Given that every CULTURESCOPE episode comes packed with goodies, each standalone segment merits a closer look.
In this video, taken from Season 1, Episode 11 of CULTURESCOPE, host of the popular web series Paul Lambis interviews veteran radio host, musician, author and entrepreneur Saskia Constantinou.
Constantinou is the producer and presenter of her own programme ‘SaskiaUnreserved’ for the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation’s RIK Classic channel. Her show allows her to interview high-profile achievers across a broad spectrum of subjects, interspersed with a selection of classical music.
Famagusta-born Constantinou’s musical roots run deep, having been a staple of her childhood.
“I hail from a musical family,” she says. “My father was a musician, my mother is an artist; there was always music in the house.”
This led her to pursue a music degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, after which she joined the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa as a violinist.
Eventually, however, the country’s unrest brought her back to her native island, where she joined the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, developing her own daily, classical music programme, PM Classics. In 2018, SaskiaUnreserved was launched, and today she continues to bring the most unique minds and presences to her many listeners’ attention.
“I hit 50, and I felt a certain sort of freedom that one doesn’t have when you’re younger, because you’ve had all these experiences,” she says of the birth of the show. “So you can say: this is what I think, and I think that that’s how the ‘unreserved’ part came. I felt that I could say something, and I also realised that people are afraid to say anything.
“They worry about ‘what is this one going to think’, ‘what’s that one going to think’ – especially in our rather enclosed society of Cyprus – and it’s time to speak out.
“It’s time to use the word ‘accountability’. Time to say: what is happening, why is it happening, and, most of all, how are we going to affect change, so that we go on to a more correct path.”
As we learn in the interview though, other than her radio work, Constantinou is also a consummate entrepreneur and avid gardener. In 2010, she was named Cyprus Business Woman of the Year for launching an online ticketing system and for initiating the children’s gardening programme ‘Green Fingers’, in which, to date, over 8,500 children, have participated.
Asked what advice she would offer her younger self, Constantinou offers: “I think probably you’re braver than you believe, you’re stronger than you seem and you’re smarter than you think.”
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