To celebrate International Women’s Day, Dr Panayota Nazou will present a talk highlighting the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of Greek women.
The talk will be followed by a screening of the film Τα Κορίτσια της Βροχής, the third of a trilogy of documentary movies about women in resistance during the civil war and the seven years of military rule in Greece.
Τα Κορίτσια της Βροχής was the last film ever made by revered-director Alinda Dimitriou.
Date: Sunday 12 March
Start time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Greek Community Club 206-210 Lakemba St, Lakemba
A talk on the Antikythera Mechanism by the astrophysicist Professor Xenophon Moussas, of the University of Athens.
The Mechanism is a unique monument of ancient Greek civilisation, universally considered one of the most significant of all archaeological finds on a global level.
Professor Moussas’ research provides sound evidence that the Greeks were developing high-level science and technology, based on a knowledge of the laws of physics much more advanced than is usually assumed by the international scientific community.
Date: Monday 13 March
Start time: 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start
Venue: Tyree Room and Alumni Terrace, John Niland Scientia Building , UNSW Gate 11, Botany Street, Kensington, 2052
The Lysicrates Prize: Linking Greece and Australia: A talk by John Azarias
Ancient Greece lives on in modern Sydney
The Lysicrates Foundation aims to link Greece and Australia by honouring an ancient Athenian tradition in today's Sydney. Musical and drama contests at the annual Dionysia festival would bring the city to a standstill for a week.
It was essentially the audience that chose the winning performances, whose sponsors could then erect monuments to commemorate their success.
In 334 B.C. an Athenian called Lysicrates commissioned a beautiful monument, still standing, which was copied in sandstone in Sydney in 1868.
Mr and Mrs Azarias noticed it was eroding and decided to restore not only the monument but the contests as well.
Date: Tuesday 21 March
Start time: 7.00 pm – refreshments & canapés from 6.00 pm
Venue: Beta Bar - 238 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
Language: English & 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
Laughter and logic: Ancient Greek comedy and the world of today
A talk by Dr Alfred Vincent
The playwright Aristophanes wrote comedies on issues that seem urgently topical: war and peace, women in politics, wealth inequality, political scapegoating and how to cope in an age when truth appears to be no longer valued. Looking at selected plays, we will explore his comic logic: how he made people both laugh and think about pressing and even traumatic issues. We will conclude with a glance at the broader history of ancient Greek comedy and at its influence on later European theatre. The talk will be illustrated by Powerpoint slides.
Date: Wednesday 26 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