Staging a modern classic

North Cyprus has its own Roman theatre

The amphitheatre remains one of the most celebrated creations of the Roman world. They can be found throughout the countries that once formed Rome’s empire, with many still in use today.

North Cyprus has its own Roman theatre

North Cyprus has its own Roman theatre at the site of ancient Salamis on the east coast – but in Kyrenia, they have created one of their own! The Girne Amfitiyatro is perched on the edge of the sea with the town’s castle in the background. Opened in 2008, it has since played host to all manner of entertainment, from international stars such as UB40, to tribute acts and full operas.

Concert of popular and modern classics

This week it was the venue for an international gathering of musicians and singers to put on a vastly entertaining concert of popular and modern classics. Works from Bach, Beethoven, Puccini, Verdi, Lloyd-Webber, John Williams and Ennio Morricone echoed across the warm night air.


The performance featured a joint choir from Nuremberg, the German Rotary Choir and Vox Africa, comprising students studying in the TRNC. They were accompanied by local virtuosos and the Symphonic Wind Orchestra of Georgensgmünd, brought together by world famous French horn player and conductor, Turgay Hilmi, the North Cyprus cultural attache in Bavaria.

The performance featured a joint choir from Nuremberg the German Rotary Choir and Vox Africa comprising students studying in the TRNC


“Music knows no bounds,” he said. “I thank everyone who contributed to the realisation of this Winds of Rotary project, on the stage and behind the scenes.”

Kyrenia Mayor, Murat Şenkul added: “We wish that our country hosts and gains a seat in every branch of art in the future. This concert not only proves the unifying power of art, but also shows that borders are not more than artificial lines, since art is beyond religion, race, nationality and politics.”

We wish that our country hosts and gains a seat in every branch of art in the future

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