Ukrainian celebrities from the world of TV, music and sport descended on Paphos recently to take part in filming for a popular TV show which will showcase the tourism delights of Cyprus.
The filming for 'The Great Illusion', hosted by illusionist Sergey Savka, took place at the Kanika Group Alexander the Great Beach Hotel. The show, which is a hit in Ukraine, will run for a 12-week series to be broadcast from February to April next year by Inter in Ukraine and Inter+ worldwide. It is directed and produced by Cyprus-born Tony Hassini.
"It was a great pleasure to host this prime Ukrainian TV show. Cyprus and the Ukraine have long-standing good relations, so we are proud to sponsor the show, through our own initiative, in order to promote our island to millions of viewers in the Ukraine and beyond," George Karaolis, the Kanika Group's Deputy Chairman said.
In the series, Savka performs conjuring acts against the backdrop of local sites and attractions. Every episode shows spectacular views of Cyprus, historical places, cozy restaurants, yachts, marinas, markets, streets and nature.
During his adventures across Cyprus, Savka meets Ukrainian celebrities, tourists and locals, who become not only viewers but also participants in his amazing acts.
Inter has been repeatedly nominated for various awards and was recognised as the best channel of the year, reaching over 40 million viewers. The show is expected to attract high audience numbers, thanks to the participation of high-profile Ukrainian celebrities with Cyprus gaining huge exposure.
During their stay in Cyprus, some 30 celebrities and filming crew were hosted at The Alexander the Great Beach Hotel in Paphos.
Celebrities included jazz singer Jamala, pop singer Vasily Bondarchuk, 'The Voice of the Country' finalist Tonia Matvienko, Olympic swimming gold medalist Yana Klochkova, dancer and 'Ukraine's Got Talent' judge Vlad Yama - and many others.
The hotel was chosen as the base for this prestigious production due to its reputation, location and high standard of facilities and services, which were featured in several scenes.