Feb & March

Carnival (10 days before Lent) All the usual components of a carnival are held in various parts of the city: masque balls, parties, parades of floats, fancy dress, singing, dancing, eating and drinking.


Flower Festival (early May) Includes traditional singing and dancing, a craft market as well as the flower parade along the seafront. Held in the Potamos Yermasoyia district, 3km east of the old town.


European Dance Festival Performances by European and Cypriot dance groups in the Rialto Theatre.

Russian–Cypriot Festival (early June) A sign of the growing influence of Russia on Cyprus. Dance, music, clowns, fireworks and a lot of commercial displays.

Shakespeare Festival Plays by the bard mounted in the spectacular ancient theatre at Kourion.


Amathusia Festival Performance by a variety of contemporary dance groups, music groups and choirs. Only of interest to those who want to get an insight into Cyprus’s serious music scene, though the setting, in the ruins of Ancient Amathous, is wonderful.

Ethnic World Music Festival World music performed at the Rialto Theatre.

Lemesos Beer Festival Free entrance, live music, and lots of local and imported beer. Held, like the wine festival, in the Municipal Gardens.

August, Sept & Oct

Lemesos Wine Festival (mid-Sept) Tastings and talks from dozens of Cypriot wine producers.

International Documentary Festival (early Aug) & Short Film Festival of Cyprus (mid-Oct) Held at the Rialto Theatre, with workshops and lectures as well as the film screenings.

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