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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 March 2015
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015 Honouring Venizelia The Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne honoured the Venizelia Commemoration on 1 March with great success, in a celebration which was attended by several community officials and representatives. The Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Mrs Christina Simandiraki, laid a wreath at the Eleftherios Venizelos momument at the Cretan Brotherhood premises in Melbourne. A photographic exhibition was on display, portraying the life and times of the Greek Cretan prime minister who help change Greece's modern history. Following the wreath-laying ceremony, Andreas Manolarakis and his band performed traditional Cretan songs, offering the visitors an unforgettable and immersive experience, leading to a Pentozali dance marathon for the dancing groups and some very enthusiastic guests. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Churches unite for Sunday of Orthodoxy Greek, Serbian, Romanian and other Orthodox clergy came together for a special joint service Orthodox clergy from all around Sydney came together at the Church of St Nicholas in Marrickville for a special pan-Orthdox service to commemorate the Vespers on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of Lent. Young Cretans of Melbourne at the Eleftherios Venizelos monument. The special service on March 1 was officiated by Greek Orthodox Archbishop Stylianos, alongside Bishop Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Bishop Mihail of the Romanian Orthodox Church and Bishop Seraphim of Apollonas. Hundreds of Greek Australian faithful followed the service alongside fellow Orthodox community members, and watched as the clergy carried icons in a procession to mark the occasion. After the service, the Greek Orthodox Church of Austral- Archbishop Stylianos leads the service alongside other Orthodox clergy. ia hosted a communal meal, hoping to continue the friendship and solidarity of the Inter-Orthodox faithful. Pan-Orthodox liturgies are gaining popularity, with the different Orthodox churches jumping at the chance to unite for worthy causes. Last year the Greek Orthodox Church led a pan-Orthodox service to commemorate the lives lost in WWI. First Artist in Residence presents... The Book of St George Bill Papastergiadis at the wreath-laying ceremony. The Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Mrs Christina Simandiraki, lays a wreath. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES $27,136 for Fronditha Care March came bearing gifts at the Nafpaktion Brotherhood Family fun day Fronditha Care received a $27,136 donation from the Family Fun Day fundraising event on 1 March, which was organised by the Nafpaktian Philanthropic Association in collaboration with George Kyritsis and the Fronditha Care ladies auxiliaries. All participants had the chance to enjoy a family day filled with food and fun accompanied by Greek music. The adults attendees had the chance to sing and dance to live Greek tunes and the little guests enjoyed multiple pony rides, jumping castles and face-painting sessions. Last but not least, Master Chef’s George Calombaris was there to hold and judge an exciting cooking contest. An impressive exhibition of sculptures and paintings by renowned Greek sculptor Takis Kozokos will be on display at the Kogarah Town Square Library and Cultural Centre, sponsored by the Lemnian Association of NSW. Takis Kozokos, who is also an assistant professor at the Department of Architectural Engineering in the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, is also known for his remarkable work on the restoration of the Parthenon Marbles and the Acropolis Museum in Athens. The acclaimed artist is the first of Kogarah's Artist in Residence Program, which is a new council initiative aiming to draw a wide range of artists working across different art forms to Kogarah and introduce new experiences to the community. Participating artists live and The Fronditha Care team joins forces with the Nafpaktian Philanthropic Association members. PHOTOS: CLAIRE GAZIS. George Calombaris supervising the Family Fun Day cooking contest. work in the Carss Park Artist's Cottage, in Carss Bush Park. The cottage is equipped with an artist studio and accommodation available to local, interstate and international artists. Takis Kozokos' works are all handcrafted in marble, using traditional sculpture techniques and tools. He also paints in Byzantine style. During his residency, Takis Kozo- The marble book of St George. kos has created the 'Book of St George', inspired by Byzantine icons of St George, an important warrior martyr saint in the Orthodox Christian tradition. St George was persecuted and beheaded by the Romans under Emperor Diocletion. In the shape of an open book, the sculpture depicts on the left side, St George with his companion and fellow military saint St Demetrius, and on the right, an image of St George slaying the dragon. In the sculpture, the artist has also included a cockatoo and the reeds, the symbol of Kogarah. This work has been carved in Italian Carrara marble by hand, using traditional tools in the same style as those used by the sculptors of The Parthenon. The exhibition opened its gates on 3 March and will continue to showcase Kozokos' work till 22 March. For more information contact the Council's Cultural Development Officer on 93308580.
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