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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 April 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2019 19 OPINION YOUR WORDS. YOUR VOICE. Anna Vissi Tour Here’s what our readers on Facebook thought of our stories Orphan’s Plight Our article about Anna Vissi’s tour to Australia and her agreement to reduce concert fees after threat to fill Rod Laver with homeless hecklers drew a lot of reader comments. Harry Spirou I was at that concert and it was awesome. But seriously no Greek artist has ever filled an Australian stadium. What where they thinking. Katerina Zerefos Von Pritt She was good, once, a long time ago...but her pathetic attitude and arrogance, particularly after her appearance in Eurovision in 2006 turned me right off. Roula Angelopoulos Anna Vissi is an amazing artist, always was, always will be - she keeps re-inventing herself Harry Spirou Roula Angelopoulos she made more than $200,000 from these mobs in 2002. She who laughs last, laughs the loudest. They can say whatever they like. Roula Angelopoulos Yes, Michael Chugg lost money on that tour, but soon after he had Robbie Williams, and most likely made up for previous losses. It was an expensive production - 3-tiered stages, pyrotechnics, large crew... two Sydney shows, one normal arena style, the second a Sit Down Cabaret Show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre where all Seats on the floor were removed and replaced with large round tables with their own waiter and full 3-course meal, (plus coffee) silver cutlery and the long built catwalk in amongst it all! The Melbourne shows were unfortunate. Mara Melisses This is a sad affair fueled by greed. This guy should’ve done his research, Vissi hasn’t been popular for a long time, and has displayed bad attitude in the past. Roula Angelopoulos Mara Melisses this tour was a few months prior to Sydney Olympic Games. Mara Melisses Roula, still doesn’t change the fact it’s all because of greed. Ponzi schemes are to fraud others for the sake of making someone on top, rich. Roula Angelopoulos Mara Melisses yes agree, hate ponzi anything, but I don’t think Michael Chugg was aware of how his financial lender accrued his money. Peter Skirlis Greek singers demand too much money to come to Australia. It’s a matter of time before Aussie Greeks stop seeing them here. They don’t need the whole of their crew to come out, what’s wrong with them using our crew? Is some of our crew not to their standards? Why pyrotechnics and 3-tiered stages? They don’t have that in Greece...Your own waiter for your table and silver cutlery? Please let’s go for gold cutlery... You need at least $1000 per couple if not more for this event. Pipina Karvelis Peter Skirlis - and when in Athens or Thessaloniki during - June/July/August- and by some luck - Karas, Terzis, Pantazis, or even Remos is on show, tickets usually is 20 EURO, and a bottle of scotch or ouzo is 14 euro. Go figure! Maria Taki As Kenny Rodgers once sang, “You gotta know when to fold them, know when to walk away....” Suzi Paschalis Bouliopoulos In Greece, there’s a show called PAME PAKETO and I am 100/100 sure that they can help you find your family! Ioannis Kalos Housianakos Suzi Paschalis Bouliopoulos, not a good choice as it is all about ratings for the presenters and also they do not touch those with no name for them to search - I know as I have been contacted by them and they refused to help when they realised I was found with no name or birth particulars. They take the cases that you or I with a bit of will power can do ourselves. Also, an important reason why - I think that TV is not a good venue to meet one’s birth family for the very first time. Plus I do not go for gimmicks of this kind - with a package and a bow: I find that horrendously demeaning to all involved; for the Adoptee and for his or her birth family! So it’s a definite no for me. Martha Pampoukidis I’m sorry for the torture and trauma you experienced as a child. May you continue to experience joy and live with all your extended family. Sophie Krokos So sad, at least he found his father. Niki Kabourakis This is a great read! An amazing story. Wish him good luck for the rest of his journey. Filli Kaoullas I worked on that tour with Con Nellis. I was told I’d be paid soon I’m still waiting for payment. I have more to add to this catastrophic concert (story), including me driving from the Carlton Crest hotel in the middle of the night to go get bed linen and a clean bed quilt for Anna as she got a severe allergic reaction to the detergents used on the linen. I had to tell Kristy, Anna’s manager at the time, that Anna was expected to meet a die-hard fan today as they missed the scheduled meeting the day before. Anna was a professional and a lady in this matter. She was devastated at this concert hotel venue but, as the article states, it was about cutting cost. Con Nellis, I’m still waiting for my money. Michael Chugg was a gentleman. The Sweet Greek Filli Kaoullas, why couldn’t she pop out to local Woolies and buy her own linen? Filli Kaoullas Why should she have to? As promoters the obligation is there’s to look after the artists. I did it as I wanted to be a professional. All I can add to this is that Anna appreciated it very much at the time. The Sweet Greek Screw the greedy promoters and their mega venues. In my opinion, any self respecting and self managed music artist should keep it real and old school... and tour their gigs at small venues with multiple dates. Pick the remaining bouzoukia joints of our major cities and the community halls or public parks of our Greek flavoured suburbs. Keep it affordable for the punters and call the end of the 3000 per cent margins on BWS purchased boxes of Johnny Walkers. Cut out as many greedy middle men as possible and self organise and manage the gigs. I mean, besides penning the occasional word to paper and strumming a guitar to it, what else do they have to do? It’s just like organising a big fat Greek wedding, on repeat. And, if Carlton Crest accommodation is good enough for the rest of us, it’s good enough for The Creatives, too! Kill the Diva mindset. Write your comments on our social media pages and see them publicized here... Dr Panayotis Pappas on growing up Greek and the Immigrec Project Interesting insights into the migrant experience in Canada will be offered by Associate Professor Panayiotis Pappas from Simon Fraser University in Canada during a lecture at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society on Tuesday, 16 April. The lecture, titled "The Immigrec project: Building a virtual museum of the Greek-Canadian immigrant experience", will give Australian audiences a roundup of his project that aims to document the second wave of Greek immigration to Canada - roughly the period 1945 to 1975 - through the collection of oral histories and archival material, such as travel documents, photographs, etc., for the purpose of creating a virtual museum, and for research in history, political science, anthropology, and linguistics. The project has interviewed 453 participants from 12 different communities in Canada, and more than 13 different geographic regions of Greece, yielding an unexpected treasure trove of historical, anthropological, and linguistic data. He gave Neos Kosmos insight into his life and work, in the first person. Growing up Greek in America was... brief. We moved back to Greece when I was three, so I actually grew up American in Greece The inspiration behind the Immigrec project was… Professor Ralli, the chief investigator (of the project) had studied in Montreal. During a visit in 2011, she noticed that the Greek imprint on the city was diminishing so she decided to document the history of Greek immigration before the first generation of the 2nd wave passed on. The greatest challenge for me has been… convincing the first generation Greeks to participate. It was the second generation (sons and daughters) that helped us recruit speakers, and who saw the value of the project. The most impressive legacy of the project has been… the virtual museum which will be ready in a couple of months. It will allow future generations of Greek Cana- Associate Professor Panayiotis Pappas from Simon Fraser University dians to learn about the history of their communities. A story that sticks out most from my research has been… mail order grooms. I was surprised how many young men moved to Canada for marriage. Most of them only on the basis of a few letters and a single photograph. Something that Greek Australians will find particularly interesting… most Greek Canadians were also considering Australia as a possible destination. These two countries were the only real viable options for them. A commonality of the diaspora experience around the globe is… their continued love for the home country, and their sincere desire to be excellent ambassadors for Hellenism. During my lecture at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society... I will present a general overview of the project, discussing the organisation of our research efforts, our preliminary linguistic results, and showcasing some of the most exciting features of the virtual museum. Apart from the presentation, the visit is an opportunity for Dr Pappas to also meet with the faculty of Greek Studies of La Trobe University to share their methodology methods and explore the possibilities of collaboration. The visit is made possible by the Vassilogiannis Bequest, the generous gift to Greek studies left by the late Anastassios Vassilogiannis and takes place at 7pm on 16 April at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society (Level 2, 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne).
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