It’s festival time – let’s party on the island of sunshine!

Festival

It’s nearly that time of the year again.  Dust off your dancing shoes, collect the party dress from the dry cleaners and get your flight to Paphos booked quickly…

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The annual Cypriot Carnival in Limassol begins on 21st February and the celebrations continue for a two week period extending out along the west coast as far as Paphos.

The carnival in Cyprus means a near two-week period of celebrations with a focus on food, before the 50 days of Easter. Limassol hosts the most popular celebration, while Larnaka and Paphos offer impressive parades and fancy dress balls.

The first week is called Meat Week (Kreatini) and is the last week to eat as much meat as you can before Lent begins. The second week is known as the cheese week (Tyrini).

Accompanying all the eating are the entrance of King Carnival, the Children’s Carnival Parade, the Serenaders’ Parade and the Grand Carnival Parade of chariots and groups.

Limassol carnival dates are from 21st February – 6th March 2011 for more information click here http://www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy/carnival/eng/index.html

Looking for a place to stay why not book Bella for your stay that way you can enjoy the party and hustle bustle of the carnival then relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Paphos/ Coral Bay.

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Email me at bellavista2010@hotmail.co.uk to check availability of dates.

Who needs Cannes when you could attend the Cypriot International Film Festival?

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The 9th International Film Festival will be held from 8th to 17th April  2011 and will take place as in previous years in Nicosia and Limassol.  Limassol is approximately 30 minutes from Bella and Nicosia just over an hour away so why not attend the festival and enjoy the fabulous beaches on the West Coast of Cyprus!

The deadline for those wishing to enter a film isn’t until 15th February so there’s still time for those budding film makers out there.

The award of the films submitted in competition for this year’s festival will be assigned to an international jury whose names are still to be announced later. The award categories are as follows: (a) A ‘Best Film Award together with the sum of 7,000 euro and the Second Best Film Award together with the amount of 3,000 euro.

With the addition of International Competition feature films in the festival it is expected to be an exciting year.  They hope to discover new talent and new stories from around the world.

Interested parties are invited to submit application form by February 15, 2011.

Details on the conditions and application form can be obtained on the website www.filmfestival.com.cy and www.cyprusfilmdays.com

For additional information on telephone numbers 00357 7777 2552 or emailing info@filmfestival.com.cy

To book accommodation at Bella Vista for the film festival contact bellavistacyprus@hotmail.co.uk