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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 28 February 2015
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Festival Hellenika launched in South Australia THEODORA MAIOS In a festive and exciting atmosphere and in the company of distinguished guests, sponsors, artists and friends, the launch of the 2015 Festival Hellenika (formerly The Greek Cultural Month) took place in Adelaide. The festival was officially opened by Hieu Van Le AO, governor of South Australia, who congratulated the organisers for the great work they do in supporting, celebrating and promoting the Hellenic Culture since 1991. "I attend hundreds of cultural events throughout the year and I truly believe that Festival Hellenika is one of the best festivals we have in South Australia," he said, proceeding to welcome the new Consul General of Greece Mr Andreas Konstantinos Gouras, the Chair of the State's Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission Grace Portolesi, and other distinguished guests. The initial aim of the festival, which started as an initiative by the then Consul General of Greece Mr D. Kountoureas and now counts 24 years in operation, was Ms Loula Dacolias with Mr Jason and Mrs Sandy Lehman. to coordinate the staging of cultural events during the month of March. In the last few years though, Festival Hellenika has become the most important event in the cultural activities of the Greek community in South Australia and is held annually in Adelaide during March, April and May. It is an open platform for people of any background to showcase Hellenic connections to the arts and their Australian manifestations. Festival Hellenika is coordinated by the South Australian Council for the Greek Cultural Month Incorporated with a governing board of volunteers promoting the Greek civilisation and culture. The festival is nonpolitical, non-sectarian, non profit and independent, “It's the involvement and drive of young people of the second generation that has led to the festival's popularity and we are now proud to have grown the one month Mr George Apostolou (Festival Hellenika), Mr Andrew Ladas (Bank of Sydney), Mr Don and Mrs Melinda Karydis. period of activities into three," Mr Tassos Kapetanakis, one of the longest serving members of the organising committee, says. The program for 2015 is indeed impressive, with a variety of events in music, theatre, visual art and literature as well as a number of lectures by prominent experts in their field. "The events of the festival are mainly artistic, which promote the excellent examples of Greek civilisation Greek Carnival success in 2015 and culture in our multicultural society,” Mr Kapetanakis says. The organisers are very proud of this year's program which you can find if you log onto their website - www.festivalhellenika.org.au, whilst the concert Greece - Mother of Mine (dedicated to composer Stavros Xarhakos) at the Adelaide Festival Centre on 20th and 21st of March as well as the concert K.P.KAVAFIS - By Heart and by Song, scheduled for Tuesday 31st of March at the Marion Cultural Centre, seem to already be attracting the interest of the Greek South Australian community. The twelve-member ensemble that is coming to Australia after successful performances all over Greece, the US and Europe consists of eight musicians, three vocalists and a narrator, all under the direction of Babis Koulouras. It will be all Greek to us for the next three months in Adelaide and we truly can't wait. It’s time to ‘Love All Things Greek’ in 2015 The 2015 digital edition of the 'I Love All Things Greek' directory has just been published online by the Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS), and will soon be printed and distributed across Melbourne. Traditional Greek dancers lead the way at this year's Greek Carnival at Moorabin, which is said to have been one of the carnival's greatest years yet. Hosting more than 3,000 people, festival organisers say that everything was organised down to the smallest detail, thus, despite the heat, the day was filled with happiness and everyone had a very enjoyable time. The publication is Melbourne-based and informs its readers on all Melbournebased Greek companies that provide services in the realms of auto and mechanical, building and trade, churches, clubs, community organisations, elderly citizen clubs, food and entertainment services, funeral services, media, professional services, real estate, retail services, schools and education and travel and transport. Use of the directory for all needs and services is an important way to strengthen Greek presence in the Melbourne community, and an ideal way to show copious support for the Greek community. The directory is free and any proceeds raised will go to helping the AGWS fund new services and programs for the Greek community. To check out the online edition of the 2015 directory, head to www.agws.com.au/CD%20 2nd%20Edition/files/book.swf New directory out now.
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