Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Saturday, 26 March 2011

The Siege of Famagusta - Maria Grazia Siliato Book presentation at the University of Cyprus

Τhe University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the presentation of the book The Siege of Famagusta by the writer, historian and archaeologist, Maria Grazia Siliato on Thursday, 7th of April 2011, 7:00 p.m. at the Conference room B108, Anastasios G. Leventis University House, New University Campus. Τhe event is under the auspices of H.E. Alfredo Bastianelli, the Ambassador of Italy in Cyprus.


Welcoming remarks by the Rector of the University of Cyprus,

Professor Constantinos Christofides

Address by the Ambassador of Italy in Cyprus,

H.E. Mr. Alfredo Bastianelli

Αddress by the member of the Municipal Council of Famagusta,

Μs Andri Epiphaniou - Hadjikyriakou

Introduction of the writer by the

Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Archaeology,

Ms Aggel Nicolaou-Konnari

Presentation of the book “The Siege of Famagusta”

by Ms Maria Grazia Siliato

Discussion A reception will follow

Τhe event is open to the public.

Arrival: until 6:45 p.m.

RSVP: 22894460, by the 5th of April 2011

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


Never before was Varosha—new Famagusta—been so gay and so prettily deco­rated. Never before have the inhabitants looked so proud as one saw them on that Sunday morning of the 19th day of January, 1936. It was, doubtless, the greatest day of the year, when men, women and children all joined in to celebrate the Second Annual Orange Day.
The slogan is displayed on the balcony of the District Commissioner's Office building. The late Mr. Anthemos Panaretos, District Agricultural Officer, is seen addressing the crowd. He was the inspira­tion of the celebrated annual Orange Festival in Famagusta

It was a beautiful sunny morning. Nature, therefore, had also decided to take part in the general festivities of the people by displaying her wondrous charms. The people went out into the streets in the early hours of the day. Many of them decorated their houses and shops with orange branches and hung out bunches of oranges. The students' corps in their school uniforms, and the huge crowd, followed the band to the Konak Square with music and songs. Beautiful girls, dressed in orange colour, and wearing garlands of orange leaves on their heads, were a feature of the procession. As their carriages slowly moved on among the cheering crowds, they handed oranges to the people.

The whole population, together with hundreds of visitors, gathered in front of the Commissioner's Office balcony to hear of the value of orange eating. The speakers revealed new thoughts. The orange, they said, besides the vitamin it contained, had such curative power as to heal 19 different ailments! Everybody stood there and heard the speakers as their forefathers used to hear visiting philo¬sophers in the market places.
The newspaper boys had additional work that morning. They distributed lots of printed matter, the contents of which were about the bewildering benefits of the orange. One leaflet spoke of the story of Hercules and the Hesperides Sisters. According to Greek mythology, the gods loved the red apples. That was why the Hesperides Sisters and the dragon guarded the apple tree. Hercules, being the superman, killed the dragon and ate the red apples. No wonder he risked his life to taste the fruit of such a valuable tree. In the light of modern explanation the red apples of the past are nothing else than the ordinary oranges of our day.

The Orange Merchants' Committee distributed, gratis, oranges to all the pub¬lic restaurants so that the visitors to the festivities might eat as many oranges as they wished. None had to run the same risk as Hercules. The band played several times, and the students sang songs about the orange. The whole ceremony was most impressive

The last annual Famagusta Orange Festival took place
14-17 March 1974

Extract from Kevork K Keshishian’s book: Famagusta Town and District, Cyprus: A Survey of its people and places from ancient times.

Published by the Famagusta Chamber of commerce& industry 1985.

Kevork Keshishian a Cypriot Armenian photographer and author of the series of tourist guide books Romantic Cyprus as well as other books.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Famagusta - Your memories and you

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Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Monday, 7 March 2011


Reminder for the exhibition of Katerina Attalides and Stephanos Karababas about Famagusta on Wednesday 9th March in Argo Gallery in Nicosia at 7.30. Will be on until 26th of March.


Agios Memnon Website and more!

Below is the Agios Memnon website. You can read all about Agios Memnon and recalls of the life and people of Agios Memnon by people from Agios Memnon of Famagusta.



Wednesday, 2 March 2011


Eγκαίνια της έκθεσης "ΣΥΛΛΗΨΗ ΠΟΛΗΣ" της Κατερίνας Ατταλίδου και του Στέφανου Καράμπαμπα, που θα γίνει την Τετάρτη 09 Μαρτίου 2011 στις 7.30μμ.

Την έκθεση θα προλογίσει ο ποιητής Κυριάκος Χαραλαμπίδης.

Η έκθεση θα παραμείνει ανοικτή μέχρι τις 26.03.11

Ώρες λειτουργίας, Δευτέρα - Παρασκευή 10.00 - 13.00 και 17.00 - 20.00, Σάββατο 10.00 - 13.00

Exhibition "CITY CAPTURE" by Katerina Attalidou and Stefanos Karambambas, on Wednesday 09 March 2011 at 7.30pm.

The exhibition will be introduced by the poet Kyriakos Charalambides.

The exhibition will remain open until 26.03.11

Opening hours, Monday - Friday 10.00 - 13.00 and 17.00 - 20.00, Saturday 10.00 - 13.00