#Paphos in bloom for eleventh flower festival

THE ELEVENTH annual flower festival featuring thousands of blooms will take place at a historic church in #Paphos, #Cyprus  in April.

Organised by the Paphos flower club, the Anglican Church and the Latin Parish, this year’s theme is the Book of Psalms. More than 20 floral displays, each depicting a psalm or a quotation will decorate Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, also known as Saint Paul’s pillar church in Kato Paphos.

Margaret Keeble, of the Paphos flower club, has been involved with the festival since its inception.

“The displays will includes thousands of different blooms and many different flowers and we are expecting around one thousand visitors a day to attend,” she said.

The flower festival will take place over a three day period – from April 30 until May 2. The Church will be open each day from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and in the evenings from there will be an hour of music.

The Paphos Voices will sing on the first evening; there will be an organ recital on the second evening, and the three day event will concluded with a ‘songs of praise’- where members of both churches will be invited to choose their favourite hymns, for an hour of uplifting singing.

All of the profits from the three day festival will be donated to local charities; Archangel Michael Hospice, the Paphos Heart Association and the Paphos Kidney Association.

“Obviously, as the festival takes place in a church there isn’t an entrance fee, but we do have programmes on sale for a small fee which explain each flower display and what it depicts,” Keeble said.

In addition, collection tins will be in place in the church and a retiring collection will take place each evening.

“This is a lovely old church which provides a wonderful setting for the flower festival, which has grown from strength to strength and now attracts visitors from all over the world,” the flower lover said.

“Many holiday makers make a point of being in Paphos at the time of the festival. “

Keeble was among a group of four friends from the Anglican and Latin churches interested in floral art who in 2003 got together in an attempt to bring a flavour of an ‘English style’ church flower festival to #Cyprus.

The first festival took place in April 2004, with the theme ‘for all the Saints’. Since then, a wide variety of subjects have been depicted, including biblical quotations, favourite hymns and the life of Moses.

Since the first event, interest amongst the ladies of both churches grew, resulting in the formation of the Paphos Flower Club, which aims to teach and promote the art of flower arranging.

“The club is open to everyone, whether connected to a church or not. We are still going strong and are looking for new members. We now even have male participants,” Keeble said:

Refreshments will be available during the three day festival and include beverages, light lunches and afternoon teas. There will also be stalls selling flowers, flower arrangements and floral accessories, as well as a raffle.

For further information:-Margaret Keeble 99533704 or email keeble@cytanet.com.cy

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