Nicosia Events, Things to Do and Festivals 2014 / 2015

(Nicosia, Cyprus)

Image of seasonal parade through the city's streetsNorthern Cyprus knows how to party just as much as the rest of the islands and throughout the course of the year, Nicosia plays host to many impressive festivals and local events. Nicosia is also very much known on Cyprus for its religious Muslim celebrations and Turkish events, with both Kurban Bayrami and Seker Bayrami being especially prominent events here.

Things to do in Nicosia also include more commercial events aimed at drawing tourists and visitors to the city. These include everything from film festivals and concerts, to sports, national Cypriot holidays and seasonal markets.

Nicosia Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015: General Information

The following list shows the main events taking place on an annual basis in the Nicosia region of North Cyprus:

  • Cyprus Film Days - mid March, at both the Cine Studio and the Pantheon Art Cinema in South Nicosia, as well as movies at the Rialto Theatre in Limassol
  • Ledra Music Soloists International Festival - April, at South Nicosia's PASYDY Auditorium
  • Aglandjia Festival - mid-June to early July, with traditional Cypriot music and dancing, as well as theatrical performances and art exhibitions
  • EU Accession Day - May 1st, a very prominent day in the history of modern Cyprus, when all the locals in Nicosia come out to party
  • Cyprus International Fair - May, a huge trade show attracting more than 1,500 different companies and some 100,000 attendees
  • Bellapais Music Festival - May to June, in the village of Bellapais, close to Nicosia, with concerts at the abbey's Refectory Hall
  • Pharos Chamber Music Festival - May to June, with various recitals, concerts, lectures and related events across the city
  • Kataklysmos (Deluge) - June, also known as the 'Festival of the Flood' since it remembers the story of Noah and his Ark
  • Peace and Freedom Day - June 20th, an event of great importance to those in Northern Cyprus
  • International Cyprus Theatre Festival - July, co-hosted by Nicosia, Famagusta, Salamis, andKyrenia
  • Victory Day - August 30th, another event remembering an important day in the history of North Cyprus
  • Aphrodite Cup - September, part of the International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit, with games played on traditional clay tennis courts
  • World Tourism Day - late September, promoting all aspects of Cypriot tourism to holiday makers and visitors
  • Pancyprian Hunting, Shooting and Fishing Exhibition - September and October, attracting enthusiasts from throughout this region of North Cyprus
  • Cyprus Independence Day - October 1st, an excuse for lots of frivolity and partying in Nicosia
  • Cyprus International Film Festival (CIFF) - mid-October, suiting movie buffs everywhere, held at venues not only in Nicosia, but also Larnaca and Limassol
  • Archangel Michael Day - November, including plenty of food and wine at the Archangel Michael Monastery
  • Rainbow Festival - mid-November, promoting anti-racism in Cyprus
  • New Year's Eve - December 31st, major celebrations as the new year arrives, with fireworks, music and excitement on South Nicosia's Plateia Eleftherias and other venues across the city