Welcome to FESTIVAL HELLENIKA, Adelaide’s annual multi disciplinary arts festival dedicated to the maintenance, development, promotion and celebration of Hellenic links in the Arts, and their rich and diverse Australian manifestations.

Formerly known as The Greek Cultural Month, the Festival is facilitated, coordinated and presented by the South Australian Council for the Greek Cultural Month Inc (SACGCM).

FESTIVAL HELLENIKA is part of a continuing and inspiring journey of exploration that has so enriched the Australian society, in that our activities act to broaden horizons, break down stereotypes, build links and foster greater harmony and understanding.

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SHAKIN’ THE WORLD OVER: AUSTRALIA’S GREEK CAFES & MILK BARS

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by Leonard Janiszewski & Effy Alexakis and SACGCM
Many still remember, the Greek cafe of milk bar in each suburb and every country town, in Australia open all hours, 7 days a week.
This lecture chronicles how these family-based food-catering enterprises were a ‘Trojan Horse’ for the Americanisation of the eating, social and cultural habits of Australians from the very start of the twentieth century. They introduced American commercial food-catering ideas, technology and products and influenced the development of cinema, popular music and even architecture along American lines. The Greek café and milk bar ‘transformed’ Australian popular culture.
Presented by social historian Leonard Janiszewski and documentary photographer Effy Alexakis, the lecture not only investigates the overall development of Greek cafés and milk bars across Australia (including Adelaide and South Australia), but also the personal stories of those involved – proprietors, waiting staff and customers.

Date
Wednesday 3 May 7:00pm
Where
Cibo Espresso 218 Rundle Street Adelaide SA 5000
Tickets
FREE ADMISSION
Bookings
N/A
Info
The book, Greek Cafes & Milk Bars of Australia, will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

IONIA REMBETIKO BAND

Music / Μουσική βραδιά (Greek)

Presented by Ionia Rembetiko Band
A Greek night of Laika, Rembetika and Dimotika songs with dancing and food supplied by Pluto’s Philosophers Kitchen
6 musicians Apostolis Poulis (vocals & oud), Patty Montgomery (politiki lyra), John Kourbelis (Santouri & baglama), Steve Papadopoulos (guitar), Ann Harrington (toumberleki), and Hristakis (bouzouki)

Date
Saturday 6 May 7:30pm
Where
Navarino Hall 83 South Road Thebarton SA 5031
Tickets
$50 including food
Bookings
Christos 0415 308 393 or Kostas 0408 640 603

GREEK FOLK REMEDIES: FOODS FACTS & FICTIONS

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by Organisation of Hellene and Hellene-Cypriot Women of Australia (SA) Incorporated
An open forum presented in conjunction with the SA History Festival, exploring the time honoured traditions of folk remedies and their relation to health and well being. Greek healing remedies dating from the time of Hippocrates, offer a wealth of natural treatments and therapies to heal body, mind and spirit. They are still practised today in many Greek households but the question remains, how effective or ‘natural’ are these holistic remedies and what can they offer us in the light of modern medicine?
In addition to a historical overview of Greek home remedies and practices, the therapeutic properties of particular foods, herbs and plants will be discussed with the inclusion of audio /visual displays and tastings including chicken soup. Guest speakers include Naturopath Lynne Singlewood and Peter Photakis (on Olive Leaf extract).

Date
Sunday 7 May 2:00pm
Where
North Adelaide Community Centre 176 Tynte Street North Adelaide SA 5006
Tickets
Gold coin donation
Bookings
Bookings Essential please call 0422 617 015 / 0404 210 553

CONSTANTINOPLE: THROUGH FOREIGN EYES

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by Toula Kritas
Constantinople, the city of Emperor Constantine, was the capital of the Eastern Roman, or Byzantine, Empire for over 1000 years. It was considered the largest and wealthiest city in the western world, and to many it was the centre of the known world, surpassing all other cities of the time.
Thousands of people of all social classes, including pilgrims, royalty, church officials, diplomats, crusaders, artists and scholars, travelled to Constantinople, and many wrote about their experiences.
This talk will explore Constantinople through the writings of travellers and others who for religious, cultural, political or other reasons, found themselves in the Queen of Cities. By drawing on evidence including ambassadorial and diplomatic reports, letters, literary texts and travel descriptions, we will examine how Constantinople – the city, its people and culture – was viewed by visitors from both the west and the east.

Date
Wednesday 17 May 7:00pm
Where
Room 3, Thebarton Community Centre Cnr Ashwin Parade and South Road Torrensville SA 5031
Tickets
FREE ADMISSION
Bookings
N/A

‘A MORAL DUTY TO THE GREEKS’ NEW ZEALAND AND GREEK ARMIES TOGETHER IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND ITALY 1942-1944

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by Martyn Brown
2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the beginning of several years of interaction between the New Zealand and free Greek armies in the Middle East and Italy during the same conflict. Radio broadcasts, Christmas postcards and socialising between the troops project an image of bonding and respect. The two armies also had their only shared victory against the Axis enemy during this period.
It was a time that also permeated with frustration, intrigue and diplomatic power plays. Examining the New Zealand experience offers insights into the interaction of the Greeks, New Zealanders and the British during this period.
The presentation will also utilise various multi-media from the period concerned.

Date
Saturday 3 June 3:00pm
Where
Greeks of Egypt & Middle East Society Hall 56 Richmond Rd Keswick SA 5035
Tickets
FREE ADMISSION
Bookings
N/A

Τα Ζουζούνια της Αδελαϊδας

Music / Μουσική βραδιά (Greek)

Presented by Tsambika DeGeorge
and Con Dalagiorgos
An open forum presented for
children under 12 years of age.
An intimate and casual performance
of Greek children’s and traditional
songs, encouraging audience
participation.
45 minutes

Date
TBC
Where
TBC
Tickets
TBC
Bookings
TBC
Info
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Ο διαχρονικός Καζαντζάκης

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by George Stassinakis
Celebrating 60 years from the death
of Nikos Kazantzakis
Mr George Stassinakis, President
of the International Society of
Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis and
Ambassador of Hellenism, invites you
to partake in the 60 year celebrations
since the death of renowned Greek
author Nikos Kazantzakis in 2017.
Mr Stassinakis is the founder of
the Society of Friends of Nikos
Kazantzakis and has been involved in
the promotion of Nikos Kazantzakis’s
literary works worldwide for over 28
years

Date
Sunday 12 November
Where
TBC
Tickets
TBC
Bookings
TBC
Info
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