Displacement Under the Pandemic:
2020-2021 Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival
Due to the pandemic, the yearly-run Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival in Cyprus has launched its online platform to digitize documentation in the performing arts, leading up to the festival in December 2020. The platform serves as the promotion and preparation to adopt more physically distant methods of sharing ideas. Cypriot and international communities, both audiences and artists, can track the process of selected works.
Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival showcases new and experiment work by Cypriot and international artists, giving opportunities for artists to exchange ideas and challenging barriers regarding to both physical and artistic.
Displacement is the nucleus of this year. Based on the theme, the performances will explore the relationship between migration and mobility. The festival will encourage and evoke the rethink of how different people experience the displacement.
The Festival was developed since 2014 by the Home for Cooperation team. From 2016 the Festival involved wider audiences and artists internationally. The team also develop other events to celebrate multiculturalism and coexistence, such as Turkish language workshop and Djembre-playing workshop.
The last year’s Festival was taken place between October 25 and 27, 2019 in the old city of Nicosia. An Interactive Zone was also established in the Ledra Palace buffer zone area where various artists encountered ranging from exhibitions to installations. The participation included students from universities, researchers, artists and counted over 1000 audiences.
Mahalla Festival 2020
To cope with the COVID-19 pandemic the Mahalla Festival 2020 took place as a remote festival to overcome self-isolation, demobilization and paralysis.
The Mahalla Festival 2020 was implementing remote tools to keep intercultural communication and creative expression alive even in times of physical distance and to help to cope not only with the pandemic but also to create new forms of interactive communication and understanding between different communities in the world.
The Wandering Tower is the title of a surrealist short story by Sergej Prokofiev from the times of vivid migration movements on the edge of the world wars.
The Festival was quoting the title as a metaphorical frame for Mahalla 2020/2021. The tower of Babel is connected as a motive to the search for the origin of language and the access to the divine.