In times of upheaval and chaos, music and song have inspired Greek people to struggle for a better world and to honour those who have given their lives for a cause.

This year, Greeks across the worlds are celebrating the 200th year anniversary of the Greek War of Independence which saw many Hellenes and Philhellenes put their lives at risk for their beliefs, for freedom, and for democracy.

To honour this, the Greek Community of Melbourne would like to present the next event in their yearlong Greece21 program: Tsitsanis, Hatzidakis, Xarchakos, Theodroakis: Songs of liberation by Greece’s four great composers.

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The event will be held on 29 May at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Southbank, presenting songs of struggle, liberation, and empowerment by Vassilis Tsitsanis, Manos Hatzidakis, Stavros Xarchakos and Mikis Theodorakis, featuring international artist Dimitris Basis, a Greek band and a symphony orchestra directed by George Ellis.

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, 16 April at