ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Just before the spring term comes to an end EMU hold their Spring Fest. Students promote their activities and put on performances. Lots of fund for all the students and the locals alike. The University is an integral part of our community and many get involved with this event. There are food stands and stalls. The Fest also hosts music groups from abroad. Famagusta hosts the International Art and Culture Festival every year at the end of June/July. It is held at the atmospheric Salamis Ruins where you can sit in the original amphitheatre with your wine and picnic hampers and enjoy this wonderful event which features Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Reggae, World and Ethnic Music and dance. Performers come from different part of the world, both old and new. The Festival is recognised by the Media and Arts authorities as one of the best in the world. Tourists and locals alike attend this now well known festival. Rauf Raif Denktas Culture and Congress Center is located in the north part of the EMU university campus near to the beach and EMU Beach Club in Famagusta. The building was completed in 2013 with conference and exhibition facilities. A number of activities take place here in conjunction with the activities organised by the University. They are currently developing a new website where you will be able access the activities available: http://activity.emu.edu.tr, tel: 0392 630 1612.
A little further afield in Lefkoşa you will find Sidestreets which provides facilities for the local community in the arts sector. Its mandate is to to “generate spaces of creative and critical engagement with language, the arts, and culture in general, by promoting social, cultural and artistic development within local, regional, European, and international frameworks.” Side streets is an independent organisation and you will find listings of their events in Cyprus Today and on their website at www.sidestreets.org. Events include exhibitions, seminars, poetry readings, film screenings and discussions with experts. Address: 22 Mahkemeler Önü, Lefkoşa, Tel: +90392 229 3070/71 email: firstname.lastname@example.org.