MIXTAPE online interdisciplinary literature platform

The Cyprus High Commission in the United Kingdom presents the online interdisciplinary literature platform


in partnership with the interdisciplinary literature festival SARDAM.

MIXTAPE online platform is a collaboration between SARDAM interdisciplinary literature festival (founded in 2013) and the Cultural Section of the Cyprus High Commission in the UK, aiming at showcasing the work of Cypriot and international writers-performers. Revisiting Slam Poetry, which first appeared in the 1980s, or even the rhythm of words by the Beat Generation in the 1950s, MIXTAPE offers a taste of several trends related to contemporary literature and literary performance, including videos of spoken word (slamming), sound poetry, visual poetry, literature in relation to video art, literature in relation to sound/music, as well as conversations about writing and literary performance and an online creative writing workshop. In such uncertain, absurd times, MIXTAPE comes to remind us that we are all in this together, and no matter what happens, words will always be the way to bear, shake and change things.

Online interdisciplinary literature platform MIXTAPE

19 November – 19 December 2020


Video – Performances by:

Anthony Anaxagorou, Stella Voskaridou, Koraly Dimitriadis, Michael-Angelos Englezos, Maria A. Ioannou, Avgi Lilli, Pavlina Marvin, Erina Charalambous, Sergio Garau, Lola Nieto, Iga Maria Szczepańska


Anthony Anaxagorou with Maria A. Ioannou

Shelley Marlow with Maria Petrides

Online workshop:

“Creative Writing” with award-winning British-Cypriot poet/performer Anthony Anaxagorou

Curated by Dr Maria A. Ioannou and coordinated by Dr Marios Psaras.

Organised by the Cyprus High Commission – Cultural Section in partnership with the interdisciplinary literature festival SARDAM.

Sponsored by the Cultural Services – Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth of Cyprus.


In English, below

8ο ΣΑΡΔΑΜ: η λογοτεχνία αλλιώς

#specialedition #backtotheroots

25 & 27 Σεπτεμβρίου 2020

Για μια ακόμη χρονιά, συγγραφείς-περφόρμερ και άλλοι καλλιτέχνες από την Κύπρο και το εξωτερικό μοιράζονται πρωτότυπους τρόπους συγγραφής, ανάγνωσης και, γενικότερα, παρουσίασης/επιτέλεσης της λογοτεχνίας και του λόγου, μέσα από ποικιλία από δρώμενα και εργαστήρια. Κοινό τους χαρακτηριστικό ο συνδυασμός της λογοτεχνίας και του λόγου με σύγχρονα και κλασικά μέσα έκφρασης, όπως θέατρο, τεχνολογία, ήχο / μουσική, slamming / spoken word, εικαστικές τέχνες, ηχητική ποίηση (sound poetry) κ.ά.

Φέτος το ΣΑΡΔΑΜ, λόγω της πανδημίας Covid-19, συρρικνώνεται σε μέγεθος αλλά όχι σε δυναμική, προτείνοντας μια συμβολική επιστροφή στις ρίζες του φεστιβάλ, εκεί που όλα ξεκίνησαν, φέρνοντας σε επαφή παλαιότερους και νέους συμμετέχοντες.

Το αναλυτικό πρόγραμμα του 8ου ΣΑΡΔΑΜ:

ΛΕΜΕΣΟΣ / ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ 25 Σεπτεμβρίου 2020 / ΣΥΝΕΡΓΕΙΟ (εσωτερικός και εξωτερικός χώρος) / 8:00 μ.μ.
Είσοδος 5 ευρώ / Μόνο με κρατήσεις – 99558358, 99556226.

*οι συγγραφείς-περφόρμερ από το εξωτερικό συμμετέχουν με βίντεο


Στέλλα Βοσκαρίδου (σε συνεργασία με τον συνθέτη Αντρέα Παπαπέτρου), Μιχάλης Βρυωνίδης (σε συνεργασία με την εικαστικό Τζούλια Γεωργιάδου), Ελενίτσα Γεωργίου, Μαρία Α. Ιωάννου (σε συνεργασία με τον κοντραμπασίστα Ειρηναίο Κουλλουρά και τον Γιώργο Σίσαμο), Μάριος Κωνσταντίνου, Αυγή Λίλλη


Anthony Anaxagorou


Παυλίνα Μάρβιν (σε συνεργασία με την Ομάδα Τρία Κίτρα και την Αντιγόνη Δαβάκη)


Katia Sophia Ditzler


Iga Maria Szczepańska


Sergio Garau (σε συνεργασία με την καλλιτεχνική παραγωγό Katharina Wenty)

+2 ΕΡΓΑΣΤΗΡΙΑ (online)

27 Σεπτεμβρίου 2020

Εργαστήρι 1

11:00 π.μ. – 2:00 μ.μ. Κώστας Καλόγηρος (ΕΛΛΑΔΑ)

Online εργαστήρι δημιουργικής γραφής – Εισαγωγή στη συγγραφή σεναρίου

*γλώσσα επικοινωνίας: ελληνικά

Διάρκεια 3 ώρες

Εργαστήρι 2

5:00 μ.μ. – 7:00 μ.μ. – Meg Pokrass (ΗΠΑ)

Online εργαστήρι δημιουργικής γραφής – Flash Fiction / Microfiction

*γλώσσα επικοινωνίας: αγγλικά

Διάρκεια 2 ώρες

Περιορισμένος αριθμός θέσεων / Δηλώσεις συμμετοχής – πληροφορίες 99558358, 99556226. Κόστος συμμετοχής: 15 ευρώ ανά εργαστήρι.


MIXTAPE online festival, μια συνεργασία του φεστιβάλ ΣΑΡΔΑΜ με το Πολιτιστικό Τμήμα της Ύπατης Αρμοστείας της Κύπρου στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο (Νοέμβριος 2020).

Ολόκληρο το πρόγραμμα (από μέσα Οκτωβρίου και μετά), εδώ: http://www.culturalchc.co.uk/mixtape

Διοργανωτές ΣΑΡΔΑΜ: Μαρία Α. Ιωάννου, Εύη Παναγιώτου (ομάδα aRttitude)

Το ΣΑΡΔΑΜ 2020 στηρίζουν: EFFE Label 2019-2020, Πολιτιστικές Υπηρεσίες Υπουργείου Παιδείας και Πολιτισμού, Πολιτιστικό Τμήμα της Ύπατης Αρμοστείας της Κύπρου στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο, Βιβλιοτρόπιο, Βιβλιοπωλεία Κ. Π. Κυριάκου, PLATO Educational Services, Inprima, Exertus Services, Sound and Beyond Audiovisual Services, Κανάλι 6

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες – http://www.sardamcy.wordpress.com

8th SARDAM interdisciplinary literature festival

#specialedition #backtotheroots

25 & 27 September 2020

SARDAM festival returns in its eighth edition. Writers-performers and other artists from Cyprus and abroad will be sharing original experiences of writing, reading, as well as innovative presentations/performances of literature, through a variety of events and workshops. Common ground will be the combination of literature and spoken word with traditional and modern means of expression like theatre, technology, slamming, visual arts, sound poetry and so on.

This year’s SARDAM, due to Covid-19, is smaller in size but not in impact, and suggests a symbolic return to the roots of the festival, where everything started, by connecting participants from previous editions with new participants.

This year’s programme is the following:

25 SEPTEMBER 2020 / SINERGIO (inside and outside) / LIMASSOL / 8:00pm
Entrance fee: 5 Euro / By reservation only: 99558358 and 99556226.

*the writers-performers from abroad will be presented through videos


Stella Voskaridou (in cooperation with the composer Andreas Papapetrou), Michalis Vryonides (in cooperation with the visual artist Julia Georgiadou), Elenitsa Georgiou, Maria A. Ioannou (in cooperation with the bassist Irinaeos Koullouras and Giorgos Sisamos), Marios Constantinou, Avgi Lilli


Anthony Anaxagorou


Pavlina Marvin  (in cooperation with the group Tria Kitra and Antigone Davaki)


Katia Sophia Ditzler


Iga Maria Szczepańska


Sergio Garau (in cooperation with the film producer Katharina Wenty)

+2 WORKSHOPS (online)

27 September 2020

Workshop 1

11:00am – 2:00pm Costas Kalogiros (GREECE)

Online creative writing workshop – An introduction to scriptwriting

*language of instruction: Greek

Duration 3 hours

Workshop 2

5:00pm – 7:00pm – Meg Pokrass (USA)

Online creative writing workshop – Flash Fiction / Microfiction

*language of instruction: English

Duration 2 hours

Participation fee: 15 euro per workshop. Limited number of participants. Reservations: 99558358, 99556226.


MIXTAPE online festival, a cooperation of SARDAM with the Cultural Section of the Cyprus High Commission in the UK (November 2020).

Full programme (from mid. October onwards), here:


SARDAM is organized by: Maria A. Ioannou, Evi Panayiotou (group aRttitude)

Supporters: EFFE Label 2019-2020, Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, Cultural Section of the Cyprus High Commission in the UK, Vivliotropio, K.P Kyriacou Bookshops, PLATO Educational Services, Inprima, Exertus Services, Sound and Beyond Audiovisual Services, Kanali 6

More info – http://www.sardamcy.wordpress.com


OPEN CALL for SARDAM festival’s 8th Edition (24-27 Sept 2020)!
Application deadline: 29th February 2020!
Addressed to writers, writers-performers and other artists interested in experimenting with words/texts, from Cyprus and abroad!

a) a short bio (max 250 words, paragraph style)
b) a photo (in high resolution)
c) a sample of relevant work (poem, short story, novel excerpt, flash fiction, experimental text, visual writing, sound poem, word collage, video, artwork, music/sound piece etc.)
d) links/videos of previous performances/collaborations (optional)
* we no longer accept descriptions of videopoems/videotexts but only the actual proposed videopoems/videotexts
e) a website or other link which includes more info about you and your work (optional)
f) a short description of your proposal for SARDAM 2020
*Please describe in detail how you plan to present your work and whether you will cooperate with another writer, artist or other professional. If you are proposing a collaboration, also send a short bio, a photo and work samples or links of your collaborator(s). The festival may also propose collaborators from Cyprus for selected acts.

Send all materials to arttitudecyprus@gmail.com (SARDAM 2020 APPLICATION and your Full Name as email subject). All text attachments should be sent in both word and pdf. Please send all materials in one email.

Some applicants may be offered a place for SARDAM 2021 edition.
Priority will be given to applicants who haven’t participated in the festival’s previous editions.
The applications will be evaluated by a selection committee which will be announced at a later stage and will include writers and artists from Cyprus and abroad.
The results will be announced in Spring 2020.

Good luck!

SARDAM, meaning «verbal slip» in greek, is an annual, out of the box, interdisciplinary literature festival based in Cyprus (founded in 2013 and recently honoured with the European qualification EFFE LABEL 2019-2020 as one of the remarkable festivals of Europe). The festival presents the work of writers, writers-performers and other artists from Cyprus and abroad, through hybrid and interdisciplinary acts/collaborations (eg. text and sound/electronics, slam poetry, live readings with contemporary dance, videopoetry, interactive literary installations, sound poetry, visual poetry, site-specific readings/acts, music and text, and so on). Besides presenting evenings full of alternative literary readings and interdisciplinary performances in different cities of Cyprus, the festival also presents exciting creative writing and performance workshops, residencies, as well as parallel events.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sardamcy/


7th international interdisciplinary literature festival SARDAM
04-06 OCTOBER 2019

SARDAM festival, recently honoured with the 2019-2020 EFFE Label as one of Europe’s most remarkable festivals, returns in its seventh edition, drawing its audience closer to literature, literary performance and the combination of literature with other arts!

Writer-performers and other artists from Cyprus and abroad will be sharing original writing as well as innovative presentations and performances of literature. The festival events’ common focus is the combination of literature and spoken word with traditional and modern means of expression like theatre, technology, sound/music, visual arts, sound poetry, etc.

Besides the annual group events and workshops taking place in Limassol and Nicosia, this year’s festival will feature the SARDAM TRIBUTE, in which director Maria Kyriakou will present the work of Cypriot prose writer Sofronis Sofroniou. For the first time this year, the festival will host the SARDAM RESIDENCY, a cooperation of the poet-performers Mara Genschel (Germany) and Dovydas Laurinaitis (UK). Visiting Cyprus for the second time, this year’s GUEST OF HONOUR will be the Japanese sound poet Tomomi Adachi, recently honoured with the prestigious award Prix Ars Electronica 2019 for his improvisation skills in the use of technology, music and words. Additionally, this year’s festival will host the awarded Greek prose writer Elena Maroutsou, who will present an exciting creative writing workshop on myth, fairy-tales, flash fiction and bonsai stories. Queer Ink publications will also showcase some of their books at the festival’s book exhibition.
Detailed programme of SARDAM’s 7th edition below:

04 OCTOBER 2019 / THEATRO ENA (B Municipal Market) / LIMASSOL / 8:00pm
05 OCTOBER 2019 / ARTOS FOUNDATION (64 Agion Omologiton avenue / NICOSIA / 8:00pm
Entrance fee: 5 Euro / Reservations: 99558358
The main events in Limassol and Nicosia feature the following writer-performers and artists:

ANA CAVIC (SLOVENIA), in cooperation with the sound designer TYCHONAS MICHAELIDES
MARILENA ZACKHEOS (CYPRUS), in cooperation with the photographer NICOS PHILIPPOU
CONSTANTINOS PAPAGEORGIOU (CYPRUS), in cooperation with the frame drummer STALO HADJIPIERI
SARDAM TRIBUTE 2019 – SOFRONIS SOFRONIOU (CYPRUS) will be presented by the director MARIA KYRIACOU, in cooperation with the actor STELIOS ANDRONIKOU (sound installation by PANOS BARTZIS)

05 October 2019 – NICOSIA – ARTOS FOUNDATION (64 Agion Omologiton avenue)
• 3:30pm-6:30pm (CYPRUS/UK) ALEV ADIL – Performance writing workshop
*language: English

06 October 2019 – LIMASSOL – HOANI (133 Eleftherias street)
• 11:00am -3:00pm (GREECE) ELENA MAROUTSOU – Creative writing workshop (Myth, Fairytale, Flash fiction, Bonsai stories)
*language: Greek
• 3:30pm-6:30pm (GREECE) YIANNIS ADAMIS – Creative writing workshop «Eroticism in Literature»
*language: Greek

Participation fee: 20 Euros per workshop (for those wishing to attend all three workshops, one is free). Limited number of participants. Reservations until 2nd October: 99558358
+ PARALLEL EVENT (free entrance)
06 Οctober 2019 – LIMASSOL – TAPPER BAR (62 Eleftherias street)
• 7:00pm-8:00pm (JAPAN) TOMOMI ADACH – Talk / Demo on Sound Poetry, Technology and Live Electronics
*language: English


SARDAM is organized by: Maria A. Ioannou, Evi Panayiotou (group aRttitude)

Supporters: EFFE LABEL 2019-2020, Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, Limassol Council, Goethe Institute, Lettretage (Berlin), Vivliotropio, K.P Kyriacou Bookshops, Boubouki Cottage, PLATO Educational Services, Inprima, Exertus Services, Sound and Beyond Audiovisual Services, Kanali 6



A taste of this year’s team, with both new and returning guests. A special festival edition to celebrate 7 years of good luck! Thank you all for your applications and support 🙂

GUEST OF HONOUR 2019 TOMOMI ADACHI (JAPAN) – performance and workshop on Sound Poetry and Live Electronics, MARA GENSCHEL (GERMANY) & DOVYDAS LAURINAITIS (UK) – Sardam Residency Project, LOLA NIETO (SPAIN) – performance, QUEER INK Publications (GREECE) – book sale/display, ANA CAVIC (SLOVENIA) & sound designer TYCHONAS MICHAELIDES – performance, VALIA TSIRIGOTI & CHARIS GAROUNIATIS (GREECE) – performance, YIANNIS ADAMIS (GREECE) – workshop on Eroticism in literature, ELENA MAROUTSOU (GREECE) – Creative Writing workshop, ALEV ADIL (CYPRUS) – workshop on Performance Writing, MARILENA ZACKHEOS & photographer NICOS PHILIPPOU (CYPRUS) – video performance, CONSTANTINOS PAPAGEORGIOU & frame drummer STALO HADJIPIERI (CYPRUS) – performance, director MARIA KYRIAKOU presenting novelist SOFRONIS SOFRONIOU (CYPRUS)