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The traditional folk music of Cyprus has several common elements with Greek, Turkish, and Arabic music including Greco-Turkish dances. Rap, Hip-hop and R&B are popular.

Cypriot art has a tendency towards figurative painting although conceptual art is being promoted by a number of art organizations, especially the Nicosia Municipal Art Centre. Municipal art galleries exist in all the main towns and there is a lively commercial art scene. Cyprus was due to host the international art festival Manifesta in 2006 but this was cancelled at the last minute following a dispute between the Dutch organizers of Manifesta and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture over the location of some of the Manifesta events in the Turkish sector of the capital Nicosia.