With the annual Street Life Festival taking place for the 9th time, one was allowed to hope again. There were lots and lots of young people, in fact people of all ages, including those who paint on walls and ride noisy skateboards on sidewalks. But here of course it was all allowed and organised – well organised. This year there were over 30,000 visitors and it all went smoothly.
For an event that was basically started by one person with the help of some friends to beautify downtown during a period when there was construction work everywhere, I find this amazing.
True, 30,000 people in the centre of Limassol may even be a bit too much of a good thing and the festival might eventually have to be rethought and possibly not all see the attractiveness of graffiti, no matter how ‘artistic’, but the success of the event as such is simply impressive.
Not a fan of big crowds, I actually left before it got too busy, but even early on in the day one could feel the excitement of it all. A stage, lots of stalls, skateboarding ramps for competitions, of course walls with scaffolding and spray cans ready to ‘go’ and a laid back atmosphere of different age groups and nationalities all mixing to have a fun time.
The event just keeps growing and growing – everyone wants to be part of it. And somehow it all still feels authentic.
In fact, the founder, Yiotis Ttofis Kyriacou, embodies authenticity himself. He was seen working at his Copy Shop every day right up to the big day as...