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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 March 2015
NEWS 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015 Role models for Int Women’s Day Six influential Greek Australian women will speak on the topic of ‘Girls and Education’ Greek Australian women will have a chance to celebrate International Women's Day and hear about the importance of being female role models at the Food for Thought Network's 'Girls and Education' event. The event will see Professor Joy Damousi, Professor Georgina Tsolidis, Dr Ann Mitsis, and student Maree Skalistis speak on a panel moderated by Alphington Grammar prin- cipal Vivianne Nikou. "The purpose of the discussion is to share the varied journeys, to inspire, challenge and activate," Food for Thought Network's founder and chair Varvara Ioannou says. "It was natural that for International Women's Day our focus is on inviting distinguished women to share what helped and hindered their careers." The panel will also be joined by the first Greek Australian female state minister, Jenny Mikakos, who will give the key note address, and Greek Ambassador Eyvah Dafaranos, who will speak on the importance of being a role model for Greek Australian women. The event will be held on Sunday 8 March at 6.00 pm at The Wheeler Centre, 176 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Tickets are $20 and can be bought online www.trybooking.com/Booking/ BookingEventSummary. aspx?eid=120061 For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0403 034 527 Awards students at the Dionysios Solomos Awards 2015. Recognising the future of Greek language in Sydney The Greek language is considered to be the richest in the world and its existence in the Hellenic diaspora vital for the survival of Greek culture. In order to recognise the efforts, hard work and dedication of modern students in sustaining Greek language in Sydney, the annual Dionysios Solomos awards were held on Sunday 1 March in conjunction with the 33rd Greek Festival of Sydney, at the University of Sydney. The event saw the recognition of NSW Higher School Certificate students for their outstanding achievements in both Modern and Classical Greek. In addition, students of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW Afternoon and Saturday schools were awarded with the Minister's Award for excellence in Modern Greek language. Entertainment for the event left crowds culturally moved and involved a haunting rendition of Yannis Markopoulos' Greece by student Danae Kefallinou, as well as a musical performance by students Nikos Sousamidis, Nathan Pylarinos and Panayiotis Psarakis, who sang a medley of songs. Moreover, Grant Kynaston, who placed first in both Classical Greek Continuers and Extensions, offered a word of thanks on behalf of the students and a passion-fuelled speech on the significance of Greek language. Language is intrinsic to the sustainability of any culture and stands as an important social function for the communication of values, beliefs and customs. The preservation of Greek language in Australian Hellenic diaspora is fundamental to the future of Greeks in Australia, thus all students should be commended on their efforts and the Dionysios Solomos awards are a critical example of how to do this. Congratulations to all students involved in the awards. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Danae Kefallinou during her moving rendition of Yannis Markopoulos’ Greece. Modern chronicle, Macedonian Hellenes in Oceania The Macedonian Hellenes in Oceania book launch in March will see the unification of well-known Greek Australians and Philhellenes from many different realms of Greek Australian life, to celebrate the historic chronicle of Macedonian life beyond Macedonian borders. The event will be held on 25 March at the Nick Andrianakos Cultural Centre at Alphington Grammar, under the auspices of H.E. Ambas- sador of Greece to Australia, Mr Haris Dafaranos, the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies. The honorary event will be held in collaboration with the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Australia, will be hosted by journalist and television personality Helen Kapalos, and the book will be launched by former premier and eminent Philhellene, Jeff Kennett. The chronicle of celebration is a 900 page compilation created by prominent Macedonian Australian, Professor Anastasios M. Tamis. The book is divided into parts and explores Macedonian Australian life on a multitude of levels, ensuring that the community and its history are analysed in their entirety. Part A is the book's main body and a historical overview of Macedonian immigration, covering areas such as the economic standing of Macedonians, cultural impact of the community in Australia, the relationship between expatriates and Greeks, and the political problems faced by FYROM. Part B is an appendix-index which incorporates the names and a brief history of all Macedonian Australians involved in the book's making. The book launch at Alphington Grammar will celebrate the social signification of the chronicle, the dedication of Professor M. Tamis and the hard work of all who were involved in its making. For the Macedonian Australian community, the book holds a particularly unique and strong social significance. Not only is it a strong representation of both Macedonian and Australian pride, but it also represents an important sense of community unification and connectivity with a location only distant by physicality, and close to the hearts of many. For the Australian community as a whole, Professor Tamis' chronicle is a significant reflection of the importance of history, historical resources and the importance in celebrating individual culture in Australia.
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