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In search of Orpheus01

Film showing and Q&A with the director Tzeli Hadjidimitriou

In Search of Orpheus examines the mythical story of Orpheus and his connection with the island of Lesvos. It follows, in a poetic way, the traces of the mythical musician on this island, where, according to legend, his head and his lyre were washed up on the shore.

We ask ordinary people what they know about Orpheus, finding that each person has modified the story according to their own imagination and experiences.  This is the "intangible cultural heritage" of Greece, the everyday culture of ordinary people, which defines our collective memory and identity. We also, incidentally, encounter the famous Chinese lyric poetess Lan Lan.

Wednesday 7 March

6:30 pm

Greek Community Club,  206-210 Lakemba Street, Lakemba

Free

Language of event: Greek + English

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Ancient Cypriot Art

Australian archaeologists have been working in Cyprus since the 1930s; the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney holds a collection of several thousand Cypriot antiquities. In this free one-hour guided tour an archaeologist will explore the artistic development of the island’s traditions over thousands of years and share stories on some of the Australian excavations and research into Cyprus’s past. Using the museum’s collection as a starting point, discover the rich history of ancient Cyprus and the stunning geometric and animal designs that make the island’s art so unique.

Monday 5 March

3.30pm

Nicholson Museum, Main Quadrangle, The University of Sydney

Free

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Language: English

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Na O Pateras Sou

The launch of the book by Maria Haniotou

This enthralling historical novel portrays the life of an orphan from the year 1922 to the end of the Greek Civil War. Vangelakis, instead of going to school, is sold for 300 drachmas per year and a load of wheat so that his mother and younger brother could live. In 1940 he enlists in the war against the Italians. Afterwards he fights the Germans and then experiences the terrors of the Civil War. However, he survives. He finds hope and emotional warmth in sweet Antonia, who carries him out of the jaws of fear and terror.

Sunday 4 March

4pm

Cypriot Club, 58-76 Stanmore Road, Stanmore

Free

Language: Greek

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