A GREEK CAFÉ & MILK BAR FORUM
Milk bar and café counters were meeting points between Greek-Australians and British-Australians.
“I’ll meet you at the Greeks” became a popular phrase in many Australia cities and country towns during most of the 20th century – the Greek-run café and milk bar offered a familiar meal, American milk shakes, sodas, ice creams and milk chocolates, amidst the dazzle and sparkle of architectural glamour also from the USA.
But behind the smiles, behind the counters, what was life like for the Greek proprietors and their families? Led by café researchers Leonard Janiszewski and Effy Alexakis, a panel of distinguished Greek-Australians who grew up in Greek cafés and milk bars, will attempt to reveal insights into this question.
The panellists are: Lex Marinos (actor/broadcaster/arts personality), Nick Pappas (lawyer/Rabbitohs Chairman) Adam J. Gerondis (food catering business owner), Anna Patty (Fairfax journalist), Chrissa Loukas (barrister/public defender) and Marina Efthimiou (food catering business owner).
Date: Wednesday 29 March
Start time: 6.30 pm
Venue: The Theatrette, Parliament of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney.
Lecture and afternoon teas:
11 March 3.00 pm Niagara Café – 142 Sheridan Street, Gundagai
1 April 2.30 pm Paragon Café – 65 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
$20 Bookings: www.bit.ly/2kK3Egj
The Hellenes founded hundreds of colonies and territories on the Mediterranean and Black Sea coasts and in Asia. Some of these only became extinct in the last century, while others survive to this day, with many of their inhabitants speaking dialects of Greek and maintaining differing aspects of Hellenic culture. We must never forget how the Hellenes were able to reach and in many cases directly rule vast territories far beyond the Greek heartland.
This lecture will provide an overview of the key communities in Magna Graecia, Spain, Corsica, Syria, Turkey, Pontus, Romania, Bulgaria.
The lecture will be presented by Costa Vertzayias and Billy Cotsis.
Date: Wednesday 22 March
Start time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Greek Community Club, 206-210 Lakemba St, Lakemba
The cinematographer George Miller and the Greek contribution to Australian culture
Lecture by Professor Vrasidas Karalis
Synopsis: George Miller is one of the most iconic figures of Australian and global cinema. He was the film-maker who, with Mad Max (1979), opened the way for the Australian cinema to become international. The lecture discusses the Greek background of George Miller and his visual aesthetics as well as his contribution to world cinema as a producer, writer and director. It also attempts a cultural reading of his films, like the innocent fables Babe (1995) and Happy Feet (2006), by suggesting that the central figure is the outcast who becomes accepted by an initially unfriendly and hostile society.
Date: Thursday 20 April
Start time: 6:30pm
Venue: Due to the temporary closure of the original venue, this event will now be held at Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney