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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 24 March 2018
4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 24 MARCH 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Athens’ Monastiraki market in Australia Organisers say they hope to bring a small taste of Athens to the heart of Adelaide THEODORA MAIOS Adelaide's main square is about to get a small transformation reminiscent of Athens' famous 'Monastiraki' market, as part of hosting the largest Greek Festival in South Australia. Over 40,000 people are expected to visit Victoria Square in the heart of the city to attend the festival over the weekend. "Victoria Square offers a magnificent setting in the heart of Adelaide making it accessible for everyone to come and enjoy Glendi. Being in the heart of the city is reminiscent of the large fes- tivals that occur in Greece, which are always held in the 'town square'," says 2018 Glendi Greek festival director, Mike Diakomichalis. "Victoria Square also allows the festival to retain its 'open air' setting, whilst its central location lends itself to growing the festival by adding Friday evening to the program for the first time in its history." Although the 2018 Glendi Greek Festival has traditionally been a two-day weekend event, this year it will be held on Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March celebrating its 40th anniversary since its inception in 1978. To mark the occasion, for the first time in the event's history, Glendi will have free entry. "Being in Victoria Square is a great opportunity for everyone and in particular people who are in the CBD to come straight from work on a Friday evening for a catch up with friends and enjoy a drink and some delicious Greek food. "We are very pleased to have great support and participation from both community organisations and small business operators at Glendi 2018. This enables the showcasing of the Hellenic spirit and culture whilst also providing these groups with the opportunity to raise funds for their respective causes; whether that be education, youth sport, performing arts to name a few," said Diakomichalis. This year's setting will certainly be very different by virtue of the organiser's decision to turn Victoria Square into Greece's most famous street; Monastiraki. "We are taking advantage of Reconciliation Plaza, the cobbled road that intersects Victoria Square, which will be closed to traffic on the weekend, and have encour- aged participating stallholders to set-up on this section of road. This paved area is similar to the road found at the famous Monastiraki Market and we hope to offer festival attendees a small taste of Athens right here in the heart of Adelaide," said the Glendi director. Festival attendees can expect to be treated to a weekend of family fun and enjoy a wide range of activities including competitions, Greekthemed product tastings and cooking demonstrations, exhibitions, art displays and projects from students and local artists, live music by Celebrating Hellenic Australian women in business Bringing together a powerhouse line-up of guest speakers to inspire its community, Delphi Bank highlighted a new generation of Hellenic Australian female entrepreneurs paving the way for success at its annual Women’s Business Luncheon In honour of International Women's Day, Delphi Bank celebrated its annual Women's Business Luncheon on Friday 16 March at Melbourne's Hellenic Museum. Described as an “expression of our values” by the head of Delphi Bank, Jim Sarris, the luncheon was supported by guest speakers Demi Markogiannaki, co-founder of WeTeachMe, and leading social media marketers and bloggers, Bec and Marissa Karagiorgos of Twice Blessed. In addition to the guest speakers, Delphi Bank also engaged top Hellenic Australian fashion illustrator, Natalie Rompotis to facilitate the panel discussion on start-up businesses, entre- preneurship, and, of course, what this year's International Women's Day theme 'Press for Progress' means to them. "When planning this event, which has become a vital part of our DNA, we looked at the women in our community who continue to inspire us through their business ingenuity, community spirit and drive to succeed," Sarris said. "What Demi, Bec, Marissa, and Natalie all have in common, aside from their Hellenic heritage, is their formal education and innate entrepreneurial instinct which has allowed them to think outside of the box when it comes to using their talents in their workforce," he continued. Like the bank, they also value family and building a well-connected community. With over 130,000 Instagram followers, bloggers Bec and Marissa Karagiorgos stated that "the importance of relationship building is what has got us to where we are today. Building community and relationships is what will propel you in this industry, or what will sink you if you don't invest properly." As for the co-founder of Australia's biggest webbased school in Australia, Demi Markogiannaki said that like Delphi Bank, she also “makes it a point to give women equal employment opportunities to create a more balanced and diverse working environment. "I come from a country [Greece] that is traditionally patriarchal, where not too many girls are encouraged to get involved in business, much less the technology sector. As a woman who has co-founded a technology business . . . I like to think of myself as an example for other women and girls that have similar dreams but are unsure about how to pursue them," she continued. This message of empowerment was echoed throughout the Luncheon which continues to generate much interest within the community. Mr Sarris stated that the event “aims to give back to the Hellenic Australian community that has longsupported our bank, and of course celebrate women in our community and their success. "The event also highlights our commitment to diversity and inclusion. I'm proud that women are represented at all levels of our bank – from branch managers and relationship managers, right up to the leadership level." local Greek musicians, traditional and modern Greek cultural dance performances, a garden bar, an open-air outdoor cinema and a major lottery with first prize being two return business class airfares flying to any of Qatar Airways’ international destinations. According to the organisers Greek singer Nikos Kourkoulis and his band from Greece will be performing in the main concert on both Saturday and Sunday nights. "We really do hope to bring a small taste of Athens in the heart of Adelaide," concluded Diakomichalis. (L-R) Bec Karagiorgos, Jim Sarris, Demi Markogiannaki, Natalie Rompotis, and Marissa Karagiorgos.
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