Festival Hellenika will launch tonight with a special musical night full of rebetika, laika and songs from Stelios Kazantzidis, the first of many musical, artistic and cultural events planned for the five-month program.

As one of Adelaide’s oldest festivals, Festival Hellenika is an opportunity to celebrate the arts and their Hellenic connections in the state.

Headlining the festival will be 2015 Music Hellenika performance of Greece, Mother of Mine, composed by Stavros Xarhakos. The event will also feature vocalists Jim Mountzouris, Stathis Papastergos, Deanne Taliangis, Stephanie Gates and an eight-piece band.

The play The Good Son by Elena Carapetis will start its season in April, while artist Despina Kastanos will exhibit her work under the theme ‘Sensual Sights, Hellenic Themes’ in March.

A number of talks have been organised, including new Greek migration, memories of Lemnos and Thessaloniki – Glimpses, Sounds and Tastes

For further information, visit www.festivalhellenika.org.au/ or call (08) 81002022.

Full program:

Music night
Date: Saturday 21 February @ 7.30 pm
A musical night of rebetika, laika and songs from Stelios Kazantzidis
Where: One 60 Café 160 Fullarton Road, Rose Park
Tickets: $20 Bookings: For bookings please call 0411 660 156

‘A Refugee Sings World Songs’ – over 200 shows in London with Loucas Loizou
Cabaret Music
Loucas Loizou performing original and world songs from UK, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Cyprus.
Date: Saturday 28 February & 7, 14 March @ 8.00 pm
Where: The Hilton Hotel – Fedora’s Function Room – 264 South Road, Hilton
Tickets: $15/$25 Bookings: Available at the door & Adelaide Fringe Tix – www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix

Talk (Greek):
New Greek Migration
Date: Monday 2 March @ 7.00 pm
Where: Pan Macedonian Hall 94 Henley Beach Road, Mile End
Tickets: Admission Free

Greek Life by Eugenia Pantahos
Book launch
Date: Wednesday 11 March @ 6.15 pm
Where: SA Writers Centre, Level 2, 187 Rundle Street, Adelaide
Tickets: Admission free.
For more information please call or text 0412 056 262

Music Hellenika 2015 (Concert)
Greece, Mother of Mine Music by Stavros Xarhakos
Friday 20 & Saturday 21 March – 8.00 pm
The Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Tickets: $40 available from BASS 131 246 & Spartan Electrical 8352 4222
140 Henley Beach Rd

Sensual Sights, Hellenic Themes
Art exhibition
Date: Monday 30 March- Sunday 19 April
Presented by Desma Kastanos
Where: City of West Torrens Auditorium, Hamra Centre, 1 Brooker Terrace, Hilton Tickets/bookings: NA
K.P. Kavafis by heart and by song

Date: Tuesday 31 March @ 8.00pm
Where: Marion Cultural Centre, 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park
Tickets: $30 Bookings: Spartan Electrical 8352 4222, 140 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville & limited tickets available at door
The Good Son by Elena Carapetis
Theatre (English)
Date: 8 April-25 April @ 7.00 pm
Where: The Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Tickets: Until 15 March: $25/$20 From 16 March: $30/$25/$20
Bookings: www.bakehousetheatre.com or on (08) 8227 0505. Tickets also available at the door.

Memories of Lemnos, Australian Nurses and The Anzac Centenary
Function/talk /tour (English)
Date: Sunday 19 April @ noon
Where: Army Museum SA, Keswick Army Barracks, Anzac Highway, Keswick
Tickets: $30 Bookings: Petula 0439 830 142 or Helen 0404 210 553
Thessaloniki – Glimpses, Sounds and Tastes
Flinders University Student Presentation
Date: Friday 22 May @ 7.30 pm
Where: North Adelaide Community Centre and Library, 176 Tynte Street, North Adelaide
Tickets: Admission free
Bookings: NA

Greek songs by the sea
Music night
Date: Saturday 20 June 2015 @ 6.30 pm
Tickets: $20
Bookings: 0410 765 942