Let’s improvise together ‘tsiattista’ workshop


What are tsiattista? How do they differ from other types of distichs found in Cypriot oral poetry? Can anyone compose a distich or a tsiattisto, or is their composition the privilege of a chosen few?

If you’re interested in exploring these and other topics that concern Cypriot traditional poetry and music, join this interactive workshop with Dr Nicoletta Demetriou.

You will learn what tsiattista are and how they differ from other types of distichs, and we will experiment with making (and performing) your own verses.

The workshop is open to all and no experience is necessary. It will be delivered in Greek Cypriot.

The workshop is part of the Windcraft Music Festival and is organised in collaboration with the Cyprus Music Archive.

Saturday 13 July, 16:00-18:00, Katydata, Nicosia

Nicoletta Demetriou is an ethnomusicologist specialising in Cypriot traditional music and oral poetry. She is the author of The Cypriot Fiddler: The Oral History of a Professional Class in the Twentieth Century (in Greek; Psifides, 2022), editor of the three-volume corpus Tsiattista in the Festival of Kataklysmos, Larnaca (in Greek; Phivos Stavrides Larnaca Archives, 2018–21), and co-editor of Music in Cyprus (Routledge, 2015). She taught at universities in the UK and the US for a number of years, and since 2022 she has been director of Cyprus Music Archive.

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