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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 5 December 2015
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Celebrations from Thessaloniki to Melbourne Thessaloniki Association The White Tower held its annual festival in conjunction with the city of Thessaloniki last weekend. Thousands from across Victoria turned out on Sunday to celebrate the event's 31st anniversary at Federation Square in Melbourne's CBD. The vibrant atmosphere was set with live music, and young men and women dressed in traditional costumes taking to the stage to showcase traditional Greek dances from Macedonia, Pontos, Laconia and Crete. Among those gathered, were a number committee members and official guests including chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission Helen Kapalos and vice-chair Spiros Alatsatas; Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott; Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne Susan Reilly; and State Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos MP. An official dinner also took place the night prior, hosted at Thornbury's Normandy House, where a live band entertained guests with traditional Greek favourites throughout the night. In attendance were Ms Kapalos and Mr Alatsas, along with Consul General of Greece in Melbourne Christina Simantiraki and president of the Greek Community Bill Papastergiadis, among other guests. A Christmas tree made of Lego took centre stage amongst festivalgoers as a reminder of the fast-approaching festive season. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. Secretary of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, Jim Claven (L); Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Helen Kapalos (C); Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Christina Simantiraki, and members of the Thessaloniki Association. A young dancer in her element was all smiles. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. Dancing wasn’t restricted to the stage, with both young and old getting involved. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. Halkidikeon Association donates $10,000 to Greek Centre A cheque for the generous sum of $10,000 has been presented to the Greek Community of Melbourne's Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture (GOCMV) by the Halkidikeon Association Aristotelis O Stageritis. Vice president Andrew Ballis and general secretary Persephone MastrogiannisGkouletsas paid a visit to the newly-erected building, where they met with GOCMV president Bill Papastergiadis and general secretary Costas Markos. Mr Papastergiadis took the opportunity to thank both the board and members of the Halkidikeon Association for their generosity. An announcement about the donation was made in March, after members of the association unanimously voted to allocate the funds to the GOCMV at its annual general meeting earlier this year. "It was with pleasure that the Halkidikeon Association Aristotelis O Stageritis presented a donation cheque of $10,000 to the GOCMV at the Sardella Festival held in March 2015," said Mrs Mastrogiannis-Gkouletsas. The board members were then given a tour of the premises and were briefed on the activities of the Cultural Centre and the GOCMV. CCDA students prepare to hit the stage Students from the Centre of Creative Drama and Arts (CCDA) of the Greek Community of Melbourne are preparing to take to the stage in what promises to be an exciting morning of theatre. The first of the perfor- mances will be Crocodile Cornelius by Eugene Triviza, presented by the students of the CCDA Oakleigh campus, followed by the ancient comedy Hippeis by Aristophanes, performed by students of the Alphington Grammar campus. The performances will be staged one after the other at Lonsdale Street's Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture on Sunday 6 December from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm. For more information, vis- it www.greekcommunity. com.au L-R: (Front) Gerakina Papavlou, Haralambia Amaxopoulos, Persefoni Mastrogiannis-Gouletsas, George Evripidis, Eleni Hatzilias-Szemeti, Costas Markos, Andrew Ballis and Leo Vlachakis. (Back) George Katrantzis, John Koufogiannis, Pantazi Amaxopoulos, Terry Kourtis and Tasos Kalogeropoulos. PHOTO: GOCMV. PHOTO: GOCMV.
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