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8th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival

In 2006, the RIALTO Theatre timidly took the first steps to organize a series of events dedicated to diversity and tolerance. Since then, the colourful world of the Ethnic Festival became a meeting of groups and sounds from different countries. The festival presents virtuoso musicians established in the international music scene that search, adopt influences and trends, creating performances that surpass boundaries and frontiers of all kinds.


It takes place every July, having as its hub the Heroes’ Square in Limassol and occasionally various squares in Nicosia. Is been also organised at villages of Limassol district where, since 2012, started the institution of Rialto Residency. A program of common staying and studying where Cypriot musicians meet and collaborate with guest artists from abroad. Through residence and joint study of artists develops a renewed reading of various musical traditions, aiming at a new joint approach. The Residency’s outcome is presented in a first concert at the village of staying and followed by a concert at the Heroes’ Square.


Since May 2011, when the festival became a member of the European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals, it focused mostly to the Mediterranean and Middle East countries, considering that such identity is essentially determined by the geographical, historical and cultural relations between the countries of the region, and which are reflected in their musical traditions.


Within the framework of the festival cinema screenings are organized regularly, an International Symposium was held in 2011 and a discussion in 2013. All these events have as common theme the importance and evolution of traditional music and the establishment of World Music as a genre and the effects on the musical traditions of each place.




5 Wednesday - Ethno Cyprus


40 new virtuoso of traditional instruments, coming from all over Europe and the Arab countries, present a music result after their co-existance at the music-camp, being organized by the Cultural Movement “Epilogi”, in Cyprus.


Through various musical workshops, the closeness of the Arabic and European musical traditions arise. Artistic Direction: Andreas Christodoulou


7 Sunday - Rialto Residency – Cultural Centre of Platres village  

10 Wednesday - Rialto Residency –Heroes’ Square


Within a program of staying and studying in the community of the Platres village, a renewed reading of the musical traditions is being developed and a new common approach is being attained. This is expressed through a first concert at the Platres village and followed by a concert at the Heroes’ Square.


Kyriakos Kalaitzides – artistic direction - oud  

Mikaela Papachrysanthou – kanun - voice

Michalis Kouloumis - violin  

Alkis Agathokleous – ney  

Giannis Koutis – oud- voice  

Petros Kizas – percussions



9 Tuesday - Tradition and World Music (Kanali 6 – Yard)


A discussion being held by musicians and friends, about the evolution of the traditional music and its importance nowadays. Establishing “World Music” as a genre and the effects on the musical traditions of each place.



12 Friday - Entre Dos Aquas  


Three great virtuosos present a flamenco program having influences from the African and Indian music, the jazz and also the traditional Gypsies’ music.

An exponential and heretical intervention to the traditional flamenco, that is impressive and seductive when hearing same. It’s a characteristic and exceptional example of the union of the World |Music.


Olivier Vayre – guitars, conocol, beat box

David Dutech – percussions, voice, beat box

Eric de Chalup – voice, guitar



16 Tuesday - Mika Karni & Kol Dodi Ensemble  


A band with musicians coming from Israel, Morocco, Yemen and Ethiopia, is weaving traditional Israeli music, hymns, melodies and rhythms of Africa, into our times. A musical mosaic of countries, traditions and rhythms, which naturally carries the influences of each band member.  


Mika Karni – voice, piano, violin

Yasmin Karni –voice

Oshrat Masala- voice

Ori Haim Winokur –bass

Shahar Haziza –percussions

Tomer Yeshayahu – bouzouki, guitar  



18 Thursday– Lisbon – Musical Documentary  


The city of Lisbon unwinds through the sounds and melodies of the fados. Great interpreters like  Mariza, the special voices of the Madredeus, Cristina Salgueiro, Celeste Rodriguez, the sister of the great Amalia, Cristina Branco and Duarte of the new generation, highlight the deep relation of the Portuguese with the music of the sentiment, the love and the passion, called fados.


Presentation: Costas Marabegias

Script/director: Panos Karkanebatos  

Duration: 52’


From the series of the award-winning documentaries of ERT Mediterranean – a production of VERGI Film productions’.



19 Friday – Marseille – Musical Documentary


Marseille, one of the most important and historical ports of the Mediterranean sea, a centre of polyphonic traditions in the European South, is being excellently presented though the top voice band, named Lo Cor de la Plana, and also through other original interpreters, singing in the Occitan dialect, Marseille’s language.


We simultaneously meet with the musical Sephardim traditions of the Jews, and the pop songs of the Mediterranean of the 50’s and the 60’s, coming from Naples, Alger, Cairo, Corsica and Andalusia.


Presentation: Costas Marabegias

Script/director: Panos Karkanebatos  

Duration: 52’


From the series of the award-winning documentaries of ERT Mediterranean. A production of VERGI Film productions’.




24 Wednesday – Nava


This is a multi-cultural band having a big range of different musical traditions and influences of its members, being classified as one of the most original and inspired bands in Cyprus. The influences and routes of each member are being reflected through analogical and electro sounds and natural instruments, onto traditional ways and fanciful repertoire.  


Navid Gholipour-didgeridoo  

Alkis Agathokleous – ney  

Yiannis Koutis – oud, voice

Ravi Saundankar-tabla

Costas Lolos – violin

Nikolas Trifonos - contrabass

Lukasz Walewsky - trumpet

Manos Mathioudakis – electrical guitar

Rodos Panayiotou - percussion  



26 Friday – Yiannis Haroulis


The closing of the 8th Ethnic Festival couldn’t have a better voice than this of the amazing interpreter from Crete. With a multimember-band of special and genuine musicians, Yiannis Haroulis is making us to travel to Crete and the whole Greek area, with songs that are touching both the tradition and today’s sounds.


Costantis Pistiolis – wind instruments

Michalis Porfiris – cello

Pavlos Sinodinos – guitars

Panos Tolios – drums



Organisation: Rialto Theatre, Limassol Go-operative Savings Bank, Kanali 6, Platres Community


Supported by: Limassol Municipality – Cyprus University of Technology


At Heroes Square with Free Entrance


Performances commence at. 20.30 - Information: 77 77 77 45


Cyprus Rialto Ethnic World Music Festival is Member of

European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals