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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 January 2017
ARTS 20 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 JANUARY 2017 Glykeria back to Antipodes Returning to the event for the third time, the Greek star will be performing at the 30th Lonsdale St Greek Festival Attendees at this year's Lonsdale St Greek Festival are in for a treat, with the adored Greek songstress Glykeria taking to the stage to perform some of her much-loved hits. This year will mark the singer's third performance at the Antipodes Festival, and is only fitting, with 2017 marking the event's 30th anniversary. Recognised as one of Greece's most important female singers, Glykeria's ca- reer spans over three decades, having kicked off in 1974 in the Athenian Plaka boites. There she had the opportunity to distinguish herself by adding a unique interpretation to songs by composers like Hadjidakis, Theodorakis and Loizos and in 1978 released her first album Min Kaneis Oneira alongside rising artist Giorgos Gerolymatos. But it was with her first solo album, Ta Smyrneika, that she really showcased her impeccable vocals and even managed to cause a stir in the music industry, with her focus on traditional songs from Asia Minor. From then on the star was on a steady rise, and since then has also made a name for herself abroad in Israel, France, Turkey and England. Also taking part in the Lonsdale St Greek Festival this year are the Stratakis Brothers from Crete. Known for their incredible vocal and lyre talents, they will be joined by a four-piece band on day two of the event. Presented by the Greek Community of Melbourne, there will be three stages of free entertainment, plenty of delicious food and pop-up bars to try, along with cooking demonstrations, competitions, and children's activities. For more information, visit www.greekcentre.com.au Thanasis Vasilakos to tour Down Under Vasilakos, Down Under for his first tour. The 33-yearold heart throb from Thessaloniki is fresh off a tour with Nikos Vertis and ready to entertain local audiences. His energy and charisma will generate excitement among his local fan base. The To Mandili singer is playing across Australia. His first concert will be on 25 January at Kinisi, Melbourne, followed by Pearl Nightclub in Adelaide two days later. His finale will be at Centrale Live in Sydney on 28 January, in what is already shaping up as a sell out. To add to the attraction, maestro Sypridon Metaxas, one of the top keyboard musicians in Greece will be on stage. Another year, and another round of some of the best talents that Greece has to offer visiting our shores in 2017. With Glykeria now con- firmed to play at the Greek Festival in February, expect a few big names to follow. To start with, Australia will welcome laiko star Thanasis "I am excited to be visiting Australia. It's always been my dream to visit. This tour will bring me closer to my fans in Australia," Thanasis told Neos Kosmos. With a deep love of music, including the piano, Thanasis always wanted to sing and perform. His journey has included recent mem- orable hits, including the crowd pleasing Apogorevete from 2012, O Proin kai o Tora (2013), Mageutika, the anthemic Apo Mena Den Glitonis (2014) and recently, To Mandili. This last tune has now been viewed on YouTube 11 million times. Having worked with Vasilis Karras, Elena Paparizou, Christo Meniadi and many other big names across Greece, Thanasis will be in top form when he finally brings his show to Australia. Thanasis wanted to tell his fans that he cannot contain his excitement, recently posting a video online saying, "I am waiting for you to have a great night in my company, to dance and enjoy ... it will be a crazy night." Judging by how well his performances are received in Greece, it will be a night to remember. Tickets are selling fast for all three venues across Australia. For the Sydney show you can check out www.krazymusic. com.au 0418 451 481, for Melbourne call 0417 399 986 and Adelaide 0412 399 169. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM From Pyrrhus to Cyprus Forgotten and Remembered Hellenic Kingdoms, Territories, Entities and a Fiefdom As the name suggests, this book brings you an overview of 36 identified Greek ‘territories’, after the disintegration of the empire built up by Alexander the Great. Starting with Pyrrhus, the king of Epiros, the book also provides an overview of the conquests of Alexander and the Hellenistic Age, Byzantine Empire, Trebizond, Ionian Republic and many more. "The Greek world was never about mainland Greece, it was always much bigger," notes Greek Australian author Billy Cotsis, who has also penned The Many Faces of Hellenic Culture. "The Hellenes travelled in search of colonies, new territories and empires. They founded hundreds of colonies and territories in the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Africa and Asia." A number of these survive to this day, with many of their inhabitants speaking a dialect of Greek and maintaining differing aspects of Hellenic culture. "It is important that we never forget how far the Hellenes were able to reach, and in many cases directly rule, vast territories far beyond the Greek heartland," Cotsis emphasises. The book's chapters are connected by the brilliant writer Thucydides; he is the reason why history is written the way it is today. Thucydides was an exiled Athenian general in the fifth century who decided to write a balanced account of the Peloponnesian War. In order to create Thucydides as a connector, and in a nod to the ancient paganistic rituals of the Hellenes, the god Apollo casts a spell on Thucydides to live for eternity. Thucydides travels around the world documenting the Greek places he discovers until he gets to the modern age, by which time you the reader will have had an entry point to the incredible array of Greek territories that existed and shape our destiny. From Pyrrhus to Cyprus is a tribute to his skill and balance as a writer. * Billy Cotsis was first published in 1995 in the Greek media in Sydney. Since then he has featured in dozens of publications on four continents and is the author of over 120 articles. In 2013 he began developing short film projects. His first book sold out two editions and he occasionally delivers a lecture series based on his previous book, The Many Faces of Hellenic Culture.
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