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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 October 2014
18 SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER 2014 One of the top selling female vocalists of all time, with fans in every corner of the globe, the beloved 'White Rose of Athens' Nana Mouskouri will return to Australia in April 2015 for a series of exclusive concerts. The much-loved world famous singer, who has sold over 300 million CDs, is coming to Australia as part of her world tour where she has been celebrating her 80th birthday as well as the composers and writers who inspired her singing throughout the years. Nana Mouskouri turns 80 on October 13. "It is a pleasure to be able to bring the unique Nana Mouskouri back to Australian audiences; she is an enormous talent with her soaring voice and distinctive look. She is still among the top 10 best- selling artists in the world and still travels to sell out performances all around the world. Nana Mouskouri belongs to a select group of performers that have remained at the top for decades. She can still do what she has always done best - sing songs that a lot of people love very well. This is a chance for all Australians to come and see her and celebrate this visit," One World Entertainment director, Andrew McManus said. Renowned for her never- ending farewells, it is as if Mouskouri wants to thank each fan of hers personally. World tour after world tour, Her first Australian tour since 2005: Nana Mouskouri. Ahead of its world premiere at the 21st Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival, the documentary Following Shira's Journey: A Greek Jewish Odyssey will be launched at the Greek Centre of Contemporary Culture. The unique three-part project explores the history of Greece's Jewish communities and consists of Shira's Journey, a published screenplay by Carol Gordon; Following Shira's Journey: A Greek Jewish Odyssey, a documentary directed by Carol Gordon and Natalie Cunningham; and a photographic exhibition by Emmanuel Santos. It is a little known fact that there were thriving Jewish communities in Greece prior to World War II. For the past 25 years, Melbourne-based writer and the administrator for March of The Living Australia, Carol Gordon, had a burning desire to tell the story of these communities and, through the movie Shira's Journey she is doing just that. More than 60,000 Greek Jews perished in the Nazi concentration camps, and yet the experiences of Greece's Jewish population during the Holocaust have remained relatively unknown until now. In the post-war years, fear, suspicion, economic hardship and civil war relegated the sad history of the Greek Jews to the horrors of a time people preferred to forget. Interviews with Greek- Jewish Holocaust survivors, as well as second and third generation survivors, offer insights into these now extinct communities, and their much fewer modern-day descendents determined to keep culture and traditions alive - especially in the face of anti-Semitism. Shot on location in Greece in September 2013, this fascinating documentary is the labour of love of Carol Gordon and Natalie Cunningham. Through the multifaceted project - documentary, photographic exhibition by Emmanuel Santos and book - the relatively untold story of the Greek Jewish communities can finally be shared with the wider community. Shira's Journey is a road- movie-with-a-difference involving three unlikely travelling companions: Shira, an ex-South African documentary filmmaker from Melbourne; Avram, an octogenarian Greek Jewish Holocaust survivor, and his American grandson Jeremy, an idealistic lawyer from New York. The launch will include a presentation of the published screenplay, excerpts from the recently completed documentary and selected images by photographer Emmanuel Santos, shot on location during the filming of the documentary. Shira's Journey will be launched on Sunday 12 October at 4.00 pm, at the Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale Street Melbourne. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org The movie will premiere at the Delphi Bank 21st Greek Film Festival on Sunday 26 October, at 5.00 pm at Palace Cinema Como. For more information about Shira's Journey, visit www.shirasjourney.com Shira’s Journey to be launched A unique three-part project exploring the history of Greece’s Jewish communities will be launched ahead of its Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival premiere One of female with fa of the 'White Mousk Austra series The m famous over 30 coming of her she has her 80 asthec writers singing years. turns 8 "It is to brin Mousk audien Her first Christopher Ditsas misses out on Miss Universe contest First featured in Neos Kosmos two weeks ago, Sydney designer Christopher Ditsas was pipped at the post in the commercial television competition JOHN PYRROS Sydney designer Christopher Ditsas has fallen at the final hurdle in his quest to have his dress design feature at the 2014 Miss Universe pageant. The winning design of 'The Elucent Skincare National Costume Competition', run via Channel 7's Sunrise program, will be worn by Australia's representative at the pageant. He was told late last week that he had not made the final cut. Ditsas told Neos Kosmos that despite the disappointment he was proud of his uniquely Australian design - a prerequisite for entering. "You know it's nice to see something for your efforts and I really believed in my design but I guess the people vote as they see fit so perhaps this wasn't Australian enough or maybe not as obvious enough, who knows?" He said he would continue with his full-time job as a chef, and doesn't have any immediate plans for design projects, but is keeping his options open. "I'm keeping in touch with the people from the pageant, they probably want me to re- enter next year - they've more or less indicated so, and we'll see how it goes," Ditsas said. "It was a fun and enjoyable experience. You want to win, naturally, but hopefully better luck next time and who knows, maybe I can approach different pageants or different competitions and see where it takes me from there." Ditsas praised the winning design as a “well-thought out” and “well executed” deserving piece, inspired by Australia's indigenous culture.
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