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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 November 2014
8 AUSTRALIA Adelaide prepares for annual Glendi My Kitchen Rules’ Helena and Vikki will headline the cooking demonstrations, while Greece’s Nikos Tzoumas will perform live Adelaide is getting ready to host its popular Glendi Greek Festival next weekend, the 36th festival since its inception in 1978. Returning to Bonython Park on 29 and 30 November 2014, the Glendi is already shaping up to be a huge celebration of all things Greek for the third largest Greek community in Australia. One of the highlights of the program will be cooking demonstrations by Helena and Vikki of My Kitchen Rules fame, who will be entertaining crowds on both nights. The international act will be Greek singer Nikos Tzoumas, who will be joined by Sydney special guest Tommy Tsonis on the bouzouki. The Glendi will host a number of local dance troops and musicians to entertain the crowds all day on two stages. For those looking to brush up on their cultural knowledge, a special Cultural Marquee will be set up to cover a number of Greek topics. John Ward will give a presentation on the ancient Antikythera Mechanism, which is believe to be the first computer uncovered. Dr George Couvalis will give a lecture on John Philoponus and the beginning of time, while Professor Andreas Evdokiou will hope to inform people on the therapies to stop the spread of breast cancer to the bone. Around 20 stalls will be set up showcasing everything from jewellery to community services and Greek language services and as the Glendi concludes, crowds will be treated to a fireworks show on Saturday night. The Glendi also uses its time to be a major fundraising vehicle for not-for-profit associations and sporting clubs, with The Adelaide Glendi will return to Bonython Park. many associations and clubs getting involved in the festival. "Last year, individual stallholders were successful in raising a combined amount exceeding $100,000 for their chosen charter; whether that be education, youth sport, performing arts to name a few. Furthermore, Glendi donated $10,000 to Cancer Council SA, its nominated 2013 Charity Partner," Glendi Greek Festival director, Mike Diakomichalis says. For this year, the festival will choose to support the Women's and Children's Hospital Foundation as its charity fundraiser. Last year around 20,000 people visited the Glendi for a taste of the motherland, the first Glendi to return back to the Bonython Park location. The change wasn't welcomed by everyone, with many visitors telling Neos Kosmos the event lacked atmosphere and felt disjointed with two stages. There were also complaints of a lack of food stalls to cater to crowds, something chairman of Adelaide Glendi Festival Board, John Chefalachis, said will be rectified this year. The Glendi Greek Festival will be held over the November 2930 weekend from 12 noon to 12 midnight on Saturday and 12 noon to 11.00 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for children and $30 for families. Children under five are free. For more information and a festival program, visit www.glendigreekfestival.com.au Electromyography machine bought through Greek generosity Professor Jim Colebatch, director, Clinical Neurophysiology Unit, Prince of Wales Hospital (R), explains to representatives from the four Greek community-based organisations how the new dome camera Electroencephalograph system works. Four Greek community-based organisations have helped the Prince of Wales Hospital's Clinical Neurophysiology Unit purchase a electromyography machine. The joint initiative from AHEPA, the Hellenic Social Bowls Association, the Pan Arcadian Association and the Psili Vrisi Tegeas Association of NSW helped to raise $40,000 for the hospital. The director of operations at Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital Professor, Mr Jon Roberts, expressed his gratitude at the donation. "This generous donation will enable Prince of Wales Hospital’s Clinical Neurophysiology Unit to be equipped with the latest technology to assist our staff in accurately diagnosing neurological conditions in children and adults," Mr Roberts said. The unit also received a new dome camera electroencephalograph system through the generosity of the Australasian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) via the Sydney Children's Hospital Wish Fund. Loco Hall celebrates 100 years Melbourne’s historic building saved by the Arcadians The members of the Panarcadian Association of Melbourne and Victoria ‘O Kolokotronis’, were proud to celebrate the 100-year story of Loco Hall with a cocktail party that was held on Friday 14 November. The historic building at 570 Victoria Street in North Melbourne, which now houses the association's club rooms, was originally built in 1914. Loco Hall was saved by ‘O Kolokotronis’ after being acquired by the Arcadians in 1885. It originally served as a movie theatre and then housed the Locomotive Association of Victoria head office. Taking into consideration the building's design and purpose, the Panarcadian Committee decided not to change its basic structure, yet they refurbished the exterior as well as the interior to help turn it into a cultural centre. The Panarcadian Associa- tion president Dimitrios Alexopoulos stressed that maintaining the train figurine on the roofline, preserving the hall’s early 19th century character, was essential during the renovation. Throughout these years, the Arcadians overcame financial and other difficulties, managing to restore the smaller function room on level one and the main function room on level two, as well as the distinctive pressed metal ceiling. The pieces that were damaged are kept within the premises and have been replaced with replicas. The refurbishment project commenced on April 2012 and was completed two years ago. This year's 100th anniversary was also highlighted by an exhibition of historic photos and documents, along with the presentation of a bilingual book on the building's history, entitled Loco Hall 1914-2014. SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2014 Melbourne commemorates November 17 uprising Greeks on Monday marked the 41st anniversary of the National Technical University of Athens (Athens Polytechnic) uprising against the then-ruling military Junta, with what unfortunately happened to be the largest and one of the most violent rallies since. The local Committee of the Greek Community in Melbourne, however, invites diaspora Greeks to participate in an open commemorative celebration tomorrow, Sunday 23 November at 4.00 pm. The event will be held at the 'Dimokritos' Cultural Centre, 583 High Street, in Northcote. Professor Yiannis Milidis will also give a lecture on the historic bloodstained day of the uprising, followed by a live music performance by Christos Ioannidis and Giorgos Spyrou. The committee has arranged for a free buffet with coffee, beverages and desserts for the attendees of this peaceful anniversary demonstration of support of the thousands of Greek protestors and students who participated in the annual protest rally honouring the uprising of November 17, 1973.
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