MAIN PERFORMANCES - APPERANCES
Since its establishment in 1975, the Group has given more than 850 performances in Cyprus and abroad and received favourable comments from the press for its professionalism and dedication towards the maintenance of the folkloric dances and customs of Cyprus.
Appearances in Cyprus
The Group has taken part in performances for the Cyprus Red Cross Society, for the benefit of the Refugees' Trust Fund, the Archbishop Makarios Ill Scholarship Fund, the Fund for the establishment of the first University of Cyprus and for the Fund of the School of the Blind. The members of the club have entertained thousands of soldiers of the National Guard, patients of cancer, blind students, children with special needs, elderly people as well as residents of the asylum for the insane. The group has also given many performances, among others, at the Cyprus International State Fair and the Festivals of Nicosia, Limassol, Ayia Napa, Paralimni, Larnaca, Ormidia, Oroklini, Lefkara, Polemi, the Wine Festival and other local festivals. It has also performed for foreign delegations visiting Cyprus, official guests of the Government as well as foreign delegates of various conferences.
The Group has successfully taken part in many foreign International Festivals in many countries in Europe, U.S.A., Canada, Africa, China. Some of them are listed below:
International Folklore Festival in Ohrid, Yugoslavia - 1978
International Folklore Festival in Ohrid, Yugoslavia - 1979
Lefkas International Folklore Festival, Greece - 1980, 1984, 2003
International Folklore Festival Burgas, Bulgaria - 1980
Billingham International Folklore Festival , UK - 1982, 1990, 2005
Fêtes de la Vigne de Dijon, France - 1986 Folkmoot Festival, North Carolina, USA - 1988
International Folk Music and Dance Festival of the Pyrenees, Oloron France - 1992
Festival Internacional de Folklore de Portugalete y del País Vasco, Spain - 1992
Herodion Theatre, Athens, Greece - 1995
Le Mondial des Cultures of Drummondville, Canada - 1996
Festival du Monde Martigue, Marseille, France - 1997, 2011
International Folklore Festival in Ohrid, F.Y.R. of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.) - 2000
Festival Château-Gombert, Marseille, France - 2013
Festival SIVO - Odoorn, Netherlands - 2016
Mezinárodní Folklorní Festival CIOFF, IOV - Šumperk - Czech Rep - 2017
Landmarks in the history of the Group was the promotion of the Cyprus culture in China, where it participated as the cultural mission during the official visit of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, in Beijing and the representation of Cyprus in events for accession to the European Union in 2004, in Bray / Dublin - Ireland. The Group has also made a tremendous contribution towards maintaining the bonds which exist between Cypriot emigrants and their homeland, by giving performances in countries where thousands of Greek and Cypriot emigrants reside like Canada, the United States, South Africa and many more. At the same time, the Group has honoured Cyprus with its appearances in various countries of the world like Canada, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Russia, Switzerland, Austria, United Kingdom, United States, France, Greece, Dubai, Bahrain, South Africa and Libya. It has also participated in Cypriot Nights organised from time to time by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation overseas.
Due to their professionalism and faultless appearance, the members of the Group participated in a number of Cypriot television shows and productions, the first of which being the CyBC's (Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation) production of "Vouno mou Pentadaktyle" in 1976-77. Since then the Group has had many more television appearances, both in Cyprus and abroad. The latest and important one took place in May 2015 on CyBC, in a specially dedicated show for the 40 years of the Group.
Along its appearances in festivals and tv productions & shows, the Group has ‘expanded’ to bigger productions, starting in 2014 with the dedicated musical-dancing show to the late dance-teacher and choreographer Mikis Shakallis called “Daskale...i klironomia sou” (Teacher...your legacy).
In November 2015, in celebration of our 40 year anniversary, the Group gave a new performance called “Kathodos ap' ton Olympo” (Descent from Olympus) - which was a journey through dance with the Olympus Gods, the ‘Cypriot’ godess Aphrodite and the muse of dance, playing a key role in the plot. Both shows had more than 80 dancers, live music bands, singers, actors, impressive costumes and sceneries and above all, a great plot.
The Group has been honoured with many distinctions and praises in International Festivals honouring Cyprus' name. Two awards that are especially significant are the First Prize awarded to the Group during the "Radiuska" International Competition of the Russian Television for the "Cyprus Wedding" and the First Prize for its folklore uniform during the Dijon International Festival in France in 1986.
Another great honour for the Group is the fact that during the Martigue Festival in France in 1997, the organisers entrusted the Group with the choreography, direction and musical superintendence of the artistic part of the closing ceremony of the Festival.
In 2004 the Group was selected to represent Cyprus in the events following the full acceptance of Cyprus as a member of the European Union, that took place in Bray, Ireland, during the presence of the President of the Republic of Cyprus.
The Group was honoured once more in Chateau Gombert, Marseille - France in 2013, as Cyprus was the honorary country of the Festival thus given a special day to entertain, perform, show traditions of Cyprus and above all to emphasize the cypriot hospitality to all the guests attended that special day.