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Monday, 24 March 2014

North Cyprus Festivals & Events In 2014

When travelling I always look out for festivals, or events that are taking place in a destination. It’s a perfect way to get an extra bit of taste for the local culture, and have a bit of fun while on holiday... or even on business.

Sometimes it’s also important to look out for these events as they can also have a negative effect on your holidays. Events such as conferences that take up all hotel capacity in a destination can push up prices, and mean you are surrounded with conference goers. Religious events can sometimes mean you are limited to alcohol or certain types of food..

In North Cyprus, religious events dot really effect your holiday experience as during Ramadan for example there is still alcohol served and restaurants re open as normal. However there is the effect of Turkish nationals come in the droves to celebrate the end of the festival. This affects hotel availability and prices during this time.

Below are some festivals and events that make the difference on your holiday.

Olive Products at Zeytinlik Olive Festival

Bellapais Silk Festival (01 May to 31 May 2014)

Silk was once a major export for Cyprus. Famous for its quality silk production, Cyprus used silk and its by products to their maximum effect. Cypriots used silk for sewing and also the chamber like cocoon they were in for handicraft. This festival celebrates this handicraft. Well worth visiting to see some traditional Cypriot examples of cultural heritage at their best. Delightful examples of Cypriot tradition... Perfect to bring home as a souvenir too.

Bellapais International Music Festival (15 May – 22 June 2014

This event has been taking place since 1996. An international event that celebrates music of international origins. Mainly classic music, there is a combination of pianist, Oboe layers, guitarists and bands from all over the world.
Countries that were for example involved in 2013 include Turkey, North Cyprus, Macedonia, Austria, and Italy.

Musicians last year included Gianluca Belfiori Doro (Controtenor), Maurizio Moretti(Piano), The Military Band Of The Turkey, Vasil Atanasov (Oboe), Todor Svetiev(Piano), Elisso Gogibedaschwili (Violin), Regina Chernychko (Piano), Leyla Çolakoğlu (Soprano), Bilgehan Erten  (Violin ), Rüya Taner(Piano), Dinçer  Özer (Percussion), Ahmet  Sönmezler, to name a few.

The event is on a ticket basis, and it is held fin the famous Bellapais refectory with its Gothic architecture. A truly amazing experience, this event is well worth visiting and even timing your holiday for. The music events are spread out over several days and so you are likely to catch a performance while there during this time. 

 Guzelyurt (Morphou) Orange Festival (15 June 2014 - 30 June 2014)

Guzelyurt is the heart of the citrus growing industry in North Cyprus. With acres of fertile land with many citrus fruits including oranges, Satsuma and lemons, citrus fruit (mainly oranges) are very important to the local people.
Before tourism started growing in importance fresh fruit exports were the major income source for the island. The festival celebrates the fruits importance to the locals. Visiting Guzelyurt during this time of the year, you will be able to see local concerts, parades, handicrafts and events taking place. This is a free event and if you are in north Cyprus, well worth a visit for that added flavour on your holiday.

Ramadan Religious Festival in North Cyprus (28 June 2014 - 27 July 2014)

This is a period that Muslims fast during the day. It’s a time to remember those that are in hunger and a time to reflect on this. The period does not really affect your travels itself as in North Cyprus restaurants and bars are still open, with many locals still using these. However it’s worth noting that at the end of this period, many Turks from mainland travel to North Cyprus to celebrate, and hotels get busy, and supplements are charged for staying at these times. On the other hand the may celebrations also bring many Turkish concerts and events, and so give an opportunity for Turkish pop lovers to see their favourite singers.

Music Festivals In North Cyprus

International Famagusta Art and Culture Festival (01 July 2014 - 31 July 2014)

The international Famagusta Art and culture festival is located at the amphitheatre of the ancient Salamis ruins. What a place to be, and an amazing way to really experience what the people of bygone did… well almost, as most events have electricity and amplifiers to suit.

The event hold spectacle to theatre shows, arts, dancing, acrobatics and music events. It brings together the best of culture from around the world showcasing the many different types of performances out there.
The show has been going since 1987, and it aims to make Famagusta the place to be for culture vultures. Music performances include music types including classic music, Acid Jazz, Jazz, Groove, Reggae, world music, Socca and much more. Recent appearances included that of the Wailers, which was of course the band that Bob Marley played with.

North Cyprus Salsa Jam (04 September – 08 September 2014)

This international Salsa event has been holding place in Kyrenia for 9 years. 2014 is not any different, with many enthusiasts and professionals linked to the world of Salsa attending. Why not book your place and get involved…you will need purchase passes to get involved at this event

This year the event is confirmed to have the following dance schools and instructors and DJ’s attending including Palamambo Dance Company from  France, Gosia & Kulpa; Daniel from Poland, Sean Babatunde from UK, Isaia & Sissi From  Italy, Nando & Susie from Colombia & Sweden, Ersin & Hande from Turkey, Miranda & Gintas from Netherlands, Javo Panzo (Aka Dj Kafe) from Canada, Latin Influence from Italy, Engin & Damla from Turkey, Johann & Kenza from France, Sahar Abu from Lebanon, Veronica Lopez from Spain, Crypto Dance Academy from  Turkey, Ministry Of Dance from Cyprus, Tigin & Semra from Cyprus, DJ Saoko from  Venezuela / USA, DJ Virgil from  Netherlands , DJ OJ Salsero from Egypt, DJ Isaia El Profeta from Italy

Folk Dancing

North Cyprus International Music Festival (15 September 2014 - 18 October 2014)

This international event takes place at various locations throughout North Cyprus. It brings together a showcase of different performances. It gives that something different with popular shows including Tango, Flamenco, Choir music, and more.

North Cyprus Musician

North Cyprus Olive Festival (01 October 2014 - 12 October 2014)
The olive festival is showcased in the village of Zeytinlik. The straight translation for this means place of olives. An excellent coincidence or selective location... The latter I think is the right opinion. The event showcases locally produced olives, olive products such as olive bread, olive oil, olive soaps, and more. There is a range of stalls offering the best of local traditions such as handicrafts and local traditional Cypriot foods. There is also live music and folk dancing and other concerts during this period. This is very much worth visiting if you are looking to see the traditional Cyprus. You won’t be disappointed.

North Cyprus is very much an active place for culture, dancing and amazing food. If you time your visit according to the many events you will add that extra bit of excitement to your stay.

Have you been to any events in North Cyprus? Tell us about them.
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