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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 April 2018
2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 APRIL 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greeks in Perth bracing for Glendi ‘It is very important for my generation to embrace the Greek traditions that our forebearers taught us,’ says festival organiser Despene Kalaf MARKELLA ALEXIOU Organisers of the Glendi Festival in Perth have a specific goal in mind: to break the record of the 'World's Largest LiveLighter Zorba Dance', set at the 2016 festival, when 2,000 people engaged in joyous sirtaki. Perth’s Glendi Greek Festival, taking place under the auspices of LiveLighter, a Western Australia program encouraging Australian adults to lead healthier lifestyles, is a cultural platform welcoming and uniting Greeks in Perth. The festival returns to Elizabeth Quay next weekend, 21 and 22 April, with a promise to offer unforgettable moments of energy and vitality to people of all ages. During the weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to taste signature Greek dishes like souvlaki, gyros, calamari, and octopus, while famous pastry chef George Diakomichalis will create some gastronomic surprises. At the same time, festival goers will enjoy Greek folk music and traditional dances from various parts of Greece, as well as international dancers and a demonstration of plate smashing. The festival includes fun and leisure activities for children, stalls showcasing Greek produce, and a bar offering a variety of drinks and coffee. "The popularity of the two previous festivals reflects Western Australia's interest in Greek culture, and I'm certain that the upcoming Glendi will surprise and, once again, unite and delight the broader community that wants to celebrate Greek lifestyle," says festival organiser Despene Kalaf. Brought up with the ideals of Greek culture instilled by her parents and grandmother, Kalaf developed a strong sense of appreciation from a very early age. "I believe that it is very important for my generation to embrace the Greek traditions that our forebearers taught us and ensure that these customs will continue in the future," she says. The Glendi Festival will take place on Saturday 21 April (from 3.00 – 10.00 pm) and Sunday 22 April (11.00 am – 8.00 pm) at Elizabeth Quay, Perth, WA. Entry is $2 per person, free for children under 12 years. Find out more at perthglendi.com.au The Epitaph in Nunawading. Neos Kosmos was flooded with messages coming from all parts of Australia last week, reporting an impressive turnout in all Greek Orthodox churches, both during the Good Friday Holy Epitaph Procession and at the Resurrection ceremony on Holy Saturday night. This was largely due to the exceptionally warm weather conditions, allowing for dozens of thousands of Greek Australians to visit their local churches and at- tend the Holy Resurrection Divine Liturgy and partake in the distribution of the Holy Light, which they carried home. There are more than 100 Greek Orthodox churches throughout Australia and they were all swarmed with devout Christians. The massive turnout led to the surrounding streets being flooded with people, attracting the attention of nonGreek residents, impressed by the sight of people car- Springvale community. rying candles at night. With weather conditions remaining favourable on Easter Sunday, and the temperature in Melbourne reaching 30 degrees, the Greek community had the chance to celebrate Easter as if in Greece. The 'Greek-dominated' neighbourhoods of Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and other cities, in particular, were filled with Greek sounds, smells, tastes and colours, as people celebrat- ed Easter with dance, music, and the traditional lamb on a spit. It is worth noting that each year, during Orthodox Easter, there is a significant surge in lamb consumption throughout Australia. ORTHODOX EASTER MESSAGE FROM THE VICTORIAN PREMIER AND THE PRIME MINISTER As usual, state and federal political leaders took part in the Orthodox Easter cel- Celebrating Easter, as if in Greece The warm weather allowed for a glorious celebration of Orthodox Easter throughout Australia NEOS KOSMOS Published since 1957 Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by ACM Printing, 126 Fairbank Road, Clayton South 3168. 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