The 11th Annual Flower Festival at the Church of Ayia Kyriaki in Kato Paphos took place over the three days of 30th April, 1st and 2nd May 2014. As in previous years it was a joint venture with our Latin friends and supported three worthwhile charities – St. Michael’s Hospice, Paphos Heart Association and Cyprus Kidney Association.
Our theme this year was biblical and featured quotations from The Book of Psalms, which, from an artistic point of view, was appropriate as the Psalms were written in poetical form. Over 20 floral displays decorated this wonderful 16th century church to which so much history is attached. The aim was to portray, as faithfully as possible, the words of the chosen quotations, in both traditional and modern arrangements.
The Cyprus weather was very kind giving three days of warm sunshine, without being too hot or humid and the rain which had been forecast managed to wait until the Festival had closed. It is estimated that around 2,000 people visited the Church during the three days, many tourists arranging their holiday in Paphos to coincide with the Festival.
Visitors were again able to enjoy home made refreshments during the days of the Festival and each evening a musical event was staged in the Church. On the Wednesday evening Paphos Voices conducted by Keith Smith and accompanied by Nadia Iotava, entertained visitors to a wide variety of music and songs ranging from settings of several Psalms to a modern variation on the familiar ‘All things bright and beautiful.’ On the Thursday evening Malcolm Brinson A.R.C.O., A.R.C.M., a former Musical Director of the Anglican Church and who just happened to be in Paphos on holiday, treated visitors to a light-hearted organ recital, featuring music from the pens of J.S. Bach, Franz Liszt, G.B. Nevin, Alexandre Guilmant and many others. The Festival closed on the Friday evening with a ‘Songs of Praise’ with hymns old and new, chosen by members of the Anglican and Latin parishes.
Plans are already being made for the 2015 Flower Festival, but we are looking at the possibility of moving the date from the Spring to the Autumn, probably in early October. The reason for this is that in the Spring we have to avoid Lent and Easter of both our own Church and that of the Orthodox Church, which, in some years means that the Festival falls in the middle of May, when the climate is not kind to cut flowers and there is often a shortage of good quality blooms owing to demand. So watch this space!
PLEASE NOTE: The 2015 Flower Festival will take place on the 30th September and 1st & 2nd October.
It could have been the biggest disaster! Eight of the flower arrangers were unavailable, through illness, broken limbs, relocation to the UK and holidays and on set-up day the heavens opened and we all got drenched! But then fate took a hand and, despite a very dubious weather forecast, we had three wonderful days with lots of visitors and a 10th Anniversary Flower Festival, which was truly memorable.
The lovely old Church of Ayia Kyriaki was adorned with well over 1,500 blooms; arrange in 24 floral displays each depicting a quotation from the Biblical Book of Proverbs. The heady perfume of the flowers as one entered the Church was quite heavenly and the arrangements brought many comments and compliments.
The musical events each evening were very well received and the closing ‘Songs of Praise” service on the Friday evening filled the Church to capacity. The programme for the Wednesday evening by the newly formed ‘Paphos Voices’ was very sensitively chosen and performed to perfection as was Paul Timmins’ Organ Recital on the Thursday evening.
The Festival, which is organized by members of the Anglican Church, the Latin Catholic Parish and the Paphos Flower Club is all in aid of charity.
It is hoped to continue the annual Flower Festival in 2014, but a firm date has yet to be confirmed.
The Paphos Flower Club are always looking for new members and would be delighted to hear from anyone who has an interest in Floral Art, both complete beginners and more experienced flower arrangers. Please contact Margaret Keeble .email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.