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After 42 Years, an Ancient Greek Tragedy in Occupied Cyprus

hippolytus_famagusta1The ancient Greek tragedy “Hippolytus” by Euripides was staged on September 11 by the Theatrical Organisation of Cyprus (THOC) at the ancient open amphitheatre of Salamis, just north of Famagusta in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus.
Hippolytus was performed in Greek, with English and Turkish subtitles. It was organised in collaboration with the Famagusta Walled City Association (MASDER) and was held under the auspices of the Bi-communal Technical Committee on Culture.
The THOC performance of Euripides’ tragedy “Hippolytus” was embraced by both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots who sent a message of peace, according to the bicommunal organisations’ representatives that supported THOC’s initiative.
The show was a sold out performance, with over 3,000 in attendance.
“The performance of Hippolytus at the ancient theatre of Salamis proved that culture has the power and the spirit to create a new chapter in the history of Cyprus,” Chairman of the Board of the THOC, Yiannis Toumazis told CNA.
“It was an important night for THOC, which welcomed the audience to the ancient theatre of Salamis after 42 years, with the performance of ‘Hippolytus’. The people’s response was touching. The theatre was full.” It was a fantastic performance directed by Neoclis Neocleous.
Toumazis regarded this as an important step in organising high-level cultural events by the bi-communal Technical Committee on Culture. “Culture is the main weapon in our quiver as a European country in a very troubled region of Southeast Mediterranean and we must develop end exploit this weapon with our cultural heritage and cultural power,” he said.
(Source: CNA)

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