GREEK TAVERN NIGHT AT ELENI’S
Eleni’s Kitchen + Bar (28 Anderson St, Yarraville) is hosting a Greek tavern night this Friday 19 July at 7.00-10.00 pm. Experience the best of Greek culture as you warm up to a delicious four-course Greek banquet menu with fantastic live entertainment by Azra the belly dancer and Greek band Aetos. $65.00 per person. To make a booking (essential), call (03) 9943 4233.
‘THALASSA’ ART EXHIBITION
Stella Zicopoulos-Greig’s latest solo exhibition of oil paintings ‘Thalassa’ explores the artist’s cultural identity and lifelong relationship with the sea. As a child of Greek migrants, her own memories of the sea and the long voyage from Greece to Australia had a profound influence on her artistic practice, further reinforced by her family’s annual summer holidays spent at the beach. These personal and symbolic memories continue to inform the narratives and technical compositions of Stella’s highly abstracted and gestural oil paintings. More recently, she has been exploring the compositional motif of ‘two-thirds of sky’ within the surface of her paintings, presenting the horizon line as a force which connects, disrupts, and creates discord within the picture plane. See her work first-hand. ‘Thalassa’ is on show now until 10 August at G3 Artspace (64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale). Catch Stella giving a talk at the exhibition space this Saturday 20 July at 2.00 pm. Free admission.
GREEK DANCE PARTY WITH ZOUROUNA
Catch Melbourne band Zourouna performing at Open Studio (204 High St, Northcote) this Saturday 20 July at 9.00 pm. Enjoy their upbeat versions of traditional and modern tunes from Greece and all over the Mediterranean region.
BYZANFEST FILM FESTIVAL SCREEN & AWARDS NIGHT
Byzanfest Film Festival is a worldwide online film festival that promotes filmmakers of the Eastern Orthodox faith, and has a large following across the world. It will have its Premiere Screening on Sunday 21 July at St Haralambos Greek Orthodox Parish Templestowe and Doncaster (190 Porter St, Templestowe) from 5.00-8.00 pm, after which Byzanfest will be available for viewing via YouTub. Free to attend.
GREEK DANCING WITH RUSH
RMIT United Society of Hellenes is hosting Greek dancing lessons for people of all ages and backgrounds, taking you from the bare basics to different styles around Greece. Schedule: Friday 26 July: Cretan Dances, 9 August: Lakonian Dances, 23 August: Island Dances. Taking place at RMIT (Building 8, Level 3, Room 10, Wales Cor, Melbourne). Free to attend.
MY BIG FAT GREEK FESTIVAL
Join St Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church (22 Marsden Crescent, St Albans) for their annual festival on Sunday 28 July at 11.00 am. There’ll be live Greek music and dancing, and delicious food. There will be lots for the kids to do, including an animal farm, photo booth, kids karaoke, the kids ‘zorba till you drop’ competition, games, a baloonologist, and face painting. Free to attend.
THE PHILHELLENES LIVE
Catch The Philhellenes performing at The Post Office Hotel (229-231 Sydney Rd, Coburg) on Saturday 3 August from 9.00-11.00 pm. They will play a mixture of traditional repertoire from Asia Minor and songs composed by Greek refugee musicians from the region, such as Dalgas (Antonis Diamantidis), Panos Tountas and Kostas Skarvelis. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2Y9az6O
THE MUSIC OF MANOLIS HIOTIS
Melbourne Rebetiko Ensemble returns to Kew Court House (188 High St, Kew) next month, Saturday 10 August for a musical tribute to Manolis Hiotis. Considered one of the greatest bouzouki soloists of all time, Hiotis was famous for popularising the string instrument’s modern sound. He was a rebetis and revolutionary who drove the music of the working class into the salons of the rich, embedding it into the wider popular culture of Greece. On from 8.00-9.40 pm. For tickets, visit https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/events/melbourne-rebetiko-ensemble-music-manolis-hiotis
THE GREEK GRAMOPHONE EXPERIENCE
Join Wayne Simmons and Con Kalamaras on Sunday 18 August at the Merri Creek Tavern (111 High St, Northcote) at 4.00 pm for a unique live performance delving into the rich history of Greek music that was recorded in 1920’s and 40’s Greece. You could call it abrasive, coarse and unrefined, or you could call it an historical, artistic, and social commentary on a rapidly changing country. This performance is a collection of works that paved the way for generations to come, no glitz, no plate smashing … just a collection of brutally honest and achingly beautiful songs. Bring an open mind and heart … your world will change.
LA TROBE LECTURE: GROWING UP ‘GREEK’ up ‘Greek’ in the 50s and 60s
Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (168-170 Lonsdale St, Melbourne)
Wednesday 21 August at 7.00-8.00 pm
LA TROBE LECTURE: GROWING UP ‘GREEK’ IN THE 50s AND 60s
La Trobe University’s Greek Studies (Department of Languages and Linguistics) and the Dardalis Archives of the Hellenic Diaspora in conjunction with the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (168-170 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) present a lecture by Dr Konstandina Dounis on ‘A Parallel Universe: Growing up ‘Greek’ in the 50s and 60s’ on Wednesday 21 August at 7.00-8.00 pm. Free to attend.
COOKING CLASS: GREEK PROVINCIAL FARE
Expand your repertoire and knowledge of Greek cuisine with Niki Louca’s delicious selection of provincial dishes. On Saturday 31 August at The Neff Market Kitchen (Stall 90, Cecil St, South Melbourne) (11.00 am-1.30 pm), Niki will show you how to make prawn saganaki, kalamari krasato, spanakorizo, and to finish, traditional rizogalo. $120 p.p. includes lunch/dinner and a recipe pack. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2XJ9DZK
SYDNEY PENNY MARATHON
Penny Marathon is back in its 8th year to help raise awareness and money for animals in need. Taking place this Sunday 21 July, it’s free to take part and you can run, cycle or walk. The route takes place in Brighton Le Sands and includes shorter legs of three and six kms, or the full 22 kms. Funds raised help to save the lives of suffering animals. Registration is essential. To register and for further information, visit http://www.pennymarathon.com
TOWARD AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF CULT IN A GREEK COLONY IN THE WEST: NEW EXCAVATION IN THE MAIN URBAN SANCTUARY OF SELINUNTE
On Wednesday 7 August see the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens’ (AAIA) sisiting Professor Clemente Marconi present research from new excavations he has directed at Selinunte, one of the most important archaeological sites of the Greek period in Italy. Of particular significance are the finds in the area around Temple R, built for a goddess c.580 BCE. This new research makes it possible to fully reconstruct, for the first time, the biography of a temple in Selinunte, and to reconstruct a significant part of the ritual activities in this area of the sanctuary. Taking place at the AAIA Boardroom, Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (Room 480, Level 4, The Madsen Building, The University of Sydney). To book, visit https://bit.ly/2LRcCsQ
GREEK COOKING CLASS
Celebrate Mediterranean flavours with an authentic Greek cooking class. Hosted by Sophie Stokes from ‘In Sophia’s Kitchen’ you will be transported to Greece on a plate, preparing a range of dishes in the morning. Then you will get to sit down together to enjoy the fruits of your labour overlooking beautiful ocean views. It will be a delicious celebration of food and in turn, Greek culture. Taking place on Sunday 18 August at The Corner Pantry (Shop 5/11 Beach St, Harrington) from 10.00 am-1.00 pm. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2Llt7xI
CARLOS HOPONTOPOFUS BIG GREEK COMEDY NIGHT
Do you remember the Wog Rock Cafe in Hamilton in the ’90s? Carlos Hopontopofus became an icon in his outrageous one-man comedy floor show, and now he’s back! Performing at Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club (20 Ocean St, Merewether) on Friday 30 August, it’ll be a brilliant night of great comedy, authentic Greek cuisine and dancing to the grooves of DJ Honeypuff. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2XRtlPc
KARAMELA GREEK NIGHT VOL. 2
This Saturday 20 July N&B Catering together with Dj Stelio present Karamela Greke Night Volume 2 at the Cypriot Club (8 Barrpowell St, Welland). Go along and party to all the latest Greek tunes together with some of the best laika. Enjoy Greek Happy (long) Hour between 8.30-10.30 pm. Entry fee $10.00 p.p. Wine barrel seating available and complimentary souvlakia throughout the night. To book a table, call Nick on 0404 847 897 or DJ Stelio 0412 399 169. Doors open 8.30 pm.
MODERN GREEK LECTURE SERIES
The LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture continues its lecture series on Tuesday 20 August at Flinders at Victoria Square (182 Victoria Sq, Adelaide) at 6.00 pm. Free to attend.
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