Melissa Hekkers

As a journalist for The Cyprus Weekly and The Cyprus Daily Newspapers, Melissa Hekkers covers culture and arts as well as human interest stories both locally and internationally.


Arts & Culture 

Where demolition meets art
Belgian town in process of being knocked down for 15 years becomes a living street art gallery

Defining the Undefined

Cypriot artist Anna Fotiadou joined eight other artists in Germany for an interactive workshop to create an exhibition that will take place in Marl, Germany.

Afro Banana Republic revisits its claim
Annual local festival based on prototypes of European Community Festivals continues to thrive.

Embracing Re-birth
Using the Ottoman Baths in the heart of Paphos as a backdrop, seven artists unite to celebrate December 21; a date widely communicated through mythology and in literature of fantasy and science fiction as the ‘the end of the world’.

‘The World of Cyprus’ comes home
Return of masterpiece sends message of hope to crisis-hit island.

A new scene of a new era?
Young Cypriot authors explore literary inspiration post 1974.

Stelios Votsis 1929-2012
Highly regarded local artist will be remembered for both his work and his influence in shaping the art scene in Cyprus.

‘A small chalk’ with Glyn Hughes
A short film by Stella Georgiou documents conversations between two artists.

Pioneer of neon art leaves his ‘light’ behind (2 Pages)
A true pioneer in new uses of neon art of the 1960s, Stephen Antonakos, passes away aged 87

The Age of Now
Lefteris Moumtzis’ soulful music take you places.

There are no straight lines, only ‘Curves’
Dimitris Kakavoulis Quartet’s new album pulls together some of the island’s top jazz talent.

Monsieur Doumani busking in Ferrara
Cypriot trio take their music straight to the people.

Grippy Grappa
Monsieur Doumani’s debut album of traditional folk inspired music will be released next week and distributed world-wide.


Aphrodite’s delights
Christina Loucas keeps traditions of Cypriot cuisine alive

In coversation with a war photographer (2 Pages)
Cypriot War photographer, Achilleas Zavallis, talks about his experiences on the Syrian front.

Seeing Cyprus from a kite (2 Pages)
Playing with kites has always been a past-time for Thomas Sagory. As a child he would fly kites in the skies of Brittany in the west of France, and as an adult, his remote controlled kite has flown mostly in the Middle East, a journey that has combined his profession as an archaeologist with the art of kite flying, as a kite aerial photographer.

Constantine James Savvides (2 Pages)
In search of adventure, Constantine James Savvides found his calling and a new direction in life following a chance meeting when writing a paper on Somali piracy in Africa.

Nikolas Michael (2 Pages)
An exhibition of photographs of Cyprus as you’ve never seen it before.

Louiza Kaimaki & Kyriaki Kosta (2 Pages)
The island’s rich history presented to young readers through a beautifully illustrated series of four books.

Astraki* – Paste-up art says YOU ARE HERE (2 Pages)
Referred to as paste-up art, works are initially finished on paper and are then glued to the walls.

Travel Feature (2013)
The charms of Brittany 
(2 Pages)
Melissa Hekkers discovers the natural beauties of a very special part of France.


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