The Holy Monastery of Panagia Kamariani in Red Hill is hosting its annual Grape Festival this weekend. The day will start off with a liturgy at the church from 7.30 am until 11.00 am. At 11.30 am the grapes will be blessed and distributed for free among those in attendance. After that dancers from the Manassis School of Dance and Culture will perform. At 2.00 pm, young attendees will have the chance to take part in the grape stomping tradition. A paniyiri will follow, with food including souvlaki and loukoumades on offer, wine produced with local grapes from Red Hill, children’s rides and DJ Chris on the decks.
When: Sunday 9 February from 7.30 am
Where: Holy Monastery of Panagia Kamariani (135 Arthur Seat Rd, Red Hill)
Cost: Free to attend
Do you enjoy a tipple or two of ouzo? This month the Palesviaki Enosis of Melbourne and Victoria is hosting its annual Ouzo Festival in Bayswater. Go along and enjoy a beautiful day in the sun with good company, music, mezedes and plenty of ouzo on offer.
When: Sunday 16 February at 11.00 am-6.00 pm
Where: 26 Waldheim Rd, Bayswater, VIC
Cost: Ticketed, pay at event
The Hellenic Women’s Network Victoria Heliades is hosting a Yarra River Cruise Bushfire Fundraiser. The ticket price includes a buffet of cold and warm dishes. The cruise will depart from Federation Square in the Melbourne CBD at 1.00 pm and will return at 4.00 pm. All proceeds will go towards helping those impacted by the devastating bushfires. RSVP by 10 February.
When: Sunday 16 February at 1.00 pm
Where: Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
Cost: $90.00 per person
To RSVP, call: Niki on 0404 964 155 or Mary 0405 757 731
GREEK STORYTIME FOR TODDLERS
Enjoy stories, books and songs in the Greek language, as well as crafts and fun activities for children aged 3-5.
When: Every Wednesday from 5 February-25 March at 11.00 am
Where: Richmond Library (415 Church St, Richmond)
HELLENIC MUSEUM BUSHFIRE FUNDRAISER
The Hellenic Museum is hosting is a fundraising event, with all funds to be donated to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund and Wildlife Victoria.
When: Thursday 6 February at 6.30-10.30 pm
Where: Hellenic Museum (280 William St, Melbourne)
LIVE AT THE GREEK: SIFIS TSOURDALAKIS
Kick off 2020 with one of Melbourne’s great Greek musical exports – Sifis Tsourdalakis, accompanied by Tony Iliou and Paddy Montgomery.
When: Friday 7 February at 8.30–11.30 pm
Where: The Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne)
A Greek island bar night at Venus and Co.
When: Friday 7 February at 7.30 pm-1.00 am
Where: Venus & Co. (183 Victoria Ave, Albert Park)
PONTIAKO PANIYIRI BUSHFIRE FUNDRAISER
The Pontian Association of Whittlesea ‘Panagia Soumela’ is hosting a paniyiri to raise funds for the CFA and Wildlife Victoria.
When: Sunday 9 February at 12 noon–11.30 pm
Where: Pontian Association Of Whittlesea ‘Panagia Soumela’ (18 Spring St, Thomastown)
CATS AND THE CANARY PLAYING FILM CLASSICS
A special show focusing on songs from old Greek movies – with a modern twist.
When: Sunday 9 February at 7.30-10.30 pm
Where: The Toff In Town (Level 2, Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne)
GREEK YOUTH SUMMIT
The Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) is hosting a Greek Youth Summit, bringing young, inspiring Hellenes together from all projects, clubs and committees.
When: Tuesday 11 February at 6.30-9.00 pm
Where: GOCMV (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne)
The Alpha – Omega committee is organising a dinner night to be spent surrounded by good company.
When: Wednesday 12 February at 6.30-9.30 pm
Where: Alpha and Omega Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (7A Strathmerton St, Reservoir)
Step into the personal world of the artist with Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop’s summer exhibition, ‘Wonderment’, including artist Soula Mantalvanos.
When: Now on until 24 February
Where: Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop (81 Hesse St, Queenscliff)
HELLENIC MUSEUM SUMMER CINEMA
Mark it in your calendars, Summer Cinema is returning to the Hellenic Museum this summer with a great new line-up of movies.
When: 1-29 February
Where: Hellenic Museum (280 William St, Melbourne)
GREEK TAVERN NIGHT VALENTINE’S DAY EDITION
St Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church in St Albans is hosting a special Valentine’s Day edition with food, music, and dancing.
When: Friday 14 February at 7.00 pm
Where: St Paraskevi Church Hall (22 Marsden Cres, St Albans)
THEATRE: LIGI ALITHEIA (A LITTLE BIT OF TRUTH)
The Greek Community of Melbourne Theatre Group presents Ligi Alitheia.
When: Saturday 15 February at 8.30-9.30 pm
Where: Clayton Community Centre (9-15 Cooke St, Clayton)
ANNUAL CRETAN PICNIC
The Cretan Brotherhood & Pancretan Association is hosting its annual Cretan Picnic.
When: Sunday 16 February from 12 noon-6.00 pm
Where: Albert Park Community Playground
A NIGHT WITH SIFI
A night full of Cretan music and food.
When: Sunday 16 February at 7.00 pm
Where: Philhellene Provincial Greek Cuisine (551-553 Mount Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds)
‘KOPIASTE’: CYPRUS ON A PLATE
My Family’s Food Diary and Greek Cypriot Youth of Melbourne will host a night of traditional Cypriot dishes with an entertaining music program.
When: Saturday 22 February at 6.00 pm
Where: Cyprus Community Centre (100 Forrest St, Ardeer)
GREEK DATING & SINGLES PARTY
Greek singles’ function for people aged 25-35, who come from a Greek or Greek/Cypriot background.
When: Thursday 27 February at 7.30-9.30 pm
Where: Watermark (9/800 Bourke St, Docklands)
FILM SCREENING: VOURATE GEITONOI
Greek Cypriot comedy Vourate Geitonoi written by Giorgos Tsiakkas and directed by Stamos G. Tsamis will screen in Preston next month.
When: Friday 28 February (2.00 pm), Saturday 29 February (4.30 pm), Sunday 1 March (7.30 pm)
Where: Darebin Arts Centre (Cnr Bell St & St Georges Roads, Preston)
LONSDALE STREET GREEK FESTIVAL
The Lonsdale St Greek Festival returns for the 33rd year, bringing Melbourne’s biggest Greek street party to the CBD.
When: 29 February (11.00 am)-1 March (12.00 pm)
Where: Lonsdale St, Melbourne
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: HUMAN FLOW
An encore screening of Human Flow directed by Ai Weiwei that gives a powerful visual expression of mass human migration.
When: Wednesday 12 February at 7.00 pm
Where: Hoyts Broadway (Cnr Greek & Bay Sts, Sydney)
LECTURES: ‘GREEK CAFES & MILK BARS OF AUSTRALIA’
Historian Leonard Janiszewski and photographer Effy Alexakis will deliver a lecture for the NSW Seniors Festival this month.
When: Thursday 13 February from 10.00-11.30 am
Where: Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre (80 Rickard Rd, Bankstown)
ADULTS IN THE ROOM WITH Q&A BY YANIS VAROUFAKIS
Film screening of Adults in the Room (2019), a French-Greek production by director Costa-Gavras, based on the political memoirs of Yanis Varoufakis, who will be present to take part in a Q&A.
When: Friday 28 February at 6.30-9.30 pm
Where: Event Cinemas (505-525 George St, Sydney)
38TH GREEK FESTIVAL OF SYDNEY
The Greek Festival of Sydney returns to Darling Harbour this month. Giota Negka will perform live at Tumbalong Park on Sunday night.
When: 29 February (3.00-10.00 pm)-1 March (10.00 am-10.00 pm)
Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney
NORWOOD GREEK FESTIVAL
Enjoy traditional Greek hospitality, food, and culture.
When: Saturday 15 February at 7.00 am
Where: Greek Orthodox Community and Parish of Prophet Elias (87 Beulah Rd, Norwood)
MEET ME AT THE PARAGON: THE GREEK CAFE PHENOMENON
An exhibition that uncovers the stories of Greek migrants who established cafes and milk bars in the early 20th century.
When: On now until 15 March
Where: State Library of Queensland (Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, level 4, Stanley Place, Brisbane)