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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 28 February 2015
NEWS 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2015 Renewal of Greek presence in Byron Bay via Greek school community The academic year for the new Greek school of Byron Bay commenced with a traditional Agiasmo service to bless the school, performed by Parish Priest Fr Romanos Stergiou. The new school is under the auspices of the Parish Community of St Anna Gold Coast and Northern Rivers NSW, and its first academic term of 2015 has seen 15 enrolments of local children ranging from five-16 years of age. The enrolments instill a great sense of joy in school teacher Mrs Koralia Petta, who is happy to see the willingness of both students and parents return from last year's first class. To accompany the opening of the academic year, the school's newly elected committee held a dinner dance fundraiser at Lennox Head Community Centre, where 250 people enjoyed food, welcome speeches and dance performances from children of the school. In his welcome speech, Fr Romanos paid tribute to the Greek Orthodox faithful of previous generations in the area. Fr Romanos further praised the renewal of the Greek Orthodox presence in the district, indicated by the existence of the school and by the many Greek families who attended the dinner dance. "There were many Greek families in the district in the last century, but they began to disperse into large cities during the 1980s," Fr Romanos explains. The recent renewal is comprised of families who have settled in Byron Bay from around Australia and from Greece and Cyprus. Viva Victoria From corner to corner, Australia hosts a charmingly diverse and harmonious array of multiculturalism, and does not hesitate in the slightest to do so with pride. In March 2015, Melbourne will see the proud unification of cultures from across Victoria, in the celebration of the harmony and equality that comprises contemporary Australian society. The celebration goes by the title of Cultural Diversity week, and one of its most anticipated events is the 'Viva Victoria Multicultural Festival'; a name which gives active significance to the importance of the multicultural existence in Victoria. The festival will take place on Sunday 22 March at Federation Square in the city's centre, and will see many cultures’ most important realms of food, dance and music flourish at an all-time diversity high. The festival will host five separate stages across the city venue and will allow for the coming together of all, regardless of race, age, gender and religion. Celebrating harmonious dif- ference is one of the most important ways to congratulate the efforts of all cultures who take pride in their Australian existence, and to further ensure the sustainability of an Australian future fuelled by difference and equality. Viva Victoria is your chance to celebrate your contribution to this beautifully diverse land and to thank every single being who does the same. Do not miss your chance to take pride in and appreciate your Australian identity, check out the festival website for the day's program and head to Federation Square on March 22nd. For all information regarding the event, head to http://www. multicultural.vic.gov.au/ DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Cheers to the Ouzo Festival The Palesviaki Ouzo Festival is on this Sunday, boasting lots of live music and free-flowing ouzo Join the Palesviaki Enosis of Melbourne at their annual Ouzo Festival this Sunday to enjoy the sounds, smells and tastes of one of Greece's most authentic Greek islands. The annual Palesviaki Ouzo Festival is a celebration of the Greek art of making ouzo and its prominent production in Lesvos. The Greek island has authentically retained the art of ouzo making, and its distilling industry produces some of the finest tasting ouzo in the world. Its production is still the same as it was years ago and involves a selection of aniseed, alcohol, distillation, ripening and water. Some of the world's most famous brands call Lesvos home, including Ouzo Mini, Ouzo of Plomari, Ouzo Kefi and Ouzo Barbayannis. The festival hopes to celebrate the history of the drink's production and its place on the Greek table, bringing together dance groups, live mu- sic and an abundance of food. While ouzo might be the festival's namesake, families will be able to tuck into authentic meze accompaniments such as charcoal gyros, grilled calamari, salads, sardines in brine and feta on the day. Rythmos band will be per- forming live, with singers Fotis Nalbandidis and Stavrina Dimitriou, and Theano Milides on violin, while George Karadonis will act as MC. The Pegasus dance group will also perform traditional dances of Lesvos and the festival even offers a playground for children. The celebration will take place on Sunday 1 March, at the Palesviaki club house located at 26 Waldheim Road, Bayswater and will be held between 11.00 am and 6.00 pm. Entrance fee is $15 per adult, which includes complimentary ouzo and a commemorative ouzo glass. Free admission for children under 18 years. The Ouzo Festival has events for young and old. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. Greek, Aussie beaches named world’s best The Whitsundays and Elafonissi named in the top 10 of TripAdvisor’s best beaches in the world An Australian beach and a Greek beach have been voted as the best in the world, taking out ninth and tenth place in Tripadvisor's Travellers’ Choice top beaches in the world. Crete's Elafonissi beach made the list thanks to its famous pink sand, while Australia's Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays mesmerised tourists for its untouched landscape. The awards are determined based on the quantity and quality of millions of travel- Elafonissi’s iconic pink beach. ler reviews and ratings for the beaches on travel review site TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. In Elafonissi's case, reviewers couldn't hold back their praise, noting just how enjoyable the beach can be even when crowded. One reviewer from Pireaus noticed that the beach never gets old thanks to its unique make up. "Every year is not the same because of the differences of the sand," Maria Papari said. "It's magic!" Whitehaven Beach has the luxury of being in a climate that never experiences winter, notably pushing the beach up in the rankings. "This place is paradise on earth, from its pure silicate sand to the turquoise waters," wrote a reviewer from the United Kingdom. Taking the number one spot on the list for the second time was Brazil's Baia do Sancho, with Turks and Caicos' Grace Bay and Sicily's Rabbit Beach took out second and third.
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