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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 04 October 2014
SATURDAY 4 OCTOBER 2014 7 AUSTRALIA Mihalis Hatzigiannis will write the first pages of the history of the new Greek Cul- tural Centre, in what will be the first musical event that the Melbourne centre will host after its official open- ing two weeks ago. In a coup for the Greek Com- munity, the Cyprus born star will perform a special inti- mate show, on Thursday 16 October, in the function space of the new building, with all proceeds going to the new Cultural Centre. Tickets for this event are extremely lim- ited with just over 100 seats available. "Mihalis has generously of- fered to play, to assist with fundraising for the cen- tre. The idea is to provide a unique and exclusive oppor- tunity for 100 guests to see him and his band in the most intimate of settings," Jorge Menidis, director of Cultural Programs of the Greek Com- munity of Melbourne and Victoria told Neos Kosmos. "Importantly, it will be the first musical event that the new centre will host in its function space." Giving his Melbourne fans two opportunities to see him live, Hatzigiannis will also perform as part of Australia's leading arts event, the Mel- bourne Festival 2014. Performing with the full weight of the 80 piece sym- phony orchestra backing him, Hatzigiannis and his band will play all his hits and more at the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday 18 October. For Jorge Menidis, the con- cert is a testament to the art- ist and the city of Melbourne that a festival as prestigious as the Melbourne Festival will look to a Greek singing artist to perform in what is one of its marquee events. "I know that Mihalis with his band and the whole of the Melbourne Symphony Or- chestra will present a night that will be spoken about for years to come. I also think that Melbourne Festival need to be commended for pricing the concert in such a way that it is truly accessible for eve- ryone. With tickets starting at $25 (for bookings on the phone for students) and plac- ing the event in such a fam- ily friendly venue and time, I think that they have set the grounds for a massive night," Menidis said. Following rave reviews from Hatzigiannis' recent tour in the UK and North America, the concert is expected to at- tract wider audience. "Significantly, I think that by partnering with the MSO, we will see a significant number of patrons who will be expe- riencing a Greek show for the first time," Menidis said. With tickets for the Sidney Myer Music Bowl show sell- ing well, Menidis told Neos Kosmos limited premium seating has already been sold out, with A-reserve seating tickets selling fast. "Tickets are now available for the lawn which is an amazing place to take in the whole show. For anyone who has ever been to the Music Bowl you know that it is the closest thing to a Greek thea- tre that we have in this town. "I think that this Melbourne Festival initiative is one of the most important program- ming developments to hap- pen to Greek live music in a very long time. We are talk- ing about an iconic orchestra, iconic venue and an all too inexpensive price point. We all need to come along and support their initiative and enjoy what will be an amaz- ing night to be remembered." Mihalis Hatzigiannis will perform at the Greek Cultural Centre, 168 Lonsdale St, Mel- bourne, on Thursday 16 Octo- ber. Drinks and supper on the rooftop at 7.00 pm, with show to start at 8.15 pm. Tickets are $300, with drinks and supper included. To purchase tickets, contact 03 9662 2722. All sales are tax deductible. On Saturday 18 October, Hatzigiannis will perform at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, at 6.30 pm. Tickets from Ticket- master.com.au or call 136 100. Hatzigiannis adds another performance Mihalis Hatzigiannis will perform in the intimate setting of the new Greek Cultural Centre, for 100 guests only. The Greek pop star has generously offered to perform in the intimate setting of the new Greek Cultural Centre to assist with fundraising MAJA JOVIC New South Wales (NSW) MP George Souris has an- nounced he will not recon- test the 2015 state elections, after 27 years in parliament. During his tenure, Mr Souris served as the tour- ism, hospitality and racing minister as an MP in the Up- per House. He lost his cabi- net position when current NSW Premier Mike Baird was appointed, following the controversial resigna- tion of then Premier Barry O'Farrell. Following his announce- ment, Mr Souris expressed his disappointment at his demotion. "I was in the ministry and I was dropped from the minis- try. I don't want to sit on the back bench with the tag 'was dumped'," he said. Mr Souris's announcement comes on the back of a wave of announcements by Greek Australian parliamentarians who are set to retire. Victorian MPs Nicholas Kotsiras (Liberal) and John Pandazopoulos (Labor), along with Northern Ter- ritory Labor politician Kon Vatskalis have all announced their retirement by year's end. The retirements coincide with Greek Australian for- mer federal parliamentarians Sophie Mirabella (Liberal) and Steve Georganos (Labor) losing their seats in the 2013 federal election. Any impact on the commu- nity, due to the large scale exodus by Greek Australian politicians at both state and federal levels, is unknown. Source: Sydney Morning Herald Another Greek Australian politician calls it quits Former NSW Tourism and Major Events Minister George Souris with NSW origin star Robbie Farah. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/JAMES MORGAN. New South Wales Nationals MP George Souris announces his retirement Daylight saving will begin for the eastern states of Australia tomorrow. The clocks in Victoria, NSW, South Australia, ACT and Tasmania will go forward one hour at 2.00 am Sun- day. After daylight saving the time difference between Australia's eastern states and Greece will be eight hours. This will apply un- til 26 Oct 2014 when Day- light Saving Time will end in Greece. Daylight saving as of tomorrow Trojan Women to open Aristotelian society celebration Modern Greek students at the LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture will perform scenes from the Euripides drama Trojan Women as part of the Aristotelian Society celebra- tions. The society, made up of community members, groups and businesses who seek to preserve the Greek language and see it thrive, will com- memorate its work in a spe- cial celebration on October 22 in South Australia. Presented by LOGOS, the Pan Macedonian Association of South Australia and Flin- ders University, the celebra- tion will be a chance to re- visit the year's achievements. This year the LOGOS team welcomed Associate Profes- sor Aspasia Hatzidakis and Associate Professor Giannis Spantidakis from the Uni- versity of Crete for a spe- cial seminar and set up a Modern Greek program at Queensland's Griffith Uni- veristy. The program also of- fers 10 scholarships worth $10,000 each to study the language. The LOGOS Centre for Hel- lenic Language and Culture was set up in 2011, and has received $600,000 worth of funding over four years from the South Australian govern- ment and the Greek govern- ment. The online Modern Greek course is offered in South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. The Aristotelian Society cel- ebration will be on October 22 at 7.00 pm at the North Lec- ture Theatre, Level 1, School of Humanities at Flinders University. RSVP to Lay- la Plummer at layla.plum- firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (08) 8201 3854 by October 15.
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