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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 November 2014
8 SATURDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2014 AUSTRALIA Cretan spirit lives on The Pancretan Association of Melbourne hosted its annu- al dinner dance last Saturday, commemorating the 148th anniversary of the Holocaust of the Arkadi Monastery, with great success. The night began with a wel- coming speech by Rena Fra- gioudakis, who highlighted this little known histori- cal event, the Holocaust of Arkadi, as a significant date in Hellenic history. The Holy Monastery of Arka- di is one of Crete's most ac- claimed symbols of freedom, where hundreds of people per- ished in the fight against the Turks, trying to unite Crete with the rest of Greece. After receiving Father George Adamakis' blessings, Michalis Houdalakis, presi- dent of the Cretan Federation in Australia and New Zea- land, and John Nikolakakis, president of the association, sparked off the celebrations with an original mandinada, specially written for the oc- casion. International Cretan musi- cians took to the stage, with Nikos Manioudakis (lyra & vocals) and Kostas Alexakis (laouto), together with An- tonis Xylouris, giving a mes- merising performance. The night wasn't complete without some traditional dance performances from the junior, intermediate and sen- ior dance groups of the asso- ciation, supervised by dance teacher Mary Vasilakis. Language education made easy Looking for language education services online in Australia can be a difficult task. Or at least it was Considered the 'yellow pages' of language education servic- es, bilingual parent Ms Karen Nejad has created Australia's first comprehensive online language education directory. Languages Australia was started a year ago, in re- sponse to the difficulties Ms Nejad and other parents were encountering when trying to source information regarding bilingual education services. Catering to parents with children aged 0-18 years, the site includes information on bilingual playgroup and story time options, childcare cen- tres that teach a second lan- guage, language-based activi- ties and classes, government schools and their language programs, in addition to after school government language classes and Saturday schools. With nearly one in five Aus- tralians recorded as speaking a second language, and language education ranking high on the government agenda, the self- funded website is an invalu- able source of information. The Bilingual Shop is a re- cent addition to the website, currently stocking hand- drawn bilingual flash cards available in 10 languages, in- cluding Greek, Arabic, French and Hindi. For more information vis- it www.languagesaustralia. com.au Hand-drawn Greek bilingual flashcards available at the Languages Australia online store. Pita galore at Panepriotic festival More than 540 members and friends of the Panepirotic Un- ion of Melbourne and Victoria got together last Sunday at Star International in Preston, danced to DJ T. Galanis' folk music selections, for the tra- ditional annual Pita Festival. The attendees had the chance to taste a variety of unique and delicious pita recipes from all over Epirus. In order to highlight, pre- serve and promote the tradi- tions and customs of Epirus in the Antipodes, the union's board will allocate this year's profits to the Australian Greek Welfare Society and the Peter MacCallum foundation. Mr Porfiris also announced that every Friday, the board will organise tavern nights at the union's headquarters in Ferguson St, Abbotsford. For reservations please contact 0412 362 548. Folk dancers perform the Epiroticos at the annual Pita Festival. Young Epirotises in their traditional costumes, offer pita to everyone. Cretan folk dances and musicians on stage. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES. Young men and women keep the Cretan spirit alive.
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