A CITY FULL OF FEELINGS A CITY FULL OF FEELINGS







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A 100% Limassol Festival turned the streets into a way of life and revived the city!

Yiotis Kyriakou is an old town kid. He grew up there, those were the streets he used to walk, back when the area was not a favorite destination for young people and he set up his own company there, which he still keeps today. In 2007, wishing to demonstrate to the people everything the old town means to him, he brought a festival in Limassol, within the same streets he actually loved so much over the years.

Today, the Street Life Festival, which attracts hundreds of visitors in the area, both on the day of the event and during the whole year, since the place has turned into a special street gallery, now turns 10 years old. Excited, moved and ready for a dynamic sequence, Yiotis and Christos (aka EDMON 1419), who signs some of the wonderful graffiti in Limassol, along with the 2C Design Box creative crew, confess that this decade made them eager for even more.

How did the Street Life Festival begin 10 years ago?
Yiotis: The first Street Life Festival was organized in 5/5/2017 at Saripolou street, outside the Gifts and Gadgets shop and the second event took place on 6/10/17, within the framework of the events of the European Days of Architectural Heritage and it expanded to Athinon street.

Saripolou street, just like the rest of the city center, was turned into a construction area, due to the works for establishing the CUT. On this occasion, we decided to organize the event, using the construction protective panels at “Ttofis Kyriakou” building as the canvas to let art, creativity, music and joy paint this whole project.

The wish for our city center to recover, for the city streets to be revived and for the people to experience together the beauty of the old, historic Limassol... (Yiotis Kyriakou, organizer)

So, is “street life” something good, after all?
Yiotis:
I grew up in Limassol’s center streets. I enjoy every moment of the day, each season, the sounds, the noise, the silence, the perfumes and I am glad to see more and more people choosing the city center’s shops for their walks and shopping.

Christos: To us, street art is the way we see the world. The street is our canvas, where we externalize everything we want to share with the people. Out there, everything is more calm, more relaxed, more genuine. There is a good side in street life.

Did you expect that the day would come, to celebrate 10 years?
Yiotis:
There is a huge, satisfying feeling every year after the Festival is over. I get so much strength from people’s comments and the preparations for the next one start immediately. As long as I am in good health, I will give something to my city, through the organization of the Street Life Festival, so, why not celebrate 20 years!

Christos: Yes, we did expect it to get this far. We want to present a positive image in the way we talk with people, children and adults, the way we work and demonstrate what the art of graffiti is all about. We want people to perceive us as professionals and I think that this has brought some results.

Graffiti artists from abroad are getting more and more interested in the Festival. We have participants from Greece to Malaysia… (EDMON 1419, organizer)

What is your strongest memory and why?
Yiotis:
In 2007, during the second Street Life, Paparazzi painted the largest graffiti until that day on a tall building. He drew a magical sketch with flowers, nature and topless fairies. There were some complaints at the Limassol Municipality for the nudity and he was asked to cover them. Thus he did, he put some “bikinis” on them!

Christos: It was really important for us to be able to create freely, out in the open for all the people, for the first time.

What does this Festival offer to the area and to Limassol in general?
Yiotis:
The Festival’s philosophy from the very first moment was the wish for our city center to recover, for the city streets to be revived and for the people to experience together the beauty of the old, historic Limassol. We managed to bring people in the area, especially people who did not know or would not visit the city center.

Christos: Athinon street with the graffiti became a landmark for the city. It is a spot that represents freedom.

Is there anything changing in this tenth event?
Yiotis:
More groups and artists will participate in this event and the walls that will host some art work are expanding even more to the surrounding streets. There are also going to be even more kiosks and workshops, surpassing any previous events. We will also have better sound installations on the stage.

Christos: It is really great that the Festival is expanding further. This year we are going to be working on walls reaching to Genethliou Mitella walk way, opposite Ayia Napa church. This means that the institution is growing. Someday I would really like to create a piece at the Limassol Marina and the tourist area, at the eastern Limassol.

Do you have plans for the years to come?
Yiotis:
The goal for the Festival is to keep growing and expanding, to add more activities and convince the authorities to include the institution in some European program, in order to be covered financially and to be able to exchange ideas with other European cities.

Christos: Graffiti artists from abroad are getting more and more interested in the Festival. We have participants from Greece to Malaysia, as well as companies willing to provide for free all the needed material in spray colors. This shows a great perspective.

The street is our canvas, where we externalize everything we want to share with the people. Out there, everything is more calm, more relaxed, more genuine. (EDMON 1419, organizer)

The Street Life Festival is not just an annual event. It is a date for all the people who love Limassol, locals and visitors. It is some sort of a birthday party, since the Festival indicates the rebirth of an area long forgotten, a party in which you know you will be joining people you feel related to. The event may have started, aiming to cover the traces of the construction works for the CUT, but in these past 10 years, both the University and the event have been elements of the old town’s heartbeat.

The event is already part of the city’s history and it has also been the subject of discussion in the 5th Oral History Symposium at the Patticion Municipal Museum in 2009. But, the most important thing is that this institution allows the simple people, the residents, the shop owners, the students, the tourists, to write the new history of the old town, while bonding through collaboration and solidarity.

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