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OPEN MIC NIGHT 16: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Dec
22
8:00 PM20:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT 16: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

*Ακολουθεί περιγραφή στα Κυπριακά.

Not feeling like snow, tinsel or fat white men in red suits? Are you tired of grandma’s fruit cake? Bored of sitting around the fire with your in-laws watching RIK? Do the sunny December skies just kill you?

We feel you.

And we’ve got something better: sharing stories, poems, songs, and spoken word in a toasty cafe with your fellow writers and performers from around the island.

Open Mic 16 has no theme, so you can share whatever you want*. Our only rules are: you perform something original that doesn’t take more than five minutes.

*Please don’t bring us anything that will cause us to cover our ears in shame and/or chase you out of the room with pitchforks or flamethrowers.


Εν τζείνη η εποχή του χρόνου πάλε. Μιαν κοπή μελομακάρονα, κουραμπιέδες, το κρίσ(τ)μας κέικ της γιαγιάς, πεθερικά τζιαι το Home Alone που το ΡΙΚ. Εκουραστήκετε πιλέ;

Νιώθουμε σας.

Τζιαι έχουμεν αντιπρόταση: ελάτε να μοιραστούμε ιστορίες, ποίηση, τραούθκια τζιαι άλλα διάφορα στο Πρόζακ, το Σάββατο 22 του Δεκέμβρη στις 20:00.

Η 16η ΒΑΜ (Βραδιά Ανοικτού Μικροφώνου) εν έσιει θέμα οπόταν μπορείτε να μοιραστείτε μαζί μας ό, τι αγαπάτε, εν πα να εν τζιαι τα κάλαντα. Οι μόνοι περιορισμοί εν ότι τα κάλαντα πρέπει να εν δικά σας τζιαι να μεν ξεπερνούν τα πέντε λεπτά.

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OPEN MIC NIGHT 15: UNTITLED
Nov
28
8:00 PM20:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT 15: UNTITLED

*Ακολουθεί περιγραφή στα Κυπριακά.

Open Mic Night 15 has no theme—poor thing—so bring whatever* poetry, stories, spoken word and songs you have, and knock our socks off.

Not familiar with how this works?

Write CY’s Open Mic Nights have been happening for three years at Prozak Kafeneio, and we don’t intend to stop any time soon.

The rules are simple.

You stand in front of the microphone and tell us a story of some kind. It can be personal and real, or outrageous and totally made up. You can sing it, recite it, dance it (with words or grunts). You can lecture us or confess to us. You can make us cringe, make us cry or make us laugh. You can even make us clap and celebrate your genius. As long as what you have to say is original, i.e. not copied from anyone else, you can tell us almost anything.

You have five minutes of our time. After that a big hole will open up in the floor of Prozak and a little green devil will suck you down to hell.

Marilena Zackheos, aka the emcee “who put the boo in boobage” (not my words, hers), will be back, though probably in her street clothes. Plus all your favorite friends and oddballs, and hopefully some new faces.

Like yours.

Want to perform at Open Mic Night 15? Book your spot now.

*Do not bring us anything that will cause us to cover our ears in shame and/or chase you out of the room with pitchforks or flamethrowers.


Η 15η Βραδιά Ανοιχτού Μικροφώνου εν έσιει θέμα (θέμα, όι υπόθεση), οπόταν φέρτε ό,τι αγαπάτε. Εν πα’ να’ν ποίηση, ιστορίες, τραούθκια, τσιαττιστά-πείτε ό,τι θέλετε φτάνει να εν δικό σας τζιαι να μεν κάμει όσους το ακούσουν να σας βάλουν του βούρου με τσουγκράνες τζιαι πυρσούς.

Οι ΒΑΜ (Βραδιές Ανοιχτού Μικροφώνου) έσιει τζιαι τρία χρόνια που γίνουνται στο Πρόζακ αλλά αν δεν έσιετε ιδέα πώς πάει η φάση, τα πράματα εν απλά:

Στέκεστε μπροστά που ένα μικρόφωνο τζιαι λαλείτε μας μιαν ιστορία. Μπορεί να εν αληθινή τζιαι προσωπική, μπορεί να εν φανταστική τζιαι παραθκιάνταλη. Μπορεί να εν τζιαι προκλητική - προσέχετε όμως τζιαι θυμηθείτε τους πυρσούς τζιαι τες τσουγκράνες…εξανάτυχεν. Όπως τζιαι να ´σιει, την ιστορία σας μπορείτε να την πείτε, να την τραουδήσετε, να τη χορέψετε ή να μας τη μεταδώσετε τηλεπαθητικά (φτάνει να στέκεστε μπροστά που το μικρόφωνο την ώρα που το κάμνετε). Μπορείτε να κάμετε κήρυγμα ή να μας εξομομολογηθείτε, αν τζιαι η συγχώρεση έννεν σίουρη. Μπορείτε να μας κάμετε να κλάψουμε, να γελάσουμε, να χειροκροτήσουμε ή να φύουμε βουρητοί τζιαι τρομοκρατημένοι, φτάνει τούτο που μας εσήκωσε που την καρέκλα να εν δικό σας τζιαι όι κκοπιαρισμένο.

Έσιετε 5 λεπτά. Μόλις τα περάσετε, εν να ανοίξει ακριβώς που κάτω σας μια τρύπα όπως στο “Still Standing” τζιαι εν να βρεθείτε στο Τίβολι που, όπως ούλλοι ξέρουμε, εν έσιει τίποτε πκιον τζιαι εν να βαρεθείτε, οπόταν μεν τα περάσετε.

Η Μαριλένα Ζακχαίου, άλλως η ποιήτρια με τες λεοπαρδαλέ παντόφλες, εν ναν δαμέ να συντονίζει την κατάσταση τζιαι να προσέχει να μεν φκει εκτός ελέγχου. Η κατάσταση, όι η Μαριλένα. Τζιαι μαζί της εν ναν τζιαι οι συνήθεις ύποπτοι, οι φίλοι σας τζιαι ελπίζουμε τζ’ εσείς.

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OPEN MIC NIGHT 14: SHRIEKFEST
Oct
31
8:00 PM20:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT 14: SHRIEKFEST

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Once a year, when the moon is full and there is enough beer and wine in the air, writers, poets and bards emerge from their lairs to howl their sorrows, joys and unpaid parking tickets into the lonely chasms of the night.

Do you have a scary story, real or imagined, to tell us? A spooky poem? Are you spooky? Do you sometimes scare people away with your singing* even though your lyrics aren’t bad? Do you moan spontaneously at bus stops? Growl? Do you value the basic sadness that is elemental to all horror? Are you a vampire or werewolf, or are you romantically involved with a werewolf? Or have you just written a song, poem or story that happens to coincide with the Anglo-Saxon Night of the Dead?

Bring it on.

Just remember our two sacred rules: No copies and no longer than 5 minutes.

*Songwriters and musicians: We have an amp and PA system, but the wires are on you.

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OPEN MIC NIGHT 13: SONGS & STORIES
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT 13: SONGS & STORIES

ORESTES KALVARIS

ORESTES KALVARIS

Writers, poets and songwriters, here’s your chance to let the world know what you’ve been writing before the heat of summer kicks in and you’re sweating into your frappés, dreaming of cold rainy nights in Berlin. Open Mic Night 13 has no stated theme, so you’re free to sing or tell us anything, as long as it’s under 5 minutes, performed* with gusto and heartbreaking honesty, and it’s an original piece of work.

*Songwriters and musicians: We have an amp and PA system, but the wires are on you.

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OPEN MIC 11: BIGGER
Nov
11
8:30 PM20:30

OPEN MIC 11: BIGGER

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BIGGER THAN EVER

We're back, but this time we're bigger.  

Marilena Zackheos, aka the Poet in the Leopard Skin Slippers, will be emceeing. Expect a guest appearance by Mexican-Cypriot haiku artist/celebrity motorcyclist Fortino Samano, who will be promoting his latest book, Scrambler, a collection of Cypriot haikus written on sabbatical from the University of Kyoto and due out this November from our local OWK Press.

We welcome most forms of oral expression, but frown upon excessive* lewdness, monkey routines and hogging of the mic.

Entrance is free.

Special thanks to Orestes and Prozak Kafeneio for so generously promoting our brand of civil disobedience.

*jailable

Questions? Talk to the Man.

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AFRO BANANA OPEN MIC NIGHT
Jul
8
8:30 PM20:30

AFRO BANANA OPEN MIC NIGHT

Write CY will proudly be staging an Open Mic event at the Afro Banana Republic Festival in Kornos Saturday July 8, 2017 at 20:30.

If you'd like to perform an original story, song, poem or spoken word piece in five minutes or less, fill out this form to book a slot. 

Our theme is: stranger than fiction.

We welcome any performances that deal with this theme broadly speaking. If you have a poem about your dead cat, please don't bring it. If you have a poem about your dead cat eating your roommate named Kim Jong Un Junior, by all means book a spot.  

If you have any questions or difficulties registering, contact Max @writecy.com.

 
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OPEN MIC NIGHT 10: SEX
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT 10: SEX

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Join us at Prozak Kafeneio Wed 10 May 8-11PM for an evening celebrating natural, supernatural and deviant verbal expressions of the joys and tribulations of copulation. Performances and readings shouldn't be more than 5 minutes long, and preferably less. Work must be original and can be performed in any language you want, unless you're grunting, oohing or aahing, in which case we prefer English or Cypriot.

Join Open Mic Night 10 on Facebook.

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OPEN MIC NIGHT 9: BETRAYAL
Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT 9: BETRAYAL

Have you been stabbed in the heart or back recently? We're looking for some hardcore betrayal——poems, stories, songs, rants, manifestos or laments of 5 minutes or less will do. Anything over that, we'll truss you up like a turkey and hang you from the rafters.

Open Mic Night 9 is going down on Wednesday 22 March, 2017 20:00-23:00 at Prozak Kafeneio. If you've got material to perform, please sign up by 19:45. Check out some of our past performances here.

€2 euro donations to the Write CY Solvency Fund will be collected in a halloumi jar by Cypriot haiku artist Fortino Samano.

Like what we're doing? Don't keep us a secret. 

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OPEN MIC NIGHT 8: WORLD GONE WRONG
Feb
8
8:00 PM20:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT 8: WORLD GONE WRONG

As the world goes to hell around you, you could use a night of orally delivered debauchery. We welcome poetry, short fiction, true stories, original songs, performance art and anything at all on the unfairly maligned and démodé practice of ritual head shrinking. We usually start at 20:00 and finish by 23:00, just in time to hit the bars. You can talk to us in any language you want, even Klingon, though we prefer Cypriot, English and Greek. 

Check out our past performances here.

Pass us on to your friends here. (Seriously, pass us on.)

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OPEN MIC NIGHT 7
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT 7

Ever had your garbage can stolen?

We know just how you feel.

Join us at Prozak Kafeneio for a night of reminiscence, condolence, unwarranted moaning, fiery speeches, well-meaning lies and amplified poetry. We promise you nothing short of a 3-hour spectacle on an empty stomach on par with anything Wagner ever created for consumption in 8 fully fed.

And beer and zivania on a cold night.

And Cypriot haikouthkia.

What more could you ask for?

Seriously what?

For general guidelines, past performances and a stunning mp3 featuring Cypriot celebrity haiku artist Fortino Samano: click here.

As usual, Mr. Samano, a big fellow, will be collecting our €2 donations at a table laden with finger foods and empty beer bottles. 

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LIVE STORYTELLING WORKSHOP
Nov
26
3:00 PM15:00

LIVE STORYTELLING WORKSHOP

Photo: Dasha Guliaeva

Instructor: Max Sheridan
Cost: €5

Community storytelling is experiencing a revival worldwide. It isn’t hard to see why. Sharing stories publicly is an antidote to our increasingly virtual existences, making our communities more connected and lively places. This live storytelling workshop will show storytellers how to transform personal experiences into meaningful stories sharable within their communities and beyond. We’ll be exploring our own storytelling voices and narrative elements like plot structure and pacing, while preparing ourselves for the challenges of live performance. By the end of the workshop*, participants will have the tools and confidence to prepare a five-minute story they can perform at the next Write CY Open Mic Night at Prozak on Wed 21 Dec, 2016.

Space is limited to 10.

*A follow-up meeting two weeks after the workshop can be arranged with the instructor where students will have the chance to rehearse their stories and get feedback.

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OPEN MIC NIGHT 6: REVENGE OF THE MERCEDES
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT 6: REVENGE OF THE MERCEDES

Did you miss Open Mic Night 5? Then this is your chance to hear celebrity haiku artist Fortino Samano performing more unmarketable Cypriot haikus, future primitive Alexis Karkotis reading his hallucinatory ethnographic reports from the future, and Katherine Toumbourou telling a story that she actually has more than ten minutes to prepare. Look also for new stories from storytellers James "Sleazy Bristol" Mackay and Vanja Radivojevic-Savva. Rumor has it that Max Sheridan will even be singing an original song called Mercedes. Join us for all that and more original poetry, short fiction and performance art in Cypriot, English and Greek on Wednesday 16 November, 2016 8-11PM at Prozak Kafeneio. €2 donations will be collected by Fortino Samano himself. Don't mess with him.

Important: Anyone can perform original work. If you want to perform your work, please get there a little earlier and sign up by 7:30PM. Click here for the official guidelines in English and Greek.


Επεθύμησες το πιλέ το Open Mic Night 5; Έσιεις την ευκαιρία καλό να ακούσεις τον διάσημο δημιουργό Fortino Samano να ερμηνεύκει τζι'άλλα ξεχωριστά κυπριακά haikus -τα γνωστά τζιαι ως "χαϊκούθκια", τον πρωτόγονο Αλέξη Καρκώτη να θκιαβαζει παραισθησιογόνες εθνογραφικές ανταποκρίσεις που το μέλλον τζιαι την Katherine Toumbourou να λαλεί ιστορίες που εσκάρωσεν μες σε δέκα λεπτούθκια. Ιστορίες εν να ακούσεις τζιαι που τον James "Sleazy Bristol" Mackay τζιαι την Vanja Radivojevic-Savva. Φήμες ακουστήκασιν ότι ο Max Sheridan εν να τραουδήσει τζιαινούρκον δικό του τραούδιν με τίτλο "Mercedes". Κόπιασε για ούλλα τούτα τζιαι για άλλα τόσα, αυθεντική ποίηση, μιτσιά διηγήματα τζιαι σύντομες παραστάσεις στα Κυπριακά, τα Εγγλέζικα τζιαι τα Ελληνικά την Τετάρτη 16 του Νιόβρη, που τες οκτώ το δείλις στο Πρόζακ Καφενείο. Ο Fortino Samano εν να γυρίζει με μαστραππούιν τζιαι εν να μαζεύκει 2ευρα σελίνια για εισφορά στο ταμείο του WriteCY. Πρόσεξε γιατί εν τζιαι σηκώνει πολλά πολλά!

Σημείωση: Ούλλοι όσοι θέλουν να συμμετέχουν, πρέπει να παρουσιάσουν δική τους, αυθεντική δουλειάν. Αν θέλεις να ακουστούν τζιαι τα δικά σου τα γραψίμια, έλα νάκκον πιο νωρίς, κανένα μισάωρο, για να προλάβεις να γραφτείς μες τη λίστα με τους συμμετέχοντες. Τσίλλα δαμέ για τες επίσημες οδηγίες στα Εγγλέζικα τζιαι τα Ελληνικά.

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OPEN MIC NIGHT 5
Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT 5


GENERAL GUIDELINES

Open Mic Nights happen every month or so at Prozak Kafeneio in Nicosia. They're free and open to the public, but we do ask that, if you can, you make a €2 donation to WRITE CY. Here's how it works:

1) You read or perform your own work (no covers) in Cypriot, English or Greek.
2) Don't take much longer than 5 minutes.
3) Be polite and don't talk while other people are reading or performing.

ΓΕΝΙΚΕΣ ΟΔΗΓΙΕΣ

Οι Βραδιές Ανοικτού Μικροφώνου διεξάγονται κάθε λίγους μήνες στο Καφενείο Πρόζακ στη Λευκωσία. Είναι δωρεάν και ανοικτές στο κοινό, αλλά θα σας παρακαλούσαμε, αν μπορείτε, να κάνετε μια εισφορά των €2 στο WRITE CY.

1) Μπορείτε να διαβάσετε ή να εκτελέσετε τη δική σας δουλειά (όχι τη διασκευή έργου ενός άλλου ατόμου) στα Κυπριακά, Αγγλικά ή Ελληνικά.
2) Ο χρόνος του κάθε συμμετέχοντα δεν πρέπει να υπερβαίνει τα 5 λεπτά.
3) Σας παρακαλούμε να μην μιλάτε όταν άλλα άτομα διαβάζουν ή εκτελούν τη δική τους δουλειά.

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OPEN MIC NIGHT 4
May
21
8:00 PM20:00

OPEN MIC NIGHT 4

Join us at Prozak Kafeneio on May 21, 2016 8-11PM for live stories, poetry, memoir, music and more. What do we mean by "more"? Not a guest appearance by Peter Wyngarde (above), that's for sure, but just about anything else.

Open Mic 4 will be featuring 10 storytellers chosen from a hat with an interlude where anyone can read anything (within limits.) What do we mean by "within limits"? Well, look at Peter Wyngarde's moustache (above.) Would you wear it? That's kind of what we mean. Anything goes, folks, but nothing in bad taste.

We wonder: will reigning champion James Mackay return to defend his title? And claim his 3 free drinks? Will Marilena Zackheos appear in her fluffy red Write CY house slippers? What will the prizes be this time? Will we hear some stories in Cypriot? The suspense thickens.

Drop by to find out. 

For complete guidelines, click on the button.

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