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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 27 February 2016
16 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek food to steal the spotlight Rising interest in Greek cuisine has made it Lonsdale Festival’s main attraction There's more to Greek food than souvlaki and the smell of meat on charcoal, and the Lonsdale Street Festival acknowledges that. For the past three years, an attempt has been taking place to reimagine the way Greek food is represented at the festival, and this year's event will continue on this path. More than 70 stalls will be set this year, most of them food-related, as nothing says ‘Greece’ more eloquently than its cuisine. Adding to the culinary approach, six food vans and an open-air bar, offering ouzo, beer and wine from Greece, will attract foodies - and not just the Greeks. Apart from the stalls, food will be in the spotlight at the Procal Greek Kitchen stage, where some of the most prominent personalities of Greek cooking in Melbourne - Kathy Tsaples (Sweet Greek), Philip Vakos (Bahari), Angela Nicolettou (Angela's Kitchen), Spiri Tsintziras (Writing Spirit), Angie Giannakodakis (Elyros) and Mary Valle (Mary's Kitchen) - will present food demonstrations. Helena and Vicki Moursellas, who became famous participating in the popular TV show My Kitchen Rules, will also take part in the festival, undertaking the MC role for some of the demonstrations. Their presence is bound to become a point of attraction, . although experience has shown that no celebrity can steal the spotlight from the main attraction: Greek food in all its glory. Interest in Greek cooking has risen through the past few years in culinary circles, as the quality of Greek has rity ht f produce is gaining traction ll all over the world.th ld And though the ongoing crisis in Greece has challenged exports, the industry is fighting hard to tackle the problem and find ways to thrive, despite adversity. Such is the case with the wine industry, as will be obvious to anyone who takes part in one of the wine tastings that will be held at the festival. A rising interest in healthy S h i th ith th i Gk i i Greek cuisine gain popularity, as the Mediterranean diet remains one of the most praised by nutritionists throughout the world, urging chefs as well as food brands to take advantage and eating has also helped i l it rein Gre the obje would a festival be without the element of fun? Pure, unadulterated fun is the objective of wo be th of un fu the ‘Loukoumado titi th t oumadomania’ competition that will see contestants gorging on the traditional Greek doughnuts for the amusement of the audience. Prepare to be sprinkled with cinnamon and honey. A comedic look at the Greek crisis A love letter from Lesvos Grooms for Sale pinpoints those responsible for the financial crisis, and it’s not just the politicians New wacky comedy Grooms for Sale is set to premiere next month at Kew's Renaissance Theatre. Written by Michael Reppa and Thanasis Papathanasiou of Thiasos Parikia, the pair have applied their comedic genius once again in a satire about the Greek financial crisis. But it's not only the politicians that come under fire; ordinary people, too, have managed to contribute to the country's current state. As the play unfolds, so too do the complexities of people's lives. Makis Kostarellos, a television producer, finds himself facing a crisis of his own. His wife Flora owns a beauty salon that has gone bankrupt, and as a result is no longer operational. Their son isn't having a for grooms via the internet, buying islands, ancient statues and relics. Soon a group of Russian women arrive on the scene, loaded with money and ready to shop till they drop. As the story develops, it's easy to see there isn't anything in their world that can't be bought or sold. Soon life brings each of the characters together in a chance meeting at the Kostalleros household, where things reach boiling point. But as you laugh out loud, The cast of Grooms for Sale. good run of it either; all the bars he tries to open aren't seeing much success, which could also be attributed to the fact that he's not the most honest fellow. Enter Thanasis, the family gardener; he has a son named Miltos. Aside from looking after the plants, Thanasis has also taken a shine to an ancient statue belonging to the family. Then there's Stamatis Devekouras, secretary of the Development Ministry, who sells promises and signatures, and is notorious for taking bribes and sexual favours. But that's where the stories start to intertwine and get extra complicated. Despite his marriage to Flora, Mr Kostarellos has taken a liking to a television presenter, while his wife gallivants with their gardener Thanasis. As their parents are occupied with their love lives, Alex and Miltos are taking advantage of a mutual friend who pays for whatever their heart desires. But in the backdrop there is a Russian millionaire looking the realisation that these stories are a reflection of true life may also bring tears to your eyes. Already a hit among Greek audiences at the Acropol Theatre in Athens, this is a show not to be missed, starring Christos Koutes, Stavros Armperoris, Nick Devas, Spyros Drossos Nikos Margaritis, Vaso Farais, Marianthi Makarios, Helen chariot, Jenny Kotsifas and Irene Fasoli. Performances begin Saturday 12 March until Sunday 10 April at Kew High School's Renaissance Theatre. Saturday performances commence at 7.30 pm and Sunday 4.30 pm. Artist Ai Weiwei has gone one step further in his fight to draw attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis taking place in Europe, with an affective art installation in Germany. The five columns at the front of Berlin's Konzerthaus concert hall have been adorned with 14,000 bright orange life jackets worn by refugees who made the dangerous trek to Lesvos by sea. The passage into Europe has already seen upwards of 400 people drown in 2016 alone. The installation is the recent addition to the Chinese artist's efforts to bring global attention to to the plight of refugees, having set up a studio on the island earlier this month. Since arriving in Greece, Weiwei has witnessed the struggle being faced by the refugees first-hand, all of which is being documented via his Instagram account. The artist has made no secret of his views, advocating that governments in the EU take on the responsibility of providing assistance to those fleeing war zones with a safer means of travel. "As an artist, I have to relate to humanity's struggles ... I never separate these situations from my art," said Weiwei. "The border is not in Lesvos, it really [is] in our minds and in our hearts." eintr ntroduce the public. B eek food to But what The Berlin Concert Hall covered with life vests used by refugees. PHOTO: PAPPAS POST.
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