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The af­ter-work Mi­lano da Bere par­ties or­gan­ised by the Haze Team are back next week with the theme be­ing the Carnevale Di Venezia.

The event will be held at the Pa­tio Cock­tail Bar in Ni­cosia, start­ing from 6.30pm on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 19, with the buf­fet closing at 8.30pm fol­lowed by all-night par­ty­ing driven by res­i­dent DJ An­drew P.

The main spon­sor is Chivas, dis­trib­uted by LaikoCos­mos Trad­ing and is sup­ported by the Fi­nan­cial Mir­ror and Me­di­aPro.

In­spired by the world-fa­mous Car­ni­val of Venice famed for its elab­o­rate masks, the hosts will en­cour­age guests to dress ac­cord­ingly, or don one of the many elab­o­rate masks that will be avail­able.

The an­nual Car­ni­val of Venice dates back to the mid-12th cen­tury to mark the victory of the “Serenis­sima Repub­blica” against the Pa­tri­arch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven. In the honor of this victory, the peo­ple started to dance and make re­unions in San Marco Square, while the fes­ti­val be­came of­fi­cial in the Re­nais­sance.

By the 17th cen­tury, the baroque car­ni­val was a way to save the pres­ti­gious im­age of Venice in the world, but by 1797, un­der the rule of the King of Aus­tria, the fes­ti­val was outlawed en­tirely and the use of masks be­came strictly for­bid­den. It reap­peared grad­u­ally in the 19th cen­tury, where it be­came an oc­ca­sion for artis­tic cre­ations.

Af­ter a long ab­sence, the Car­ni­val re­turned to its full glam­our in 1979 when the Ital­ian gov­ern­ment de­cided to re­vive the his­tory and cul­ture of Venice, and sought to use the tra­di­tional Car­ni­val as the cen­tre­piece of its ef­forts. The re­de­vel­op­ment of the masks be­gan as the pur­suit of some Vene­tian col­lege stu­dents for the tourist trade.

To­day, some 3 mln vis­i­tors go to Venice ev­ery year for the Car­ni­val where one of the most im­por­tant events is the con­test for la maschera piu bella (“the most beau­ti­ful mask”) placed at the last week­end of the Car­ni­val and judged by a panel of in­ter­na­tional cos­tume and fash­ion de­sign­ers and based on sev­eral dis­tinct styles of mask:

The Bauta is de­signed to cover the en­tire face, with an over-prom­i­nent nose, a pro­ject­ing “chin line”, and no mouth, ac­com­pa­nied by a red or black cape and a tri­corn.

The Columbina is a half-mask, only cov­er­ing the wearer’s eyes, nose, and up­per cheeks, dec­o­rated with gold, sil­ver, crys­tals and feath­ers, held up to the face by a ba­ton or tied with rib­bon as with most other Vene­tian masks.

The Medico della peste, with its long beak, is one of the most bizarre Vene­tian masks, though it did not start out as a car­ni­val mask at all, but as a method of pre­vent­ing the spread of dis­ease in the 17th cen­tury, worn with a black hat and long black cloak, white gloves and a stick.

The Moretta (mean­ing dark one lady) or Servetta muta (mean­ing mute ser­vant woman) was a small strap­less black vel­vet oval mask with wide eye­holes and no lips or mouth worn by pa­tri­cian women and some­times fin­ished off with a veil.

The Volto (Ital­ian for face) or Larva (mean­ing ghost in Latin) is the iconic mod­ern Vene­tian mask: it is of­ten stark white, fre­quently gilded and dec­o­rated, and is com­monly worn with a tri­corn and cloak. It is se­cured in the back with a rib­bon.

Vene­tian masks fea­tured promi­nently in the film Eyes Wide Shut, the 2009 video game As­sas­sin’s Creed II and the 2005 video game Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. The first episode of the game is set dur­ing Car­ni­vale, and large enemies wear masks.

For in­for­ma­tion call the maitre of the Haze Team, An­dreas Christodoulides, on 99 306254 / 99 092932 or visit

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