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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 1 November 2014
SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2014 9 AUSTRALIA Maniates celebrate in style The Pan Maniot Union of Australia (PMUA) put on their annual dinner dance last Sat- urday night at Yiannis Tavern in Kew. The event, sponsored by Delphi Bank, had a great turnout, with many attending on the night. Extending into the late hours of the night, guests filled up on great Greek food and drink, creating a festive atmosphere. Oxi Day remembered Thousands of Greek Austral- ians marked Oxi Day this week with commemorative services around the nation. In Melbourne, hundreds gathered at Axion Esti mon- astery to start proceedings on Sunday to show their re- spects to the Greek soldiers who fought the Italian as- sault after October 28, 1940 during WWII. The church service was led by Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, before the crowd moved out to watch a wreath-laying cer- emony at the monastery's cenotaph. Greek Consul General of Melbourne Christina Sim- antiraki was joined by pres- ident of the Greek commu- nity of Melbourne and Victo- ria, Bill Papastergiadis, Pan Cretan Association president George Nikolakakis and the president of the Union of Communities, Quarters Ko- stas Kontis in laying wreaths at the site. On Tuesday, the day of the anniversary of Greece's entry into WWII, Melbourne's RSL Hellenic Sub-Branch led the wreath laying service at the Australian Hellenic Memo- rial in the Domain Gardens, after a service was held at Agios Eustasios church in South Melbourne. Greek Consul General Ms Simanti- rakis, and Brigadier Keith Rossi, WW2 veteran and rep- resenting the RSL, addressed the assembled crowd, which included dignitaries, politi- cians from both sides of pol- itics and students from Al- phington Grammar. In Sydney, Greek Austral- ians gathered at the AN- ZAC Memorial in Hyde Park to host a memorial service, something that has never happened on that site before. The Greek Ambassador to Australia Haris Dafaranos joined the Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Dr Stavros Kyrminis, in laying wreaths at memorial. During the ser- vice, 646 stars were scattered with the names of Austral- ian and New Zealand soldiers who died on Greek land dur- ing the war. A reception hosted by the Greek Community of NSW followed, with the young Greek Australian community students reciting poems and performing traditional dances. The events were preceded by the Being Greek Festival presented by the Greek Or- thodox Parish and Commu- nity of Kogarah, which was used to commemorate Oxi Day celebrations. The Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of St Ioannis in Parramatta hosted their own liturgy on Sunday, while the parish's Greek school held a national day concert. In the Gold Coast, Father Romanos led a liturgy at St Anna's Greek Orthodox church on Sunday to com- memorate the anniversary. The Queensland Greek Con- sul General, Jim Raptis, took part in the service alongside the Greek community and representatives of AHEPA. Many younger members of the community felt com- pelled to dress up in national costume, and led the crowd in singing the Greek national anthem. Greek Australians all around the nation held vigils to commemorate the day Greece entered WWII President of PMUA, Sotirios Mourtzeas, giving his speech on the night. Guests were all smiles at Yiannis Tavern in Kew. Fundraiser receives standing ovation ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS The Hellenic Women's Cul- tural Association (Estia) put on a wonderful showcase of Greek music last Sunday 26 October, in a bid to raise funds for the new Hellenic Cultural Centre on Lonsdale Street. Founded in 1978, the larg- est and oldest Greek women's association in Melbourne felt the need for an updated com- munity space to accommo- date for its larger numbers. "It's something that has been missing from our com- munity. We're very proud indeed that at last we have somewhere we can actual- ly go and feel proud of and comfortable in," Ms Patricia Drivas, vice president of the association, told Neos Kos- mos. Commencing in the early af- ternoon at the Manningham Function Centre, 300 peo- ple attended the event, with a program jam-packed with Greek musical entertain- ment. A full orchestra com- prising the bouzouki, bagla- ma and violin assisted music performances ranging from the '50s, rembetika and laika. "Everyone was very, very happy. There was a standing ovation, people didn't want to leave," Ms Drivas said. "It was a beautiful afternoon and a very successful event." The women's association aims to promote the Greek language, culture and herit- age, making it an invaluable part of the community. Vice president of the Hellenic Cul- tural Women's Association (Estia), Patricia Drivas addresses guests at the event. Violinist Theano Milides performing at the concert last Sunday. Bishop Ezekiel leading the service at Melbourne's Axion Esti. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. Secretary Pauline Velahoutakos enjoys herself among guests.
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