Music and Theatre Festivals In North Cyprus

Northern Cyprus provides a rich array of cultural delights!

International Spring Concerts

These are organised by The Friends of Music Association of North Cyprus and are very popular with classical music lovers. These concerts take place during April and May every year. Held at the historic setting of Bellapais Abbey, these are occasions not to be missed.

International Bellapais Music Festival

This runs for four weeks in May and June each year and attracts international ensembles and soloists to perform in the magnificent Refectory Hall in Bellapais Abbey.

North Cyprus International Music Festival

North Cyprus International Music Festival takes place between September and October. During the festival a wide variety of music including: chamber music, symphonic rock, choir, flamenco, tango and recitals are performed in historic settings such as Bellapais Monastery, Salamis Amphitheatre and Kyrenia Castle.

The International Cyprus Theatre Festival

This celebration of theatre runs from mid August to the beginning of September, and stages performances in Nicosia, Famagusta and Kyrenia venues, including the theatre at Salamis and the Ataturk Cultural Centre. The 2006 programme included the Istanbul State Theatre and the Ankara State Theatre presenting Turkish works, plus international companies such as the Questa Nave Theatre of Venice.

Famagusta International Festival

This festival has previously hosted groups like Aswad, Los Paraguayos and the Berlin Art Ensemble.  It deservedly claims to be the best festival in the Mediterranean . The festival is held between June and July in Famagusta.

Kyrenia Jazz Festival

Every December, the Rocks Hotels plays host to the Kyrenia Jazz festival. This festival is growing year by year and now attracts international players to entertain the many jazz fans in Northern Cyprus.

Other Festivals

Guzelyurt Orange Festival

Guzelyurt Orange Festival, organize by the Guzelyurt Municipality, has been held since 1977. It takes place in May. As its name suggest, this festival provides the best opportunity to the taste the world famous North Cyprus oranges. During the festival week various concerts, competitions and art events are performed.

Other food related festivals include the Watermelon festival and the Karpaz Grape Festival. To learn more about areas and regions of North cyprus, click here.