LONSDALE STREET GREEK FESTIVAL
The Lonsdale St Greek Festival returns for the 33rd year, bringing Melbourne’s biggest Greek street party to the CBD. There will be plenty of stalls set up, food to try, drinks to be had and hours of entertainment across three stages. Headlining the free Saturday night concert will be Yiota Negka, while Sifis Tsourdalakis, one of Melbourne’s most gifted Greek exports, will close the event.
When: 29 February (11.00 am)-1 March (12.00 pm)
Where: Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC
RHODIAN BROTHERHOOD ENSOMATOSI BALL
The Rhodes Club of Melbourne is holding the Ensomatosi Ball to commemorate the union of the Dodecanese Islands with Greece in 1947. The event has relevance today with the rising tensions with Turkey since the discovery of offshore oil and gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean.
Live music by Apostoli Kapsali, John Baluka and Andreas Koika.
Where: 46 Straker St North Melbourne When: Saturday 7 March, 7pm
Tickets: $60 per person, payment at the door on the day of the event. Includes a three-course meal, beer, wine and soft drinks available.
Booking essential: Before Wednesday, 4 March. For booking information visit the website: www.rhodesclub.org.au or email: email@example.com or telephone Theo on 0404 873 290.
Cost: Free to attend
HELLENIC COMMUNITY OF WA & ST ANDREW’S GRAMMAR FIRE APPEAL
It’s time to come together with open hearts to raise as much money as possible for the victims of the Australian bushfires. The Hellenic Community of WA is doing its part by joining forces with St Andrew’s Grammar to host a fire appeal. Attendees will be treated to mezze and a souvla dinner with entertainment by DJs Mihali K and Socrates, dance group performances and more to be announced. One hundred per cent of ticket and raffle proceeds will go directly to families affected by the devastating fires.
When: Sunday 1 March at 6.00 pm
Where: Palassis Courtyard, St Andrew’s Grammar (2 Hellenic Drive, Dianella WA)
Tickets: $30 Adults, Free for those aged 16 and under
To book: Visit St Andrew’s Grammar Reception or call (08) 9376 5800. Tickets also available at the door of the event
BUSHFIRE RELIEF FUNDRAISER
Aussie Spirit Foundation presents Ena Pnevma. Greek Glendi with Djs and special guest MC Con Laz. Aussie Spirit Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation created to help the people affected by the bushfires in Gippsland. Also raffles and silent auctions on the night
When: Friday, 20 March. 9pm
Where: Trak Night Club, Toorak Road
Tickets: $25 via promoters or online at www.trybooking.com/bijqe
Contact: 0401 939 855
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)
HELLENIC MUSEUM SUMMER CINEMA
Summer Cinema is back at the Hellenic Museum this summer with a great new line-up of movies.
When: 1-29 February
Where: Hellenic Museum (280 William St, Melbourne)
MUSIC OF CRETE LIVE AT THE GREEK
Melbourne-born musicians Nikos and Adonis Xylouris will be performing the music of Crete.
When: Friday 6 March 7.30pm to 11.30pm.
Where: The Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale Street
From Vamvakaris to Tsitsanis and everything in between, O Periklis welcomes all to join in a night of music, dance, bouzouki and mezedes. Music by Meltemi Band, Byron Triantafillidis, Nick Koutsaliotis and George El-Azar.
When: Saturday 7 March from 7.30 pm-1.00 am
Where: 19-21 Ferguson St, Abbotsford
LIVE GREEK MUSIC
Mediterranean Greek Tavern is hosting a special evening over the Labour Day long weekend with live Greek music.
When: Sunday 8 March at 6.00-11.30 pm
Where: 511 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick
FLORINA FASOLATHA FESTIVAL
The Cultural Centre of Florinians “Aristotelis”s in Melbourne are hosting the Florina Fasolatha Festival.
When: Sunday, 8 March, 11am
Where: Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, 35 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang
GREEK MIGRANT REUNION PICNIC
Greek migrants who arrived at any seaport in Australia – and their descendants, families and friends – are welcome to attend a reunion picnic over the Labour Day long weekend. BYO everything. Displaying a name tag will make it easier to meet up with your fellow passengers.
When: Monday 9 March at 11.00 am-3.00 pm
Where: Princes Pier, Port Melbourne
ONE NIGHT ONLY
Akrites to Pontou presents Miltos Kyrillidis for one night only. Visit Facebook page for Akrites Australia for more details.
When: Friday, 13 March at 7pm
Where: 19-32 Ferguson St, Abbotsford
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, 11.00-12.00am, during 2020 school terms
Where: Richmond Library (415 Church St, Richmond)
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. Yiota 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
SYDNEY GREEK JAM (ALLA BOITE)
Catch two of Sydney’s latest collaborations on the Greek music scene: Sourta Ferta from Athens, Crete and Lesvos, specialising in entechno/laiko/elafrolaiko and Banda Politika presenting Greek traditional folk tunes from the regions of Constantinople, Smyrne and the Erythrea Peninsula.
When: Thursday 5 March from 7.00-11.30 pm
Where: La Boite Performance Space (837 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill)
Learn to prepare a traditional three-course Greek feast, including both sweet and savoury recipes.
When: Thursday 5 March from 6.00-9.00 pm
Where: St George & Sutherland Community College (127-129 Sutherland Rd, Jannali)
NIGHT AT THE WOPERA
Wop n’Roll Stand Up Comedy Spectacular from George Kapiniaris and Gab Rossi as part of the Adelaide Fringe (to 15 March)
Where: Rhino Room, 113 Pirie Street, Adelaide
When: 3-6 March, 10-13 March
FREE DOCUMENTARY SCREENING
Messinian Association of South Australia will host free screenings of Magna Graecia documentaries by Billy Cotsis and Basil Genimahaliotis as part of Festival Hellenika 2020
When: Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 4:30 – 6:15 PM
Where: 68 Stephens Ave, Adelaide, South Australia
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)