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1st International Bellapais Music Festival 23 April - 8 May 1996 


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First International Bellapais Music Festival 
North Cyprus, 11 May,1996
The 'landmark'  First International Bellapais Music Festival was held between April 23 and May 8.

The opening occasion was attended by some of the TRNC's leading people, including the President of the Republic Rauf Denktash. 

At the opening of the festival, world famous pianist, Idil Biret, performed with the Contemporary Women's Chamber Orchestra under the baton of conductor Ender Sakpinar, and the program included works by Mozart, Wiren and Grieg.

Performers came from many places around the world -- Britain, Mozambique, Switzerland, America, Azerbaijan and Turkey -- to lend their talents. 

Bellapais Abbey is located on the north side of the Five Finger (Besparmak) Mountains and commands an extraordinarily sweeping view east to west along the north coast of Cyprus. Built by Augustinian monks in the late 12th or early 13th century, the abbey has been called the most beautiful Gothic building in the Near East. The abbey's main walls remain amid a setting of greenery as an oasis of peace.

Widely acclaimed Cypriot pianist Rüya Taner who studied in London and has given performances in a number of countries will also give a concert from the works of  Mozart during the Festival.



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