open to the public, the festival itself is a colorful music meeting, attended by not only musicians from different countries but also viewers of all nationalities who either live permanently or occasionally visit our country.
Continuing its long and sucessfull collaboration with the Platres Community Council, the Rialto World Music Festival continues its activities of Rialto Residency this year in the Platres area.
Rialto Residency, for the second consecutive year, under the artistic director of the well-known Greek musician Michalis Choleva, focusing on techniques, forms and stylistic elements of traditions in the eastern Mediterranean. The participant artists will present the result of the residency in a concert music on 29th July at Glafkos Clerides Square in Platres. On Sunday July 30th, the successful unplugged concert of Calidonia moves to the beautiful neighboring area of the Medieval Bridge of Milia.
Under the umbrella of the 12th Cyprus World Music Festival, two films from Indian cinema will be screened on July 3 and 10 @ Rialto Summer Cinema, with the cooperation of the Embassy of India in Cyprus.