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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 September 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019 15 MUSIC & FILM The ‘grand arrival’ of Greek singers! The ‘who is who’ of artists venturing Down Under this spring: Jot down these dates Walking through the Byzantine ruins of Mystras Australia in the upcoming weeks, promising a spring season filled with kefi! For some this is a much awaited return, while rising stars are also among the cohort. In any case, we are about to get a generous taste of Greece's contemporary music scene. Keep reading and you'll understand why. G Cathedral of Agios Demetrios. PHOTO: GREEKA GLYKERIA & MICHALIS HATZIGIANNIS A short introduction cannot pay justice to these iconic singers, whose followers extend beyond Greek borders. With a career spanning more than 30 years and several multiplatinum releases, Glykeria is considered a queen of laiko. Her first visit Down Under was during her peak years of fame, in 1985, and it was that experience that was pivotal in ensuring her return time over. With her on stage for this The landscape is spectacular. upcoming tour will be Michalis Hatzigiannis, an artist who has left a footprint in the field of pop, contemporary laiko and entechno music, arguably from the very beginnings of his trajectory, when he released his album Parakseni Yiorti. So far, Hatzigiannis' record sales have surpassed 3 million copies and has even been chosen to perform for events reek singers are expected to arrive en masse to like the opening and closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens 2004. * Glykeria and Michalis Hatzigiannis will give two shows at Sydney's Bellevue Venue on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September, followed by a show at the Melbourne Pavillion on Saturday 28 September. For tickets head to: http://greekentertainment. com.au/js_events/glykeriahatzigiannis-tour-2019/ (Sydney) https://www.trybooking. com/book/event?eid=513721 (Melbourne) KONSTANTINOS KOUFOS While a younger talent, Konstantinos Koufos seems to already have a loyal following in Australia where he comes back in September, three years after a sold-out concert in Sydney. Koufos became widely known in 2015 thanks to the remake of the song I pio oraia stin Ellada which became viral on Youtube. In June 2016 he won the Best New Artist MAD Video Music Award, and has collaborated with industry heavyweights Nikos Vertis, Sakis Rouvas and Paola. Expect to hear his hits Metro antistrofa, Ta potiria mas psila, Kentro Dierhomenon, and many more guaranteed to make you dance all night! *Konstantinos Koufos will appear in Sydney's Max Watts Fox Studios on Saturday 14 September. For tickets head to https://bit.ly/2lPqite YIORGOS SAMPANIS Another younger generation representative, Yiorgos Sampanis will perform in Sydney and Melbourne for the very first time! You might remember the song S' afino tora ston epomeno, thanks to which he rose to fame in 2007. He has now over 10 years of experience under his belt and has even ventured in composing songs for artists Elena Paparizou and Peggy Zina. *Yiorgos Sampanis will perform at the Factory Theatre in Sydney on Friday 4 October and at the Trak in Melbourne on Friday 11 October. For Sydney tickets call 0491110185 and for Melbourne tickets on 0419 099 933. YIORGOS VELISSARIS - YIOTA GRIVA - NEKTARIOS KOKKONIS With Yiorgos Velissaris as a headliner this group is set to offer Australian audiences an authentic laikodimotiko concert. Yiota Griva is joining him on stage, marking her first visit Down Under, while the presence of klarino player Nektarios Kokkonis guarantees shows will involve some... serious fun. * The 3 people line-up will perform in Sydney on Saturday 2 November and in Melbourne's Oakleigh Centre on Monday 4 November. For tickets call 0405 292 442 (Sydney) or 0466 893 647 (Melbourne). PANOS KIAMOS Fans of modern laiko will rejoice upon hearing the news of Kiamos' arrival. One of the most popular artists of the genre, Kiamos has won a place in the Australian diaspora's heart, with his recent 2011 and 2018 concerts having sold out. Featuring in his upcoming gig will quite likely be two of his very first songs Ola gia sena milane and Trelos gia sena which remain on his fans' top-10 list. *Panos Kiamos will perform on Monday 4 November at the Melbourne Pavillion. For tickets head to www. trybooking.com/book/ event?eid=546661 Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival releases its exciting program for 2019 F Constantine XI Dragas Paleologos, the last Byzantine Emperor who served with distinction as Despot (Prince) of Mystras. PHOTO: WIKIPEDIA In Mystras it is like taking a step back in time, to antiquity. PHOTO: PINTEREST rom the poetic drama Epiphany starring AACTA award-winner Alex Dimitriades and irreverent black-comedy The Taverna, to the latest masterpiece by weird wave auteur Yorgos Lanthimos, the Delphi Bank 26th Greek Film Festival (GFF) returns with a stellar program, showcasing diverse stories from trailblazing Greek filmmakers across the globe. The program, released this week, includes 15 superb features, three engaging documentaries and one Australian short. Kicking off in Sydney before heading to Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra, the festival will open with the inspirational sports docudrama 1968 by awardwinning filmmaker Tassos Boulmetis (A Touch of Spice). Starring acclaimed Greek actor Ieroklis Michaelidis, the film revisits the legendary victory of the emergent Greek basketball team AEK in the European Cup against the seemingly undefeatable Czechoslovakian team – Greece's first ever win in history. The landmark event on 4 April, 1968 smashed attendance records with over 100,000 spectators flooding the marble Panathenaic Stadium. The festival will then close with black comedy The Taverna by Australian director Alkinos Tsilimidos. Set in Melbourne, the film chronicles a chaotic night in which an impromptu belly dance at a Greek restaurant leads to a series of unexpected and hilarious mishaps. The program also features a number of special events, including a Q&A with Dimitriades and rising star Caitlin Carmichael (Dwight In Shining Armor), who attend the festival in both Sydney and Melbourne to introduce Epiphany. The film is a love letter to Greek culture, which tells the story of a troubled teen who befriends an older man, and slowly uncovers her family's mysterious past. Cypriot Sunday will pay homage to - you guessed it - Cypriot cinema, screening Tonia Mishiali's striking debut feature Pause about an overworked Cypriot housewife who dreams of violent rebellion against her sexist husband, and The Bullet Within, the true story of a son who must bury his father before his wedding day. Delphi Bank 26th Greek Film Festival details: Sydney: 8-20 October Melbourne: 9-20 October Adelaide: 10-13 October Brisbane: 15-20 October Perth: 20 October-10 November Canberra: 29 November-1 December To see the full program visit: neoskosmos.com.au and to book tickets and for more info: www.greekfilmfestival. com.au, www.facebook. com/GreekFilmFestival ‘Epiphany’ starring Greek Australian Alex Demetriadis.
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