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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

ODDESSEY 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.