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Limassol solidarity concert a 'message of optimism'.


Maria Gregoriou

THE LIMASSOL Solidarity concert that took place at the Enaerios parking place on Wednesday from 5pm until around midnight was attended by around 25,000 people and collected 160 tonnes of food and essentials to be distributed among the municipality markets in Limassol.

The concert had a similar theme as the CyprusAid concert held in Nicosia on April 1. Instead of paying for your ticket with money, you contributed essential food and items to be given to the needy.

Limassol Mayor Andreas Christou said yesterday that apart from the collection of food and essentials, the messages that were sent were just as important. "Messages of confidence, optimism, and faith show us that these difficult times will also pass."

"I also felt people needed to attend a good cultural event because at difficult times culture is a very important element to keep people together," Christou said.

Christou also said that the concert could not have been possible without the generous participlation of the artists, the volunteers and organizers.

Among the artists that performed free of charge were Alexia, Alkistis Protopsalti, Giorgos Dalaras, Glykeria, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, George Andreou, Margarita Zormpala, Vasos Argyrides, Constantinos Christoforou, Evridiki, Despina Olympiou, Konstantinos Zorpas, Aristos Moshovakis, Elena Solea, Katerina Kouka, Lena Alkaiou, Melina Aslanidou and many more.

Giorgos Dalaras went on stage at around 10.20pm and talked about what he saw during his journey to the stage. "I saw hundreds of people with bags of food and other items. This is the answer to the crisis, what you are doing right now and I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity, once more, to offer my presence here in Cyprus."

"A crisis is a human action and a human action is also behind solidarity. When this happens, there is no need to be alarmed. I wish you all well and I thank you for this magical picture," Dalaras added.

Shortly before the concert began the first lady, Andry Anastasiades, spoke with the 500 or so volunteers, congratulated them for all their hard work and wished them luck.

Thousands of people showed up for the concert, bringing tonnes of food items and basics with them

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Date:Apr 26, 2013
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