Thousands of people travelled along
Thousands of locals and foreigners had the opportunity to experience the unique and vibrant atmosphere of this spectacular outdoor event, on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the crowded Coastal front of Pafos.
The European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 celebrated the first semester of the year with a spectacular performance, recounting the story of three travellers arriving to Pafos from the land, sea and air. George, a Cypriot globetrotter landed at the island with the help of a ship named Jolly Roge. Then, the Traveller Everyman – a visitor to Pafos and an architect, arrived at the Castle square followed by a procession that set off from the Municipal Baths, seeking inspiration from the monuments and mosaics of Pafos. Last but not least, Roza the Flamingo arrived at the Castle square, with the help of a hot-air-balloon, bringing a message of optimism!
Dance groups, boats, processions and parades conflated with acrobatics and spectacular lighting, sound and special effects, taking over the coastal front. The theme “Linking Continents, Bridging Cultures” was showcased through a festive atmosphere and spread across all viewers.
This event was designed by the British artistic group Walk the Plank, who was also behind the opening ceremony of Pafos2017: An Work of Art in January, in collaboration with other artists from Pafos.
Production: Walk the Plank
Sponsor: Bank of Cyprus
Direction: Nick Clarke
Music Director: Yiannis hadjiloizou
Choreograper: Clea Pitsillidou
Writers: Nick Clarke / Adam Strickson
Script Advisor: George Rodosthenous
Visual Artists: Matt Vale / Rob Vale (Illuminos)
Costumes: Gwen Williams / Γιώργος Παπαδόπουλος
Procession and Performance Choreogreapher: Manuela Benini
Everyman: Apostolos Apostolides
Roza: Paola Hadjilambri
Giorgos: Giorgos Kopsidas
Violin: Sofia Kanter
Singer: Savvas Chrysostomou
Participating Dancers: Marina Andreou, Anthia Avraamidou, Lesli Tilley Nicodemou, Mikaela Michael, Valeria Drapela, Sofina Zamba, Agathi Menelaou, Marina Kleanthous, Kiril Filipov and Argyro Filippidou, Antonia Roumelioti, Tyler Booth, Georgia Christodoulou, Georgia Tavrou, Polina Kapona, Aphrodite Epiphaniou, Elizabeth Andrea, Riana Neophytou
Participation: Batukinio Percussion Band, Laografikos Omilos Ktima and “Schools in Action”
Aerial Performance: Fran Widdowson & Heliosphere by Dream Engine
photos by foto LARKO, Pafos