Thousands of people attended the main summer event of the European Capital of Culture programmes on Saturday night at the Paphos castle and harbour. The whole castle square, harbour and coastal sidewalk leading to the area was packed with thousands of locals, residents and holidaymakers, who turned up hours earlier to ensure they would get a good vantage point
The event explored the theme of “world travellers”, one of the prevailing themes of the Paphos2017 cultural programme, and used the castle and harbour as a stunning setting for the event which saw the story of three travellers unfold as they arrived in Paphos by land, sea and air. The first arrived on foot, atop a moving contraption. The second arrived on a lit up boat, sailing past the back of the castle and around to the harbour entrance. While the third arrived from high above by a balloon, tethered to and held tightly by members of Walk the Plank, while she performed an an aerial dance
The dramatic narrative, in both Greek and English, was helped along by stunning projection of digital animation and mapping, bringing the walls of the castle to life with incredible images.
Music, verse, dancing and parading in front of the castle complemented the story, while impressive special effects and a fireworks display topped off the evening.
The spectators were in awe and many people described the event as a big success on social media, praising the organisers.
“It was an amazing event, beautifully presented, well run and well attended, Paphos should be proud”, said one spectator on a Facebook page featuring a short video of the evening, while another one said: “What a superb evening tonight at the harbour for ‘Eternal Voyages,’ so entertaining and the fireworks just kept coming!’
“Well organised and presented, carried out smoothly and with stunning mapping on the buildings and a great energy,” said a visitor from France, while another one from Poland said “That was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen, Great job Paphos.”