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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 February 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2016 9 NEWS Antipodean Palette call-out The Greek Australian Cultural League of Melbourne (GACLM) has announced the return of the Antipodean Palette Group Exhibition, set to take place in August. Now in its sixth year, the event has become an annual highlight on the league's calendar, and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate diverse works by artists within the community. The exhibition also acts as a forum to present and discuss creations that have been subject to influence from two cultures. As preparations are currently under way, artists of all ages are being invited to submit their works, namely those who are up-and-coming. Established in 1970, the GACLM is a non-profit organisation that aims to support the creative endeavours of Greek Australian writers, artists and musicians, and has been awarded a Medal for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs & Meritorious Service to the Community. The exhibition will be held at Steps Gallery, 62 Lygon Street, Carlton from August 16-August 23. For more information, visit www.gacl.com.au or email antipodeanpalette@ gmail.com Ouzo Festival 2016 Melbourne welcomes its annual party of ‘aniseed wishes and sardine dreams’ all the way from Lesvos Melbourne is still enjoying warm days and balmy nights, and what better way to feel closer to Greece than sipping on ouzo, while nibbling on mezethes? Palesviaki Enosis of Melbourne is saying goodbye to summer the Greek way, with its annual Ouzo Festival this Sunday 21 February. Expected to attract more than 1,500 people, this year's event will be held in Bayswater, and two buses, one from Delphi Bank in Oakleigh and one from the Degani car park in Northcote, will transport event-goers to the Lesvian village-style panigiri. The Lesvos Ouzo Festival has become a staple family event, offering an original sensory experience of Aegean culture. From as early as 11.00 am, festivalgoers can sample ouzo all day, celebrating the Greek art of making the aniseed spirit and its prominent production in Lesvos. Traditional Greek specialities and stalls packed with mezethes the likes of charcoal gyros, grilled calamari, salads, sardines in brine and feta cheese will be waiting to accompany your drink of choice - Ouzo Mini, Ouzo of Plomari, Ouzo Kefi and Ouzo Barbayannis - all hailing from Lesvos island. Entrance fee is $15 per adult, which includes complimentary ouzo and a commemorative ouzo glass. There will also be jumpingcastles and backgammon competitions for children, plus live music with the Greek band Rythmos. Tickets are now on sale through Trybooking. Under 18s receive free entry. Attendees can also take advan- tage of free buses from: Delphi Bank - 15 Atherton Rd, Oakleigh. Departs 10.30 am and 11.30 am to Bayswater, with return back to Oakleigh at 4.30 pm and 5.30 pm Degani Bakery Cafe - 92/3 Separation St, Northcote Northcote Plaza. Departs 10.30 am with return to Northcote at 5.00 pm. For more information on this event, please visit the Facebook profile, email info@palesviaki. org.au or call 0421 328 255. Ushering in the grape season Hundreds gathered at Red Hill's Greek Holy Monastery of Panagia Kamariani last Sunday for the annual Grape Festival. For over a decade, members of the community have been coming together to partici- pate in the ancient Greek custom, which marks the beginning of grape season. The first to conduct the cer- emony Down Under, Father Lefteris Tsatsis continues to be the only priest observing the festival in Australia. A celebration of women The Hellenic Women's Federation of Victoria will be hosting a celebration in honour of International Women's Day. All women and women's groups across the community are encouraged to attend what is sure to be an entertaining afternoon. Sponsored by the City of Darebin, the event will take place at Preston City Hall on Thursday 3 March. Cost of attendance is $15 per person and includes a delicious lunch, drinks and entertainment by DJ Joe Papas. The International Women's Day event will be on Thursday 3 March from 11.00 am-4.00 pm at Preston City Hall, corner of Gower and High Street, Preston, VIC. RSVP by Saturday 20 February by contacting either Sofie (03) 9850 5584, Asimina (03) 9544 0775, Katerina (03) 9470 4757 or Sofia Mastoris (03) 9464 2679. Father Lefteris conducting the ceremony. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES. Hundreds of community members turn out annually for the Grape Festival. Father Lefteris with parishioners of all ages.
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