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A Greek take on Carols by Candlelight

Hundreds of expatriates gathered at Festival Hall for the 33rd annual Christmas celebration

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23 December 2016

Melbourne's Festival Hall was brought to life last week in a night of Greek Christmas carols.

Organised for the 33rd consecutive year by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, hundreds of people gathered to enjoy a night of performances by a varied line-up of priests, cantors, choirs, singers, musicians, and dance groups.

Official guests on the night included Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis and Bishop of Militoupoleos Iakovos, Consul General of Greece in Melbourne Christina Simantirakis, and President of the Greek Community of Melbourne Bill Papastergiadis, amongst others.

The program presented by Maria Anamourli and Ioannis Catrinel was impressive, and showcased carols from all over Greece, including Christmas songs and hymns.

Also taking part in the line-up were Priest Claudius Morutan from the Romanian Greek Orthodox Church, deacons Nicholas George and John Frank, the Byzantine Choir of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, St John's College, the Oakleigh Grammar college chorus, Greek club 'O Pericles', the Panepirotic Union Choir, and Pontiaki Estia.

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