Leading members of the Greek community attended the opening of Angela Kiki Konstantinopoulou’s exhibition “Heroes of 1821” at the Hellenic Club of Canberra on Friday, 19 March.

The event which was officially opened by the Greek ambassador to Australia, Georgios Papakostas, and the High Commissioner of Cyprus, Martha Mavromatis, was part of the Canberra Greek Fest and was held under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Archidiocese of Australia’s s National committee for the Bicentenary of Hellenic Independence.

The president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Canberra and the ACT, John Loukadellis was the master of ceremonies at the event that was also attended, among others, by Stef Paschalidis (the president of the Hellenic Club of Canberra), the president of AHEPA (Australasian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) New South Wales, Bill Skandalakis and former AHEPA president John Kallimanis.

The artist with some of her work on exhibition. Photo: Supplied

In addressing the audience Ms Kiki said the aim of the exhibition was to not only inspire the younger generation of Greeks in Australia but to also motivate people who were not Greek to learn more about Greek history and heritage.

“To learn about the fights of the known and unknown heroes of the Greek War of Independence, the contribution of the women and the church for the fight of freedom. The efforts of the Greek patriots inside and outside of what was considered the Greek region of that time. Because being Greek is not defined by the geographical position of your birthplace but from the flame in your heart,” the artist told the audience.

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The exhibition of 16 paintings which was held until Sunday will be shown at the AHEPA Hall in Rockdale, Sydney for the 10 next days from Friday, 26 March. The exhibition is sponsored by AHEPA.

The High Commissioner of Cyprus, Martha Mavromatis, from left, with the Greek Ambassador to Australia, Georgios Papakostas, and the artist Angela Kiki. Photo:Supplied.