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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 9 February 2019
COMMUNITY 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Multicultural dancers Lemnian youth takes centre stage The new generation of the Lemnian Community of Victoria was the star of the successful Tavern Night event The Lemnian Community of Melbourne hosted a highly successful 'Tavern Night' last Saturday. More than 250 people gathered at the Vogue Ballroom to feast on delicious Greek food and celebrate the organisation's continuous presence with traditional dancing and music. The event was the first one organised by the youth of the seminal Greek club, and it marked a passing of the torch to the next generation of Lemnians in Melbourne. More than 150 young Lemnians - mostly third generation Greek Australians - took part in the event, and became the night's protagonists, gaining praise from the 'old guard'. “The youth are the future of the Lemnian Community”, said the organisation's president, George Giannaros, promising that he and the rest of the board will do whatever it takes to bring them closer to the club and develop initiatives according to their interests. Among the most impressive costumes was the 1.5m tall goat skin headpieces from Xiropotamos and Monastiraki, Drama, Macedonia. Last weekend, whilst Melbourne sweltered through yet another heat wave and most Melburnians flocked to the nearest beach or pool, the Manasis senior dancers were determined to proceed with their pro- gramme as planned. They participated in the Lygon Street Multicultural Festival and apokries custom of Rougatsia, enacted at the Karaiskakis Karditsa Association of Melbourne and Victoria. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES Coburg Greek Festival a success, despite scorching heat A large number of people gathered at the Coburg Greek Orthodox church, The Presentation of our Lord, for the annual festival organised around the holiday the church is named after. One of the twelve Great Feasts of the Eastern Orthodox Church, The Presentation of Our Lord at the Temple (Greek: Ὑπαπαντή, meaning "meeting") is celebrated in Coburg for decades. Celebrations started on Friday with the Great Vespers, followed by the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy on Saturday, but it was the Sunday feast that attracted the larger crowd of people who defied the high temperature and spent a day of music, dancing and delicious greek food. The festivities included per- formances by the St Johns College band, as well as by traditional dance groups, while popup stores were set up outside the church, turning the area into a Greek neighbourhood. The Pontiaki Estia dance group performance was one of the Coburg Greek Festival’s highlights. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES A large group of people braved the heat to attend the event.
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