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Leaders and officials send messages to commemorate 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete

Melbourne commemorated the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Crete, one of the most dramatic battles of the Second World War, earlier this year with a number of events. Over …

Australia’s PM thanks multicultural communities, honours their sacrifices

This year’s Budget is a significant time in Australia’s history as the world confronts the worst pandemic in a century. We see the terrible impacts and toll of COVID-19 almost …

William Lloyd and the liberation of Pontus

It is fair to say that sadly, even today, the region of Pontus exists on the margins of the Greek national and historical narrative. A remote land nestled between the …

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Protection for European Citizens outside Europe

If you hold a Greek passport, you are considered a European citizen, meaning a citizen of a member state of the European Union (EU). Holding a Greek / European passport …

Celebration of multiculturalism at the Victorian Premier’s Iftar Dinner

The Victorian Premier’s Iftar Dinner was a symbol of multiculturalism at its finest, with representatives from all faiths in attendance. I had the privilege of being seated beside Minister Melissa …

What Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ can teach us about reentering the world after a year of isolation

In the ancient Greek epic “The Odyssey,” Homer’s hero, Odysseus, describes the wild land of the Cyclops as a place where people don’t gather together in public, where each person …

Dark days of Disco-bolus

I am fascinated by the discobolus silhouette that adorns the façade of the Greek Centre in Melbourne’s CBD. Viewed from close up, the edifice appears to be populated by disparate …

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Old neighbourhoods: Sydney historian Vasilis Vasilas releases festival edition of “Little Athens: Marrickville”

This time last year, Sydney historian, Vasilis Vasilas, would have officially launched “Little Athens: Marrickville” under the auspices of the 38th Greek Festival of Sydney; with the outbreak of COVID- …

“I promised Olympia Dukakis I’d never let the world forget her”

After decades worth of distinguished work, the death of Olympia Dukakis, 89, struck at the core of the entertainment industry where she will be remembered for her talent. Greeks around …

The evolution of the “Greek mum”

There was a time when “Greek mothers” had a bit of a reputation. They were the ones who chased you round the park feeding you rizogalo (rice pudding) by the …

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