NEW YORK – Sounds of Cyprus, the musical ensemble dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Cyprus, has been honored with a 2024 New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) FY24 Support for Artists grant in the domain of folk and traditional arts.
The ensemble noted in a statement: “Fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), this esteemed award uplifts Sounds of Cyprus’ exceptional commitment to the preservation and promotion of Cyprus’ traditional musical legacy, cultural history, and language dialect.”
The award will allow Sounds of Cyprus to perform an interdisciplinary show of traditional Cypriot music and dance that will be free and open to the public. The performance will be under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Republic of Cyprus, further emphasizing the cultural significance and endorsement of Sounds of Cyprus’s endeavors. Sounds of Cyprus has captivated audiences globally with their dynamic performances, seamlessly blending ancient melodies with contemporary influences. This grant will empower the ensemble to expand outreach initiatives, conduct extensive research, and produce new works aimed at ensuring the growth and appreciation of Cyprus’ unique folk and traditional arts.
The support and recognition from NYSCA, NYFA, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Cyprus are a testament to the group’s success in its mission to safeguard and promote Cyprus’ musical heritage to worldwide audiences and engage in bi-communal activities that create positive cultural exchange.
The upcoming Sounds of Cyprus performance is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
For more information about Sounds of Cyprus, their upcoming projects, and to become a community partner, visit www.soundsofcyprus.com.