It’s heralded as the biggest annual event in the European Union, “dedicated to friendship” between Cyprus and Russia. Londa Hotel is the official Hospitality Sponsor, and several festival performers will be staying at the hotel during the event.
The 13th Cyprus Russian Festival is expected to attract up to 15,000 visitors for 2 days of music, dance, art and sporting displays. This year’s cross-cultural mix – spread across Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June – features modern dance, a motorcycle parade, a parrot show, rhythmic gymnastics, a planetarium, and a procession of fairy-tale heroes!
This year, for the first time, visitors can sample food from various restaurants at a ‘pop-up’ food court, including Galette Artisan Bakery and HookahPlace, while listening to DJs on Russian Wave Radio and Energy Cyprus. There’s even a “flashmob” event organised for that added edgy vibe to the immersive Festival experience. Rich, fascinating moments indeed for cultural explorers staying at Londa or visiting Limassol in the first days of June.
An ever-growing cultural engagement
Ever since the late 1990s – and the development of investment opportunities on the island – the relationship between Cyprus and Russia has continued to flourish, most notably in the arts. Throughout the year, there is a continuous programme of Russian ballet and opera, classical orchestras, singer and piano recitals, traditional and contemporary Jazz. Sunday night at Londa Hotel is an established tradition for featuring Russian and Cypriot Jazz players on stage together, delighting hotel guests and locals alike with a mix of trad Jazz and modern tempos.
Around 50,000 people from Russia and the former Soviet Republic have made Cyprus their permanent home, of which, around three quarters are resident in Limassol. Nearly 825,000 tourists from Russia visited Cyprus in 2017, a remarkable five fold increase from 146,000 visitors in 2007, according to official government statistics.
With an ever-growing cultural engagement between the two peoples, its no surprise that the Cyprus Russian Festival is a hugely important calendar date for inter-community life. The significance is reflected in the annual attendance by all former Cyprus presidents along with diplomats, ministers and parliament members.
More than a dozen events aimed at all ages and musical interests
Over 1,300 professional and amateur musicians, dancers and actors from both Cyprus and Russia will be performing in more than a dozen events, aimed at all ages and musical interests. Culture explorers should watch out for a performance by Cossack song ensemble, “Ludi Volnye”, the Cypriot folk group “Konta Stin Paradosi” and a master class in traditional Zorba Dance.
Three huge stages – set up in Limassol Municipal Gardens – will also showcase sets from Greek bands, Kings and Minus One, hot new Russian band, Milmars, and a special appearance on the main stage by Alexey Potekhin, ex-lead singer of 90s group, Hands Up!
Also headlining on the main stage will be Julia Volkova, Russian recording artist and actress, best known as part of girl group t.A.T.u. whose first single “All the Things She Said” topped the charts around the world in 2002. Volkova launched her solo singing career in 2011, and since then, has also appeared in several films, including ‘You and I’, alongside former t.A.T.u partner, Lena Katina and British/US actress, Mischa Barton.
As in previous years, children’s dance, singing and acting are strongly featured, with concerts by Cypriot and Russian children’s groups and the Kids Club “City of Oz”. There will be plenty of fun-filled activities for kids to join in with too, including a soap bubble show, fun fair, trampolines, lunar-park, planetarium and a labyrinth.
One of many inter-cultural celebrations held throughout the year
The Cyprus Russian Festival is just one of many inter-cultural celebrations held throughout the year. Limassol’s Pattihio Theatre regularly presents the Russian Ballet performing masterpieces of classic and modern choreography, such as Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Spartacus and Zorba The Greek.
One of the most glittering cultural events in the Cyprus calendar, the Cyprus-Russia Gala, takes place at the Presidential Palace, Nicosia every October. Attended by Andri Anastasiadis, First Lady of the Republic of Cyprus, the evening is dedicated to the cultural, political and business relations between Cyprus and Russia.
The long trading partnership between Cyprus and Russia is not least because of its strategic location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, and the nearby Suez Canal. At the 9th Summit of the Cyprus-Russian Intergovernmental Committee on Economic Cooperation 2016, a special mention was made to the growth of tourism between the two states.
The special relationship between our two countries is an enduring cultural energy at Londa too, who are proud to be the Hospitality sponsors at The 13th Cyprus Russian Festival. We look forward to welcoming all our guests who will be performing or attending this year while bringing our own luxury boutique brand of rich Mediterranean hospitality to the Festival spirit.