Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Members of the Pankoaki Brotherhood gathered over the weekend for a special high tea to raise funds for a worthy cause, Kidney Health Australia.The champagne was flowing, accompanying delicious sandwiches, freshly baked scones and speciality cakes that were lovingly prepared and served up by volunteers.A beautiful set up for a great cause.Generous volunteers behind the scenes.Members of the Pankoaki Brotherhood getting behind the cause.A beautiful set up for a great cause.The high tea was a chance to support the fundraising efforts of committee member George Papadopoulos, who together with his son Nick will be participating in the Kidney Kids Kar Rally.Kidney Kids, an initiative of Kidney Health Australia, offers support for children suffering from kidney disease and gives them the chance to attend a special camp with their family, during which all necessary medical staff and equipment are readily available to ensure a pleasant stay.Mr Papadopoulos and his son will depart Melbourne on 7 August, driving from Melbourne to Port Macquarie and then all the way to Rockhampton, returning home on 18 August.Those wishing to donate to the cause can do so through the Pankoaki Brotherhood by calling 0425 740712. All donations will be issued with a receipt from Kidney Health Australia.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thessaloniki’s municipal administration has denied Golden Dawn a public space to campaign ahead of the national elections on 7 July.There are currently 140 locations around the city where electoral gazebos can be set up. It was decided that 70 per cent of these would go to parties that entered parliament in 2015, except Golden Dawn, the Independent Greeks and Potami which are not running in the upcoming elections. The remainder 30 per cent of spaces are to go to groups that are currently not in Parliament as well as to other organisations.The Golden Dawn party, inspired by Nazi organisations in its symbolism and set-up, halved its support from 9.4 to 4.88 per cent in the European elections. The party has had numerous allegations of violence and internal strife, including arrests. Party members are currently on trial for the 2013 murder of left-wing rapper Pavlos Fyssas. The current left-wing SYRIZA government has cracked down on extremism.A number of Golden Dawn’s supporters have moved to ultra-nationalist/pro-Russian Elliniki Lysi (Greek solution) that garnered 4.18 per cent of support and sent an MEP to European Parliament.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When the bell rings to signal the start of term one at public schools across Victoria in 2020, students will be banned from using their mobile phones until the end of the school day.Announced by Education Minister James Merlino, the ban is an effort to reduce distractions in the classroom, as well as a means to reduce cyber bullying, with the view to improve education outcomes.During school hours, students will be required to have their mobile devices switched off and stored in lockers until the end of the school day.“This will remove a major distraction from our classrooms so that teachers can teach and students can learn in a more focused, positive and supported environment,” Mr Merino said in a statement.“Half of all young people have experienced cyber bullying. By banning mobiles we can stop it at the school gate.”There will however be exceptions to the ban for students who use their mobile devices to monitor health conditions. Teachers are also permitted to instruct students to bring their phones to class for particular activities if need be.In the case that parents or guardians need to reach their child in an emergency, they can call the school directly.READ: Greek Community of Melbourne launches children’s school holiday program
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After more than three decades of the Ethnic Business Awards, the Foundation launched on Wednesday with broad community support and the graces of both sides of politics as a platform towards securing the future of the Awards well into the 21st century.A number of distinguished guests, including the former Federal Coalition Minister for Defence, Christopher Pyne, former Federal Labor Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Kate Lundy and former Australian Governor-General, Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery all paid tribute to the hard work of Ethnic Business Awards Founder and Chairman, Joseph Assaf AO. Neos Kosmos, as a longtime supporter of the Awards, was one of a few media outlets invited to the launch.Giving their respective addresses, Kate Lundy mentioned the Awards represented “being a unified society at a time when it’s easy, very easy to be divided,” while Christopher Pyne reaffirmed the position that “nothing has been spared to make sure of its success,” comments all of which were met with applause.“I’m humbled,” said Mr Assaf, who founded the annually-held Awards back in 1988.“Society is like an orchestra, different people playing different instruments to produce a symphony, a harmony. This is the family of the awards; the judges, the board members, the nominees…they all together to produce these fantastic awards. Without them there is no harmony.”Guests watched on as a highlights reel looked back at successive prime ministers giving televised addresses at the Awards over the years, with footage of Australian leaders from Scott Morrison and Julia Gillard to John Howard and Paul Keating.Mr Assaf, who was awarded the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to multiculturalism, was keen to renew his own commitment to the Foundation, telling guests that they give him “the courage to continue doing exactly what every migrant has been doing over the last 50 years or more.“The whole purpose of the Award was to create role models to other migrants.”With three categories, anyone can nominate an eligible business and businesses can self-nominate via www.ethnicbusinessawards.com. Nominations for this year’s Awards close on 5 August.
SAKARAMELA GREEK NIGHT VOL. 2This Saturday 20 July N&B Catering together with Dj Stelio present Karamela Greke Night Volume 2 at the Cypriot Club (8 Barrpowell St, Welland). Go along and party to all the latest Greek tunes together with some of the best laika. Enjoy Greek Happy (long) Hour between 8.30-10.30 pm. Entry fee $10.00 p.p. Wine barrel seating available and complimentary souvlakia throughout the night. To book a table, call Nick on 0404 847 897 or DJ Stelio 0412 399 169. Doors open 8.30 pm.MODERN GREEK LECTURE SERIESThe LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture continues its lecture series on Tuesday 20 August at Flinders at Victoria Square (182 Victoria Sq, Adelaide) at 6.00 pm. Free to attend.* If you know of any Greek events taking place across the country, including those organised by Greek community groups, please forward details to [email protected] VICGREEK TAVERN NIGHT AT ELENI’SEleni’s Kitchen + Bar (28 Anderson St, Yarraville) is hosting a Greek tavern night this Friday 19 July at 7.00-10.00 pm. Experience the best of Greek culture as you warm up to a delicious four-course Greek banquet menu with fantastic live entertainment by Azra the belly dancer and Greek band Aetos. $65.00 per person. To make a booking (essential), call (03) 9943 4233.‘THALASSA’ ART EXHIBITIONStella Zicopoulos-Greig’s latest solo exhibition of oil paintings ‘Thalassa’ explores the artist’s cultural identity and lifelong relationship with the sea. As a child of Greek migrants, her own memories of the sea and the long voyage from Greece to Australia had a profound influence on her artistic practice, further reinforced by her family’s annual summer holidays spent at the beach. These personal and symbolic memories continue to inform the narratives and technical compositions of Stella’s highly abstracted and gestural oil paintings. More recently, she has been exploring the compositional motif of ‘two-thirds of sky’ within the surface of her paintings, presenting the horizon line as a force which connects, disrupts, and creates discord within the picture plane. See her work first-hand. ‘Thalassa’ is on show now until 10 August at G3 Artspace (64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale). Catch Stella giving a talk at the exhibition space this Saturday 20 July at 2.00 pm. Free admission.GREEK DANCE PARTY WITH ZOUROUNACatch Melbourne band Zourouna performing at Open Studio (204 High St, Northcote) this Saturday 20 July at 9.00 pm. Enjoy their upbeat versions of traditional and modern tunes from Greece and all over the Mediterranean region.BYZANFEST FILM FESTIVAL SCREEN & AWARDS NIGHTByzanfest Film Festival is a worldwide online film festival that promotes filmmakers of the Eastern Orthodox faith, and has a large following across the world. It will have its Premiere Screening on Sunday 21 July at St Haralambos Greek Orthodox Parish Templestowe and Doncaster (190 Porter St, Templestowe) from 5.00-8.00 pm, after which Byzanfest will be available for viewing via YouTub. Free to attend.GREEK DANCING WITH RUSHRMIT United Society of Hellenes is hosting Greek dancing lessons for people of all ages and backgrounds, taking you from the bare basics to different styles around Greece. Schedule: Friday 26 July: Cretan Dances, 9 August: Lakonian Dances, 23 August: Island Dances. Taking place at RMIT (Building 8, Level 3, Room 10, Wales Cor, Melbourne). Free to attend.MY BIG FAT GREEK FESTIVALJoin St Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church (22 Marsden Crescent, St Albans) for their annual festival on Sunday 28 July at 11.00 am. There’ll be live Greek music and dancing, and delicious food. There will be lots for the kids to do, including an animal farm, photo booth, kids karaoke, the kids ‘zorba till you drop’ competition, games, a baloonologist, and face painting. Free to attend.THE PHILHELLENES LIVECatch The Philhellenes performing at The Post Office Hotel (229-231 Sydney Rd, Coburg) on Saturday 3 August from 9.00-11.00 pm. They will play a mixture of traditional repertoire from Asia Minor and songs composed by Greek refugee musicians from the region, such as Dalgas (Antonis Diamantidis), Panos Tountas and Kostas Skarvelis. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2Y9az6OTHE MUSIC OF MANOLIS HIOTISMelbourne Rebetiko Ensemble returns to Kew Court House (188 High St, Kew) next month, Saturday 10 August for a musical tribute to Manolis Hiotis. Considered one of the greatest bouzouki soloists of all time, Hiotis was famous for popularising the string instrument’s modern sound. He was a rebetis and revolutionary who drove the music of the working class into the salons of the rich, embedding it into the wider popular culture of Greece. On from 8.00-9.40 pm. For tickets, visit https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/events/melbourne-rebetiko-ensemble-music-manolis-hiotisTHE GREEK GRAMOPHONE EXPERIENCEJoin Wayne Simmons and Con Kalamaras on Sunday 18 August at the Merri Creek Tavern (111 High St, Northcote) at 4.00 pm for a unique live performance delving into the rich history of Greek music that was recorded in 1920’s and 40’s Greece. You could call it abrasive, coarse and unrefined, or you could call it an historical, artistic, and social commentary on a rapidly changing country. This performance is a collection of works that paved the way for generations to come, no glitz, no plate smashing … just a collection of brutally honest and achingly beautiful songs. Bring an open mind and heart … your world will change.LA TROBE LECTURE: GROWING UP ‘GREEK’ up ‘Greek’ in the 50s and 60sGreek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (168-170 Lonsdale St, Melbourne)Wednesday 21 August at 7.00-8.00 pmLA TROBE LECTURE: GROWING UP ‘GREEK’ IN THE 50s AND 60sLa Trobe University’s Greek Studies (Department of Languages and Linguistics) and the Dardalis Archives of the Hellenic Diaspora in conjunction with the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (168-170 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) present a lecture by Dr Konstandina Dounis on ‘A Parallel Universe: Growing up ‘Greek’ in the 50s and 60s’ on Wednesday 21 August at 7.00-8.00 pm. Free to attend.COOKING CLASS: GREEK PROVINCIAL FAREExpand your repertoire and knowledge of Greek cuisine with Niki Louca’s delicious selection of provincial dishes. On Saturday 31 August at The Neff Market Kitchen (Stall 90, Cecil St, South Melbourne) (11.00 am-1.30 pm), Niki will show you how to make prawn saganaki, kalamari krasato, spanakorizo, and to finish, traditional rizogalo. $120 p.p. includes lunch/dinner and a recipe pack. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2XJ9DZK NSWSYDNEY PENNY MARATHONPenny Marathon is back in its 8th year to help raise awareness and money for animals in need. Taking place this Sunday 21 July, it’s free to take part and you can run, cycle or walk. The route takes place in Brighton Le Sands and includes shorter legs of three and six kms, or the full 22 kms. Funds raised help to save the lives of suffering animals. Registration is essential. To register and for further information, visit http://www.pennymarathon.comTOWARD AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF CULT IN A GREEK COLONY IN THE WEST: NEW EXCAVATION IN THE MAIN URBAN SANCTUARY OF SELINUNTEOn Wednesday 7 August see the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens’ (AAIA) sisiting Professor Clemente Marconi present research from new excavations he has directed at Selinunte, one of the most important archaeological sites of the Greek period in Italy. Of particular significance are the finds in the area around Temple R, built for a goddess c.580 BCE. This new research makes it possible to fully reconstruct, for the first time, the biography of a temple in Selinunte, and to reconstruct a significant part of the ritual activities in this area of the sanctuary. Taking place at the AAIA Boardroom, Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (Room 480, Level 4, The Madsen Building, The University of Sydney). To book, visit https://bit.ly/2LRcCsQGREEK COOKING CLASSCelebrate Mediterranean flavours with an authentic Greek cooking class. Hosted by Sophie Stokes from ‘In Sophia’s Kitchen’ you will be transported to Greece on a plate, preparing a range of dishes in the morning. Then you will get to sit down together to enjoy the fruits of your labour overlooking beautiful ocean views. It will be a delicious celebration of food and in turn, Greek culture. Taking place on Sunday 18 August at The Corner Pantry (Shop 5/11 Beach St, Harrington) from 10.00 am-1.00 pm. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2Llt7xICARLOS HOPONTOPOFUS BIG GREEK COMEDY NIGHTDo you remember the Wog Rock Cafe in Hamilton in the ’90s? Carlos Hopontopofus became an icon in his outrageous one-man comedy floor show, and now he’s back! Performing at Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club (20 Ocean St, Merewether) on Friday 30 August, it’ll be a brilliant night of great comedy, authentic Greek cuisine and dancing to the grooves of DJ Honeypuff. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2XRtlPc Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram