The 12th Odyssey Festival kicked off with a spectacular show at Olympic Hall last week to the sounds of the bouzouki.

Hundreds of people attended the anticipated event, which saw the unveiling of this year’s month-long programme full of events curated around this year’s theme A Journey Through the Arts.

The event was officially opened by Greek Orthodox Community of SA president Bill Gonis, who took the opportunity to reaffirm the Community’s goal of preserving Hellenic culture and sharing it with the rest of the state.

“The progress and growth of our organisation in South Australia from the time of its incorporation in 1930 to the present represents a journey for us too and one which we are happy to share with you,” Mr Gonis said.

Guests were in for a surprise when 25 students from the Con Dalagiorgos School of Music hit the stage with bouzoukis in hand, filling the hall with classic Greek tunes accompanied by dance performances from the Community’s dance academy.

Attendees then had the chance to enjoy some unique pieces of art on show, three of which were voted as top art competition entries for this year’s Odyssey.

Taking out the top prize was Maria Sagias with her 3D work Meteora in Autumn, with second prize awarded to Despina Maragkozidi and third to Helen Victoria.

(L-R) 3rd prize winner, Helen Victoria, 1st prize recipient Maria Sagias, art judge Suzanne Morizzi, winner of 2nd prize Despina Maragkozidi, art judge Julia Karpathakis, Treasurer of the Community Carlene Vassilakis Starr, and President Bill Gonis.

Among those present on the night were a number of official guests including Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le, who said he was pleased to witness such a vibrant cultural event.

“I always look forward to spending time with our state’s Greek community, and I am proud to support this fantastic event,” said Governor Va Le.

For more information on the Odyssey Festival’s month-long programme, visit