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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 February 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2019 19 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT She wanted kids to learn Greek... so she became a Youtuber MARY SINANIDIS T PHOTOS: NK ARCHIVE/LONSDALE GREEK FESTIVAL he world has become a global village, but this hasn't made it any easier for third and fourth generation children of the diaspora to be fluent in Greek. If anything, the ties are slowly slipping away with many Greek community groups finding youth less interested in preserving their heritage let alone their mother tongue. But at Preston Primary School, an inner northern city of Adelaide, you can see Chinese youngsters bopping along to Greek lyrics to tunes by Notis Sfakianakis and Indian kids dancing little Greek jigs in the corridors. All this student engagement is thanks to an enthusiastic teacher/ musician Simone (Asimina) Karanicolas (aka Thespinis Asimina) from Adelaide who is making Greekness cool for kids, and she's grabbing their attention through Youtube. For Ms Karanicolas the idea of incorporating Youtube videos into her teaching happened by accident. "I was sick one day in May 2018 and the relief teacher didn't know how to present a song I'd prepared for the kids, so I recorded a video and sent it to her," Ms Karanicolas said. She came back to a rock star's reception with the students telling her she was famous because they had seen her on TV and that's how the idea kicked off. "My students are into 5:25pm Totally Kicking Brass – an exciting Greek brassband fusion, popular in the Balkans, known as "Halkina". 6:25pm Greek Community of Melb & Greeks Orthodox Community of SA Dance Groups presenting Thracian Dances 6:55pm Pontiaki Estia Dance Group – Seniors 7:25pm Pancretan Association Dance Group – Seniors 7:55pm Cretan Glendi with Ilias Horeftakis accompanied by Stelios Ilikakis and Adamantios Kosidekakis 9:05pm Anagennisi Band AA Holding Stage 11:45am Welcome to the Lonsdale St Greek Festival 11:55am OPACIZE GREEK DANCE FITNESS 12:35pm To be confirmed 1:30pm Greek Community of Melbourne Greek School Dance Groups 2:10pm MAGIC MIC Competition 3:00pm O Periklis Dance Group Juniors 3:30pm Cretan Brotherhood Dance Group Intermediates 4:00pm Stavros & Despina 5:00pm Lonsdale St Sing-A-Long: get ready to raise your voice and sing along to a Greek classic 5:30pm Anthea and the Rubbies – Nostalgia 6:40pm Cats and the Canary 7:50pm Agapi & Friends 9:00pm The haBBiBis #lovelonsdale Stage 12:00pm Welcome to the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival 12:10pm K Studio Singing School presenting emerging singing talent 1:05pm Manasis School of Dance – Performance by: Oakleigh Beginner (B) Class, Oakleigh Beginner (A) Class, Oakleigh Junior (B) & (A) Classes, Oakleigh Intermediate Class 2:00pm The Pontian Community of Melbourne and Victoria Dance Group – Juniors & Teens 2:30pm Pegasus Dance Group – Juniors 3:00pm The Hellenic Community of Geelong Dance Group 3:30pm Pan Cretan Dance – Group Juniors & Inters 3:55pm Next Gen Greek Voices 5:00pm Lonsdale St Sing-A-Long: get ready to raise your voice and sing along to a Greek classic 5:25pm Manasis School of Dance – Performance by: Oakleigh Senior (C) Class, Oakleigh Senior (A) Class 6:00pm Manasis School of Dance – Traditional Bracket 6:25pm The Philhellenes 7:35pm Melbourne Epirotic Ensemble 8:45pm Club Sigma Youtube and gaming so I thought that making videos would be a great way for them to access knowledge outside the classroom," she said, adding that she is also a fan of using a body-based approach and flipped learning - a new pedagogical theory where classroom-based learning is inverted so that students are introduced to the material and familiar with it even before they get to the lesson. "In some of my classes I have no Greeks, so motivating them, getting them to see the material as relevant to their lives and teaching them Greek is quite a challenge," she said. "So to save time and get them excited, I create my Youtube videos to entertain them. The kids listen up and come to class ready for us to engage and She’s a cop, a yiayia, a Youtuber... but above all, Simone Karanicolaou is a teacher. we can use lesson time to deepen their understanding through revision." And its not just students having fun, parents are enjoying the videos also and she's attracted some mature age students too as part of her growing Youtube audience. Each video becomes a little bit more elaborate. Role playing has entered the equation, and Ms Karanicolas now plays an entire cast with the introduction of a cop, yiayia and all manner of characters. Initially created as a method of teaching, Ms Karanicolas is becoming a student of videography. "If I wasn't passionate about it, I wouldn't be doing it as it takes a long time to create these videos," she said, adding that she's in a competition with herself to make each video better than the one before. When she was young Ms Karanicola thought of growing up to be a performer or musician, and had many different influences from metal to Kate Bush and from Eleftheria Arvanitaki to Melina Kana. "So I guess I did what I wanted to do, and I'm still performing but in a different way to what I had imagined," she said, pointing to her students that learn through entertainment and her youtube videos that combine her love of Greek culture, music and language. Katerine Duska will be representing Greece at Eurovision would represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 came as no surprise as it was the name that most were expecting. Now, after weeks of speculation, it's official. Duska is a Canadian Greek who moved to Greece with her family as a teenager. She experimented with songwriting but enrolled at the Kapodistrian University of Athens to study law. Her song, "One in a T he announcement that Montreal-born Katerine Duska Million", had received rave reviews on the local scene in 2013. Two years later, she released her first album, 'Embodiment', featuring her own compositions. State broadcaster ERT unanimously decided in favour of Katerine to represent Greece on May 14. Members of the Selection Committee said that she won them over with her unique voice and music and lyrics. The song she will be performing has yet to be announced.
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