Today, I had the pleasure of being taken to a village called Koilani, in the Troodos mountains to meet a man called Apostolos Giannakas. He is exactly the type of person I am looking for to participate in my ‘Cypriot Diaspora’ videos.
He left the village at 12 years old and went to Limassol to go to school then in 1955 aged just 18 he left for the UK. He was met by an Uncle at Victoria station who took him to Bradford where he lived for 2 years before moving down to London.
Milikos Xenophontos is from the village of Agoi Vavatsinia, he was born in 1941 and left for the UK in 1959. He is the cousin of the famous Greek composer Manos Loϊzos.
Please excuse the mis-focussing, camera was on AF and it re-focused on the gate, but this was a one-off opportunity so I still used it.
When I visited Agoi Vavatsinia, I met a lovely couple who were from the village of Vasileia, which is a few miles west of Kyrenia. ‘Kostis & Avgousta’ have been together since 1957 and clearly love each other to bits. When they arrived at the restaurant where we were due to meet, they were holding hands! It was one of the sweetest sights I have ever seen.
I spoke to them quite a bit during the day and watching them was really amazing, since the day the got married, he calls her his ‘Πέρδικα’ (Partridge) We were sat outside drinking coffee and Avgusta was inside talking to the ladies, after a little while (less than half an hour) Kostis got up and mumbled something about wondering where Avgousta is! Continue reading
An introduction to my new series of videos titled ‘Cypriot Diaspora’ Tales from Cypriots Abroad. I’m hoping to give people who migrated or were born or raised outside of Cyprus the opportunity to tell their story, their feelings about their lives and their feelings about Cyprus.
For many people, especially those who have left behind them poverty, or civil unrest in Cyprus, the prospect of a new life offered a real dream. Many of those who left have prospered, at least financially, but is that the only barometer for success?
Years later when the original migrants have aged and raised their own children outside of Cyprus, if they were to be really honest, how successful would they deem themselves to be?
Has there been a cost to their prosperity, how have their dreams changed from those early days of being part of a Cypriot community abroad? Was there a cost to the Cypriot people as a whole, be it culturally, socially or morally?
I would love the opportunity to film you sharing your life experiences.
If you would like to participate when I’m nearby, please Contact me.