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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 October 2014
SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER 2014 23 AUSTRALIA In another blow to Australia's Hellenistic heartbeat, Lons- dale Street's iconic Medallion Café has announced it will be shutting its doors. Since 1970 Medallion has stood tall at the centre of eve- rything Greek in Melbourne's CBD, and for a lot of Greeks it was 'the' meeting place for most of those years. On the back of the announce- ment, many first and second generation Greek Australians took to social media to voice their angst and to recount their endless memories. Although Melbourne's Greek heartbeat has been gradually shifting from Lonsdale Street to Oakleigh, Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) presi- dent Bill Papastergiadis be- lieves Hellenism is still vi- brant on the traditional Lon- sdale Street strip - helped by the recent opening of the new Cultural Centre. "It's still the centre of Mel- bourne. It is the CBD for our city and our state and our presence there is very vibrant from a teaching perspective in terms of the schools that are being used in that pre- cinct, to the glendi which is by far the biggest ethnic festi- val in Australia, to the night- ly events that are being held in the Cultural Centre which are being attended by over 200 people." Despite Medallion's iconic stature, Papastergiadis says the Cultural Centre will re- invigorate the area's unique Hellenism. "It's sad. It's a sad moment to see the shop closed. We would have hoped there would have been more of an effort by all parties to ensure its continuation in one form or another, but at the same time when one door closes another one opens. "The Greek Community it- self will be announcing a major tenant for its ground floor and for its rooftop bar and we're confident that the precinct itself will sur- vive and continue to thrive, and that of the 70 per cent of the building that we have now leased, almost all of the tenants are Greeks. So what may be a small isolated event with Medallion is not being replicated elsewhere. We're confident that there will be a strong and steady proces- sion and growth within the precinct." Neos Kosmos will have more on the announcement of the GOCMV's new tenants and venture when they become available. Greek icon closes A once vibrant Medallion Cafe. Hellenism takes a hit with the closure of Medallion Café on Lonsdale Street JOHN PYRROS In the presence of hundreds of community members and representatives, the Delphi Bank 21st Greek Film Festi- val opened this week in Mel- bourne and Sydney to sellout crowds. In Melbourne and Sydney to present their film and launch the festival were lead actor of the opening film Little England, Andreas Konstantinou, and producer Giannis Iakovidis. Pantelis Voulgaris' Lit- tle England was this year's opener, taking audiences on a visual journey of the island of Andros, where two sisters become entangled in a love triangle that develops, with life-shattering consequences. "This film was made with an enormous amount of love on the island of Andros," said Konstantinou. "We're humbled to be here on the other side of the world presenting our film at this important cultural event. By supporting our films, you give Greek artists the strength and inspiration we need to contin- ue to create beautiful work," Konstantinou said. Thrilled with the large crowd, Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria presi- dent Bill Papastergiadis noted that "the Greek Community of Melbourne is proud of its initiation of and involvement in this festival for 21 years". "The current films on offer are a product of the present economic and social situ- ation in Greece. They tell a particular story about the ef- fect of these social economic factors on the daily lives of Greeks. We witness Greece not in the way that post- cards depict Mykonos. It's worth the journey because it provides a window for us to look at contemporary Greece," Mr Papastergiadis said at the Melbourne opening. Following the screening of Little England at Melbourne's Como cinema, guests enjoyed food and drinks, dancing past midnight to local band Gyftoi Lite. Taking guests by surprise, Greek Cypriot singer Mihalis Hatzigiannis and partner Zeta Makripoulia snuck into the party, staying to mingle and take photos with fans. Hatzigiannis is in Mel- bourne for a unique concert with the Melbourne Sympho- ny Orchestra as part of the Melbourne Festival, which will be hosted tonight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. For the next two-and-a-half weeks, Palace Cinema Como in Melbourne and Palace Nor- ton Street in Sydney will be- come the home of Greek cin- ema. For more information and pro- gram, visit http://greekfilmfes- tival.com.au/ No spare seats for the GFF opening President of the Greek community of NSW, Harry Danalis, with the lead actor of Little England, Andreas Konstan- tinou, Michalis Tsilimos and producer Giannis Iakovidis at the festival opening in Sydney. Close to 1,000 people attended Wednesday's opening of the 21st Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival in Melbourne. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. The 21st Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival opens in Melbourne and Sydney $9.2 million raised for new children's hospital Generous Queenslanders dug deep into their pockets, help- ing raise over $9.2 million for the Children's Hospital Foun- dation in the inaugural Chan- nel Nine Children's Hospital Telethon held in Brisbane last Saturday night. Funds raised will go directly to the new Lady Cilento Chil- dren's Hospital, which will be the largest children's hospital and research precinct in the southern hemisphere, set to open on November 20. The telethon was the first of its kind to take place in Bris- bane in over 20 years, thanks to the persistence of John La- zarou, public relations direc- tor of franchise chain The Coffee Club. The Coffee Club Telethon Ball also took place on the night at the Brisbane Con- vention and Entertainment Centre, raising just under $180,000 for the charity. The Coffee Club has been raising money for the Chil- dren's Hospital Foundation for the past 20 years, having raised over $8 million in total. John Lazarou with Miss World Australia on the night of the Coffee Club Telethon Ball.
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