Mary Sinanidis

Life

It’s a wrap! Delphi Bank’s 26th Greek Film Festival is over and Leonidas Vlahakis remembers blasts from the past

For Delphi Bank 26th Greek Film Festival (GFF) co-chairman Leonidas Vlahakis, this year’s GFF was one of the best in his 19-year tenure as an organiser of the event – …

Life

Betty Athanasaki and her Australian campaign to ensure The Smile of the Child burns bright

For the last 10 years, Betty Athanasaki has spearheaded a campaign in Australia to support children of Greece by raising money for the Smile of the Child (Hamogelo tou Paidiou), …

Dialogue

Misogyny is a Greek word too: Greece performs badly in the Gender Equality Index 2019

Sexism and misogyny are rooted in ancient Athens where women were once viewed as possessions of men and did not enjoy citizenship rights because of their gender. Despite being the …

News

Coburg West Primary School plays ‘numbers game’ in decision to cut Greek language lessons

It was last September when Coburg West Primary School (CWPS) principal Mark Colagrande assured the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) that the Greek language program would indeed be part of …

News

Gambling Harm Awareness Week casts focus on an ‘invisible illness’ normalised by Greek culture

Gambling is a part of social life in Greek culture. Men traditionally play tavli at the kafenion, women enjoy playing card games and even children join in from an early …

Life

Athens suburbia: Return to Nea Smyrni, a neighbourhood gem in Greece

On their way to Sydney from Istanbul in the early ’70s, my parents passed by Athens and bought a small flat – still under construction – in Nea Smyrni, south …

Dialogue

Why are dangerous Australian magpies so different to their docile European counterparts?

What’s the most dangerous Australian animal? Your mind may wander to deadly funnel web spiders enjoying the moistness inside your shoe, crocodiles lurking by the river, rattlesnakes and the like… …

Dialogue

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis wants Greeks abroad to vote because he can relate to them

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis described a plan submitted by main opposition SYRIZA party on the vote of the diaspora in general elections as a “deeply offensive” proposal that treats …

Life

New bakery Alevri creates the moussaka pie and the baklava cheesecake

An upmarket Greek bakery, cafe, zacharoplasteio, known as Alevri, aims to showcase the flavour, diversity, provenance and sheer quality that Greece has to offer and Aussies yearn for. But while …

News

Australian Labor uproar and migrant pensioner concern about six-week pension supplement rule

In a policy dispute with the government, the Labor caucus agreed to oppose the bill that would cancel the age pension supplement for the people who spend more than six …