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8-11-17


A DUAL CELEBRATION AT THE CATHEDRAL'S NAME DAY


Members of the Executive Council as well as hundreds of the Community’s members attended a two-day event that marked the name day celebrations for Adelaide’s first Greek Orthodox Church, the cathedral of Archangels Michael & Gabriel on Franklin Street, on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 November 2017.


This year’s Feast of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel “Taxiarchis” though coincided with the 80th Anniversary of the Greek Women’s Society, the Society behind the construction of the original Taxiarchis church back in 1937, at the same spot where the Cathedral is standing today. To celebrate this special event and to acknowledge the strong bond between the Cathedral and the Society, a commemorative bench was unveiled at the church’s courtyard as part of its Name Day celebrations.


During the unveiling ceremony, the President of the Society Mrs Roula Soumas said it was only a small gesture to thank and honour those ladies who started the Society in the 1930s and who managed to get the first Greek Orthodox church stand in South Australian soil.

“We are very touched to see that after 80 years our Society has managed to maintain through this church our religion and faith,” she said.


It was a touching moment when Mrs Mary Mangos, daughter of the late Katholiki Anastasas, the woman who established the Greek Women’s Society, unveiled the bench on behalf of the past and present members of the society, who worked hard for the betterment of the lives of many Greeks who migrated to Australia at the beginning and middle of the century.


The Greek Women’s Society Taxiarchis, was established in 1937 with the initial purpose of fundraising for the building of the original Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Adelaide, the first Greek Orthodox Church of Adelaide as well as supporting many other philanthropic causes.


“Who would have thought back in 1937 that eight decades later, we would be unveiling this bench  at the very same place our first church was built,” Mrs Soumas said.


In the meantime, Tuesday night Bishop of Adelaide Chrysostomos along with the rest of the Community’s clergy conducted the Great Celebrative Evening Vesper in the presence of the Executive Council members as well as dozens of parishioners.


The Vesper was followed by the holy sacrament of the Unction. Meanwhile, the ladies from the Cathedral’s fellowship had arrived earlier at the church in order to decorate the interior as well as the holy icon of the Archangels. The Evening Vesper was followed by the traditional making of honey puffs across the road at Olympic Hall, prepared by the ladies of the Cathedral’s Fellowship.


The two-day event continued on Wednesday morning as hundreds of parishioners came to the Cathedral to attend the Great Divine Liturgy. The Hon Michael Atkinson, Member for Croydon and Mr Bill Gonis OAM, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of SA were amongst the official guests that attended the morning service. The Divine Liturgy concluded with the traditional procession of the holy icon around the church. The morning service was followed by lunch at Olympic Hall featuring all the favourite grilled delicacies whereas the ladies from the Greek Women Society prepared the popular honey puffs ‘loukoumades’.


30/10/17


CELEBRATING GREEK NATIONAL DAY


With a sense of national pride and patriotism the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia celebrated the 28 October Greek National Day on Sunday October 29th 2017 joining the millions of Hellenes around the globe.

The Great Doxology and laying of wreaths at the Community’s Cathedral of Archangels Michael and Gabriel marked the celebrations for the 177th Anniversary of October 28 1940 when Greeks sent the big “NO” to the Italian and German forces.

The Doxology was conducted by Bishop of Adelaide Chrisostomos along with the Community’s clergy and in the presence of political figures, members of the Executive Council, teachers, students and hundreds of people.

His Excellency The Hon Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia, Labor Candidate for Adelaide Ms Joh Chapley representing the Premier of South Australia Hon Jay Weatherill and the Minister for Multiculturalism the Hon Zoe Bettison, Mr David Pisoni, Member for Unley representing the Leader of the Opposition Mr Stephen Marshall and Ms Rachel Sanderson, State Member for Adelaide and Shadow Minister for Child Protection, Dr Mark Siebentritt on behalf of Mr Steve Georganas, Federal Member for Hindmarsh, the Lord Mayor of Adelaide Mr Martin Haese, the Hon Grace Portolesi, Chair of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission, Mr Andreas Evdokiou, President of the Cyprus Community of S.A. were among the official guests who attended the celebrations along with representatives from many local Greek clubs and Associations.


The Greek flag inside the church held by the students from the Community’s afternoon schools in traditional costumes gave an extra sense of national pride to  the celebrations. Meanwhile, outside at the memorial the celebrations continued with the President’s message making reference to the significance of the strong reply “OXI” (NO) which resonated on Monday 28th October 1940 throughout Europe. The service included the laying of wreaths, ensued by the Last Post and the observance of one minute silence to honour the fallen soldiers.


The service concluded with the recital of poems by the Greek language school students, while all rose for the National Anthems.



17/10/17


ΣΕΡΒΙΡΑΝ... ΑΙΓΑΙΟ ΣΤΟΝ ΑΓΙΟ ΝΙΚΟΛΑΟ


Σε εργαστήρι μαγειρικής μετέτρεψαν οι διοργανωτές του Φεστιβάλ Οδύσσεια την αίθουσα εκδηλώσεων του Ι. Ναού Αγίου Νικολάου στο Θέμπαρτον την Κυριακή 15 Οκτωβρίου.


Στη γαστρονομική αυτή εκδήλωση «Γεύσεις του Αιγαίου»  που προσέλκυσε δεκάδες φίλους του καλού φαγητού αναβίωσαν έθιμα και γεύσεις από τα Αιγαιοπελαγίτικα νησιά, η κουζίνα των οποίων διακρίνεται για την αυθεντικότητα, την παρουσία των θαλασσινών αλλά και κοσμοπολίτικων στοιχείων.


Στην είσοδο της αίθουσας είχε στηθεί ένα μεγάλο τραπέζι πάνω στο οποίο έκαναν παρέλαση οι γεύσεις του Αιγαίου οι οποίες εντυπωσίασαν τους φίλους της καλής κουζίνας.


Εθελοντές νησιώτικης καταγωγής έδωσαν ρεσιτάλ μαγειρικής, φτιάχνοντας γνωστά αλλά και άγνωστα φαγητά από την Λήμνο, τη Ρόδο, την Εύβοια, τη Χίο, την Κω και την Ικαρία.


Η Κουλουρία της Ρόδου που σερβίρεται στους γάμους , τα Φλομάρια από την Λήμνο, και το Σοθικό από την Ικαρία ήταν μερικά από τα εδέσματα που προστέθηκαν στο μενού και τα οποία απόλαυσαν με το παραπάνω οι θαμώνες.


Πέρα από τα νησιώτικα φαγητά που δελέασαν τους καλεσμένους, κατά τη διάρκεια της εκδήλωσης οι διοργανωτές έδωσαν και σχετικές πληροφορίες σχετικά με το κάθε φαγητό αλλά και ένα μικρό ιστορικό του νησιού προέλευσης.


Κατά το επίσημο μέρος της εκδήλωσης ο Πρόεδρος της Κοινότητας κ. Βασίλειος Γκόνης συνεχάρη τους εθελοντές για την άψογη παρουσίαση, την ποικιλία και την ποιότητα των νησιώτικων φαγητών που ετοίμασαν ενώ ευχήθηκε στους παρευρισκόμενους, τι άλλο, καλή όρεξη.


Είναι η πρώτη φορά μετά από πολλά χρόνια που πραγματοποιήθηκε επίδειξη μαγειρικής στα πλαίσια του Φεστιβάλ Οδύσσεια και η επιτυχία που σημείωσε σίγουρα υποδηλώνει παρόμοιες γαστρονομικές εκδηλώσεις στο μέλ


A night full of bouzoukia at Olympic Hall


10-10-2017


It was the ultimate Greek bouzoukia night for hundreds of guests who attended the special music event “Pame sta Bouzoukia” on Saturday 7th of October at Olympic Hall as part of the Odyssey Festival.


A real treat for Greek music fans who enjoyed endless fun the Greek way as well a night for discovering local talented musicians who carry the Greek music culture on their shoulders.


Around 20 bouzouki students from the Con Dalagiorgos School of Music literally rocked Olympic Hall with an amazing show case performance featuring classic Greek hits that had an impact on the history of Greek music.


Songs such as The Zeibekiko of Evdokia, The Best Student, Dance Sirtaki and many more echoed inside the pack-out venue and the audience responded accordingly as the young bouzouki players owned the stage.


The event was also dedicated to the work of famous Greek composer Giorgos Mitsakis with most of his songs dominating the evening, as musician Con Dalagiorgos and band Zeus offered the best bouzoukia experience.


The first part of the evening featured performances by the young students who shared their talent and passion for the bouzouki and Greek music in general.


The second part was jam packed with dancing, live singing by musician Con Dalagiorgos, Tsambika De George and band “Zeus” who played and performed all-time favourite dance tunes.


Olympic Hall turned into a Greek night club, similar to the ones in Greece to accommodate the needs of that special music event. It was so popular, it became the talk of the town.


Apart from great music, patrons enjoyed a variety of favourite grilled dishes and along with wine, dance music and good company, the atmosphere was such that left no choice but to simply have a great time.


Guests were impressed no only by the event’s program but also by the Community’s hospitality and generosity.


In the meantime, social media were inundated with photos and videos that people uploaded to share the fun and the talent witnessed during the event.


Μάγεψε ο Δημήτρης Μπάσης το κοινό της Αδελαΐδας

15-5-2017


Μια κυριολεκτικά μαγική βραδιά έζησαν εκατοντάδες ομογενείς παρέα με τη φωνή και τα τραγούδια του διάσημου καλλιτέχνη Δημήτρη Μπάση ο ποίος έδωσε ρεσιτάλ ερμηνείας στη  μοναδική συναυλία που έδωσε στην Αδελαΐδα.


Η συναυλία του καταξιωμένου καλλιτέχνη δόθηκε την Κυριακή 14 Μαΐου στο Χωλ συναυλιών του Δημαρχείου του Γούντβηλ με την ομογένεια να τον αποθεώνει, και δικαιολογημένα.


«Πάντα με συγκινεί όταν τραγουδώ για τους έλληνες του εξωτερικού. Να συνεχίσετε να κρατάτε την Ελλάδα ζωντανή», είπε, ευχαριστώντας τον κοινό του για τη θερμή υποδοχή που του επιφύλαξε.


Ο διάσημος Έλληνας καλλιτέχνης ανέβηκε στη σκηνή λίγο μετά τις 7.30 το βράδυ μέσα από τα ασταμάτητα χειροκροτήματα του κοινού.


Εκτός από τα δικές του επιτυχίες, ο Δημήτρης Μπάσης ερμήνευσε κομμάτια και άλλων πολυαγαπημένων καλλιτεχνών, και η πίστα δεν άργησε να γεμίσει από κόσμο, ενώ είναι περιττό να πούμε ότι δεν άδειασε μέχρι το τέλος της συναυλίας.


Το πρόγραμμα που παρουσίασε ήταν γεμάτο μουσικές εκπλήξεις αφού η μια επιτυχία ακολουθούσε την άλλη.


Το πρωτόγνωρο κέφι που ακολούθησε σφράγισε την επιτυχία της συναυλίας αλλά και το ταλέντο του αγαπημένου ερμηνευτή που απλά μάγεψε το κοινό.


Σε συνέντευξη που παραχώρησε στον Υπεύθυνο Τύπου της Κοινότητας  Θοδωρή Παναγόπουλο o Δημήτρης Μπάσης μεταξύ άλλων είπε πως για αυτόν το πιο σημαντικό στις συναυλίες του είναι να συμμετέχει και ο κόσμος.


«Αυτό που θέλω να μείνει στον κόσμο είναι η διασκέδαση. Δεν θέλω απλά να καθίσουν να με ακούσουν, θέλω να τραγουδήσουν, να χορέψουν, να το νιώσουν,» είπε χαρακτηριστικά.


Στην συνέντευξή του όμως δεν παρέλειψε να κάνει ιδιαίτερη μνεία και στον κορυφαίο έλληνα καλλιτέχνη, τον αείμνηστο Δημήτρη Μητροπάνο με τον οποίο συνεργάστηκε στενά και τον οποίο θεωρεί μέντορά του.


«Αυτό που ξεχώρισα σε αυτόν τον άνθρωπο ήταν η γενναιοδωρία του. Παρότι ήταν ένας καλλιτέχνης που είχε γράψει ιστορία με τα τραγούδια του και δεχόταν την αγάπη του κόσμου, αυτό ήθελε να το μοιράζεται και με τους νέους καλλιτέχνες με τους οποίους συνεργαζόταν,» τόνισε.


Ο Δημήτρης Μπάσης βρίσκεται εν μέσω μιας παγκόσμιας περιοδείας, έχοντας κάνει ήδη εμφανίσεις και στο Σύδνεϋ, με επόμενο σταθμό την Αργεντινή και την Λατινική Αμερική γενικότερα.


Στις 26 Ιουνίου θα γιορτάσει  20 χρόνια μουσικής καριέρας, διοργανώνοντας ειδική εκδήλωση στην Αθήνα με τη συμμετοχή και άλλων γνωστών καλλιτεχνών  από το χώρο της μουσικής.


Να σημειώσουμε ότι η συναυλία του Δημήτρη Μπάση στην Αδελαΐδα ήταν μια πρωτοβουλία της Ελληνικής Ορθόδοξης Κοινότητας Ν. Αυστραλίας σε συνεργασία με την Ελληνική Ορθόδοξη Κοινότητα Νέας Νότιας Ουαλίας


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The Greek colours of Goodwood

Culture met generosity on Sunday 7 May when South Australia’s Treasurer Hon Tom Koutsantonis announced a $10,000 grant towards the Community’s Dance Academy for the purchase of more traditional costumes.


The generous gesture was made during the 5th Goodwood Greek Festival and is one of a series of grants issued by the Weatherill Government to the Greek Orthodox Community.


Among the official guests who attended the Goodwood Greek Festival was                 Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis MP,  representing the Premier of South    Australia Hon Jay Weatherill, the Hon Bettison, Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Volunteers, Hon John Dawkins MLC, the Hon Jing Lee MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs representing the Leader of the   Opposition Mr Steven Marshall, Mr Steve Georganas MP,  Federal Member for Hindmarsh, Ms Jayne Stinson, MP Candidate for the Seat of Badcoe, representing the Hon Steph Key MP Member for Ashford and Mr Lachlan Clyne, Mayor of Unley.


Meanwhile hundreds of Hellenes and philhellenes attended the Festival which turned Goodwood and the surrounding suburbs to a Greek corner, filled with Hellenic colours, sounds and culinary aromas.


By 1.00pm, just before the official part commenced, the Festival was a full house with Greek culture enthusiasts enjoying the best of Hellenic hospitality, great food, music and a fun atmosphere.


Opening the formal part of the Festival the President of the Greek Orthodox Community Mr Bill Gonis welcomed official guests and attendees and said that the Community is synonymous to preserving the culture and traditions of the homeland.


“Our Community festivals are an opportunity for us to share some of our parents & grandparent’s culture and traditions that were brought to Australia in the 50s’ & 1960’s,” he said.


At the same time he extended a heart-felt thank you to the Community’s volunteers for their invaluable contribution to the Festival’s success.


In his message, Mr Koutsantonis congratulated the Greek Orthodox Community for organising such a lively, cultural even and sharing it with the rest of the community saying that he was particularly pleased to see the Organisation is still being active in preserving the Hellenic traditions, 87 years on.


“You keep the Hellenic spirit and the traditions of our homeland alive,” Mr Koutsantonis said.


Impressed by the talented dancers of the Dance Academy he then announced the $10,000 grant from the Labor Government towards the Academy’s need for more traditional costumes.


The Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Volunteers Hon Zoe Bettison, addressing the guests and patrons focused on the invaluable contribution of volunteers in events such as this and continued on by saying that diversity has given more life ‘zoe’ [making a reference to her own Greek name]  to South Australia and Australia in general.

His Eminence Bishop of South Australia Chrisostomos and the President of the Saints Constantine & Helen Women’s Fellowship Mrs Georgia Vlahos also delivered a message to the Festival’s attendees.


The Festival goers were in for a treat as a full entertainment program offered the best cultural and multicultural experience.


Performances not only by the Community’s Dance Academy but by the Serbian dance Group ‘Opalec’ offered the best of traditional dancing from various regions of Greece and Serbia.


At the same time, Greek band ‘Notes’ kept the dance floor busy playing favourite new and old dance tunes.


It’s worth mentioning that the Goodwood Festival is held as part of the Saints Constantine and Helen Name Day celebrations.


Christ has risen!

As the Lent period came to a conclusion, thousands of Community members across Adelaide attended the week-long Easter celebrations, also known as the Holy Week, following the Passion of Christ.


All the Community’s churches reached beyond full capacity in the days leading to Easter Saturday as members made their way to pray for peace, prosperity and good health.


Following the tradition, women of all ages gathered at each of our churches on Thursday to help decorate the Tomb of Christ ‘Epitaphio’ as well as prepare the church for Good Friday.


Black and purple ribbons ran across the churches’ interior reflecting the mourning atmosphere for the Passion of Christ, while the morning services on Thursday and Saturday drew thousands of parishioners who came to receive the Holy Communion.


Peaking on Good Friday, the Tomb of Christ dominated in every church reminding church goers the sacrifice He made for us.


Byzantine hymns were chanted around the Tomb and at around 9.00pm the church procession of the ‘Epitaphio’ made its way out and around the block, with thousands of people following its course. 


The list of official guests who attended the ‘Epitafio’ procession on Good Friday at the Community’s churches included Ms Jo Chapley, Candidate for the seat of Adelaide representing Hon Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, Ms Rachel Sanderson, Member for Adelaide and Shadow Minister for Child Protection representing the Leader of the Opposition Mr Steven Marshall, Mr Michael Atkinson, Member for Croydon and Speaker of the House of Assembly representing the Minister for Multicultural Affirs Hon Zoe Bettison, Ms Angela Evans, Mayor of Charles Sturt Council, Mr David Pisoni, Shadow Minister for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Ms Jayne Stinson on behalf of Mr Steve Georganas and Mr Lachlan Clyne, Mayor of Unley and Candidate for the seat of Badcoe


The celebrations peaked on Easter Saturday with the traditional midnight mass as thousands of the Community’s members flocked to church to attend the Resurrection Ceremony and to receive the Eternal Light. At midnight, priests sang out “Christ has Risen’, marking the end of the Passion and making the joyful announcement of Christ’s resurrection.




A day of National Pride

Hundreds of Hellenes across Adelaide celebrated the 196th Anniversary of the 25th March Greek Independence Day, joining the millions of Hellenes across the globe.


The celebrations took place at the Cathedral of Archangels of Michael and Gabriel in the city on Sunday March 26 featuring a memorial service, laying of wreaths as well as students’ presentations. 


His Excellency the Hon  Hieu Van Le, Governor of S.A, Chief Justice Chris Kourakis, Hon Zoe Bettison MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs representing the Premier of South Australia Hon jay Weatherill MP, Ms Rachel Sanderson, Member for Adelaide and Shadow Minister for Child Protection representing the Leader of the Opposition Mr Stephen Marshall Ms Jayne Stinson on behalf of Mr Steve Georganas, Federal Member for Hindmarsh, Ms Jo Chapley, Candidate for Dunstan and Mr Norman Schueler, Deputy Chair of   the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission, representing Ms Grace Portolesi, Chair of the Commission were among the official guests who attended the event along with representatives from local Greek Clubs and Associations.


The celebrations began with the Great Doxology inside the church which was accordingly decorated to reflect the spirit of the day.


Greek flags and students in traditional costumes of the era added to the sense of national pride and patriotism. The great doxology was followed by a short memorial service outside at the church’s courtyard with clergy and guests paying respects to those heroes who fought for Greece’s independence.


In his celebrative message Mr Bill Gonis stressed the importance of continuing the tradition of the 25th March Greek Independence Day through the Community’s Greek School programs.


The message was followed by the laying of wreaths and the one minute silence in memory of the fallen heroes, to conclude with poem recitals and the national anthems.


The celebrations however continued later in the day with a spectacular Schools event at Olympic Hall.


Hundreds of students gathered at the Hall to participate in a series of presentations featuring poems recitals, short plays and singing.


Meanwhile the students from the Community’s Dance Academy gave an unforgettable performance as they presented traditional dancing closely related to that part of Greek history.


The hundreds of parents and grandparents who attended the event as well as members of the Executive and Supervisory Councils made sure the efforts of both Schools and Dance Academy students were acknowledged with endless applause and cheering.


30-10-17


ODYSSEY 2017 FINALE - A CULTURAL EXPLOSION


When Pontus and Crete meet, the result is culturally explosive.


This is how the 12th Odyssey Festival came to a close this year by showcasing the powerful cultures of Pontus and Crete, on Saturday 28 October at Elder Hall in a truly inspiring show called “Mazi” featuring the music, rhythm and colours of the two regions.


The stage at the packed-out Elder Hall was literally shaking for two hours as the talent of the Community’s Dance Academy and the Pyrrhic Cultural Association took over, giving a dance spectacle that had no room for comparison.


At the same time, the distinct sound of the Pontian and Cretan lyre was strummed by talented musicians and was visually expressed on stage in a swirl of colourful costumes and dazzling performing footwork.


As the eyes were dazzled by the colourful costumes and the powerful dancing, the heart beat was coinciding with the pounding of the daouli, making the show the ultimate cultural treat for the senses.


“The Odyssey finale could not have come to a better close with the magnificent musicians and dancers from Crete and Ponto presenting us their unique musical styles and dance at the Elder Hall,” said the President of the Community Mr Bill Gonis.


“Tonight, is an opportunity for the Greek Orthodox Community of SA to share these unique cultures with all of you through music and dance,” he said.


The two-hour dance and music spectacle comprised two parts and with the participation of over 60 dancers and 12 musicians from South Australia as well as from interstate who performed around 50 different dance routines and corresponding songs.


“The goal for putting ‘Mazi’ together was to create an artistic feast for the eyes, a delight for the ears but most importantly a source of enrichment for the soul,” said Dance teacher Yiannis Oikonomou from the Community’s Dance Academy.


Many members of the audience congratulated the Greek Orthodox Community for the show saying it went beyond their expectations.


The Dance Academy coordinator Mrs Hellas Lucas thanked the dancers of the Academy and the Pyrrhic Cultural Association of S.A as well as the musicians for the hard work they put in, emphasising the fact that this was all done in the name of maintaining the Hellenic national identity and culture.


23/10/17


ΕΝΑ ΣΤΡΑΒΟΞΥΛΟ...ΣΤΟ ΟΛΥΜΠΙΚ ΧΩΛ


Οι έξυπνες ατάκες και οι κωμικοτραγικές σκηνές ανέβασαν την αυλαία της θεατρικής σκηνής του Ολύμπικ Χωλ το Σάββατο 21 αλλά και την Κυριακή 22 Οκτωβρίου στα πλαίσια του Φεστιβάλ Οδύσσεια με την ξεκαρδιστική κωμωδία Το Στραβόξυλο του αείμνηστου Δημήτρη Ψαθά.


Για άλλη μια φορά, ο Θίασος της Ελληνικής Ορθόδοξης Κοινότητας ανέβασε μια ποιοτική παράσταση που περιείχε όλα τα στοιχεία μιας άριστης θεατρικής κωμωδίας.


Οι εκατοντάδες ομογενείς που συνέρευσαν στην αίθουσα απόλαυσαν μια πραγματικά επιτυχημένη παράσταση τη σκηνοθεσία της οποίας υπέγραψε ο κ. Δημήτρης Αβδουλάς σε συνεργασία με τον επικεφαλή του θιάσου κ. Γιώργο Κατσιμπρή.


Οι ξεκαρδιστικές σκηνές βασισμένες στο έξυπνο σενάριο του μεγάλου Δημήτρη Ψαθά δεν έδιναν ευκαιρία για ανάσα στο κοινό ενώ οι αστείες ατάκες έπεφταν βροχή.


Η παράσταση ασχολείται με έναν εριστικό και ιδιότροπο οικογενειάρχη, το Νικολάκη (τον οποίο υποδύθηκε ο Γιώργος Κατσιμπρής) ο οποίος είναι διευθυντής σε εργοστάσιο υποδημάτων και ζει μαζί με τη γυναίκα του και την άτακτη ανιψιά του, την Καίτη.


Όλοι τον θεωρούν στραβόξυλο, ιδίως η ανιψιά του, η οποία έχει δεσμό με τον συνεταίρο του και με έναν πελάτη της υποδηματοποιίας.


Το ερωτικό κουβάρι ξεδιπλώνεται σιγά σιγά μέσα από μια γερή δόση χιούμορ καθώς οι άκρως κωμικές σκηνές διαδέχονται η μία με την άλλη σε μια επιτυχημένη κωμωδία παρεξηγήσεων.


Και οι δυο παραστάσεις σημείωσαν επιτυχία ενώ το κοινό αποθέωσε τα μέλη του Θιάσου για την υποκριτική τους και την ποιότητα της παράστασης.


Στην παράσταση Το Στραβόξυλο πήραν μέρος οι:


Ρία Μουρσελλά, Γώργος Κατσιμπρής, Κατερίνα Κοτρότσος, Γιάννης Παιδούλιας, Δημήτρης Αβδουλάς, Ελένη Μερμήγκη/Κουναβέλη, Κώστας Χάρης, Νίκη Σπύρου, Δέσποινα Μαραγκοζίδου, Χαρούλα Συριανού, Μαρία Πιντ.


Στο υποβολείο ήταν η κα Βασιλική Τσώνη ενώ την παράσταση προλόγισε η καΕλένη Βάσσου.


Στο τέλος της παράστασης τα μέλη του θιάσου έλαβαν δώρα από τον Πρόεδρο της Κοινότητας κ. Βασίλειο Γκόνη ενώ ο Αντιπρόεδρος της Κοινότητας κ. Παναγιώτης Ππύρος συνεχάρη την θεατρική ομάδα για την άψογη παρουσίαση αλλά και για την αφοσίωση τους στην τέχνη.


13-10-17


A BIG SECRET...LAUNCHES THE 24th GREEK FILM FESTIVAL


A well-kept secret of a turbulent past was “revealed” to hundreds of cinema goers at the launch of the 24th Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival on Thursday 12th of October at Palace Nova cinemas.


The Opening Night Gala of the festival which is brought to Adelaide by the Greek Orthodox Community, premiered the blockbuster film ‘Rosa of Smyrna” a captivating drama by George Kordellas about an enigmatic old woman from Izmir who carries a dark secret.


The sold-out event drew once again a myriad of cinema fans who flocked to Palace Nova cinema for the latest of Greek film production.


“Despite the financial crisis that has hit Greece, Greek film makers still produce award-winning films,” said Mr Andreas Gouras, Consul General of Greece at the opening night.


Culture is Greece’s heavy artillery,” he said.


The opening night kicked off at 6.00pm with pre-drinks and finger food as guests and VIPs took the opportunity to socialise and discuss the cultural month of October.


At 7.00pm guests made their way to the theatre for the screening of the much anticipated film “Rosa of Smyrna” as well as the formal part.


Opening the formal part, the President of the Community Mr Bill Gonis OAM said that with what Greece has gone through the past five or more years, film coming from the Hellenic Republic debunks the myth that this is a country on its knees.


“In fact, it has shown this to be a spirited, resilient country looking for new and creative ways to get their films seen,” he said.


 “We commend the resilience of the Greek film industry that provide us with the opportunity to see the world through of a contemporary Hellene,” said Mr John Tsoutsikos from Delphi Bank, praising the Greek film makers.


The list of official guests who attended the gala included The Hon. Michael Atkinson MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Member for Croydon representing the Premier and the Hon. Zoe Bettison MP, Ms Rachel Sanderson MP, State Member for Adelaide, Shadow Minister for Families and Child Protection, Social Housing, Volunteers, Ms Jo Chapley, Labour Candidate for Adelaide, Ms Irene Pnevmatikos, Labour Candidate for Legislative Council, The Consul General of Greece and Dean of the Consular Corps of South Australia, Mr Andreas Konstantinos Gouras and Mr John Tsoutsikos, from Delphi Bank, the national sponsor for the Festival.


The formal part at the pack-out theatre was followed by the screening of the much anticipated opening film. The festival will continue until Sunday, screening a variety of quality films.


A spectacular opening of the 12th Odyssey Festival


10-10-2017


Under the sound of the ‘bouzouki’ and the timeless beauty of the Greek arts, the 12th Odyssey Festival started its 2017 journey with a spectacular show at Olympic Hall on Friday 6th of October.


The much-anticipated event drew hundreds of people from across the city at Olympic Hall unveiling a rich program for art lovers and the community in general.


The Greek Community became once again the hub of a month-long expression of culture throughout the Festival, reflecting this year’s theme “A Journey Through the Arts”.


His Excellency The Hon Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia who brightened the event with his presence said it always pleased him to witness such vibrant cultural events.


“I always look forward to spending time with our State’s Greek community, and I am proud to support this fantastic event,” the Governor said.


Opening the formal part of the evening The President of the Greek Orthodox Community Mr Bill Gonis said the Community’s goal is to preserve the Hellenic culture and share it with the rest of South Australians.


“The progress and growth of our organisation in South Australia from the time of its incorporation in 1930 to the present represents a journey for us too and one which we are happy to share with you”, he said.


Following the formal part of the event, guests were in for a surprise when about 25 bouzouki players appeared on stage as part of a special music presentation.


Soon, all-time classic Greek tunes echoed inside the Hall as the students of the Con Dalagiorgos School of Music literally rocked the venue with their talent and passion for Greek music.


The special music feature was enhanced with dance performances by the Community’s Dance Academy, bringing to life some of the glorious Greek cinema moments of the 60s.


Meanwhile, the Arts Exhibition at the Hall draw the guests’ attention as there was a number of unique and inspiring pieces of art, three of which were voted as top art competition entries for this year’s Odyssey.


The lucky artist who received the top prize during the Art Awards presentation was Ms Maria Sagias for her 3-D work “Meteora in Autumn”. Ms Despina Maragkozidi and Ms Helen Victoria won the second and third prize respectively.


The Hon Michael Atkinson, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Member for Croydon on behalf of the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Hon Zoe Bettison, Mr David Pisoni, Shadow Minister for Transport, Planning and Infrastructure and Member for Unley on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition Mr Stephen Marshall, Ms Joe Chapley, Labor Candidate for the Seat of Adelaide, Ms Jayne Stinson, Labor Candidate for the Seat of Badcoe, Mr Laughlin Clyne, Mayor of the City of Unley and Liberal Candidate for the Seat of Badcoe, Ms Angela Evans, Mayor of the City of Charles Sturt, Mr Andreas Gouras, Consul General of Greece, Mr Chris Christoforou Vice President of the Cyprus Community of SA, representing the President of the Community Mr Andreas Evdokiou and Mr Frank Fursenko, President of the Ukrainian Community of S.A were among the official guests who attended the opening night.


The Odyssey Festival opening night marked the beginning of a month-long cultural adventure featuring a number of events for all ages and tastes, inviting all to join the journey through the Arts.


Επίσκεψη Έλληνα Υφυπουργού Εξωτερικών Τέρενς Κουήκ στην Κοινότητα Αδελαΐδας

5-6-2017


Με γεμάτη την γεωπολιτική ατζέντα πραγματοποίησε επίσκεψη στην Ελληνική Ορθόδοξη Κοινότητα Ν.Α. και συγκεκριμένα στο Γηροκομείο του Ρίντλιτον ο Υφυπουργός Εξωτερικών της Ελλάδας κ. Τέρενς Κουήκ το Σάββατο 3 Ιουνίου.


Τον κ. Κουήκ, ο οποίος είχε νωρίτερα συναντηθεί με πολιτικά στελέχη της Νότιας Αυστραλίας, υποδέχθηκε ο Πρόεδρος της Κοινότητας κ. Βασίλειος Γκόνης μαζί με μέλη του Διοικητικού και Εποπτικού Συμβουλίου.


Στο καλωσόρισμά του ο κ. Γκόνης ευχαρίστησε τον κ. Κουήκ για την επίσκεψη του στην Κοινότητα ενώ του έδωσε μια σύντομη αναφορά για το έργο και τη δράση του οργανισμού.


Στη συνέχεια ο κ. Κουήκ με τη σειρά του έδωσε μια λεπτομερή αναφορά πάνω σε θέματα που του τέθηκαν από το Συμβούλιο, κυρίως για το οικονομικό αλλά και για τα μείζονα εθνικά ζητήματα όπως το Ελληνοτουρκικό και το Σκοπιανό.


Σχετικά με το θέμα της οικονομικής κρίσης στην Ελλάδα, ο κ Κουήκ είπε ότι Ευρώπη και Διεθνές Νομισματικό Ταμείο δουλεύουν προς τη χάραξη μιας κοινής γραμμής για τα δάνεια της Ελλάδας ενώ τόνισε ότι η Ελλάδα έχει τηρήσει όλες τις προϋποθέσεις και όρους που έθεσαν οι δανειστές.


«Εμείς σαν Ελλάδα απαιτούμε να τηρηθεί η πολιτική συμφωνία μεταξύ εμάς και δανειστών μιας και έχουμε τηρήσει τις δεσμεύσεις μας,» είπε ο κ. Κουήκ.


Συνεχίζοντας για τα εθνικά θέματα ο  Υφυπουργός τόνισε ότι ενώ η περιοχή γύρω από την Ελλάδα γνωρίζει τρομερή πολιτική αστάθεια [Συρία, Σκόπια, Αλβανία, Τουρκία] και γεωπολιτικές εντάσεις, η Ελλάδα παρόλα αυτά αποτελεί τον σταθεροποιητικό παράγοντα της περιοχής και γι αυτό μπορεί να προσελκύσει το ενδιαφέρον μεγάλων επενδυτών.


Ερωτηθείς για τα Ελληνοτουρκικά, ο κ. Κουήκ ανέφερε ότι αν και η στάση της Τουρκίας είναι αρκετά επιθετική όχι μόνο προς την Ελλάδα αλλά και την Ευρώπη γενικότερα, η επιθετικότητα αυτή είναι μόνο φραστική μέχρι στιγμής.


«Η Ελλάδα χρησιμοποιεί με ψυχραιμία το διάλογο και τις διαπραγματεύσεις έως ένα σημείο με τη γείτονα χώρα για την επίλυση οποιονδήποτε προβλημάτων,» τόνισε ο κ. Κουήκ.


Μιλώντας για το Κυπριακό ο Έλληνας Υφυπουργός δήλωσε ότι η θέση της Ελλάδας και της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας είναι να τηρηθούν δυο βασικοί όροι, όπως, η αποχώρηση των στρατευμάτων κατοχής και το τέλος του αναχρονιστικού συστήματος των εγγυήσεων.


Σε ερώτηση που τέθηκε στον κ. Κουήκ σχετικά με την ονομασία των Σκοπίων, απάντησε ότι η Ελλάδα διατηρεί την ίδια στάση αποδέχεται την απόφαση των Ηνωμένων Εθνών σχετικά με το όνομα που πρέπει να χρησιμοποιεί η γείτονα χώρα.


Ωστόσο τόνισε ότι η πρόταση για διπλή ονομασία των Σκοπίων για μια χρήση σε κάθε περίπτωση, διχάζει το Ελληνικό Κοινοβούλιο.


Ο κ. Κουήκ, δεν παρέλειψε να αναφέρει ότι κατά τη διάρκεια της περιοδείας του στην Αυστραλία ευχαρίστησε προσωπικά τον Αυστραλό Πρωθυπουργό κ. Μάλκολμ Τέρνμπουλ και την Υπουργό Εξωτερικών Τζούλια Μπίσοπ για τη στάση που κρατάνε υπέρ της Ελλάδας στο θέμα του ονόματος των Σκοπίων.

Ο κ. Κουήκ έκανε ιδιαίτερη αναφορά στην τριμερή συνεργασία μεταξύ Ελλάδας, Κύπρου και Ισραήλ σε θέματα ενέργειας, ασφάλειας της περιοχής αλλά και διασποράς.


«Θα έχουμε συνάντηση των ηγετών των τριών χωρών στη Θεσσαλονίκη τον Ιούνιο όπου θα συζητηθούν προγράμματα επιχειρηματικότητας, κοινά προγράμματα αποστολής φοιτητών σε Ελλάδα, Κύπρο και Ισραήλ, κάτι που θα ενδυναμώσει τις σχέσεις των τριών χωρών,» τόνισε ο κ. Κουήκ.


Ερωτηθείς για την σχέση ομογένειας και Ελλάδας ο κ. Υφυπουργός τόνισε ότι η Ελλάδα αντί να υποδεικνύει προς τις ομογένειες ανά τον κόσμο, θέλει να ισχύει το αντίθετο.


«Θέλουμε να ακούμε εσάς, τι έχετε να μας πείτε και τι προτείνετε. Θέλουμε να είστε ένα “think tank” για μας,» είπε χαρακτηριστικά.


Ολοκληρώνοντας ο κ. Κουήκ αναφέρθηκε στο Συμβούλιο Απόδημου Ελληνισμού το οποίο, όπως είπε, απέτυχε στην πορεία αλλά πρέπει να ανασυγκροτηθεί και τόνισε ότι μέσω αυτού η ομογένεια πρέπει να αυτό-οργανωθεί και θα αυτοχρηματοδοτηθεί.


Ο  Αντιπρόεδρος της Κοινότητας κ. Παναγιώτης Ππύρος, επισήμανε στον κ. Κουήκ ότι στο δελτίο τύπου του Υφυπουργείου για το πρόγραμμα επίσκεψης του στην Αυστραλία, δεν έγινε ονομαστική αναφορά στις ιστορικές Ελληνικές Ορθόδοξες Κοινότητες Αυστραλίας οι οποίες έχουν παίξει σημαντικό ρόλο στην ανάπτυξη των ελληνο-αυστραλιανών σχέσεων.

Ο  κ. Κουήκ απάντησε λέγοντας κατηγορηματικά ότι δεν υπήρξε καμία σκοπιμότητα πίσω από αυτό ενώ ζήτησε συγγνώμη αν αυτό προκάλεσε οποιαδήποτε αναστάτωση.


Ακολούθησε συζήτηση μεταξύ του Υφυπουργού και των μελών του Διοικητικού Συμβουλίου ενώ, εκ μέρους του Προέδρου της Ελληνικής Δημοκρατίας κ. Προκοπίου Παυλόπουλου ο κ. Κουήκ τίμησε τον Πρόεδρο της Κοινότητας κ. Γκόνη με το Εθνόσημο της Ελληνικής Δημοκρατίας ευχαριστώντας την Κοινότητα για την υποδοχή που επιφύλαξαν στους Εύζωνες τον Απρίλιο που μας πέρασε.


Εν τω μεταξύ,  ιστορία γράφτηκε στην αίθουσα της Αυστραλιανής Βουλής όταν τον κ. Κουήκ υποδέχθηκε και προσφώνησε στα ελληνικά ο Βουλευτής Περιφέρειας Χάηντμαρς κ. Στάθης Γεωργανάς, αφού είναι η πρώτη φορά που πολιτικός προσφωνεί σε άλλη γλώσσα κυβερνητικό εκπρόσωπο άλλης χώρας μέσα στο Κοινοβούλιο της Αυστραλίας.


Επίσης να σημειώσουμε ότι τον κ. Κουήκ συνόδευσε η Ελληνίδα Πρέσβης στην Αυστραλία κα Κατερίνα Ξαγοράρη και ο Γενικός Πρόξενος της Ελλάδας στην Νότια Αυστραλία κ. Ανδρέας Γούρας.


A Socratic approach to education

Τη Σωκρατική διαλεκτική μέθοδος και πώς μπορεί να αποτελέσει  ένα μέσο –μέθοδο διδασκαλίας και μάθησης  στα σχολεία ήταν το θέμα μια άκρως ενδιαφέρουσας διάλεξης που πραγματοποιήθηκε την Τετάρτη 5 Απριλίου στο Ολύμπικ Χωλ.


Τη διάλεξη επιμελήθηκε και παρουσίασε η Καθηγήτρια Φιλολογίας και Φιλοσοφικής κα Χρυσούλα Μελισσινάκη η οποία παρουσίασε μια σειρά στοιχείων σχετικά με το τι είδους μαθησιακά αποτελέσματα  προκύπτουν από αυτή τη μορφή  διδασκαλίας.


Αναλύοντας τη Μαιευτική μέθοδο του Σωκράτη, η κα Μελισσινάκη είπε ότι η μέθοδος αυτή αποτελεί  μία πνευματική  και επικοινωνιακή διαδραστική/προφορική πρακτική μεταξύ δασκάλου και μαθητών.


«Είναι ένας διάλογος, που επιδεικνύει ισχυρισμούς και επιχειρήματα σε ενεργό αντιπαράθεση, στοχεύοντας στην αναζήτηση της εγκυρότητας  και ακυρότητας  των εν λόγω δηλώσεων  και απόψεων,» είπε χαρακτηριστικά.


Σύμφωνα με τον Σωκράτη, μάθηση είναι να αναπολούμε ξεχασμένες γνώσεις που έχουμε ξεχάσει κατά τη γέννησή  μας.


«Ο άνθρωπος τίποτε νέο δε μαθαίνει, παρά μόνο παίρνει συνείδηση των όσων ήδη γνωρίζει,» επισήμανε η κα Μελισσινάκη.


Έχοντας ως επίκεντρο αυτή την αρχή, η κα Μελισσινάκη τόνισε ότι η μάθηση μπορεί και σήμερα να βασιστεί πάνω στην χρήση του διαλόγου  μέσα από τον οποίο γεννιούνται ιδέες και απόψεις.


Το πρόγραμμα διδασκαλίας της Νότιας Αυστραλίας ακολουθεί κατευθυντήριες που τονίζουν την σημασία ανταλλαγής απόψεων  μεταξύ των συνομιλητών, προκειμένου να αναπτυχθεί περαιτέρω  κατανόηση και αποδοχή ομοιοτήτων και διαφορών όλων των απόψεων.


Όπως ανέλυσε η κα Μελισσινάκη, τα στάδια εφαρμογής της μαιευτικής μεθόδου στην τάξη απαιτούν προσχεδιασμό σημαντικών ερωτημάτων που παρέχουν περιεχόμενο και κατεύθυνση στο διάλογο,  οργανωμένα, προσχεδιασμένα από τον εκπαιδευτικό, ποιοτικά και διευκρινιστικά ερωτήματα, αφήνουμε τουλάχιστον 20 δευτερόλεπτα στους μαθητές να απαντήσουν, παρακολουθούμε τις απαντήσεις των μαθητών και ρωτάμε διερευνητικές ερωτήσεις.


Ταυτόχρονα κρατάμε μια σύντομη γραπτή αναφορά των βασικών σημείων που συζητήθηκαν.


Έτσι, αφήνουμε τους μαθητές να καλύψουν τομείς της γνώσης μόνοι τους , μέσα από διερευνητικές ερωτήσεις που οι ίδιοι μπορεί να θέσουν.


Η ομιλία συνεχίστηκε με ερωτήσεις από τους παρευρισκόμενους και ολοκληρώθηκε με περαιτέρω συζήτηση.

A message to "Be Bold for Change"

9-3-2017


A heart-breaking story of a refugee woman who fled her country to come to Australia delivered a powerful message to women during International Women’s Day celebrations at Olympic Hall on Wednesday 8 March. 


Ms Vahedeh Mansoury, a Kurdish refugee from Iran feared persecution in her country because she was supporting movements for women’s rights.


“I came to Australia in 1999 as a refugee, fled prosecution from Iranian Muslim regime due to my political views as an activist,” she said. 


Her story captivated guests who felt the pain and the anxiety of a woman who faced a series of challenges so that she can continue her work on empowering women and families.


Ms Mansoury worked in Iran as a teacher and school counsellor at a high school in a small city called Qorweh, in the Kurdistan region.


She mapped women’s issues in the region and decided to address those issues and help her students become independent.


However, her plans were challenged by a Department called Gozinesh which had nothing to do with the Department of Education.


She was forced to abandon her classes until further notice.


She decided to run classes at her home, but that plan was also shut down by the regime.


This led her to her decision to leave Iran and migrate to Australia. But the journey was far from easy and full of heart ache as Vahedeh lost one of her children in the process. 


Today she works for the Southern Domestic Violence Service in Adelaide, helping women who reach out for help.


The President Bill Gonis OAM welcomed the official guests who attended the event including  the Hon Zoe Bettison, Minister for the Status of Women, the Hon Jing Lee, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs,  Mr Steve Georganas, Federal Member for Hindmarsh and the Hon Ms Grace Portolesi, Chair of the South Australian Multicultural & Ethnic Affairs Commission.


Delivering her speech Minister Bettison gave emphasis on this year’s theme “Be Bold for Change”, saying that South Australia has done a lot to bring change in the way women are treated in politics and in society in general.


The forum also featured a discussion with Ms Portolesi who answered questions about her life and career as a female politician in South Australia.


The cultural program featured live singing by the Community’s Choir as well as a live performance by special guest Loucas Loizou, an acclaimed Cyprian singer/songwriter.


During the event, two members of the Greek Orthodox Community were presented honorary awards for their long services to the Community.


Mrs Katina Flabouris and Mrs Panagiota Pipinias were both presented with an honorary plaque as an acknowledgement for their invaluable contribution to the organisation’s betterment.


Poem recitals by members of the teaching staff were also part of the forum.


MC of the event was Mrs Evelyn O’Loughlin, CEO of Volunteering SA/NT, whom we thank for an excellent job and professional presentation.


Religion and culture met at Henley beach

9-01-2017


Henley beach and Henley square had their Greek colours on, on Sunday 8th of January 2017 as the Greek Orthodox Community held its annual Blessing of the Waters Festival as part of the Epiphany celebrations.

The celebrations combined the Divine Liturgy conducted at all the Community’s churches and the blessing of the waters service conducted at the Henley jetty.

Meanwhile, Henley reserve was yet again turned to an open-air funfair ahead of the Blessing of The Waters festival, featuring grilled food, live music and dancing.

Food tents, outdoor settings, grills, tables and umbrellas by the seaside created a family atmosphere and the first summer event was underway.

The official part of the celebrations began around 12.15pm with visitors and official guests gathering at the end of Henley jetty to attend the Epiphany ceremony where our clergy purify and sanctify the waters, following the tradition of thousands of years.

His Eminence Bishop Chrisostomos, during the sanctification ceremony threw the cross in to the rather calm waters of Henley beach where Dimitrios Matsouliadis proved the strongest and more skilled of all other swimmers in the race to retrieve the cross.

At the same time, following the tradition, ten white doves were released in the sky as a symbol of purity and enlightenment, sending a message for peace and prosperity.

His Excellency The Hon Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia, The Chief Justice of South Australia Hon Chris Kourakis, Deputy Premier Hon John Rau, representing the Premier of South Australia Hon Jay Weatherill,  Hon David Ridgway MLC, Liberal Leader in the Upper House, representing the Leader of the Opposition Mr Steven Marshall, the Hon Michael Atkinson, Speaker of the House of Assembly and member for Croydon representing the Minister of Multicultural Affairs Hon Zoe Bettison, Mr Paul Caica, Member for Colton,  Ms Angela Evans, Mayor of the City of Charles Sturt, Mr John Trainer, Mayor of West Torrens Council and Councillor Paul Alexandrides were amongst the official guests who attended the Epiphany celebrations.

Back at Henley Square, the lucky swimmer was presented with a trophy by Bishop Chrisostomos, the Governor of South Australia and the Community’s President Mr Gonis and the formalities continued with speeches by official guests. 


“Your culture is so vibrant and so rich and your contribution to this State’s cultural life is absolutely phenomenal,” said Mr Rau.


By that stage long queues had formed at the food stations as hundreds of people lined up for the best lunch in town.

The favourite Greek culinary aromas dominated the Square and along with the summer breeze it was the perfect Greek summer day…only thousands of miles away from Greece!

The official part concluded at around 1.00pm and the festival continued with dancing and live music.

The entertainment part began with a dance ritual by Indigenous cultural group Yelaka.

The ritual’s origins are found thousands of years ago, and portray the close relationship of the indigenous people of the area with the ocean and the land.

But fun really heated up when a unique dance/fitness group showed how Greek dancing combined with aerobic exercises can burn serious calories and help lose weight…just by having fun.

The crowd seemed to be enjoying the novelty and many joined the instructors as they were…well, performing!

But guests equally enjoyed the talented students of the Community’s Dance Academy who, once again showed their dancing skills by performing traditional Greek dances.

Meanwhile band Trio Zorba had in store a full entertainment package for the guests until late afternoon.

The Greek Orthodox Community of S.A. sincerely thanks the South Australian Government for sponsoring this event and for their ongoing support towards the Community’s events.


Κοπή Βασιλόπιτας της Κοινότητας

Παράκληση στον Μέγα Βασίλειο και κοπή της Πρωτοχρονιάτικης Βασιλόπιτας πραγματοποίησε η Διοίκηση και τα μέλη της Ελληνικής Ορθόδοξης Κοινότητας Ν.Α, τηρώντας πιστά την παράδοση.


Η παράκληση τελέστηκε την Δευτέρα 2 Ιανουαρίου στον Καθεδρικό Ναό Παμμεγίστων Ταξιαρχών στις 7.30 το βράδυ, χοροστατούντος του Μητροπολίτη Ν. Αυστραλίας κ.κ. Χρυσοστόμου.


Τη παράκληση παρακολούθησαν ο Πρόεδρος της Κοινότητας κ. Βασίλειος Γκόνης, μέλη του Διοικητικού και Εποπτικού Συμβουλίου και πλήθος κόσμου.


Μετά το πέρας της σύντομης λειτουργίας οι παρευρισκόμενοι μετέβησαν στο Ολύμπικ Χωλ για να παρακολουθήσουν την Κοπή της Βασιλόπιτας.


Ο Σεβασμιώτατος Μητροπολίτης κ.κ. Χρυσόστομος μετά του ιερού κλήρου της Κοινότητας, αφού ευλόγησε τις πίτες, έδωσε εγκάρδιες ευχές και ευλογίες στα μέλη της Διοίκησης αλλά και στα μέλη της Κοινότητας που παρευρέθηκαν.  


Στη συνέχεια προέβη στην κοπή της πίτας, μοιράζοντας κομμάτια στους εκπροσώπους των διαφόρων επιτροπών και ομάδων της Κοινότητας, ευχόμενος καλή και εποικοδομητική χρονιά. 


Ακολούθησε η κοπή της πίτας για τα υπόλοιπα μέλη, ενώ η τυχερή της βραδιάς ήταν η κα Ευαγγελία Λεσσέ, η οποία κέρδισε μια χρυσή λίρα.


Η βραδιά ολοκληρώθηκε με τα παραδοσιακά Πρωτοχρονιάτικα Κάλαντα αλλά και με απαγγελίες ποιημάτων.


Να σημειώσουμε ότι την νέα χρονιά υποδέχθηκε η Κοινότητα με Πρωτοχρονιάτικο χορό το Σάββατο 31 Δεκεμβρίου 2016 στο Ολύμπικ Χωλ.


ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΠΟΛΛΑ -

Taxiarchis Archangels Michael and Gabriel.


28th October Celebrations


Along with the rest of Hellenism across the globe the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia too paid tribute to “OXI” Day on Sunday 30th October 2016, in remembrance of the historic day that decisively marked the Greek nation’s trajectory.

The celebrations began with a memorial service held at the Cathedral Church of the Archangels Michael & Gabriel in the city in the presence of Ms Rachel Sanderson, State Member for Adelaide and Shadow Minister for Families and Child Protection, Social Housing, Volunteers and Youth who represented the State Leader of the Opposition Mr Stephen Marshall, and the Hon Grace Portolesi, Chair of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission, members of the Executive and Supervisory Committees, representatives of Greek clubs and associations, the clergy and teachers of the Greek language schools.

The service included the laying of wreaths, ensued by the Last Post and the observance of one minute silence to honour the fallen soldiers.Students from the Community’s Greek schools, dressed in traditional costumes recited poems from the era, describing through poetry the battles and hardships Greece faced at the time. The service concluded with the National Anthems, and despite the adverse weather conditions, everyone stayed until the end of the ceremony. Master of ceremony was Ms Himo Tsakalos from the teaching staff of the Community’s Afternoon Greek schools.



"Κουτσομπολιό"...γέμισε η σκηνή του Ολύμπικ Χωλ

24-10-2016


Με…κουτσομπολιό και τραγελαφικές καταστάσεις γέμισε η θεατρική σκηνή του Ολύμπικ Χωλ το Σάββατο 22 Οκτωβρίου.

Η θεατρική παράσταση «Ο Κουστομπόλης» που ανέβασε στα πλαίσια του Φεστιβάλ Οδύσσεια ο θεατρικός όμιλος της Κοινότητας χάρισε στιγμές απολαυστικής κωμωδίας στους εκατοντάδες ομογενείς που την παρακολούθησαν.

Σε σκηνοθεσία Γιώργου Κατσιμπρή και με τη συμμετοχή μια οργανωμένης θεατρικής ομάδας, η παράσταση αποθεώθηκε από το κοινό αφού η υποκριτική σε συνδυασμό με τις έξυπνες ατάκες, περιέγραψαν με τον καλύτερο τρόπο τον κουτσομπόλη Θανάση και τις περιπέτειές σου.

Σύμφωνα με τον ίδιο τον Δημήτρη Ψαθά, όπως ανέφερε στον πρόλογό της παράστασης η κα Ελένη Βάσου  «Οι άντρες είναι αντίστοιχα μεγάλοι, αν όχι μεγαλύτεροι κουτσομπόληδες από τις γυναίκες»

Η παράσταση ξεκίνησε στις 7.30 ακριβώς, με χαιρετισμό της Προέδρου της Πολιτιστικής Επιτροπής κας Ισμήνης Σπύρογλου, ενώ στη συνέχεια προλόγισε την παράσταση η κα Βάσσου.

Οι ξεκαρδιστικές ατάκες και η κωμικοτραγική πλοκή της ιστορίας του κουτσομπόλη ήρωα, Θανάση, που υποδύθηκε ο Γιώργος Κατσιμπρής, προσέφεραν ένα δίωρο ασταμάτητου γέλιου.

Ο θεατρικός όμιλος λειτουργεί υπό την αιγίδα της Ελληνικής Ορθόδοξης Κοινότητας Νότιας Αυστραλίας και προωθεί άτομα από την Αδελαΐδα που θέλουν να ασχοληθούν με το θέατρο, ανεξαρτήτου ηλικίας.

Στην παράσταση συμμετείχαν οι ακόλουθοι:


ΓΙΩΡΓΟΣ ΚΑΤΣΙΜΠΡΗΣ

ΕΛΕΝΗ ΜΕΡΜΙΓΚΗ -ΚΟΥΝΑΒΕΛΗ

ΠΑΝΑΓΙΩΤΑ ΣΤΑΜΑΤΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ

ΔΕΣΠΟΙΝΑ ΜΑΡΑΓΚΟΖΙΔΗ

ΆΝΝΑ ΜΠΑΡΟΝΕ

ΒΟΥΛΑ ΣΠΑΝΙΟΛΟ

ΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ ΠΑΙΔΟΥΛΙΑΣ

ΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ ΦΡΑΓΚΟΣ

ΜΑΡΙΑΝΘΗ ΚΟΥΡΟΥ

ΘΑΝΑΣΗΣ ΜΩΡΑΚΗΣ

ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΑ ΜΑΥΡΙΔΗ

ΜΑΡΙΑ ΠΙΝΤ


Υποβολέας: Βασιλική Τσώνη

Πρόλογος: Ελένη Βάσσου


Elephany celebrations

at Henley Beach


The Annual Blessing of the Waters ceremony and Festival took place on Sunday 10th January at Henley beach, under the most ideal weather conditions, as thousands of Hellenes gathered at the popular spot to celebrate the religious milestone, organised by the Greek Orthodox Community.

The celebrations combined the Divine Liturgy conducted at all of the Community’s churches and the blessing of the waters service conducted on Henley jetty. Meanwhile, the newly renovated Henley reserve was yet again turned to an open-air funfair ahead of the Blessing of The Waters festival, featuring grilled food, live music and dancing. Food tents, outdoor settings, grills, tables and umbrellas by the seaside created a family atmosphere and the first summer event was underway. The official part of the celebrations began around 12.15pm with visitors and official guests gathering at the end of Henley jetty to attend the Epiphany ceremony where our clergy purify and sanctify the waters, following the tradition of thousands of years. His Eminence Bishop Chrisostomos, during the sanctification ceremony threw the cross in to the rather calm waters of Henley beach where 15 year-old

Thomas Vatsis proved the strongest and more skilled of all other swimmers in the race to retrieve the cross. His Excellency The Hon Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia, Mr Paul Caica, Member for Colton, representing the Premier of South Australia Hon Jay Weatherill, Hon David Ridgway MLC, Leader in the Upper House, representing the Leader of the Opposition Mr Steven Marshall, the Hon Michael Atkinson Atkinson, Speaker of the House of Assembly and member for Croydon along with Hon Jennifer Rankine, Member for Wright, Ms Grace Portolesi, Chair of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission, Ms Angela Evans, Mayor of the City of Charles Sturt, Deputy Lord Mayor Mr  Houssam Abiad, representing the Lord Mayor Mr Martin Haese,

Former Member for Hindmarsh Mr Steve Georganas and Councillor Paul Alexandrides were amongst the official guests who attended the Epiphany celebrations. Meanwhile, white doves were released in the sky as a symbol of purity and enlightenment, sending a message for peace and prosperity.  Back at Henley Square, the lucky swimmer received from Bishop Chrisostomos and the Community’s President Mr Gonis an award and a gold cross for his successful effort and the formalities continued with speeches by official guests. 

By this stage long queues had formed at the food stations as hundreds of people lined up for the best lunch in town. The favourite Greek culinary aromas dominated the Square and along with the summer breeze it was the perfect Greek summer day…only thousands of miles away from Greece! The official part concluded at around 1.00pm and the festival continued with dancing and live music.

Guests were in for a surprise when famous Greek tenor Yiannis Frangos appeared on stage for a unique performance. The talented tenor sang  Andrea Bocelli and the famous hymn “Kyrie ton Dynameon”, mesmerising the guests with his voice. At the same time, a Ukrainian Dance group and the students of the Community’s Dance Academy  offered a spectacular multicultural experience. Meanwhile band Trio Zorba once again entertained guests until late afternoon.

The Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia sincerely thanks the Government of South Australia for sponsoring this event and for their ongoing support towards the Community's events.


THE GYPSY CATS CONCERT

ODYSSEY 2015

Ένα διαχρονικό ταξίδι στα μονοπάτια της ελληνικής μουσικής αλλά και της ελληνικής κουλτούρας γενικότερα έκαναν δεκάδες φίλοι της ποιοτικής μουσικής το Σάββατο 24 Οκτωβρίου 2015 στο Ολύμπικ Χωλ.


Η ξεχωριστή συναυλία των Gypsy Cats μαζί με ένα καλλιτεχνικό επιτελείο από ταλαντούχους μουσικούς και χορευτές που πραγματοποιήθηκε στα πλαίσια του Φεστιβάλ Οδύσσεια μάγεψαν το κοινό με το ποικιλόχρωμο πολιτιστικό καμβά που παρουσίασαν.


Η Κατερίνα Στήβενς με το Πάντι Μοντγκόμερυ και τα υπόλοιπα παιδιά πλαισίωσαν την μουσική παράσταση με τραγούδια και μουσική από την Ελλάδα του χθες αλλά και του σήμερα, αναδύοντας την μέσα από  νοσταλγικές αποχρώσεις και παράδοση.


Κατά το πρώτο μέρος ακούστηκαν κομμάτια από τη Μικρά Ασία αλλά και την εποχή του ρεμπέτικου με όργανα όπως το ούτι, το βιολί, το τουμπερλέκι και την κιθάρα. Η μουσική συναυλία συνδύασε επίσης και ανατολίτικους ρυθμούς με τον χορό της κοιλιάς αλλά και άλλες φιγούρες από την Κέκε και τους χορευτές της, καθώς χόρεψαν στους ρυθμούς μεγάλων επιτυχιών της θρυλικής ρεμπέτισσας Ρόζας Εσκενάζυ.


Στο χορό όμως δεν μπήκαν μόνο οι χορευτές, αλλά και πολλοί από τους θαμώνες τους οποίους ενθάρρυναν να χορέψουν μαζί τους και να διασκεδάσουν ελληνικά.


Γερή δόση κουλτούρας και πολιτιστικής παράδοσης έδωσε και σύντομη παράσταση Καραγκιόζη που δόθηκε επάνω στη σκηνή. Οι κωμικοτραγικές φιγούρες του Καραγκιόζη, του Χατζιαβάτη και των υπόλοιπων ηρώων του αγαπημένου θεάτρου σκιών, αναβίωσαν μνήμες στους παλιούς και έκαναν γνωριμία για το πολιτιστικό παρελθόν της Ελλάδας στους νέους.


Την παράσταση επιμελήθηκε ο παρουσιαστής θεάτρου σκιών Ματ Πλάμερ με μουσική συνοδεία από τους Gypsy Cats.


Η βραδιά συνεχίστηκε με μουσική και άφθονο χορό, σφραγίζοντας την επιτυχία της τόσο από την προσέλευση και ανταπόκριση του κοινού όσο και από το πολιτιστικό πρόγραμμα που παρουσίασαν οι συντελεστές της συναυλίας.


Στην συναυλία έλαβαν μέρος οι: Μπάϋρον Τριανταφυλλίδης στα φωνητικά, μπουζούκι και κιθάρα, Πάντυ Μοντγκόμερυ στο τσουμπούς, ούτι, μπουζούκι και κιθάρα, Κατερίνα Στήβενς στο βιολί και Ρόσκο Χεκ στο τουμπερλέκι.

An early Christmas present for the Greek Orthodox Community of S.A.

16-12-2016


Christmas arrived a week early for the Greek Orthodox Community of S.A. as the State Treasurer Mr.Tom Koutsantonis announced a $200,000 grant from the South Australian Government would become available to the long standing Community of 86-years, to be used specifically for the renovations of its now dated Olympic Hall.

Mr. Koutsantonis made this announcement during the Community’s Annual Volunteers Christmas dinner at Olympic Hall on Thursday evening 15 December 2016.

Our Hall dates to the early 1960’s where it was the centre of all activities for the Greek Community at large and holds fond memories for all who attended functions at the Hall during the halcyon days. So these funds will be used to bring the facility up to a more modern standard.  


“This is our Government’s small gesture to you to say thank you for all the hard work you do”, the Treasurer said. Inferring to the great work both past and present that the Community does in meeting the needs of the Greek Community of Adelaide and the suburbs in general.

President of GOCSA Mr Bill Gonis responded by stating “we are most grateful to the Treasurer and State government for their generous contribution, which came as a surprise but a timely surprise as our facility is now in need of an upgrade to meet current building standards”.


Amongst the official guests who attended the  Christmas dinner was The Hon Chief Justice Christopher Kourakis, The Hon Michael Atkinson MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr David Pisoni MP, Ms Vickie Chapman Deputy State Liberal Leader, The Hon. Jennifer Rankine MP, Mr Steve Georganas, Member for Hindmarsh, The Hon. Grace Portolesi, Chair of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission, Mr John Trainer, Mayor of West Torrens, Mr Lachlan Clyne, Mayor of City of Unley, Ms Angela Evans, Mayor of City of Charles Sturt.

The annual Christmas dinner is a small way of showing its appreciation by the Community towards its many volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to the success and progress of the organisation.

The composition of the invitees varied from those who volunteered for working bees throughout the year as well as teaching and admin staff who had contributed over and above the norm, because it is their Community and they dearly want it to succeed.

Olympic Hall was yet again in its usual glory as Christmas decorations and the familiar warmth made justice to its character as the House of Hellenes in South Australia.

The evening commenced with an welcome and introduction by MC Ms. Himo Tsakalos followed by the President, Mr Gonis, delivering his Christmas message.

Mr Gonis thanked all volunteers saying they are the backbone and the driving force of the community.


“These volunteers strengthen and support the Greek community and in so doing the South Australian community as a whole is much better for it” Mr. Gonis said.


The President’s message was followed by supper and then after the break we continued with the Con Marinos Awards presentation.

The Con Marinos Awards are presented to students who have achieved excellence in their thesis as well as undergraduate studies in their chosen field of study at Flinders University.

The first Award was presented to Ms. Marialena Terzaki for her thesis “The Novel as Textbook: Using Literature as a Teaching Material to Teach Greek as a Foreign Language to Adults”.


The second award goes to Mr. Ira Herbold from the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences with Flinders University and the essay title for the award is: “Epistemology Wars: Knowledge and cultural imperialism in the history wars

And the third prize was presented to Ms. Anne Mignone for her essay “Is offshore processing legal?”  Ms. Mignone studies at the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law of Flinders University.

Awards of excellence were also presented to students of the Community’s Greek schools.

The George Tramountanas “North” Association also presented awards to students Mia Karlis, Fotini Theodorakakos and Vassilios Corolis respectively for excellency in the Greek language.

Furthermore, the Greek Women Society of S.A “Taxiarchis” presented Awards to students Constantine Stathopoulos and Melina Gaffey respectively.

The evening then continued with live music from John and Tambika.


Μουσικές συγκινήσεις στο ελληνικό γηροκομείο του Ρίντλιτον

29 Νοεμβρίου 2016


Με νοσταλγία και συγκίνηση γέμισε η αίθουσα εκδηλώσεων του ελληνικού Γηροκομείου του Ρίντλιτον την Κυριακή 27 Νοεμβρίου μέσα από μια μουσική εκδήλωση που διοργάνωσε η Ελληνική Ορθόδοξη Κοινότητα σε συνεργασία με το Φεστιβάλ Χελένικα.

Το μουσικό ρεσιτάλ «Ξενιτιά» που πραγματοποιήθηκε στα πλαίσια του Φεστιβάλ Χελένικα αναβίωσε αναμνήσεις στους δεκάδες ένοικους του Γηροκομείου που την παρακολούθησαν.

Η 7μελής ορχήστρα του γνωστού μουσικού Κον Νταλαγιώργη  παρουσίασε αγαπημένα τραγούδια τη ξενιτιάς, προκαλώντας συγκίνηση στους απόμαχους της ζωής αλλά και σε όλους όσους παρευρέθηκαν.

Τραγούδια όπως το «Το Ψωμί της Ξενιτιάς», «Το Πλοίο θα σαλπάρει», «Όπου Γης και Πατρίς» και άλλα, έφεραν πίσω εικόνες από τα μεγάλα κύματα μετανάστευσης τη δεκαετία του 50 και του 60.


«Δεν θα μπορούσαμε να κάνουμε καλύτερη εκδήλωση για τους ηλικιωμένους μας εδώ στο Γηροκομείο,» είπε ο Πρόεδρος της Κοινότητας κ. Γκόνης.

Οι αναμνήσεις από το «Πατρίς» αλλά και οι συγκινητικές στιγμές στο λιμάνι του Πειραιά όταν χιλιάδες έλληνες άφηναν πίσω γονείς, συγγενείς και φίλους για να μεταναστεύσουν στη μακρινή Αυστραλία ζωντάνεψαν πάλι.

Πολλοί ήταν οι τρόφιμοι του γηροκομείου που δάκρυσαν στο άκουσμα αγαπημένων τραγουδιών.

Η συγκίνηση όμως δεν έλειψε και από τους ίδιους τους ερμηνευτές που μέσα από τα τραγούδια, περιέγραφαν τον πόνο της ξενιτιάς των ίδιων τους των γονιών και παππούδων.


«Από την Ελλάδα φύγανε τότε τα καλύτερα παιδιά και ήρθαν εδώ, δούλεψαν σκληρά και είμαστε εμείς σήμερα υπερήφανοι γι αυτούς,» είπε χαρακτηριστικά ο γνωστός τραγουδιστής Παναγιώτης Μουτζούρης.


Ο κ. Γκόνης ευχαρίστησε το Διοικητικό Συμβούλιο του Ελληνικού Πολιτιστικού Μήνα για την διοργάνωση μιας τόσο ξεχωριστής εκδήλωσης στο Γηροκομείο της Κοινότητας λέγοντας πως οι ένοικοι το περίμεναν με ανυπομονησία.

Στο μουσικό ρεσιτάλ τραγούδησαν οι Γιάννης Φράγκος, Ανθή Νταλαγιώργη, Τσαμπίκα Διακογεωργίου, Παναγιώτης Μουτζούρης συνοδεία τετραμελούς ορχήστρας.


A Spectacular Odyssey Finale


With a magical concert dedicated to one of Greece’s most acclaimed composers Mimis Plessas, the Odyssey Festival came to a close on Saturday night at Woodville Town Hall. The sold out music spectacular, took patrons through a journey into Greece’s golden era of music and film in the 1950s and 1960s. “The Odyssey Festival this year couldn’t have come to close in a better way. Tonight, Greece’s golden era of music and film came to life on this very stage,” said Mr Gonis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community.

A 16-piece orchestra featured songs from Mimis Plessas’ album “The Road” (O Δρόμος), as well as a variety of other hits which shaped the Greek music scene and catapulted many Greek singers to stardom, namely Nana Mouskouri, Yiannis Poulopoulos, Marinella, Rena Koumioti and list goes on. “The Road” was released in 1969 and is still the highest selling Greek album of all time.

Performed by local vocalists Poly Arabatzi, Tsambika DeGeorge and Jim Moutzouri, songs such as “To Agalma” (The statue), “Ksimeroni Kyriaki” (Sunday is dawinig), “Methise appose to koritsi mou” and many more, captured the audience, bringing back fond memories from the homeland. The second part of the event was a dedication to those songs that went hand in hand with some of Greece’s most popular films of the 50s and 60s, bringing to life great cinema and music moments.

As the concert concluded, Mr Gonis congratulated the 16-piece orchestra and musical conductor John Kourbelis for a flawless and indeed mesmerising performance. “I thank the musical director Mr John Kourbelis, the musicians and fabulous singers for an outstanding performance and a concert thoroughly enjoyed by the audience,” he said. The two hour orchestral concert concluded around 10.00pm sealing the success of the Odyssey Festival for yet another year.


ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΠΟΛΛΑ ΓΙΑ ΤΗ ΣΗΜΕΡΙΝΗ!
HAPPY GREEK NATIONAL DAY!


Christmas Dinner

A thankyou to our volunteers

The Governor of South Australia, His Excellency The Hon Hieu Van Le brightened the Community’s annual Christmas dinner as well as the Con Marinos Awards presentation as he attended the high profile event with his wife, Mrs Lan Le on Thursday 10 December at Olympic Hall. Mr Hieu Van le made history for the Greek Orthodox Community as it was the first time in the organisation’s history that a State Governor  attended the annual Christmas dinner.

The Christmas dinner is a gesture of appreciation towards the Community’s volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year towards the success and progress of the organisation. Working bees from all areas of the Community, teaching and admin staff and a number of official guests  felt the warm welcome  under a festive atmosphere enhanced by the Community’s hospitable spirit.

Apart from the Governor Hon Hieu Van Le, the official guests list included The Hon Michael Atkinson, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Member for Croydon who also represented the Premier of South Australia, Mr David Pisoni, Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism and Member for Unley who also represented the Leader of the Opposition Mr Stephen Marshall, Mr John Trainer, Mayor of West Torrens,  Mrs Angela Evans, Mayor of Charles Sturt Council, Magistrate Nick Alexandrides,  Mr Roger Lean, Principle Policy Officer of SAMEAC , Captain Elaine Fergusson, and Professor Michael Tsianikas from the Department of Modern Greek at Fllinders University.

Olympic Hall was yet again in its usual glory as Christmas decorations and the familiar warmth made justice to its character as the House of Hellenes in South Australia. The evening started off with an  introduction and welcome by  MC Mr George Petrallas followed by the President, Mr Gonis, delivering his Christmas message. Mr Gonis thanked all volunteers  saying they are the backbone of the organisation. “These volunteers strengthen and support the Greek community and in so doing the South Australian community as a whole ,”  Mr Gonis said. The President’s message was followed by supper and the event continued with the Con Marinos Awards presentation.

The Con Marinos Awards are presented to students who have achieved excellency in their thesis  in their area of study at Flinders University. The Awards were presented by His Excellency Hon Hieu Van Le, adding to the prestige of annual presentation. The first Award was presented to Ms Maria Shialis for her thesis “The Settlement of Greek-Cypriot Migrants and Refugees in South Australia: 1945-1980”. This year Ms Shialis completed her PhD in Greek Studies. The second award was presented to Mr Darren Clarke for his essay “A Critical evaluation of Australian Federal Government policies and practices enabling what has been colloquially known as the North Territory Intervention in terms of global understandings of human rights”. Mr Clarke have just completed a Bachelor degree of Social Work and Social Planning with Flinders University . The third Award was presented to  Ms Uschi (Usrula) Artym  for her essay  “Overturning the Legal Fiction of Terra nullius.” Ms  Artym is currently on her second year of studies in Archaeology at Flinders University.

Awards of excellency were also presented to students of the Community’s Greek schools. The George Tramountanas “North” presented awards (in order of high degree ) to students Jordan Leonardos, Anastasia Troupsi and Efrosini Kontopoulou respectively. Meanwhile, the Greek Women Society of S.A “Taxiarchis” presented Awards to students Stavroula Tsonga and Yianni Pantelio respectively.

With the conclusion of the Awards presentation, Professor Michael Tsianikas congratulated all students for their successful efforts saying  it is important to see such efforts been recognised in the name of Hellenism in Australia. The night continued with live music by Adelaide’s favourite George Dalagiorgis and Jim Giannou.


CELEBRATING THE COMMUNITY'S

85 YEARS

Olympic Hall has been shining as a beacon, as a central point for culture, education, religion, Hellenism for all Greeks of South Australia.


It was in 1930, that the Greek Orthodox Community of S.A., formed by a handful of Greeks in Adelaide, started on a journey that no one knew would go so far. It changed the lives of so many, and became the centre for Greek migrants. It would go through ups and downs and rise back to the top,  entering  the 21st century ready to continue serving the community.


It’s this Community the Greeks of Adelaide celebrated on Saturday September 26 at Olympic Hall, where the Community’s history has been written and preserved. Hundreds of guests attended the Formal Dinner Dance, an event that highlighted this year’s celebrations for the Community’s 85th Anniversary.


The hall decorated to impress and to reflect the glorious past and the promising future.  The familiar warmth and the welcoming atmosphere inside Olympic Hall made everyone feel at home. Inside the kitchen the Professional Caterers worked tirelessly to offer the best dinning experience to guests as they were entertained by the popular band Trio Zorba.


Amongst the official guests who also attended the Formal Dinner Dance was Ms Angela Keneally, Mayor of Charles Sturt Council and Mrs Roula Soumas, President of Greek Women Society “Taxiarchis”, a society closely affiliated with the Greek Orthodox Community of S.A. and many more.


The event commenced around 7.00pm with  Mr Bill Gonis OAM, President of the Greek Orthodox Community   delivering his message on the occasion of the 85th Anniversary of  the Community.  “For a long period of time after GOCSA was established, it was the ONLY peak Greek community organisation, founded to serve all Greeks from all areas of Greece and also the broader Greek-Australian community.


Mr Gonis spoke of the endless work and contribution of the Community to the Greeks of South Australia, listing the numerous services offered in the areas of education, religion, aged care, community care and even migration issues.

“The Community in Franklin Street was well established and well versed in providing both financial assistance and advice in relation to work and accommodation as well as Greek schools for the children of the newly migrated ,” Mr Gonis said.


The Community’s President made a special reference to George Tramountanas, the first Greek who arrived in South Australia.

“I would like to acknowledge the first “official” Greek to settle in South Australia in 1842 namely Georgios Tramoundanas who spent a considerable amount of time farming near Elliston on the West Coast of the State,” Mr Gonis said.


Mrs Ismini Spiroglou President of the Community’s Cultural Committee delivering her message, said it was a privilege for her to be an active and involved member of this great organisation which has given so much and continues to do so for many people in South Australia. The formal part of the event concluded with the cutting of the 85th Anniversary cake, and was followed by dinner and live music.


The entertainment program also featured performances by the Community’s Dance Academy students. The night continued with good food and wine and lots of dance enthusiasts taking it to the dance floor.