Top Picks: Summer Events in Cyprus
For those lucky enough to be visiting Cyprus this summer, the island’s creative landscape is bursting with a rich and varied array of cultural events.
With unique venues close by – such as the ancient Greco-Roman amphitheatre at Kourion – Columbia Beach Resort is the ideal base for guests looking to explore these cosmopolitan offerings.
Below are our top picks for the upcoming months!
- Shakespeare at Kourion – Hamlet
One of the literary world’s most famous tragedies is brought to life under the stars with the rumbling sea as a magnificent, sweeping backdrop, within the embrace of the ancient Kourion Amphitheatre. With all the makings of an unforgettable evening, Columbia Beach Resort will happily assist guests in purchasing tickets, and all profit from the event will be gifted to charity.
Friday June 21-Sunday June 23 at 20:00.
- International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama
The Kourion Amphitheatre, and the Ancient Odeon in Paphos – situated a little further afield – will again set the stage for a collection of world-class theatre productions, this time courtesy of the annual International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama.
Bringing together theatre troupes from around the world to recreate the magic of some of Ancient Greece’s most heart-wrenching and poignant plays, this year’s offering will feature five productions, spanning The Trojan Women, and Bacchae by Euripides to Lysistrata by Aristophanes.
The International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama has repeatedly been honored with the EFFE Label, signalling its status as one of the Europe’s finest festivals.
Friday June 28-Saturday July 27 (www.greekdramafest.com).
- 14th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival
A member of the European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals, this now long-annual event invites locals and visitors alike to attend a series of free open-air concerts showcasing both the diversity and commonality inherent in music. Drawing inspiration from traditional music influences from around the world, and embracing modern trends, the festival comes to life as an eclectic and energising offering for all interested in music.
Dates to be confirmed. Heroes Square, Limassol (www.cyprusrialtoworldmusic.com).
- Limassol Wine Festival
With a wine-making tradition stretching back thousands of years, many a wine festival is held throughout Cyprus come the harvest season. None is as great and grand, however, as Limassol’s offering. Drawing the masses, Limassol Wine Festival – set in the city’s Municipal Gardens – is a week-long affair where visitors can learn about the island’s ancient wine-making methods and indigenous grape varieties, sample and savour local wines and delicacies, and enjoy a variety of live music and dance shows.
Friday August 30-Sunday September 8 (estimated date).