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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 December 2014
36 Go Greek in March CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 "Ours is similar, it's about highlighting the fact that we need to do more if we want to keep our language alive. 'Let's put the lights on the Greek language this March." With the Antipodes Festival and Greek National Day both falling within the month, March appears the ideal period to promote the language. Asked if families would be able to sustain four weeks of Greek being the primary language of communication, Mr Zafiropoulos said: "Absolutely they can, if there's an effort and if it's widely-known. I'm very optimistic." Meanwhile reaction to the idea has been positive. Bill Papastergiadis, president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, said he was delighted to support the campaign and that the GOCMV welcomed the initiative. "Language is the gateway to culture. Stay close to our wonderful traditions by conversing in Greek," said Mr Papastergiadis. Reflecting on his own strategy for encouraging Greek to be spoken at home regularly, GOCMV's president said negotiating an arrangement with one's children was one way to go. "One thing I do is, I've an agreement with my little kids to spend our weekends trying to talk to one another in Greek. "It's a win-win for everyone, as it provides us with a protracted period of time to practice, but it's also not an overly restrictive period for not speaking English. Manos Tzimpragos, principal of GOCMV's language schools, told Neos Kosmos: "It's a great initiative. It will give an opportunity for children and families to be immersed in the language, and for parents to get involved in real life situations where the language is used. Little Lukas Rosenbaum has taken the trip of a lifetime, travelling all the way to Darwin on The Ghan Lukas Rosenbaum has had his 'wish' granted, and has travelled all the way to Darwin on the Ghan for the trip of a lifetime. An avid train enthusiast, 5-year-old Lukas spent two nights and three days on the train travelling through the heart of Australia, and charmed the Ghan staff who let him visit the drivers cabin. He was able to take the reins of the train for a little bit, and even got to toot the horn, a huge highlight. While watching the Australian countryside whiz past, Lukas also mingled with the passengers and had fun switching between bunks in the gold service sleeper cabin. The trip was thanks to the Starlight Children's Foundation, who also helped Lukas and his parents, Irene and Ralf, take a well needed break. They were also treated to two days in Darwin where they were able to visit the territory's famous crocodiles and hand feed the fish. Lukas was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour called medulloblastoma two years ago, - - n Darwin where On the Ghan for a long journey. SATURDAY 20 DECEMBER 2014 Astor Theatre could be saved "By coincidence, we are planning for our teaching programs in March to include playing traditional Greek games, in which children will use the language, so that can compliment Speak Greek month." Tasos Douvartzidis, chair of Community Languages Australia, the umbrella body that unites ethnic schools across Australia, said that the project was to be applauded. "There is a need to take a positive approach to embracing the Greek language, and not enforcing it," said Mr Douvartzidis. "We need positive pathways to see that speaking Greek becomes, let us say 'trendy' within households". The Speak Greek in March project will look to gather momentum in the new year with consultations planned with media outlets, schools, teachers, community organisations and other stakeholders. Palace Cinemas are in talks with the owners to keep the Astor Theatre screening past the April 2015 lease cutoff The soon-to-be-closed Astor Theatre might be given a reprieve as current owners of the theatre enter into talks with Palace Cinemas management. Broadsheet revealed that Palace Cinemas CEO Benjamin Zeccola is in discussions with owner George Florence and building owner Ralph Taranto to take custodianship of the independent cinema. In Greek hands for a long period of time thanks to the late Stathis Raftopoulos, the last screening for the cinema is scheduled for April 2015, after which bulldozers will tear up the art deco building to make way for apartments. If the takeover goes ahead and the lease gets renewed, The Astor Theatre, still screening 78 years on. Palace Cinemas has said it will keep the theatre's staff and continue operating the single screen cinema with new releases and classic films. The Astor Theatre, built in 1936, was at the heart of the cultural life of the Greek community of Melbourne, from the 1960s until the early 1980s. Current owner Mr Florence is actually a nephew of Sta- this Raftopoulos and remembers seeing the Astor screen Greek movies and stage Greek concerts and theatre productions. The Raftopoulos family used to own 12 cinemas around the state, and welcomed legendary Greek artists such as Dimitris Mitropanos, Vicki Mosholiou, Bessy Argiraki and Dimitris Kollatos at the Astor. Lukas gets his holiday wish New AHEPA Youth executive elected AHEPA Youth have capped off a long fruitful year by electing a new executive. Former president John Papaemmanouil has vacated his spot to welcome new president Anthea Tsaousis, the first female president for the youth chapter. She is joined by vice president Marialena Michanetzi and secretary Anna Vassiladis. Miss Tsaousis expressed her desire to increase membership and their fundrasing efforts for Father Themis' Orthodox Mission in Sierra Leone. While fundraising is a big part of AHEPA Youth's culture, she would also like to expand the group's networking opportunities and continue events like the AHEPANUGAS Business Breakfast. "AHEPA is all about being upstanding citizens of our community and we are going to try and do this in more innovative ways to build upon our past success and attract more youth: colourful fund- raisers, business breakfasts and more member-based activities," she said. Full list of the executive: President, Anthea Tsaousis; vice president, Marialena Michanetzi; secretary, Anna Vassiliadis; treasurer, Ross Katsambanis; warden, Katherine Tunaley; director of ceremonies, Paula Oude-Vrielink; prayer reader and PR, George Stratigis; governors, John Papaemmanouil and Jiannis Tsaousis. and underwent lif and underwent lifechanging treatment in Texas last year thanks to the generous donations of the Greek community. He is now one-year cancer free, and will be starting school next year. The new AHEPA Youth executive with fellow members. Captain Lukas at the helm.
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