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"A Velvety Sound, A Bösendorfer"

A unique music experience at the breathtaking atmosphere of the Bellapais Abbey awaits the visitors to the 13th North Cyprus International Bellapais Music Festival that takes place from May 21st until June 21st.

The beauty of Bellapais is legendary. Set in the mountains, just ten minutes above Kyrenia, a visit to this 14th century Lusignan abbey with its fabulous location and pervasive atmosphere of calm gives a special sense of delight.

Highly atmospheric

This delight is dopped every spring by the Bellapais Music Festival. Classical concerts are held in the magnificent Bellapais Abbey Refectory Hall, which has excellent acoustics and is highly atmospheric. The Bellapais Music Festival attracts international ensembles and soloists to perform in North Cyprus, and tickets sell out fast for the 9pm performances.

One performer commented that: “Bellapais is different. The Abbey is alive with its architecture, illumination, acoustics, with its village and hospitable villagers, pubs and restaurants. Here, history is alive, and is a common treasure of all of us.”

Gothic heritage: Bellapais Abbey (next to Kyrenia)

Gothic heritage: Bellapais Abbey (next to Kyrenia)

An outstanding piano

"The North Cyprus International Bellapais Music Festival" is the brainchild of famous musician and composer Yilmaz Taner. In an interview with Cyprus Times he talks about his life and work and about the birth of the Festival:
"Yes, the Abbey had always been in my mind, but many things had to be done, restorarions of windows, a stage, lighting, the anterooms, cairs and whatnot."

Very happy was Yilmaz Taner with the purchase of a Bosendorfer grand: "The first years we had to make do with an old piano, with all the other musicians bringing their own precious instruments with them, but the pianists were left in a very neglected situation. But now, we are proud to have an outstanding piano with a velvety sound, a Bösendorfer, and that turns the Bellapais Abbey Hall into a true international standard concert hall.”

The Festival Calender for 2009 again reflects an international composition of famous artists and conductors:

The interview with composer Yilmaz Tuner which he gave to North Cyprus Times can be read on:

The Bösendorfer grand in the Bellapais Abbey Refectory Hall

The Bösendorfer grand in the Bellapais Abbey Refectory Hall

(Fotos: cyprusparadise, cyprus44)