The Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival (GFF) is back next month for the 26th year with an exciting program, featuring 15 features, three engaging documentaries, and one Australian short film. From the poetic drama Epiphany starring AACTA award-winner Alex Dimitriades and irreverent black-comedy The Taverna, to the latest masterpiece by weird wave auteur Yorgos Lanthimos, the festival will showcase diverse stories from trailblazing Greek filmmakers across the globe. Dates: SYDNEY 8-20 October; MELBOURNE 9-20 October; ADELAIDE 10-13 October; BRISBANE 15-20 October; PERTH 20 October-10 November; and CANBERRA 29 November-1 December. For more information and to book tickets, visit https://greekfilmfestival.com.au/
THE PUZZLE OF DEMENTIA: WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT AFFECTS US
Fronditha Care is hosting a public education event this Sunday 22 September on Dementia with a panel of experts: Dr Nick Roubos MBBS, FRACGP Family Medicine; Dr Chris Plakiotis Consultant Psychiatrist & Unit Head, Aged Mental Health Services, Monash Health; Dr Arthur Kokkinias, Consultant Psychiatrist: Board Member & Secretary, HMSA; and Georgia Tzempetzis, Clinical Care Coordinator, Fronditha Care. Taking place at Oakleigh Grammar (77/81 Willesden Rd, Oakleigh) from 11:00am–12 noon. Light refreshments provided. Event will be conducted in Greek. Free to attend.
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival (357 Monbulk Road, Silvan) is now on until 13 October, celebrating tulips and all things Dutch! Open every day from 10.00 am-5.00 pm, see close to a million tulips flowering in the fields, with over 130 different varieties in all the colours of the rainbow. There’s also an array of food and market stalls to enjoy, live entertainment on stage every day, and plenty of fun activities, as well as photo opportunities. For event entertainment details and to purchase tickets ($15-$29, FREE ENTRY for children 16 and under), visit http://www.tulipfestival.com.au/
OPEN SEMINAR: DIMITRIS TSALOUMAS MEMORIAL LECTURE
Dr Konstandina Dounis will deliver a memorial lecture in honour of the late poet Dimitris Tsaloumas at the Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) on Thursday 19 September at 7.00 pm. Free to attend.
ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2019
It’s that time of year again! The Royal Melbourne Show returns in time for the school holidays to the Melbourne Showgrounds (Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale) from 21 September-1 October. But this year the Show promises to be unlike any other Show you’ve experienced before! There’s a whole new layout, with a huge range of all-inclusive, interactive, and fun activities and attractions. There’ll be farm animals, with a chance to try your hand at sheep shearing and milking cows, carnival rides, show bags, as well as entertainment by talented performers, and a diverse offering of award-winning food and drink, ensuring something for all ages. Tickets from $19.00 – $85.00. Buy your tickets online before 20 September and save 20 per cent on gate prices! To found out more and to book, visit https://royalshow.com.au
GREEK ENTERPRISE: A DIVERSE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN GREEKS IN THE WORKPLACE
Historian Leonard Janiszewski and documentary photographer Effy Alexakis will explore the complex and broad involvement of Greek Australians in Australia’s development over the last two hundred years in a free lecture on Thursday 26 September at Preston Library (266 Gower St, Preston) at 7.00 pm. While Greeks played a large part in Australia’s food catering industry, they have also been involved in agricultural and pastoral pursuits, mining, sea-related industries, public life and professional fields. Go along and learn more about their fascinating and integral role in the economic development of Australia. To book your spot, call 1300 655 355.
SPRING ORCHARD SHOW
Warringal Orchid Society Inc’s Spring Orchard Show is taking place over two days at St Sava Community Centre (212 Diamond Creek Rd, Greensborough) on Saturday 28 September (9.00 am-4.30 pm) and Sunday 29 September (9.30 am-4.00 pm). There will be quality show displays, free potting workshops, premium orchard and bark sales, as well as raffle prizes to be won. Admission $5.00 (cash only). For more information, visit https://warringalorchidsociety.com.au/
BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY
La Trobe University’s Modern Greek Studies Program is hosting an information session on Monday 30 September at The Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) from 7.00-8.00 pm. Students will find out about subjects currently offered and the structure of the Greek Studies Program at La Trobe. Among the participants on the night will be some university students who are studying Greek in a variety of ways including a Bachelor, Diploma or Cross-Institutional who will speak about their experiences. At the end of the session students and parents will have the opportunity to ask questions. Free to attend. To register https://bit.ly/2kKPpNK
GREEK WINE EVENT: MEET THE MAKER – KATOGI AVEROFF
Enjoy an intimate Wine Dinner with Averoff Estate’s Commercial Director Vasilis Anastasopoulos at Grounds of Arcadia (280 William St, Melbourne) on Tuesday 1 October from 6.30-9.30 pm. Vasilis will take you on a vinicultural journey of the Estate, showcasing wines perfectly matched with each course. $95.00 p.p. includes 3-course dinner and matched wine. Limited seating available. To book, call (03) 9642 1889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 are presenting a series of free lecture. The next will be delivered by Peter Yiannoudes on The History of Greek Cinema in Australia on on Wednesday 2 October at The Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) at 7.00 pm. To be given in the Greek language. Free to attend.
LIVE AT THE GREEK: ‘AUGOUSTOS’ A TRIBUTE TO NIKOS PAPAZOGLOU
Melbourne Epirotic Ensemble are back at Live at the Greek to pay tribute to Nikos Papazoglou on Friday 4 October from 8.30-11.30 pm. Taking place at the Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne), their performance will be followed by a traditional glendi. Tickets $20-$22. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2mfVH8x
CYPRIOT COOKING WORKSHOP: SHEFTALIES & TASHINOPITES
The Greek Cypriot Youth of Melbourne – Apostolos Andreas (10 St Andrew St, Sunshine West) is hosting a Cypriot cooking workshop on Saturday 5 October from 10.30 am-2.30 pm. All are welcome to join the youth group as they teach you how to make two Cypriot delicacies: sheftalies and tashinopites, including tips and tricks, in this hands on workshop followed by a sit down lunch together. Ticketed event: $30.00 p.p. To book your spot, visit https://bit.ly/2ZuzFkh
AROMA & TASTES FROM LEFKADA
The Lefkadian Cultural Association is hosting its annual event ‘Aromas & Tastes from Lefkada’ on Sunday 20 October at Normanby House (22-24 Normanby Ave, Thornbury) at 12.30 pm. The program includes live cooking demos by Anastasia Vrettos and daughters, Irene Kourtis and sons, and Evagelia and Nick Katiforis. There will also be traditionally made sweets and wines to try, a cookbook exhibition and music by DJ Joe. The event is being dedicated to the renowned Lefkadian cook, Evie Voutsina. Tickets only $30 p.p. (children attend free). To book (essential by Monday 7 October), call 0413 958 279.
Catch the Bandidas, Pascal Latra, Kat Stevens and Apollonia Xylouris, for a night of rebetika and Greek food on Friday 20 September at Koutouki (138 Norton St, Leichhardt) from 8.00-11.00 pm. To make a booking, or for more information, call (02) 9560 6614/0437 864 493 or email email@example.com
6th ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GREEK FAMILY NIGHT
On Saturday 21 September Charity from the Heart Committee and Spectrum Wealth present the 6th Annual Fundraising Greek Family Night supporting the ‘St George School’ – Learning for Life. Taking place at The Emporium (Level 1, 258 South Terrace, Bankstown), there will be plenty of food, drinks and entertainment, as well as a silent auction and great prices to be won. Tickets: Adults $90, Children (2-12) $40. To book, all Connie on 0405 141 960.
CHORUS: A CLASSIC GREEK TRAGEDY REWORKED FOR MILLENNIAL AUDIENCE
What is the cost of a woman’s success when it comes at the expense of her family? Agamemnon is about to find out. In this new version of Aeschylus’ classic Greek tragedy, Agamemnon is a pop icon just returned home from her nine-month, round-the-world concert tour. Agamemnon has returned home to take care of unfinished business: dump her former partner Chris, grab her stuff and make off with her new flame, Kass. But Chris has other ideas for their first night together in nine months, hoping for a kind of reconciliation – and at least the chance to process the unresolved grief he holds for the death of their son, Gene less than a year ago. Suddenly memories that Agamemnon has tried so hard to keep buried begin to surface so vividly she could die – and she very well might. This original Australian work is partially told by a lively chorus. On at The Old Fitz (Cathedral St, Woolloomooloo) on now until 21 September. Cost from $35.00. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2McDSmJ
ST CATHERINE’S FUNDRAISING DINNER
St Catherine Greek Orthodox Church recently purchased a house, which is part of a duplex, next door to the ‘new’ church and is looking to purchase the second house to develop into a hall to service the increasing needs of the parish. To help raise the necessary funds, the church is hosting a fundraising dinner on Sunday 22 September from 5.00-9.00 pm at St Spyridon Church Hall (72-76 Gardeners Rd, Kingsford). Enjoy a three-course meal, drinks, music and dancing, as well as auctions and raffles. Tickets available for purchase every Sunday after the liturgy at a table set up just outside the main doors of the church. For more information and to book your spot, contact Con Theoharides 0405 231 075 or Chryse Mio on 0419 413 108.
TRIBUTE TO GIANNIS SPANOS AND GIORGOS HATZINASIOS
In the ‘Piano Bar’ tradition, popular trio Cyano will pay tribute to Giannis Spanos and Giorgos Hatzinasios, two of Greece’s most celebrated pianists and composers, on Sunday 29 September at Django at Camelot (103 Railway Pde, Marrickville) from 7.00-10.00 pm. Nikos Sousamidis (guitar/vocals), Anna Papoulia (piano/vocals) and Irene Vacondios (vocals) will present timeless songs from the 60s and beyond, sung by some of Greece’s best vocalists including Parios, Poulopoulos, Mitsias, Kokotas, Marinella, Galani, Alexiou, Kanelidou and Tsanaklidou. For tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2MOwwWH
GEOMETRIC GREEK POTTERY MASTERCLASS
Join Dr Stavros Paspalas (Acting Director, Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens) for a unique opportunity to explore the history and development of ceramic traditions of the Geometric period (c. 900-700 BC) from Athens and other production centres with an expert archaeologist on Saturday 5 October at 12 noon. Handle objects from the Nicholson Museum collection as Dr Paspalas examines stylistic developments, manufacturing methodologies and functionality of the pottery. Tickets $25.00 p.p. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2lDIjLi
THE GREEK VEGETARIAN COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS
Catch Helen from The Greek Vegetarian cooking up a storm at Rundle Mall Foodland (141-159 Rundle Mall, Adelaide) on Thursday 19 September (11am-1pm) and Friday 20 September (11am-1pm). Free to attend.
PHILOXENIA TELLS THE POWERFUL STORY OF THE HEROES OF LESVOS
The Greek Orthodox Community of SA Inc. (288 Franklin St, Adelaide) is hosting a fundraiser to help fund the creation of documentary ‘Philoxenia’ on Saturday 21 September from 8.00 pm-12 midnight. The film by Greek Australian director and producer Anne Tsoulis tells the powerful story of the heroes of Lesvos who between May to October 2015 helped rescue some 400,000 refugees landing on their shores. Why tell the story now? We find ourselves in a world where xenophobia is on the rise and Tsoulis wants to address the imbalance by promoting the word ‘Philoxenia’, defined as kindness to strangers and the antonym to xenophobia, and by doing so promote its use in any discourse on migration and refugees. Tables reservations for groups of 8 or 10 people available. To book, visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/philoxenia-fundraiser-tickets-69386624261. For those who can’t make the event but would like to contribute, get info or watch the teaser, you can do so on
the Documentary Australia crowdfunding site https://documentaryaustralia.com.au/project/philoxenia/
GREEK MUSEUM OF ADELAIDE EXHIBITION
See the Greek Museum of Adelaide Exhibition on the history of spinning and textiles, life and art in Greek culture from 14-20 October at Hamra Centre Library (1 Brooker Terrace, Hilton). Free entry.
BOOK LAUNCH: ‘POLITICS OF FORGETTING’
‘Politics of Forgetting: New Zealand Greece and Britain at War’ by Dr Martyn Brown is being launched on Saturday 21 September at AHEPA Hall (128 Boundary St, West End). Years in the making, it offers an insightful study of the relationships between three World War 2 Allies.
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