29th of April 2015
The Cultural Centre "Technopolis 20" presents the Chamber Music Recital with the musicians Andreas P. Nicolaou (violin) and Kyriakos Kyriakou (piano), on Wednesday, 29 of April 2015, at 20.00.
Tickets: 10 euro / 5 euro (students, soldiers)
For information and reservations please contact us at 70002420.
Song without words, op. 3, No.1 - Nikolaς Economou (1953-1993)
Sonatina for violin and piano - Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
Suite in the old Style for violin and piano - Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Sonata in G major K. 301 for violin and piano - Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Fantasiestücke op. 73 - Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Theme from „Schindler's List" - John Williams (1932)
A few words about the artists
ANDREAS P. NICOLAOU: Born in Yeroskipou, Paphos, is one of the most talented Cypriot musicians. He graduated from the Concervatory and Music Academy of Prague with distinction and he possesses the MgA (Master of Fine Arts) title. He has given many concerts and broadcasts in Cyprus as well as in the Czech Republic, Germany, UK, Israel, France and Greece.
KYRIAKOS KYRIAKOY: Born in Limassol. He studied piano in the Czech Republic at Charles University and he has the Mgr title (Master of Fine Arts). He succesfully participated in many competitions and courses for piano. He has held a lot of recitals in the Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, UK and Cyprus. He has been cooperating with A.Nicolaou since 2009 and their repertoire contains works from the baroque period, to the present, and also contains Greek and Cypriot music.
Sunday, March 22, 10am - 3pm
Easter Handicraft Workshop for Kids, 11 am
The cultural centre "Technopolis 20" in Pafos invites you to its Spring Market on Sunday, 29th of March 2015, a few days before Easter Holidays, from 10 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon.
The Spring Market will host artists, professionals and amateurs creators in a beautiful cultural venue in Pafos' city centre, during the most probably beautiful season of the year, the Spring.
Handmade creations such as jewelry, Easter decorations, candies, t-shirts, books, toys are some of the products, ideal for gifts that you can find at our market.
Children will have the opportunity to enjoy a handicraft Easter workshop by the artist Dr Stella Karageorgi, at 11.00 am (participation 5 euro).
Come and have a fun day for all family and try our home-made cakes and tasty coffee.
Saturday, April 4, Masterclasses
Monday, April 6, 8.00 pm, Piano Concert
The Cultural Centre "Technopolis 20" presents the pianist Romeo Smilkov for a concert, on Monday, 6th of April at 8 pm. A classical music concert with a programme that includes W.A. Mozart, compositions from Bulgarian composers and also a composition by the Cypriot N. Economou.
Tickets: 10 euro / under 18 free
Information and Reservations at 70002420
1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) – 6 variations KV 398, "Salve tu, Domine" (Paisielo) – F major (1783)
2. Nikolay Stoykov (1936) – "Tambura sacrale" op. 84, № 5 (2012)
3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – 10 variations KV 455, "Unser dummer Pöbel meint" (Gluck) – G major (1784)
4. Vladimir Pantchev (1949) – Toccatina (1975)
5. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – 12 variations KV 500, B major (1786)
6. Dimitar Nenov (1901/2 - 1953) – Toccata (1939)
7. Nicolas Economou (1953-1993) – Piece in B flat major (1980)
Group masterclass: 10 euro (start at 10 am)
Private masterclass (half hour): 25 euro
Private masterclass (one hour): 40 euro
Group & Private masterclass (half hour): 30 euro
Group & Private masterclass (one hour): 50 euro
A few words about Romeo Smilkov
Romeo Smilkov was born on the 7th July, 1960 in Chirpan, Bulgaria. A graduate of the National Music Academy "Prof. Pancho Vladigerov" in Sofia, he studied piano with Prof. Luba Encheva and Prof. Milena Mollova. Among his postgraduate studies was a master class with Prof. Vera Gornostaeva (Moscow) at the Varna Festival in Bulgaria.
He won numerous international and national prizes such as 1st Prize of the Salerno Piano Competition in Italy (1979); 2nd Prize of the Razgrad Piano Competition, Bulgaria (1984) and 3rd Prize of the Liszt-Bartok Competition (1989), organized by The Hungarian Cultural Center in Sofia. In 2011, he received the Special Prize "Medeniya Tchan" of the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv. He also participated in the First International Piano Competition in Tokyo, Japan (1980), in the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition – Moscow, Russia (1982) and in the Liszt Competition/Festival in Budapest, Hungary (1986).
Romeo Smilkov has given more than 770 concerts in Bulgaria and in eleven countries of Europe and Asia (Russia, Japan, China and others). He appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Bulgaria and abroad.
His passion for teaching brought him to the secondary music schools in Stara Zagora (1983-1989) and in Plovdiv (1994-1997), both in South Bulgaria. He worked as an assistant of Prof. Milena Mollova at her piano classes at the National Music Academy in Sofia from 1991 to 1993.
Since 1991, Romeo Smilkov has been teaching piano at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In 2008 he was appointed an Associate Professor. From 2014, he is a piano Professor at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts and at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia.
In 2012, he obtained his PhD for the theoretical research on the piano compositions of the Bulgarian composer Nikolay Stoykov. He has published three books as a result of his research in the field of the Bulgarian clavier music.
Romeo Smilkov is one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation. His vast repertoire spans from Frescobaldi to Ligeti. He is a passionate performer of contemporary Bulgarian composers such as Dimitar Nenov (c.1902-1953), Pancho Vladigerov (1899-1978), Lazar Nikolov (1922-2005), Ivan Spassov (1934-1996), Nikolay Stoykov (1936), Vladimir Pantchev (1949), Georgi Arnaudov (1957). Many compositions were written especially for him.
Prof. Smilkov has held piano master classes at the Music Academy in Gdansk, Poland (2009), 'G. Tartini' Conservatory in Trieste, Italy (2010), Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius, Lithuania (2011), Music Department of Istanbul Technical University, Turkey (2012), and Harbin University in China (2012). Since 2012, he is a Dean of the Department "Piano and accordion" in The Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv.
By the artist Marina Ephietzi Harris
11 am - 1 pm
The Cultural Centre "Technopolis 20" organizes Free Art Workshop with the artist Marina Emphietzi Harris on Thursday, March 26, at 11 am – 1 pm.
Come for a creative and fun morning, where you will have the opportunity to have an introduction to drawing and painting, to practice new techniques for all levels and be part of team with the same interests.
Please reserve your seat at 70002420.
A few words about Marina Ephietzi Harris
Born in Famagusta- Cyprus, Marina is a popular International Contemporary artist. She studied art, firstly, at the Dubai International Arts Centre and continued her education at Central ST. Martin's college of Art in London.
Marina's work has been described as "a reflection and celebration of life and the human spirit." She creates paintings with a vivid colour palette, many textures, robust energy and a playful style. Her work is characterized by strong tonal variations and constantly challenges her own talent by trying to experiment with subject matters and techniques for new creative effects.
Marina's compositions show the natural forms of a real world in a semi abstract and /or conceptualistic way.
28th of March
The Nicosia-based trio Monsieur Doumani will appear at the Cultural Centre "Technopolis 20" on Saturday, March 28, at 8.30 pm where they will present their second album "Sikoses".
Entrance: 10 euro with a free "Sikoses" album
Information and Reservations at 70002420
Their debut album Grippy Grappa, with its daring and innovative approach to Cypriot folk music, made Monsieur Doumani known to audiences around the globe, gaining them a nomination for Best Newcomer in the Songlines Music Awards 2014 and participation at WOMAD, Charlton Park, 2014. Despite the success of their debut, this time Monsieur Doumani has chosen not to follow the safe path, but to challenge themselves even further by venturing into unexplored fields. Adventurous and daring, they create original songs with reference to their rich Cypriot musical tradition. The group has moved to new territory, discovering a new voice, and experimenting with electronic sounds, while at the same time introducing elements from diverse musical styles. Folk music from parts of the world they have visited has been greatly influential in their new approach, (i.e. South Italy's pizzica, folk music from Norway, the Balkans etc.) and is quite evident in Sikoses.
Their lyrics are becoming increasingly relevant to their country's social and political affairs, whilst always keeping their satirical and humorous mood, which is evidently one of the main characteristics of the band. This, in combination with their popularity, essentially renders the group as a vital activist voice on the island, against corruption, social injustice, class discrimination and racism.
Ethnomusicologist Nicoletta Demetriou writes: "The title (of the album) is revealing: in the Greek Cypriot tradition, 'Sikoses' (a Cypriot term) mark the last day of feasting and meat consumption before the period of Lent begins. Significantly, Sikoses also mark the period of carnival, when people are allowed – even encouraged – to put masks on. The allegory chosen by Monsieur Doumani – the passage from the excesses of the previous period to sobriety and contemplation, and from disguising to revealing one's true face – is telling".
The album Sikoses was produced in Nicosia, Cyprus by Monsieur Doumani and consists of 13 tracks, 10 of which are originals and 3 reworkings of traditional Cypriot pieces. Track number 11, 'The pert breast' is the only one composed by a non-band member, a good friend of the group, Symis Shukuroglou, who also features on the main vocals of the song. 'The pert breast' is also one of the two pieces that has a completely different musical approach and treatment in the album, the other one being the bonus track 'A wee one', sung by Antoniou's partner, Efthymia Alphas. The album also features a piece with lyrics by the famous Cypriot poet Demetris Lipertis (1866-1937) (no.8 – 'Dissonant judgement') and another by Marios Epaminondas (no.6 – 'That's what the kitten wants'). Both songs are satirical and criticize the discrimination that exists between the classes. The album's only instrumental piece 'Mandra' could be seen as a study on one of Cyprus' most beautiful and distinctive melodies.
Sikoses was recorded in Nicosia and mixed by Makis Pelopidas and Christos Kyriacoullis. It was mastered in Berlin at Masterlab Masteringstudios by Andreas Balaskas. The album's cover is an old Cypriot photograph of unknown origin reworked by Antoniou and Lara Alphas. The design of the album's layout is the work of Lara Alphas and Orestis Lambrou.
More information can be found in the liner notes of the CD.
Launching: Monsieur Doumani will be touring Cyprus in March 2015 and the UK in May-June 2015.
Tour in Cyprus:
March 28– Technopolis, Pafos - 70002420
March 29– Theatre One, Limassol – 96458399
March 31– Exandas, Nicosia – 97770787
April 1– Exandas, Nicosia - 97770787
[Release date: 16.3.2015] [Label: Monsieur Doumani records] [Catalogue number: MD002] [Running time: 53:40] [Distribution: Proper]
By Demetra Charalambous
14th of March
The Cultural Centre "Technipolis 20" presents the children/ young people's book "PEN – 7 on a secret mission" by Demetra Charalambous, on Saturday, 14th of March at 11.30 am.
The book was released in December 2014 by the publications Parga.
The book describes the adventures of a strange pen that arrives in the blue planet from the country of the many and large inventions. Incredible, wonderful and exciting adventures will begin when PEN -7 will meet Vali, Fifi and Sofie.
Will PEN - 7 and her friends manage to meet her mysterious and enigmatic mission on earth? Come and discover what is going to happen by playing with colorful feathers, wearing magic hats and by unlocking boxes full of secrets. The author will be there to take you many trips with her pen and her imaginary ink.
The presentation will be made by the author Demetra Charalambous in Greek. Creative activities will follow.
Information at 70002420.
Publications: Parga 2014
A few words about Demetra Charalambous
Demetra Charalambous was born in Nicosia in October 1978. She studied Education in The University of Cyprus (1996 – 2000) and she acquired a master's degree in Psychology and Intercultural Education from the same university (2006). She also holds a Piano Certificate from the Pancyprian Conservatory (1999).
Her first book for children with the title "The stolen treasure" was released in December 2012 by the publication Parga.
Demetra is working in public primary schools for the last 15 years. She is married and she has two children.
By Pien Perrée
21st of March 2015
The Cultural Centre "Technopolis 20" presents Pien Perrée's book "Sweet blossom and bitter herbs. Sketches of my life as a model", on Saturday, 21st of March 2015, at 6.00 pm.
The book presents twelve short autobiographical stories alternate with pictures of Pien during her work as a (nude) model and works of art from the period 1979-2014.
When twelve years of age her artistic mother introduced Pien Perrée to the profession of a model. Her portrait and positions were often painted and sketched. Today she has been a model for 35 years and now she celebrates this milestone with this bilingual book.
Autobiographical "sketches" of her life take the reader from her artistic youth with art all around every day, to her exciting study in Amsterdam, where she studied communications psychology. Unfortunately due to a radical car accident in 1996 her life changed completely. Recurring depressions become more and more destructive. After the dramatic loss of yet another love affair, she ends up in Cyprus.
This island appears to be a haven of peace for her bruised brains. She experiences many cultural adventures here. Being a model is becoming a new dimension on this island so close to the Middle East, it keeps playing a significant part in her life.
For more information please contact us at 70002420.
By Dr Stella Karageorgi
Wednesday, 11th of March, 7 pm (Greek)
Friday, 13th of March, 7 pm (English)
The Cultural Centre "Technopolis 20" organises lecture on "The Divine Feminine in Art" with Dr Stella Karageorgi, as part of a series of events that will take place at Technopolis 20, devoted to women, on the occasion of the World Women's Day. The lecture will take place on Friday, 13th of March at 7 pm.
From the depths of history the feminine was considered sacred and was worshipped as the matrix of creation. The wise, sensual and nurturing nature of the feminine was associated with the concept of fertility and creation, and took the form of the Great Mother Goddess in many ancient religions. Join us on a journey to rediscover and celebrate the divine feminine through art.
Entrance: 5 euro (with coffee or tea)
Information and Reservations: 70002420
The lecture will also take place in Greek on Friday, 11th of March at 7 pm.
A few words about Dr Stella Karageorgi
Stella Karageorgi is a fine artist and a researcher. She studied Fine Arts and Art History in the USA and holds a doctorate from De Montfort University in the United Kingdom. She lives and works in Paphos.
The cultural centre "Technopolis 20" in Pafos invites you to participate in its Spring Market on Sunday, 29th of March 2015, a few days before Easter Holidays, from 10 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon.
The Spring Market will host artists, professionals and amateurs creators, but also voluntary organizations in a beautiful cultural venue in Pafos' city centre, during the most probably beautiful season of the year, the Spring.
For more information contact us at 70002420.
20th of March 2015
The Cultural Centre "Technopolis 20" presents a classical music night for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, on Friday, March 20, at 8.00 pm with George Georgiou (clarinet), Doros Zesimos (cello) and Corina Vassiliou (piano).
Tickets: €12 / €5 (students, soldiers)
Information and Reservations: 70002420
George Georgiou was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, in 1984. At the age of seven he started his musical training on the violin with Mr. Themis Christodoulou and at the age of 9 he started the clarinet as a scholarship student in the class of Mr. Dusko Zarkovic. During his early years, he was part of several orchestras and ensembles such as the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, Themis Christodoulou String Orchestra and the Cyprus Clarinet Band, and performed in concerts in Cyprus, Greece and Israel. By the age of 15, he had already passed the Advanced Certificate of the Royal Schools of Music in Clarinet and his Grade 8 in Violin with distinction. He was also a runner-up in the Eurovision competition for young musicians in Cyprus, in 2002. His teachers included Mr. Rocco Sbartella and Mr. Kleanthis Zampakides and he attended master classes with the Smith Quartet and the Apple Hill Chamber Players from who he received a full scholarship to participate in their annual summer festival in 2003.
Nowadays, he holds degrees from City University, London (Bmus and Master in Music Performance Studies) where he studied the clarinet with Mr. Julian Farrell and Mrs Joy Farrall at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD). During his studies at City University, he created and directed the City University Chamber Players in which he performed concerts through London, co-founded the City University Music Festival, and became a founding member of the City University Music Society and a member of the CU Symphony Orchestra committee. Since 2004 he has been a member of the CU Symphony Orchestra giving concert in LSO St. Luke's and St. John Smith Square. He has played with orchestras such as the Smithfield Simfonia, Skolia Ensemble and City Lights Ensemble and he was also a guest player with the GSMD wind band in a concert dedicated to Sofia Guabatuilina and broadcasted live by BBC radio 3. His collaboration with the CU Middle East ensemble permitted him to participate at Queen Elizabeth Hall in a concert, which was also recorded by the BBC. As a soloist, he made his solo debut with CUSO and he has also performed with the prestigious ensemble Moscow Virtuosi. He has performed several recitals in the UK, USA, Cyprus and Ireland. Mr. Georgiou is a returning counselor and camp director at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music summer festival and member of the organizing committee for their bi-communal workshops in Cyprus. Moreover, he has been a camp director of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra summer camp for the last few years.
Since September 2008, he has return to Cyprus where he is an active performer as well as an organizer. He work together with many organizations and ensembles such as the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, European University (Cyprus) and the Apple Hill Chamber Players. He is a member of Amphiliki Wind Quintet, European University Concert Band, president of the organization 'The Friends of ARTE' and the executive director of Cyprus Clarinet Studio Mr. Georgiou is also very interested in contemporary music. His interest had led him to collaborations with many young Cypriot composers. He has had several pieces dedicated to him and he hopes to promote Cypriot composers to the world.
Doros Zesimos was born in Cyprus in 1981. In 1993 he started cello lessons with Evgenia Karapataki. In 1999 he started cello lessons with Aude-Marie Auphan, principal cellist of the Cyprus State Orchestra. In 2002 he continued his studies at the National State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, with Professor Anatoly Krastev and Vasil Kazandjiev, were he graduated with the Bachelor degree in 2006 and in 2007 he graduated with the degree "Master of violoncello".
Since 2006 he is a member of the Juenesses Musicales World Orchestra with concerts in Spain, Germany, Holland and Cyprus. During the period 1999-2001 he was the principal cellist of the Cyprus Youth State Orchestra. He has also played for orchestras in Bulgaria. As a member of the Cyprus Fulbright Ensemble in 2001 he participated in concerts in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, USA and Cyprus. He has attended music festivals in USA, Bulgaria, France and Cyprus and has had cello master classes with Yoncho Bayrov, Emilia Baranowska, Thomas Carroll, Maria Kliegel, Franz Bartolomey, Stephan Popov and Bridget MacRae.
Doros Zesimos has appeared as a soloist and a chamber music player in various concerts in Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, UK, France and USA. Furthermore he appeared in concerts with soprano Maria Papaioannou and Maestro Marco Balderi as well as with the Cyprus Opera Organization. He has collaborated with choreographer Machi Demetriadou– Lindahl, for the dance play Distant Land, and Eleana Alexandrou for the dance performance Moving solo, composer Fedros Kavallaris for the Japanese Culture days in Cyprus and composer Andis Skordis playing "Ou pa ca ra". Furthermore he performs around the island in different styles of music and ensembles.
Doros Zesimos is currently teaching at the Music Workshop of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, at Limassol's, Larnaka's and Paphos's Governmental Music Schools and is collaborating with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.
Corina Vassiliou started playing piano and cello at the Municipal School of Music from a young age, with Eleni Pishia as a piano teacher. She graduated from Lancaster University (BA Music) and Manchester University (MA Music). She holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of St. Louis (USA). Her Doctorate research was sponsored from the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus and Limassol Municipality. She works at the Municipal Museum-Archive "Solon Michaelidis" and Limassol's Municipal School of Music as a piano teacher. She is also responsible for the Children's Choir of the School.