The art, music, costume
The Greek War of Independence officially began in March 1821. After nearly 400 years of Ottoman occupation, Hellenes (Greeks) came together and, with help from the Philhellenes, won their independence.
This production tells the story of the Revolution through a cultural lens.
Music, dance, art and literature all function as chronicles of the struggle for independence, relating personal stories about its impact.
What people wore symbolised their identity and attachment to their region; but once the nation of Hellas (Greece) was formed, a national costume was created to represent the new nation and a new identity.
Date: Sunday 2 April
Start time: 3.00 pm
Venue: Prince Henry Centre, 2 Coast Hospital Rd, Little Bay
Ticket: $20 adult $10 children
Language: English and Greek
A tribute to the writer and thinker Nikos Kazantzakis — author of Zorba, Christ Recrucified, Spiritual exercises and a modern Odyssey — marking sixty years since his death.
The event will focus on a presentation of two books on Kazantzakis by our guest speaker Howard Dossor, and will include brief talks by Vasilis Adrahtas and Zdenko Zlatar, with readings by Christine Kanellakis.
Presented by the International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis (Sydney Branch) under the Festival’s auspices. Refreshments kindly provided by the Cretan Association of Sydney and NSW.
Date: Saturday 1 April
Start time: 4.00 pm
Venue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
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
Photographic exhibition presented by the Castellorizian Association
Greek migration to Australia from the small, isolated island of Castellorizo began in the nineteenth century and continued into the twentieth, interrupted by World War II.
The Commonwealth Government's migration programme brought more Castellorizians to Australia from 1946 on.
The island's population fell from 10,000 at the beginning of the twentieth century to 2,230 by 1931; in the 2011 census it had 498 recorded inhabitants.
During the exhibition a short film with interviews illustrating the story of Castellorizian migration will be shown at 1pm daily.
Date: Tuesday 28 March – Sunday 2 April
Start time: Tue: 11am-3pm - Wed-Fri: 11am-6pm - Sat-Sun: 11am-4pm
Venue: Kudos Gallery, 6 Napier Street, Paddington