Apodimi Compania: From Thrace to Crete
Direct from Greece! Apodimi Compania offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the musical flowering of rural Greece with its various regional styles of folk music, together with the twentieth-century urban rebetika, often called "the Greek Blues". The group performs both styles of music on a variety of traditional instruments, including the violin, six-stringed bouzouki, tzouras, baglamas, banjo, guitar, oud and lute, as well as vocals.
Date: Sunday 9 April
Start time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Bankstown Sports, 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown
Ticket: $35 + booking fee
Booking details: 9722 9888 or www.bankstownsports.com/greek-festival
Am I Who I Say I Am?
A comedic memoir by George Catsi about one father and four surnames
Storytelling at its best, award-winning George Catsi immerses you in his tales of multiple names, a wayward father and how hopeless a Greek he is. An identity pulled together by multiple Greek diasporas, upheavals and revolutions. A ripping yarn centred around his father that balances absurdity with pathos journeying from Crete to Cairo to Detroit to Sydney. The result is a funny, lively and heartfelt evening of stories that played to delighted audiences. A light-hearted way of pulling the threads of family and seeing where we unravel.
Dates: Thursday 6, Friday 7 + Saturday 8 April
Start time: 8.00 pm
Venue: The Green Room @ The Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St Petersham
Ticket: $25 / $20 concession
Booking details: 9560 4639 or www.george-catsi.eventbrite.com.au
Christina’s case by Yota Krilli
A book launch
The play Christina’s Case is an imaginative presentation of the real-life story of an innocent Greek migrant woman, caught in the 'Social Security Scandal', the 'Kolpo' of 1978. She was arrested at dawn without warning by the Commonwealth Police and falsely accused of conspiring to defraud the Commonwealth. Her interrogation and imprisonment become a nightmare of humiliations, shattering her already debilitated health and her sense of her own identity. The play portrays her unexpected prison encounters, her bewilderment and demoralisation, as clouds of doom loom menacingly over her.
Christina's Case, Yota Krili’s new book, will be launched at the Greek Festival of Sydney by Mr George Athanasiadis, lawyer and playwright and Ms Anna Couani, poet and artist, in English and Greek.
The event MC will be Dr Panagiota Nazou.
Date: Wed 5 April
Start time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Marrickville Library,Cnr Marrickville and Petersham Roads, Marrickville
Booking details: 9335 2173 or www.marrickvillelibrary.eventbrite.com.au
Hosted by the Mytilenian Brotherhood of Sydney & NSW
Lesvos is the third largest Greek island, with a history that dates back thousands of years. It produces its famous ouzo and the best olive oil in Greece, and enchants visitors with the Petrified Forest and its other natural beauties. Lesvos has been home to the painter Theophilos, the philosopher Aristotle, the poet Elytis and many other famous Greeks. Come along for a cooking demonstration, olive oil and other Lesvos products, a Theophilos exhibition, a music workshop, a lecture on the island and a backgammon (tavli) championship.
Date: Sunday 2 April
Start time: 11am – 4pm
Venue: Mytilenian House, 225 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury
Contact: 9789 5336