Thursday, 03 September 2015 09:45

Vraka man returns

The Vraka Man The Vraka Man

From August 27 – September 6, Limassolians and visitors alike will once again celebrate Cypriot wines and wine-making traditions. The festival’s official opening took place on August 27: over 11 days, guests are invited to try local wines, enjoy local food and the general festive atmosphere, which over the last 50 years has become the town’s unofficial ‘end of summer celebration’. This year, the event aims to include even more artistic activities.

One event that will excite wine-loving photographers is the Pancyprian Photographic Competition ‘Cyprus and Wine – The Wine Festival 2015’. Photos depicting Cyprus and its wines: vineyards, planting vines, harvest, wine-drinking, derivative products in all their forms as well as their relation to culture and history.

Entries/winners will be exhibited at the 2016 Wine Festival. More information can be obtained via the Cyprus Photographic Society Limassol

Other well-established activities like the nightly competitions at the winepress will, of course, take place as well. Organisers expect a successful event and invite the public to join the tasting, celebration and promotion of the island’s wines along with plenty of traditional food in the festival’s merry atmosphere.

The programme is as follows divided into its various areas of performance:

Programme A
Municipal Garden, from 8pm onwards
Aug. 28: The Georgalettoi choir celebrates its 50 years of participation at the Wine Festival
Aug. 29: ETHAL presents the comedy of N. Machiavelli ‘The Mandragore’
Aug. 30: Music and dance show
Aug. 31: Folk singer Michalis Tterlikkas as well as Cypriot dances and songs
Sept. 1: ‘Skala’ theatre presents a modern comedy
Sept. 2: Rembetiko sounds, wine songs and dances
Sept. 3: Limassol Community theatre group presents Cypriot comedy
Sept. 4: ‘Trip to Silence – Cypriot Sign Language’ Club – a theatrical play as well as a magic show by local magicians
Sept. 5: Satiriko Theatre presents a Cypriot comedy
Sept. 6: Magic show by local performers

Programme B
‘Vraka Man’ statue,
(All events start from 9.00pm, except closing night)
Aug. 28: Wine songs by ‘Ariones’ choir
Aug. 29: Wine songs by Cypriot Serenaders group
Aug. 30: Rembetikο and folk songs
Aug. 31: Wine songs by ‘Ariones’ choir
Sept. 1: Michalis Pourgourides group with folk and Latin music
Sept. 2-5: Wine songs by Limassol Serenaders
Sept. 6 (final night):
7.30pm: Limassol Municipality Philharmonic Orchestra
8.30pm: Antama group performs traditional Greek songs
9.30pm: Closing Ceremony with Antama and Dionysos Cultural Group of Limassol

Programme C
Tennis court, from 8pm onwards
Aug. 28: Limassol Folk Club performs Greek dances
Aug. 29: Municipal Folk group of Ayios Athanasios performs folk dances
Aug. 30: Cultural Club ‘Close to Tradition’ performs songs and dances
Aug. 31: Ble Parathira band accompanied by a dance group
Sept. 1: Greek dances from Macedonia and Thrace by the Alexandra Dance Workshop
Sept. 2: Fotis Dance School presents a rembetiko and folk programme
Sept. 3: Dance show on the grape harvest by Ayia Fyla Cooperative Bank Cultural Club
Sept. 4: Folk show by the Polemidia Zedros Cultural Club
Sept. 5: Folk dances and songs by the New Horizons Cultural Club

Performances for children
Municipal Puppet Theatre, 7.30pm
Aug. 29: Charalambos Charalambous Shadow Theatre
Aug. 30: Yiannis Pafios Shadow Theatre
Sept. 5: Paramythies for both children and adults
Sept. 6: Christodoulos A. Pafios Shadow Theatre

Free Transport

Once again, free transport will be provided on weekends by the CTO from the major towns. Nicosia: Cyprus Handicraft Centre, 6.30pm. Larnaca: Vasileos Pavlou Square (CTO Office), 7pm. Ayia Napa: Monastery Parking Place, 6.30pm. Paphos: Kato Paphos CTO Office (Poseidonos Avenue), 6.30pm. Returning buses leave Limassol at 11pm. For more information, contact your local CTO offices.

Hours: weekdays and Sunday: 7-11pm, Friday & Saturday: 7-11.30pm
Adults: €6 (with free bottle of wine from ETKO, LOEL or SODAP); Concessions (13-18 years) €5; Children (<12) €3. Plastic wine bottle: €1.50, wine glass: €1.50/€2.50 (with stem)
Parking: free near the Municipal Garden Theatre’s eastern side (Pafilia plot)

For more information, call: 25 344 402/952 or 25 745919 and visit

Article as published in The Cyprus Weekly of August 28th 

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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