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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 24 October 2015
NEWS 2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Oakleigh prepares for multicultural glendi More than 30,000 people expected to attend ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS The countdown is on for the Oakleigh Greek Glendi, set to take place next weekend. But aside from celebrating Greek culture, the two-day event is being looked upon as an opportunity to embrace the area's multiculturalism. "Our underlying theme is 'unity through diversity', so we're incorporating the rich Hellenic culture of Oakleigh with those other cultures that also make up the city of Monash," event organiser Tammi Crupi told Neos Kosmos. On the Saturday there will be a number of different multicultural groups taking centre stage, including the Indonesian Club of Melbourne and the Kingston Chinese Senior Citizens Club. The second day of the festival will see a greater emphasis on Greek culture, with a parade from Eaton Mall to start the day's festivities and live Greek performances throughout the day. With the glendi now in its third year, while there will be an array of tasty food choices, along with music and dance performances, Ms Crupi says organisers are going all out with this year's program. "This year we have the inclusion of cooking demonstrations with some high profile chefs; we've got Philip Vakos from MasterChef, and Bahari The Hellenic Palate, and Vasili from Vasili's munity of Oakleigh and District, and Oakleigh Grammar, organisers are expecting to attract over 30,000 people throughout the weekend. Attending this year's glendi will be opposition leader Bill Shorten, Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews, Consul General of Greece Christina Simantirakis, along with Helen Kapalos, chairperson or Victorian Multicultural Commission, and state member for Oakleigh Steven Dimopoulos, amongst various others. Young and old getting involved in last year’s event. Garden," Ms Crupi said, giving festivalgoers a chance to pick up a tip or two. To ensure there's something for all tastes, there will also be artisan market stalls to peruse, along with a kids stage with karaoke and free PHOTO: OAKLEIGHGREEKGLENDI.COM.AU rides to keep the young ones entertained. Co-managed and presented by the Greek Orthodox Com- Oakleigh Greek Glendi stage program WORKSHOPS: Saturday 31 October 12.30 pm Heavy in the Movement break-dancing 1.00 pm Simda: School of Indian Music and Dance 3.30 pm Nuholani Entertainment 4.00 pm Sankat Mochan Samiti Group 4.30 pm Kingston Chinese Senior Citizens Club Inc. MAIN STAGE: Saturday 31st October 12.10 pm Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria 12.30 pm Indonesian Club of Melbourne 12.55 pm La Voce Della Luna 1.50 pm Glendi Band 3.25 pm Akrites Tou Pontou 3.55 pm Kingston Chinese Senior Citizens Club Inc. 4.20 pm Byzantine Male Choir 4.40 pm Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne 5.05 pm Roberto De Sanctis 5.45 pm Sarayi Dance School 6.10 pm Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne 6.35 pm Australian Zhong Hua Qun Yi Lion Dance Association 7.00 pm Ignite Bollywood 7.30 pm Acequia 8.15 pm Unique Celebrations Sunday 1st November 11.30 am Parade from Eaton Mall 11.45 am Welcoming speeches and blessing 12.15 pm Oakleigh Grammar 12.40 pm Oakleigh Grammar 12.55 pm Opa - School of Hellenic Dance 1.20 pm Strofes Live Band 2.15 pm Pontiaki Estia 2.35 pm Hellenic Cultural Association of Melbourne ‘O Periklis’ Inc. 3.00 pm Glendi Band 4.10 pm SBS Live Broadcast 5.15 pm POLYXENI 6.15 pm Unique Celebrations 7.10 pm Anagennisi OAKLEIGH CENTRAL COOKING STAGE: Saturday 31st October 1.00 pm My Green Garden 2.00 pm My Greek Kitchen 3.00 pm Thermomix Demonstration 4.00 pm Emelia Jackson - MasterChef 2014 contestant 5.30 pm Vasili's Garden Sunday 1st November 1.00 pm Sweet Pea Cuisine 3.00 pm Sweet Greek Stall 4.00 pm Philip Vakos - Bahari 5.00 pm My Greek Kitchen KIDS STAGE: Saturday 31st October 1.00 pm Karaoke For Kids 1.50 pm Lexi School of Modern Greek 2.10 pm Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne 2.30 pm Nuholani Entertainment 3.05 pm Sputnik Connect Russian Dance 3.20 pm Karaoke For Kids 4.10 pm Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne 4.40 pm Simda: School of Indian Music & Dance 5.10 pm Sankat Mochan Samiti Group Sunday 1st November 1.00 pm Karaoke For Kids 1.50 pm Sts Anargiri Greek Language Centre 2.10 pm Oakleigh Grammar 2.25 pm Opa - School of Hellenic Dance 2.45 pm Kids Karaoke 3.35 pm Pontiaki Estia 4.00 pm Pancretan Association of Melbourne Cr Pavlidis recognised for service VMC opens new multiculturalism debate Cr Kris Pavlidis with her award, along with former MAV president Cr Alessi (L) and City of Whittlesea CEO, David Turnbull (R). Victorian Multicultural Commissioner Helen Kapalos to give first public lecture Whittlesea councillor Kris Pavlidis was honoured on Thursday night by the Municipal Association of Victoria for ten years of outstanding service. The local government representative was recognised for her hard work and dedication, having served as a councillor from 2005 for three terms. Cr Pavlidis was also the first woman of Greek heritage to be named mayor for the City of Whittlesea in 2006. On 26 November in Melbourne, Helen Kapalos will lay out her vision for revamping the state's multicultural agenda. Drawing on her own experiences in and out of the media spotlight, Ms Kapalos will present her views on what multiculturalism stands for in contemporary Australia, and the ongoing narrative about what's required to protect and sustain progressive approaches to cultural diversity and social inclusion. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, the VMC chair said the upcoming event was an opportunity for Victorians to take part in a conversation "which explores and challenges the modern day definition and currency of the term 'multiculturalism' ". "In sharing the VMC's new strategic direction, I want to talk about why now, more than ever, it's important for us to be cohesive and inclusive, and why we're all part of the solution," she said. 'Multicultural or mainstream? A new conversation about multiculturalism in Victoria' takes place on Thursday 26 November at 6.00 pm at the VMC's headquarters, 506 Elizabeth Street. Registrations online at www.eventbrite.com.au The Oakleigh Greek Glendi will be held on Saturday 31 November from noon to 10.00 pm and Sunday 1 November from noon to 8.00 pm at Warrawee Park, Oakleigh, Victoria. Entry is free of charge. For more information, visit www.oakleighgreekglendi. com.au/ Helen Kapalos PHOTO: CITY OF YARRA/BERNIE PHELAN.
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