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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 March 2017
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 25 MARCH 2017 L-R: Winner of the Spirit of Hellenism Award, Kiriaki Gilinas; Consul General of Greece in Melbourne Christina Simantiraki; second prize winner Zacharias Smyrnis; Oakleigh Grammar teacher Natasha Spanos. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM A photographic odyssey of Ancient Greece’s legacy and glory Leading heritage photographer Steven Sklifas will present a free seminar entitled ‘Photographic Odyssey of the Legacy and Glory of the Ancient Greek and Hellenistic World’, on Thursday evening as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars of the Greek Community of Melbourne. Inaugural Spirit of Hellenism competition successfully unites generations Kiriaki Gilinas won the Spirit of Hellenism award for 2017, along with two return flights to Greece ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS The 2017 Spirit of Hellenism Award, an initiative conceived by Hellenism Victoria, came to a close last week and according to member John Vithoulkas it achieved its objective. Open to all Victorian year 10 students, the competition was a chance for participants to research the story of Greek migrants and develop a presentation that showcased their contributions to Australian society with shortlisted entries judged by a panel. “At its core, this competition seeks to unite generations. The difficulty in the diaspora is that generations can grow apart. A first-generation [person who] speaks Greek and grew up in difficult conditions is very different to a third-generation [person who] speaks English and is growing up in the digital age in a metropolis. The Spirit of Hellenism competition was designed to bring the genera- tions together, to a position where both are strengthened by each others experiences,” Mr Vithoulkas said, after presenting awards to the top four entries on Sunday 19 March as part of the Dodecanese Ensomatosi event at Axion Estin in Northcote. Taking out the first prize - two flights to Greece - was Oakleigh Grammar’s Kiriaki Gilinas. The year 10 student managed to capture the emotions of her grandmother leaving Greece and starting a new life in Australia in the form of a poem. Asked what it felt like to hear her name announced for the top prize, Kiriaki told Neos Kosmos “it was very emotional, it was amazing. My yiayia and pappou were so happy, my yiayia even cried.” The 15-year-old said she is quite creative, and enjoys writing so thought a poem would be the perfect medium in which to tell her grandmother’s story. “I chose my yiayia because I really look up to her and she’s taught me a lot, and I thought she fit the criteria perfectly,” said Kiriaki for whom the win is particularly sweet given she’s never been to Greece. “Winning means a lot... I get to experience more of my culture.” The win has also inspired Kiri- aki’s parents to travel as a family to Greece for the first time, and are looking to go at the beginning of September. Also awarded was Theano Salta who was gifted a laptop for her impressive documentary, in which she’d utilised impressive research and archival sources to tell the story of how Greeks have contributed to Australia. Zacharias Smyrnis was award- ed for his artwork, which while demonstrating his undeniable talent also told of the connection he has with his grandmother and the Greek myths she told him as a child. Maria Martha Kapetanea was awarded the Fronditha Prize. She interviewed Fronditha Care volunteer Dimitri Kalodima and transformed their exchanges into a moving poem that captured the feelings of a Greek migrating to Australia. Mr Vithoulkas thanked all students who participated, along with their families and teachers for the support, and the clubs that created the initiative. “Looking at their final work, all the research, all the mediums and all the entries were united by their pursuit of the spirit of Hellenism; by their love for ellinismo, their respect for ellines. They took different paths but all showed respect for the past,” Mr Vithoulkas said during his speech. “Today prizes have been given out, but the real reward is the links to Hellenism you have discovered. May you hold the beauties of Hellenism within you and may your Hellenism assist and enrich you in everything you choose to do.” To view the students’ work, visit www.hellenismvictoria.com New MUGA Committee elected for 2017 The Macquarie University Greek Association (MUGA) elected its 2017 Executive and General Committee at its recent Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 15 March. George Mpliokas has been elected President, replacing the outgoing George Psihoyios. Nick Giovas has been elected Vice President and replaces Michael Maglis, who has been elected to the General Committee. John Georgaklis replaces George Mpliokas as MUGA Treasurer, while Niki Kalimnios has been elected Secretary, replacing the outgoing Phillip Siomos. MUGA members Michael Kokkaris, Nikita Giameos, Jennifer Tzortzis, Evangelia Caldelis, Steven Tzortzis, and Michael Maglis have been elected to the General Committee for 2017. MUGA has achieved a number of successes throughout the last year; including an increase in membership to over 200 students, and collaborating with the Hellenic Studies Foundation to raise over $24,000 for the teaching of Modern Greek at Macquarie University’s The Macquarie Initiative function in February. The Executive and General Committee thanked all members and friends for their sup- port and encouragement, and congratulated the outgoing Committee for their efforts throughout the previous year. The lecture, at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society, will take the audience on an informative, insightful, and evocative photographic journey to ancient sites found in Greece, and former Greek settlements throughout the Mediterranean, highlighting the greatness, splendour, and enduring legacy of the Ancient Greeks. The Ancient Greeks founded and Hellenised hundreds of settlements all around the Mediterranean. Some of these settlements have endured the winds of change and thrived, while others lay majestic in their ruins and provide a poignant insight into their former glory. Sklifas is an independent freelance photographer who has travelled throughout the Mediterranean. He specialises in the region and his images have been extensively published worldwide and featured in exhibitions, academic and history books, travel magazines and newspapers. His images were included in the 2016 exhibition ‘Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World’ at the Getty Museum and National Gallery of Art in the US. Steven has also written several travel articles for Australian newspapers. The open seminar takes place on Thursday 30 March at 7.00 pm at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society, Level 2, 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC. For more information call (03) 9662 2722 Festival brings the colours, tastes and sounds of Greek culture to North Hobart The Hellenic spirit shined all the way down to Tasmania last week with the 24th Estia Greek Festival taking over North Hobart. On Sunday 19 March Federal Street was filled with colour, music, and Greek flavours. The festivities kicked off at 10.00 am with everything from loukoumades and frappe to souvlakis and ouzo until 5 o’clock. Dance groups in their colourful national costumes danced to the sounds of Zorba and bouzouki while the multicultural crowd enjoyed a line of stalls with artifacts and crafts from local creatives. House of Assembly Speaker Elise The 2017 MUGA Executive and General Committee. PHOTO: MUGA - FACEBOOK Archer told local newspaper The Mercury that the festival was a popular event that brought people together to celebrate and share in the state's diverse culture, heritage, and tradition. "The street festival highlights the richness of Greek culture and Tasmania's decades old love affair with Greek food, produce, and hospitality," Ms Archer said. "The festival typically attracts 10,000 people proving its ongoing popularity. "Events like this are an important part of community life and allow us all to celebrate our shared stories and history."
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