The traditional music cultures of Crete and Pontus will be explored in a free lecture co-organised by the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney, the Pontian Association of NSW “Pontoxeniteas” and the Cretan Association of Sydney and NSW on 15 October.

Looking at the historical context that shaped the traditions of these two ‘frontier societies of the Greek world’ will be Dr Alfred Vincent from the University of Sydney, who will emphasise their similarities from a linguistic, cultural and musical point of view.

Members of the Pontian Association of NSW Pontoxeniteas. Photo: Neos Kosmos Archive/Supplied

Vincent, who taught for 25 years at the Uni, specialising in Modern Greek Studies, holds deep interest in Cretan literature from the time of Venetian rule in 1211-1669, Greek music, the works of Nikos Kazantzakis and 16th and 17th century European comedy.

Traditional music will follow the talk, which will highlight the common elements of the two traditions, serving as an acoustic to what is being described as a “special meeting” between Crete and Pontus.

When: Sunday, 15 October from 3pm to 5pm

Where: Cyprus Community Club of NSW on 58/76 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore