A fundraiser with food, dancing and live music by special guest Dimitris Basis.
Date: Friday 5 May
Start time: 7PM
Venue: The Grand Roxy Level 1, 128 The Grand Pde, Brighton-Le-Sands
Ticket: From $140
The future of the Greek language in Australian education
Greek language teaching seems to be going through a severe crisis at all levels of the Australian educational system and in all states. On the basis of the experience of the last twenty years, Professor Vrasidas Karalis coordinates a round-table discussion with all active university teachers of Modern Greek in NSW on the problems, perspectives and dangers facing Greek language teaching in Australia. Could Greek disappear as one of the official languages of the Australian curriculum? What should we do to stop the decline of Greek enrolments? Is there any way to rekindle the interest of young people in learning Greek? The academics of our state talk about their experiences and analyse the problems while at the same time they put forward solutions for the dissemination and promotion of Greek language as a language of cultural awareness and social cohesion.
Professor Vrasidas Karalis
Dr Anthony Dracopoulos
Dr Elizabeth Kefallinos
Dr Efrosini Deligianni
Date: Sunday 30 April
Start time: 3pm
Venue: Greek Community Club, 206-210 Lakemba St, Lakemba
Canto General and popular Greek songs
The Greek Festival of Sydney returns to City Recital Hall for another huge festival finale. This year’s concert, conducted by George Ellis, celebrates the music of iconic Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, best known for his theme to Zorba the Greek. His work, both classical and popular, draws on the rich musical heritage of his homeland. Vocalists Livia Brash and Hayden Barrington combine with Sydney Philharmonia Choir to perform Theodorakis’ vibrant oratorio, Canto General. Performed in Spanish and based on Chilean Nobel-laureate Pablo Neruda’s book of poems, Canto General is an epic history of South America. The tempo rises in the concert’s second half as special guest, Greek vocalist Dimitris Basis performs laika tragoudia – ‘popular songs’ by Theodorakis, celebrating life and love.
Date: Friday 28 April
Start time: 7.30 pm
Venue: City Recital Hall, 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney
Ticket: From $50
Booking details: 8256 2222 or www.cityrecitalhall.com
Language: Greek and Spanish
Music from the Greek islands and Asia Minor
The Aegean Quartet from Sydney is set to hit the stage with an exciting event presenting music and songs from the Greek islands and Asia Minor.
Date: Friday 21 April
Start time: 7.30 pm
Venue: St George Bank Auditorium, 4 Montgomery Street Kogarah
Language: Greek & English