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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 September 2015
18 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM More than a multimedia artist Olga Savvidis’ music score for Melbourne short film keeps winning over the audience ZOE THOMAÚDOU Artist Olga Savvidis wrote and performed the musical score for 360 Degrees, a video paying homage to the city of Melbourne, which was screened for three years at the Rialto Vision Theatre on Collins street. The breathtaking view from the Rialto deck, offering a panorama of the city, was complemented by a 'sight and sound' extravaganza of the 360 Degrees short film. With Melbourne named the world's most liveable city for the fifth year in a row, 360 Degrees couldn't be timelier. "Comments, views and interest generated from across the world. The reason why the response is so big is mainly because there are a lot of people who see Melbourne as the ideal place of residence," Olga Savvidis explains. "Melbourne is a spectacular and vibrant multicultural city, it is a beacon of opportunity and prosperity. Despite social and cultural assimilation, it shows remarkable tolerance for ethnic autonomy." Born in Omorfokklisia, a small mountainous settlement of Kastoria, the resourceful artist admits she has drawn inspiration from her Greek background. Leaving her homeland at a young age and migrating Down Under has not been easy for Olga. In an effort to treasure her identity and keep the memory of the place alive in her mind, upon arrival in Australia she started keeping a journal of childhood experiences. "I have very fond and happy memories of growing up there. It was a place which greatly nurtured my creativity and identity. My stay in Greece produced an instrumental piece, titled Zito Hellas. It was my way of paying homage to my birthplace," she says. "I am presently working on a book, based on those journal entries, titled The Smoke Cross , written in magical realism style. The purpose behind the book was to gain some sort of closure and to finally say goodbye to my childhood in Greece." Olga wrote her first composition at the age of 11, only a year after learning to play the piano. As an experienced composer and musician, she has performed at various venues from the Melbourne Concert Hall, the Dallas Brooks Hall and the Melbourne Town Hall, to the Australian Film Centre. Proving in practice that art expression knows no boundaries, even though she is primarily a multimedia artist, her career has also seen her working as a writer in the past for The Herald and Weekly Times and Rage Magazine. For more, visit www.sites. google.com/site/olgasavvidis Savvidis attended Monash University where she acquired a B.A. in Visual Arts and English Literature followed by Diploma of Education from Melbourne Uni. Olga performing at Dallas Brooks Hall a few years ago. Shakin’ the World Over The Greek Australian Milk Bar series continues On Friday 18 September, Macquarie University historian Leonard Janiszewski will be presenting another lecture as part of the Shakin' the World Over: the Greek Australian Milk Bar series - which has arisen out of the research being undertaken by himself and documentary photographer Effy Alexakis. Hosted by the 20th Century Heritage Society of NSW, the venue will be the Australian Institute of Architects' Auditorium, Tusculum House, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point, Sydney. In Sydney's Martin Place, late in 1932, Joachim Tavlaridis, known as Mick Adams, opened Australia's first modern 'American-style' milk bar, the Black & White 4d. Milk Bar. Indeed, Adams' milk bar was the world's first. During the first week of opening, it attracted over 27,000 customers - traffic had to be halted in a then non-pedestrian Martin Place. Within five years, there were some 4,000 milk bars operating in Australia - most were Greek-run. By the mid1930s, Greeks had taken the concept to New Zealand. At the same time, Great Britain also quickly imported the idea, as did South Africa and South Pacific islands, and attempts were made to introduce the milk bar into continental Europe and America. Adams' refreshment revolution became both an Australian and international food-catering icon. This presentation provides an insight into the international cross-cultural origins of the milk bar, its development within Australia, its subsequent distribution overseas, and its role as a vehicle for Americanisation. Americanisation will not only feature catering influences from the American drugstore soda 'parlor', but also American popular music and architectural style. Your Greek food cravings sorted Greek cuisine has been a popular food choice across Australia for decades. While everyone has their own favourite spots to get the tastiest Greek feast, last week The Age Good Food Guide gave us a list of their Top 10 across Victoria. As writer Anastasia Safioleas PHOTO FROM THE EXHIBITION ARCHIVES. Janiszewski's lecture will be supported by numerous rare historical images together with contemporary photographs by his research colleague Effy Alexakis. The lecture will commence at 7.45 pm. There is an admission fee. For bookings head to www. twentieth.org.au/walks.html For further information contact David de RozenkerApted on (02) 9878 2511 and/or davidrozenker@ optusnet.com.au reaffirms, Greek cuisine extends far beyond the humble souvlaki, hence why the list features cheap eats along with restaurants and food stores. So who made the cut? Featuring in the Top 10 were Cretan favourite Elyros, along with what have come to be culinary institutions - Jim's Greek Tavern, Pireaus Blues and Philhellene. The Queen Victoria Market's Big Vic Deli, renowned for its mouthwatering kefalograviera cheese, loukaniko sausages, kalamata olives and cuminspiced pastourma also made the list as a favourite. But if you're looking for something on the sweeter side, they suggest the Greek hub of Oakleigh for Vanilla Upstairs and Nikos Oakleigh Quality Cakes, along with The Sweet Greek in South Yarra. But the real star of the culinary list was chef, entrepreneur and Masterchef co-host George Calombaris, whose restaurants Hellenic Republic, Gazi and The Press Club all featured in the top 10. Perhaps it's a good night to give cooking a miss, and venture out to your favourite pick of the bunch. Source: The Age Good Food Guide 2016 The Big Vic Deli made the 2016 The Age Good Food Guide’s top 10.
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