A Unique Intercultural Event



The World Music Festival, which has been distinguished with the EFFE Label 2019-2021, is a unique intercultural event in Cyprus, uniting artists, audiences and arts across borders and restrictions. It is a platform of support, communication and promotion for musicians who share the enthusiasm of music creation and enhances the mobility of artists from countries that sometimes act as a deterrent to artistic creation and dialogue.


With its inclusion in the Forum of World Wide Music Festivals (FWMF) the festival turned mainly to the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries, deciding that such an identity is essentially determined by the geographical, historical and cultural relations between the countries of the region, which have been imprinted in their musical traditions.


The Festival welcomes bands and musicians who share a rich cultural past but also develop a contemporary musical present with common starting points and influences, holding a series of events -mainly musical- that draw their inspiration from the tradition of each country around its region, Mediterranean. In this context, similarities and differences emerge and of course Cyprus stands as a bridge between them.


Due to the pandemic for the 2nd consecutive year, the Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival focuses exclusively on Cypriot musicians, giving them the opportunity to present their latest work to the public.  


The main mission of this year's event is to develop optimism and a climate of return to artistic production. The 16th edition will provide the opportunity to musicians and bands with the subject of World Music and will contribute to the continuation of the relationship that has developed between the audience and world music.  


The 16th edition will give the opportunity to 6 bands, more than 50 Cypriot musicians participate while for the first time, within the framework of the Rialto Residency, a Percussion Workshop for kids will be organized by Rodos Panayiotou and members of the Batukinio band.  


The events offer excellent opportunities for socializing and entertainment, facilitating with a low ticket the access of Cypriots and foreigners of all income classes to attend quality performances.