2nd Euro-Mediterranean Festival in Limassol

If you are reading this (before August 10th) and you still haven’t watched the show, WATCH IT! It happened on August 6th (in Downtown Limassol) and August 7th(inside the Municiapal Gardens Theatre) and will happen on August 9th at Ayias Fylas/Zakaki (not sure where exactly) and on August 10th on the sea-front near the Old Port. I went to this show on Thursday not expecting much out of it. But, it was awesome. So, I went again yesterday, this time with my camera, to the Municipal Gardens and it was much better here with proper seating and a good view of the stage. There were some new sequences on the second day probably because this was a proper stage with a Green room etc where artists could change costumes and do more than one sequence. Enjoy the photographs below and don’t forget to watch the show.
There were artists from many countries in Europe like Belgium, Serbia, Bulgaria (or was it Belgrade/Serbia), Greece and of course Cyprus.
The girl in the photograph below, from serbia, had the crowd behind her and she could have put any belly dancer to shame with her amazing dance sequence.

euro mediterranean festival dance folk belly dance serbia

euro mediterranean festival dance folk belly dance serbia euro mediterranean festival dance folk belly dance serbia

euro mediterranean festival dance folk belly dance serbia

When i was in switzerland, I had been to Pilatus near Lucerne. There, they had these long horns (called as alphorns) on display. This was the first time i was hearing them being played. The sound was amazing and it looked like they were just controlling it with the way they blew air into the horn.

euro mediterranean festival dance folk long horn switzerland

When the group from Belgium came on stage, i was wondering as to what they are going to do with flags. They showed a lot of things that can be done with them! They threw the flags high up in the air in unison and caught it perfectly in tune with the beats of the song. Their choreography was great and the music was even greater. In fact, one of the songs was played has been directly copied in one of Indian movie songs. I guess we should appreciate the Indian music directors for spending so much time on research and look for remote folk songs to copy over! According to one of the commentors on this post, this group/folk-art is called “Flago” in the esperanto language (the universal language). You can see more details about this group at the Flago Website.

euro mediterranean festival dance folk flago belgium

euro mediterranean festival dance folk flago belgium euro mediterranean festival dance folk flago belgium

Yes, i took photos of guys too. One of them had funny looking shoes! One group did an interesting sequence standing on a pot.

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The group from Serbia was the best of the lot with the girls performing a routine lasting for almost 15 minutes with a very fast beat and some amazing co-ordination!

euro mediterranean festival dance folk serbia

euro mediterranean festival dance folk serbia

euro mediterranean festival dance folk serbia

euro mediterranean festival dance folk serbia

euro mediterranean festival dance folk serbia

euro mediterranean festival dance folk serbia

and, of course, we had the cypriots and the greeks doing their thing of getting around in a circle and watching a guy sit down/stand up/touch his leg and doing the rest of the things which they usually do.

euro mediterranean festival dance folk cyprus greek

Hope you enjoyed the photos and if you are reading this before 10th, don’t miss the show.

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5 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes on 9;11;12;17;18;20 snd 21 is the Bulgerian group.

  2. S. Seetharaman says:

    The photographs were a treat. Thanks a lot.

  3. Flago says:

    Nice review and very good pictures!
    If you want to see some more of Flago, the Belgian group, check out http://www.flago.be

  4. Anonymous says:

    All festival was very good.
    But Bulgarian group was the best!

  5. professional dancer says:

    girl in white is the best

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