It has been a long time since we’ve put on our dancing shoes for any festival or music performance, and while big events are still off the cards, we can rejoice in the fact that theatres have opened up again for 50 people, while online events have become more immersive than ever before! My Cyprus Insider has narrowed down some events (both in theatres and online) that should appeal to a range of musical tastes.


1. aVR Banana Festival

Determined not to let another year go by without immersive cultural experiences and community engagement, the team behind the popular annual AfroBanana Festival are inviting us to the island’s first-ever Virtual Reality music festival. Taking place over four days this month (March 2020), the event is set to be the revelation of 2021, pushing the boundaries of what can be done in VR. The aVR Banana Festival will be hosted on a new VR app called somnus –  created in 2020 as a collaboration between ABR Alternative Brains Rule and Silversky 3D – and will feature nine acclaimed local and international acts over two weeks.



The aVR Banana Festival has already captured the attention of the global music scene, with some big names signed-up for what promises to be one of the most exciting line-ups the island has ever seen. Week One (22 & 24 March) will unfold in the Organic Universe, with an impressive line-up of World and Funky Jazz music featuring international artists The Gaslamp Killer and The Dude, as well as local talents Chunky Funky, Fuzz Bus and DJ Koulla P Katsikoronou. Week Two (29 & 31 March) will take place in the Electronic Universe, with a rocking line-up of Techno Disco artists including Inland and Local Suicide from Berlin, and renowned local names Afrofox and DJ 616.

When and how? Mondays & Wednesdays, March 22, 24, 29, 31 @ Somnus. Secure your spot and sign up for the free event at . Capacity for the full VR experience is limited and only the first to sign will secure a spot. The rest will be invited to watch the live 3D Video link.



2. Music from the Theatres of Cyprus

The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra has been working its magic in theatres around the island of late, performing a series of concerts to support the respective theatres in these difficult times, and giving audiences the chance to listen to some inspiring music, both in the theatre and from home via live streaming. In its third concert of the ‘Music from the Theatres of Cyprus’ series, the CySO will present an attractive programme with works by Tchaikovsky (Serenade for strings in C major, op. 48) and Beethoven (Symphony no. 2 in D major, op. 36).



“It is a heartfelt piece and so, I dare to think, is not lacking in real qualities,” Tchaikovsky once described his Serenade for strings in C major (1880) to his patron. And the CySO couldn’t agree more! Consisting of four contrasting movements, the music combines elegance with intense emotion, and is profuse with melodic invention, especially in the popular Valse.  These days, it has also been used as music for ballet and films.
The Second Symphony is one of Beethoven’s most energetic, cheerful, and outgoing works, full of humour and vitality. According to Lewis Lockwood, researcher of Beethoven: “This symphony signalled that from now on in Beethoven’s works power and lyricism in extreme forms were to be unleashed as never before…”  For this programme, distinguished conductor Michalis Economou joins the CySO.

When and where? March 12. 7pm. Rialto Theatre, Heroes Square, Limassol , or online on the theatre’s ΥouTube channel. 7pm. Ticket prices: €12, €7 (18-26 yrs, pensioners), €5 (under 18)
The live streaming is free of charge. Tel: 77777745. Further information: 22 463144.



3. Homage to Bach

As part of the 4th Bach Birthday Festival organised by the Paphos Music Lovers, this concert will feature a pleasant and exciting programme, which focuses on the transcriptions of Johann Sebastian Bach’s orchestral, organ and choral works for solo, four and six hands, with Galina Dimova and Nicola Georgiev (both on piano), alongside special guest, Ivelina Ruseva.



Before the concert begins, audiences can enjoy a short introduction, illustrating why these transcriptions have been chosen.  The main attraction is Brandenburg Concerto No.5 for four hands, a transcription with a new arrangement by the pianist Eleonor Bindman, which gives both pianists the chance to show their virtuosity.

When and where?  March 21. 7pm. Markideion Municipal Theatre of Paphos, 27 Andrea Geroudi Street. Tickets: €15. Tel: 26222286.