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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 07 July 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 JULY 2018 9 COMMUNITY Bringing communities together though Grandma’s songs The healing power of music and its potential to foster crosscultural contact was celebrated at an event held last Tuesday at Melbourne's Italian museum Co.As.It in Carlton. ‘Lullabies and Laments: a Song Circle’ was presented by Multicultural Museums Victoria (MMV) in partnership with The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, as part of the 'Grandmothers' project, a series of collaborative exhibitions at five participating museums. Women of all ages gathered in the morning song circle to share lullabies and folk tunes from Melbourne's diverse communities, showcasing Greek, Italian, Yiddish and Russian musical tradition among others. Participants were invited to perform or share a recording of a song and tell the accompa- from my Grandmother’ public concert. Participants of the song circle workshop were encouraged to share their songs and stories at the upcoming concert which will feature solo and ensemble performances reflecting the roles grandmothers play within the multicultural family and community. nying story, either individually or in pairs and small groups. The workshop was an opportunity for our beloved grandmothers to remember lullabies and laments, and to learn the songs of fellow participants and listen to their stories passed down through generations. Samantha Dieckmann, the event's facilitator, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Melbourne whose current project explores the deployment of music in reconciliation. Her past work has examined the ways in which cross-cultural musical contact and exchange enable identity formation and community development through the lens of multiculturalism and integration. Dr Dieckmann will also be facilitating the upcoming ‘Songs The ‘Songs from my Grandmother’ concert will take place on Wednesday 25 July from 6.00 pm at the Islamic Museum of Australia (15A Anderson Rd, Thornbury, VIC). The event is free, bookings are essential, and you are welcome to register your interest in performing in the concert when you book. For more information visit http://mmv.org.au/songs/ The ‘Grandmothers’ MMV Group Project exhibitions continue until 28 October. Cr Papafotiou calls for harsher penalties for repeat criminal offenders To achieve legislative change, Cr Georgina Papafotiou together with the Greek Democritus League’s women’s committee launched a petition, and is calling on the community to show its support The Greek Democritus League's women's committee hosted an event on Sunday which saw the launch of a campaign in support of victims of violence. Held at Democritus House in Northcote in collaboration with City of Brimbank, the event featured councillor Georgina Papafotiou as a key speaker, presenting the details of the campaign, which is seeking to change laws for repeat criminal offenders, introduce harsher penalties, and to review current intervention orders. To gain support on the issue, Ms Papafotiou presented a petition, which requires the collection of 10,000 signatures support- (L-R) New committee member of the Violence Crisis Support Centre Jenny Markakis, president of the Greek Democritus League Arthur Salahas showing his support for the campaign signing the petition, Cr Georgina Papafotiou, and Cr Mary Lalios. ing the legislative changes. Once complete, it will be presented to the Legislative Assembly by a member of parliament. During her address, the Brimbank councillor stressed the importance of victims of violence having the opportunity to have their voices heard and their needs supported, and she called on the community to get on board. Meanwhile, Ms Papafotiou also presented her vision for the establishment of a Violence Crisis Support Centre in the near future, where anyone who finds themselves victimised by any form of violence can seek the help they need. Also in attendance to show her support for the campaign was Whittlesea councillor and president of the Municipal Association of Victoria, Mary Lialios. Clayton Community Centre celebrates 10 years of service Last week marked a milestone for Clayton Community Centre, which celebrated 10 years since its establishment. There to mark the occasion was the mayor of the City of Monash Paul Klisaris. The centre is a key meeting hub for the Greek community, where Pronia offers a number of support services, education, advocacy and referrals to services in the area in order to help the Greek elderly, carers and newly arrived migrants. These services are provided every Wednesday by appointment. Meanwhile, there is an inMayor of Monash Paul Klisaris. PHOTO: SUPPLIED formation session scheduled to inform people about financial matters on Wednesday 11 July. Run in collaboration with Centrelink, it will cover financial supports, payments, and allowances, with a guest speaker from the Department of Human Services. To RSVP to the event or to make an appointment for Wednesdays, call Pronia on (03) 9388 9998. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED Opa! Queensland’s Bribie goes Greek Woorim was a sea of blue and white on Sunday, with the seaside suburb in Moreton Bay hosting the Bribie OPA Greek Festival. Run near the quaint Greek Orthodox Archdiocese's Retreat and Recreation Centre, perched on a hilltop, the setting was not unlike that of a Greek plateia, but with an Australian twist. There was plenty of Greek food and wine on offer, along with music and dancing, which set the kefi for the day. The event was a chance to showcase Greek culture to the wider community, and to celebrate its various and distinct regions.
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