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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 October 2017
4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Halloumi cheese campaign spreads to Sydney The traditional delicacy of Cyprus is being showcased internationally Fried food is generally a hit, but fried cheese? Now that's always a winner, and if anyone knows it, it's the Cypriots. Proud founders of halloumi, a firm, unripened cheese generally made from sheep's milk, it is now in the process of being registered as a product with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) under the European Union's quality schemes. To further showcase their local delicacy abroad, the Panagrotikos Farmers Union of Cyprus attended this year's Fine Food Australia last month to launch the Halloumi Cheese campaign. Financed with aid from the EU and the Republic of Cyprus, the campaign showcases the cheese to an international audience. Guests, importers, media, and cheese buyers were invited to join the union for a sit-down dinner at the Phoenix Hotel in Woollahra. Head chef Theo Karvouni- SA kicks off month-long celebration of Hellenic culture The 12th Odyssey Festival is now on The 12th Odyssey Festival kicked off with a spectacular show at Olympic Hall last week to the sounds of the bouzouki. Hundreds of people attended the anticipated event, which saw the unveiling of this year's month-long programme full of events curated around this year's theme A Journey Through the Arts. The event was officially opened by Greek Orthodox Community of SA president Bill Gonis, who took the opportunity to reaffirm the Community's goal of preserving Hellenic culture and sharing it with the rest of the state. "The progress and growth of our organisation in South year's Odyssey. Taking out the top prize was Maria Sagias with her 3D work Meteora in Autumn, with second prize awarded to Despina Maragkozidi and third to Helen Victoria. Among those present on the night were a number of official guests including Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le, who said he was pleased to witness such a vibrant cultural event. Australia from the time of its incorporation in 1930 to the present represents a journey for us too and one which we are happy to share with you," Mr Gonis said. Guests were in for a surprise when 25 students from the Con Dalagiorgos School of Music hit the stage with bouzoukis in hand, filling the hall with classic Greek tunes accompanied by dance performances from the Community's dance academy. Attendees then had the chance to enjoy some unique pieces of art on show, three of which were voted as top art competition entries for this "I always look forward to spending time with our state's Greek community, and I am proud to support this fantastic event," said Governor Va Le. For more information on the Odyssey Festival's month-long programme, visit gocsa.org.au National Community Language Schools Conference a success The 2017 conference was held in Perth Over 200 participants from across 300 communities gathered in Perth to take part in the 2017 National Conference of Community Language Schools last weekend. Community language school instructors, teachers, administrators, and community leaders shared in this year’s theme Language Schools - Providing Quality Linguistic and Cultural Experience. Organised by the Ethnic Schools Association of WA (ESAWA) in cooperation with the Australian Federation of Ethnic Associations (AFESA), it was an opportunity to highlight the value of community languages which help make for a more accepting and understanding society. ESAWA president Enzo Sirna hosted his 14th national conference which was officially opened by Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Paul Papalia CSC MLA. Mr Papalia gave an impassioned speech about the importance of languages, emphasising the government's commitment to language education and the role of community language schools. AFESA chair Tasso Douvartzides also took part, along with Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery MLC, WA Opposition leader Mike Nahan. Keynote presentations included Executive Director of the Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations, Stefan Romaniw OAM, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Paul Papalia MP, local Greek teachers from Perth, Foteini Giannari and Garyfalia Lambropoulou-Ikonomakou, Australian of Federation of Ethnic Associations president Tassos Douvartzidis, and President of the Ethnic Schools Association of WA Enzo Sirna AM. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Professor Joseph Lo Bianco, Chair in Language and Literacy Education at the University of Melbourne speaking on national language policy, and Dr Maria Gindidis, Lecturer in Teacher Education at Monash University who spoke about leadership in community languages schools and the importance of encouraging younger people to step up and challenge longstanding practices. "We were pleased to host this national conference. The overwhelming numbers show that community languages play a key role not only in our communities but as part of the education agenda in WA and national- ly," Mr Sirna said. "Community languages, language provision in mainstream school settings, are a guarantee of community languages staying alive," a sentiment shared by AFESA executive director Stefan Romaniw OAM. "This conference has made some ground making steps as we move away from seeing community languages schools are complementary providers and being recognised as a major provider of language education in Australia," he said. "The community languages school sector is providing an invaluable resource to Australian education." aris developed a halloumifilled menu for the night, with a different take on a host of classic Cypriot dishes and desserts. A number of notable guests from Cyprus were in attendance, including Georgios Parpas, a representative of the Cyprus Cattle Farmers Organization, Georgios Kyprianou, a representative of Kouroussis Diary Industries, and Charalambidis Kristis Dairy industry's export sales manager, Spyros Bonatsos.
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