CYPRUS ACCORDION FESTIVAL
The main goal of the festival is to create awareness and educate people all over Cyprus, of all ages, about the wonderful musical instrument that is the Accordion. Through the various organized seminars and concerts, all attendees and participants will have the opportunity to come in contact with the history and music of and with the accordion itself, in general. This allows for the opportunity to listen and to learn from the very best in the field. The future goal of the festival is to attract even more visitors and participants from all over Cyprus and abroad. The Festival is organized at the village of Ag. Theodoros giving everyone the opportunity to visit and to learn about this beautiful cypriot village. The Festival is under the Auspices of Cultural Services of Ministry of Education & Culture Cyprus, Cultural Services.
AGIOS THEODOROS, LARNACA
Situated along the riverbanks of ‘Pendaschinos’, the picturesque village of Agios Theodoros in Larnaca is a place to explore. Named after Saint Theodoros, our village hosts a magnificent church dedicated to his holiness. The village is not mentioned in older maps of Cyprus. In fact, it is possible that is built on the ruins of the ancient settlements Αnastadia, Xeugalalio, Capno, Vasilopotamo, Pendasino which are found in medieval Cyprus maps.
The route to the seaside, called ‘Pendaschinos valley’, follows the river, which is named, according to the tradition, after a very long snake that was five (pende) ‘ropes’ (schinia) long. By taking this unique route, you can enjoy fantastic scenery, through hundreds of orange and lemon trees, especially during spring when everything is blossoming, and the air is full of beautiful aromas. Caves and canyons complete the landscape making it much more interesting and mysterious. Reaching the end of this amazing drive, you will find yourself at a peaceful seashore where absolute blue will take your breath away.
Agios Theodoros was a two-community village until the Turkish invasion of 1974 when all Turkish Cypriots moved to the now occupied area of Cyprus. Being one of the biggest villages in Cyprus with a coast line of 8,5 km, it has a population of around seven hundred people and extends to the seaside, as many residents have chosen to build their houses in the Pendaschinos area. A large number of cottages is also built throughout village.
CYPRUS ACCORDION FESTIVAL TEAM
Cleopatra is a Musician, a conductor, a Music and Piano Pedagogist who is currently based in Nicosia Cyprus. Cleopatra was born in Cyprus in 1985 and has been studying Music since the age of 6. She obtained her degree in Music by the European University of Cyprus and through her career and studies, she has attended various Music Seminars/Workshops and Festivals in Cyprus and abroad. Cleopatra has been teaching Music for the past 8 years, and since 2015, has been the co-owner of the Music Moments Studio in Nicosia, a music & creative arts school in which people from all age groups, attend to be educated in all musical instruments and creative arts. She is also the co-creator of the First Accordion Band in Cyprus since 2015.
Cleopatra Charalambous has organized various Seminars and Concerts the past years, with her main focus being to create awareness and promoting the instrument Accordion all over Cyprus. She is also co-organizer of the Annual Accordion Festivals in Cyprus, beginning in 2018 in Pera Oreinis and moving to Agios Theodoros in 2021.
Angelos was born in Athens in 1986 and is currently based in Cyprus. Angelos is a Musician, Composer, Professional Piano performer and Accordionist, as well as a Piano and Accordion Pedagogist. Throughout his career, he has attended many Music Seminars/Workshops and Festivals in Cyprus and abroad and has performed on stage all over Europe. He has also collaborated with many Professional Musicians and Bands from Cyprus and abroad.
Angelos has been teaching Music for the past 8 years, and since 2015, he is the co-owner of the Music Moments Studio in Nicosia, a music & creative arts school in which people from all age groups can be educated in any musical instrument and creative art. He is also the co-creator and conductor of the First Accordion Band in Cyprus since 2015.
Angelos has organized various Seminars and Concerts over the past years, with his focus being to create awareness and promote the Accordion all over Cyprus. He is also the co-organizer of the Annual Accordion Festivals in Cyprus, beginning in 2018 in Pera Oreinis and moving to Agios Theodoros in 2021.