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Photo Gallery | Sotirios Varnavas Poetry | 12 June | Cyprus Home

June 16, 2019

 

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Last Wednesday, 12th of June, the Cyprus High Commission – Cultural Section organised a cosy poetry night at the events hall of the High Commission, presenting the work of Cypriot poet Sotirios Varnavas.  

 

The event opened with a welcoming note by the Cyprus High Commissioner Mr Euripides L. Evriviades, who welcomed an international audience of diplomats, directors and representatives of cultural organisations, academics, students, as well as members of the Cypriot and Greek communities in London, before introducing the special guest.

 

The poetry of Sotirios Varnavas was introduced to the audience by Dr Petros Karatsareas, Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Westminster. Drawing on a selection from various reviews by distinguished philologists in Cyprus and Greece, Dr Karatsareas offered to the audience a well-informed overview of Varnavas’s work. Then followed a series of readings from Varnavas’s poetry collections “Psigmata Apirou” (2006), “Echogrammata” (2008), “Chreografo” (2013), “Grammata Empragmata” (2015), and “Diastaseis tou Chorochronou” (2018). The audience was moved by the poet’s serene reading in Greek and captivated by the animated performance of the poems’ English translations by UK Cypriot writer and actor Lorna Vassiliadou.

 

Photos by Tas Anastasi

 

 

 

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CULTURAL SECTION CHC UK

 

The Cultural Section of the Cyprus High Commission promotes Cyprus History and Culture in the UK.

 

We host, organise and support initiatives and events, and create collaborations with cultural institutions, educational bodies, and universities. Our primary aim is to engage the Cypriot community and the wider public in a dynamic cultural dialogue. To this end, we support cultural production by emerging artists in various forms of art (music, theatre, fine arts, film) by providing platforms to show their work and by facilitating their collaborations with international institutions.

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