This week one of the most popular annual events of the Paphos calendar takes place. The annual Flower Festival is being held at Ayia Kyriaki (St Paul’s Pillar) from Wednesday.
Organised by members of the Anglican Church of Paphos, the Latin Parish Church and the Paphos Flower Club, each year the festival focuses on a biblical theme.
Now in its 11th year, this year, each floral exhibit will represent a quotation from the Book of Psalms with over 20 floral displays on display.
“The historic and beautiful Ayia Kyriaki Church will be enhanced by the sight and perfume of over 20 floral arrangements.
“The ladies and gentlemen who produce these have been working hard all year, practising and planning for this unique event,” spokesperson, Margaret Keeble said.
Owing to seasonal temperatures, the flowers, most of which are grown locally, will be delivered to the church just ahead of the opening with the arrangers busy creating their displays the day before the opening.
Many of the arrangements are created by a local flower-arrangement club.
The club is always interested in inviting interested people to drop in to sessions to experience what is on offer.
“Anyone is welcome to drop in to any of our lessons to see what we do and see if flower arranging would be for them - and they would always get a cup of coffee!” Keeble said. “The Club which is open to everyone, whether connected to a Church or not, is still going strong and now even includes gentlemen!”
The club is an independent organisation, but closely associated with both the Anglican and Latin Churches, which both use the Church of Ayia Kyriaki where the Flower Festival is held. Although it will be winding down its activities ahead of the summer, it starts with a fresh programme each autumn.
In the usual tradition of the Paphos Flower Festival, at the end of each day, there will be hour-long concerts from 6 pm when audience members can provide a donation rather than pay admission.
Tomorrow the Paphos Voices have been invited to sing, on the Thursday evening there will be an organ recital and on the Friday evening the Festival will be concluded with a ‘Songs of Praise’ when members of both Churches will be invited to choose their favourite hymns.
The 11th Annual Flower Festival will take place in Kato Paphos at the Church of Ayia Kyriaki on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday April 30 and May 1 and 2 by kind permission of the Cyprus Antiquities Department. The Church will be open from 10am to 5.30pm each day and in the evenings from 6pm there will be an hour of music. Entrance is free though donations are welcome.
There is disabled access to the church. For more information on the festival and the flower club, contact Margaret Keeble on 26 422 380 or 99 533 704 or email at Keeble@cytanet.com.cy