The Very Essence of our Cultural Heritage

 Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia Inc.​


NEWS


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 to the official website of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia.


Here you can get to know a lot more about our organisation, the programs and services we offer and get a closer look at what we do. 

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WHAT WE DO

Throughout the year, the Greek Orthodox Community of SA (GOC SA) organises a number of religious and non-religious events, suited for everyone, regardless of age.

In this website you can also find detailed information about upcoming events, festivals and more

so you can be up to date with the variety of activities the Community has on offer.




HISTORY OF ARCHANGELS MICHAEL AND GABRIEL 


Church of Archangels Michael and Gabriel on Franklin Street was first established in 1936. The building, designed by Gordon Beaumont Smith in 1937, was consecrated in 1938. Adelaide’s Greek Orthodox community at that time numbered around 100 people. With the rapid growth of the Greek Orthodox population in Adelaide in the post-war period, the current Cathedral Church of Archangels Michael and Gabriel was rebuilt on the foundations of the original church building in 1967.


The church is an important centre for Greek community life, culture and Greek migration to Australia began in the nineteenth century. Most of the first Greek migrants to arrive in South Australia were single men, who worked as sailors, in food industries, retail or in the smelting industry at Port Pirie. After Greece’s military loss to Turkey in 1922, and the Great Depression in the 1930s, many Greeks, particularly from the islands migrated to Australia. Following the Second World War and the introduction of Australia’s new post-war migration schemes and later family chain migration patterns, the Greek population in South Australia increased rapidly.


Today nearly 38,000 people in South Australia identify as being of Greek ancestry, and Greek is the second most commonly spoken language other than English.


The land on which the church was built was purchased in March 1936 for £540. It was blessed by the Archbishop of Australia and New Zealand, Timotheos Evengelides.  Using funds raised by Greek communities throughout South Australia, the church was built at a cost of £3000.


The foundations for the Greek Orthodox Church of Archangels Michael and Gabriel were laid in 1936 by Evengelides. He was accompanied by Adelaide’s    Archimandrite Germanos Heliou, as well the Anglican Dean of Adelaide, Graham Jose. The ceremony was followed by a luncheon at the South Australian Hotel, where toasts were made to the King of England, the King of Greece and the Greek Orthodox Church. Guests included prominent members of Australia’s nationwide Greek community, including the editor of the Hellenic Herald in Sydney, Alexander Grivas.




















SPONSORS

As a not-for–profit organisation the many events and services provided by the GOC of SA would not be possible without the kind support we receive from our Local, State and Federal governments and in addition, we thank and are grateful to our many wonderful sponsors. We thank each one of them dearly.


                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                      

      GOC of SA Dance Academy - Ακαδημία Χορού ΕΟΚΝΑ


The GOC of SA Dance Academy is a non-profit organization of dancers with a common interest in folk dances from around the world.

       The Academy seeks to increase understanding of Greek folk dance and to preserve this rich resource for future generations. The Dance Academy is keen to training all students;

    it offers professional-level courses for adults, as well as elementary courses for children wishing to encounter dance and continue on.


     Ο ΧΟΡΟΣ ΜΑΣ ΕΝΩΝΕΙ - DANCE UNITES US

          Dance has always played an important role in the life of the Hellenes and dates back to ancient times. In fact according to Plato “Dance, of all the arts is the one that most influences the soul”.


                     Traditional dance continues to be passed on from generation to generation in Greece and the Diaspora maintaining our national identity.


      The aim of the Community through the “GOC of SA Dance Academy“ is the preservation of the Hellenic cultural identity as well bringing the wider community together at key points throughout the year.


      The beautiful and elaborate costumes used, (many of which have been imported directly from Greece and some donated) are representative of the traditional dress of various regions of our motherland.


           Around 100 students between the ages of 5 to over of 45 years attend classes which take place twice a week. Children of 5 years and above are accepted.


            Dancing lessons take place every Saturday for Groups 1 and 2 at 1.00—2.00pm at the premises of the Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged, 89 Hawker St, Ridleyton

           and for Group 3 and 4 at 2.00—3.00pm at the same location. 

        For the Senior Group, lessons are held every Tuesday 6.00—9.00pm at Olympic Hall, 288 Franklin Street, Adelaide, Tel: 8231 4307.