Cleo’s Stratos

Running for five more shows this week, Cleo’s Stratos is a new play telling the story of a Greek-Australian family dealing with a cancelled Aegean Sea cruise as lockdowns begin. Phil Vitaliforos, the father, decides to build a rally car – The Lanica Stratos, in his garage on Warragul Road, Oakleigh South to while away his time – much to the horror of his wife Mary and adult daughter Cleo.

The family’s fate lies in the hands of the Gods, as Delta Disease ravages the city, there is more in store for the trio than they expect in this modern Greek-Australian play starring Ruth Katerelos.

Neos Kosmos readers are offered a discounted price of $20 with use of the promo code VIP.

When: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Where: Cracked Actors Theatre (CAT) Level 1, 34 Lakeside Drive, Albert Park Victoria 3206


Lemnian Youth Paniyiri

This event will bring the classic paniyiri style party direct to the Greek community and others from Lemnos, Greece.

There will be live music by Antonis Bouzouki, DJ provided by Protact Entertainment, Greek food, drinks, dancing, raffles and more.

Tickets will include one plate of food and a soft drink.

When: Sunday, November 26, 12pm-5pm

Where: 906 Springvale Rd, Braeside VIC 3195


Nina Cantina’s last Greek BBQ for the year is on this Sunday at Port Kembla Community centre. Still some tickets available. Photo: Nina Cantina/Facebook

Paint and Sip Class: The Greek House

For those wanting to escape to a Greek summer or looking for something unique to do in Melbourne, this class may be of interest. Learn how to paint but also temporarily enter a Greek sanctuary of white cave houses, dramatic scenery and bright colours.

Music will fill the room as guests gain artistic tuition from a professional artist. All painting materials are provided such as a canvas, easel, paints, brushes and an apron.

Also encouraged is bringing drinks and snacks, with glassware and bottle openers provided, and it is suggested that if you want more time to socialise, to go earlier and view the exhibitions.

The studio’s door opens 15 minutes before and closes 15 minutes after the starting time. Arriving later would be considered a no-show

When: Sunday, November 26, 2pm-4pm

Where: 4/81 Denmark Street Kew, VIC 3101


Greek-Australian Cultural League at Book Fair

GACL is set to reveal the outstanding talents of the Literary Competition 2023, with the eagerly anticipated announcement set to take place amidst the vibrant atmosphere of the Book Fair exhibition, a two-day event beginning on Saturday.

All GACL members and friends are warmly invited to explore and acquire books of their interest and to join in celebrating and applauding the winners of the Literary Competition.

The event promises to be a fusion of literary excellence and community spirit, embracing creativity and camaraderie. In addition to this exciting revelation, the GACL extends a cordial invitation to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, December 3, at 2.00 pm, hosted at the same venue.

Attendees are encouraged to participate and contemplate involvement in the Administration Committee for 2024 and beyond. The GACL values diverse skills, capabilities, and a passion for community engagement, welcoming and appreciating all contributions that can make a substantial impact.

The GACL eagerly anticipates all participants’ presence and active involvement at both these enriching events.

When: Saturday, November 25, 4pm

Where: Greek Centre, Mez floor, 168 Lonsdale St., Melbourne

More Information: Reach out to

Melbourne Book Fair. Photo: Supplied


My Big Fat Greek BBQ

Nina Cantina’s last Greek BBQ for the year is on this Sunday for those wanting to learn how to make delicious Greek inspired BBQ dishes.

Owner Nina Kourea and her father Con will be setting up their traditional Greek-Cypriot BBQ and teaching those who attend how to make pork souvlaki and slow cooked lamb souvla. They will also make some vego inspired souvlakia as well and will teach how to make some side salads and dips. Finishing off the meal with some homemade Baklava and Greek coffee.

When: Sunday, November 26, 10.30am-1.30pm

Where: Port Kembla Community Centre Hall Port Kembla, NSW, 2505



Basile: Blame It On The Greek

Emmy-nominated comedian Basile is bringing his Greek-English show Blame It On The Greek to Australia this week.

Having entertained millions of comedy fans around the world with his unique blend of characters and improvisation, Basile is one of the most sought-after comedians in the entertainment industry today.

The multifaceted, bilingual comedian is touring globally to sold-out Greek and English-speaking audiences.

His work has been heard on Armed Forces Radio, television, and Syndicated Radio. His recent Podcast A Pinch Of Basile is now syndicated on selected radio stations in North America and throughout the world and on & Grecian Echoes Radio.

Basile has over 100 television appearances to his credit Including on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central and the Tonight Show on NBC to name a few. He was recently nominated for an Emmy for his work on ESPN’s “The Legend of Jimmy the Greek”.

When: Sunday 26 November, 7:30pm

Where: Sportys Bar Arena 150 Glen Osmond Rd, Fullarton SA


Australia Wide

The Food For Thought Network Annual General Meeting

For over two decades, the AGM has been a cornerstone event for the celebration of women in a culturally inclusive manner.

The organisation remains steadfast in its commitment to diversity and inclusion, a tradition it upholds with this year’s AGM.

The highlight of the evening promises to be an address by Dean Kotsianis, a young leader who epitomises the ideal of raising compassionate men who respect and support girls and women.

FFTN welcomes not only women but also recognises the invaluable support of men as speakers, attendees, and mentors.

Kotsianis, a dedicated final-year medical student and the youngest Greek Community of Melbourne Board member, will share his experiences, insights, and plans for nurturing the next generation in the Greek community. His recent involvement with GYG and previous contributions through NUGAS showcase his dedication to the cause.

When: Sunday November 26, 8pm

Where: Zoom

More Information: Please contact the Founder and Chair of FFTN, Varvara Athanasiou-Ioannou, at