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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A Cultural Tapestry

Art Exhibition / Έκθεση

Presented by Festival Hellenika

“Every tapestry is unique made out of individual threads. Each person’s life makes up a tapestry containing the threads of their life”

A Cultural Tapestry endeavours to embrace what has influenced these artist through their life’s journey and culture enabling them to create their unique pieces using various mixed media techniques.

Date
9am-5pm, 16-26 March
Where
City of West Torrens Auditorium Hamra Centre, 1 Brooker Tce Hilton, SA 5033
Tickets
Admission Free

MUSIC HELLENIKA

Concert / Συναυλία

«Την Ελλάδα αγαπώ .... αλλά κι εσένα»
(I love Greece …. but also you)

A musical tribute to composer Marios Tokas

Renowned composer Marios Tokas is considered to be one of the most talented and significant composers of Greek popular songs during the 80s and 90s. Born in Cyprus he lived as a soldier the terrible events of the Turkish invasion in 1974. In 1975 he moved to Greece where he enrolled in the Philosophy Department of the Athens University and the Conservatorium of Music.

He recorded his first album in 1978 with singer Manolis Mitsias and since then his rise in the music fraternity of Greece was meteoric. Songs like “S’anazito sti Saloniiki” and “Ladadika” by Dimitris Mitropanos, “San trelo fortigo” and “To Simadi” by Yiannis Parios, “Exartate” by Haris Alexiou, “I diki mou I patrida” by Yiorgos Dalaras, “Annoula tou hionia” by Antonis Kalogiannis and so many more dedicated to love, everyday people and his beloved homeland Cyprus, have become classical hits of Greek popular music.

Unfortunately his life was cut short at the age of 54 depriving us of more beautiful songs. This concert, coordinated by Tassos Capetanakis, will feature local talented vocalists and musicians who, directed by Zambica DeGeorge, will perform Toka’s most popular songs accompanied by visual images and video segments giving the audience a complete insight into his work and personality.

Date
8:00pm 30 March
Where
Dunstan Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Tickets
$40 Bass 13 12 46
Info
Spartan Electrical 140 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville, 8352 4222 The Cyprus Community of SA Inc.- 0422 344 807

The Medea Project: Medea Goes to the Movies Professor Marguerite Johnson

Talk (in English) / Ομιλία

Presented by Festival Hellenika

Who was Medea? A sorceress, a lover, a seductress, an abused woman or a murderess? Join us with Professor Marguerite Johnson from The University of Newcastle, for the first of two brilliant talks on this powerful and enduring female archetype in Greek myth.

Professor Johnson will take us on a journey from Colchis to Corinth to screen. For thousands of years, the myth of Medea has intrigued and frightened us. Originating in the oral tradition of ancient Greece and eventually taking stable forms in poetry, tragedy and epic, Medea’s story of thwarted love, uncontrollable passion, murder, mayhem and magic continued into Roman culture. She is still with us in both traditional and new forms, and has been the subject of several films, including those by distinguished – and sometimes infamous – directors, such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jules Dassin and Lars von Trier. Each one contributing to the myth by including personal, historical and cultural interpretations.

Date
6:30pm, 4 April
Where
Thebarton Community Centre Cnr Ashwin Parade and South Road, Torrensville SA 5031
Tickets
Free Admission

The Medea Project: Medea – The Mother who Killed her Children Dr Areti Devetzidis

Talk (in English) / Ομιλία

Presented by Festival Hellenika
The Medea Project: Medea - The Mother who Killed her Children

In this our second talk on Medea, Dr Areti Devetzidis will present an entirely different and fresh understanding of the character of Medea.

In the age of #metoo, when the fairer and more decent part of the world seems to be reviewing society’s attitudes to women, it appears to be a good time to review attitudes towards one of the most famous and probably most vilified female figures in history.

Dr Devetzidis has undertaken an intensive study of the myth of Medea for her thesis, using the powerful 1838 painting of Medea by Eugene Delacroix which argues that Medea did not kill her children in order to revenge herself on her unfaithful husband but because she wanted to save her children from a fate worse than death, the painting and that story seemed to come together.

Date
6:30pm, 11 Apt
Where
Thebarton Community Centre Cnr Ashwin Parade and South Road, Torrensville SA 5031
Tickets
Free Admission

In the Café Amans of Smyrna & Constantinople

Concert / Συναυλία

Presented by Festival Hellenika
Marios Papadeas has been performing music for over 25 years. He began his studies in music at the tender age of 4 and has since become one of the undeniable masters of the santouri, with a vast repertoire delving into Smyrneika, early rembetika and nisiotika. He has appeared in multiple TV programs and has played at many notable international festivals in Australia, Paris, Switzerland and Vienna to name a few.

In this performance Mariοs Papadeas & Paschalia Latra present Songs from Asia Minor & the Diaspora. A journey to the Kafe Amans,, SmyrnI, & Constantinople of the 1930s.

Marios Papadeas : santouri - voice
Paschalia Latra : guitar - voice
Byron Triandafyllidis : bass - bouzouki - guitar
Paddy Montgomery : lyra - mandolin - oud

Date
8:00pm, 17 April
Where
Marion Cultural Centre, 287 Diagonal Road Oaklands Park
Tickets
$35
Bookings
Spartan Electrical 140 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville, 8352 4222

Hydra Presented by State Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre in association with Adelaide Festival Centre

Theatre / θέατρο

Hydra

A decorated war correspondent and a talented young journalist meet, fall in love and set off on a global adventure, leaving scandal behind them in post-World War II Australia. It’s 1956 and Australia’s famous literary couple, George Johnston and Charmian Clift have moved to the Greek island of Hydra to focus their lives fully on their writing. Charmian, a burgeoning writing talent, creatively dominated by the tuberculosis ridden George, throws herself into this new community. Meanwhile, as George determinedly crafts what would become his Miles Franklin Award winning masterpiece, My Brother Jack, their marriage becomes increasingly strained and they discover that living in paradise has a price.

State Theatre Company favourite Sue Smith (Kryptonite, Machu Picchu, Brides of Christ) has crafted a sweeping tale told from the perspective of George and Charmian’s eldest son Martin. Hydra brings a soaring emotional tale of two extraordinary literary lives to the stage.

Date
8:00pm, 19 May
Where
Dunstan Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Tickets
$40 Bass 13 12 46

Rebetiko Project – A tribute to the rembetika and laika

Concert / Συναυλία

A musical journey into the evolution of ‘Laika’ music beginning from the rembetiko era!

Experience this unique performance featuring classic songs from both eras.

Date
7:30pm, 4 May
Where
Brighton Theatre, 305 Brighton Road, North Brighton
Tickets
$25
Bookings
http://www.trybooking.com/ZVFP or call George 0400 737 483

The View from the Other Side Paul Hellander and Matt Teale

Talk (in English) / Ομιλία

Presented by Festival Hellenika
The View from the Other Side
(Confessions of a Philhellene)

Two Poms talk - Greece, Greeks and all things Hellenic… both English and both speaking Greek and more than a handful of years between them in coming to and from Greece, see Greece and Greeks from a unique perspective. Resolutely philhellene, with feet in both camps and married to Greek wives these two have more than a bit to say about Greece. One is an interpreter and translator and occasional travel writer the other is a medical doctor.

Living in Adelaide, Paul Hellander and Matt Teale travel regularly to the land they adopted as their own - Greece. Paul is the only non-Greek certified interpreter of Greek in Australia and Matt is the only Greek-speaking English-born doctor in the country.

In this interactive panel presentation they offer up the “View from the Other Side” and invite questioning and dialogue about what foreigners really think of the Hellenic world.

Date
3:00pm, 5 May
Where
The Mile End Hotel 30 Henley Beach Road Mile End SA 5031
Tickets
Free Admission

What about Greece? Chrysoula Melissinaki

Talk (in English) / Ομιλία

Presented by Festival Hellenika

A presentation on how diverse and different perspectives of Greek civilisation and culture (language, science, food, etc) have influenced the Western civilisation. These important topics offer the Greeks the title of pioneers in many fields around the world.

Date
7:00pm, 7 May
Where
Thebarton Community Centre Cnr Ashwin Parade and South Road, Torrensville SA 5031
Tickets
Free Admission

The Greek Migration Experience: The new wave of Greek migrants to Australia

Talk (in English) / Ομιλία

Presented by OEEGA in conjunction with The SA History Festival

Since the establishment of The Greek Migration Experience, in conjunction with the Oral History Association of Australia, there has been a more recent influx of young Greek migrants within contemporary Australia. Dr Maria Palaktsoglou will explore this new wave.

The Greek economic crisis, begun in 2009 continues to beset Greece and has resulted in many economic, social and political upheavals. One important result is the mass migration of many people, especially young and educated ones, to Europe, the United States and Australia. This is comparable in numbers to the 1950s and 1960s. Contemporary Greek immigrants have adapted to the new mode of communication which has changed dramatically; a range of social media platforms, including blogs, are now commonly used rather than diaries and letters. Current migrants’ reports cover themes such as the logistics of migration, the precise cost of living or the way of life. This is a fascinating presentation not to be missed.

Date
2:00pm, 19 May
Where
The Chapel, Migration Museum of SA 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide
Tickets
Free Admission

From the Resurrection to Pentecost

Choir

Presented by Saint John of Damascus Byzantine Choir

The fifty days after the Holy Resurrection are marked in the Orthodox Church by hymns whose content exude brightness and joy. The music of these hymns cannot but do the same. The musical settings are more ornate and celebratory than during the Lenten period, in keeping with the good news that, indeed, Christ has risen and that
'all nations are radiant'. Compositions range from 'Christ is Risen', heard on the night of the Resurrection to 'Heavenly King, comforter' which is chanted at the feast of Pentecost. The Saint John of Damascus Byzantine Choir will perform a selection of hymns from this joyful and holy period, offering the listener an opportunity to enjoy the acoustic splendour of Byzantium.

The 6:30pm concert will be preceded by a Vespers service which will begin at 5:30pm. All are welcome to attend.

Date
6:30pm, 19 May
Where
St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 60 Rose St, Mile End
Tickets
Admission Free

LAIKO, REMBETIKO & DEMOTIKO NIGHT

Entertainment / Διασκέδαση

Presented by Ionia Rembetiko Band

A Greek night of Laika, Rembetika and Dimotika songs with dancing and food. 6 musicians Apostolis Poulis (Vocals & oud), Paddy Montgomery (politiki lyra), John Kourbelis (Santouri & baglama), Steve Papadopoulos (guitar) and Ann Harrington (toumberleki)

Date
7:30pm, 1 June
Where
Pan Laconian Hall, 24 Aldridge Ave Plympton Park
Tickets
$25 on the door or call Apostoli 0411660156

Zeno’s Secret by Dr Edward Spence

Theatre / θέατρο

Presented by Festival Hellenika

Dr. Edward Spence (Hons, 1st Class) PhD (University of Sydney) Senior Lecturer (Ethics), School of Communication and Creative Industries

ZENO’S SECRET-stoic philosophy and the art of living

TALK, PLAY AND DISCUSSION

In the 3rd century BC Greek philosophers proposed ways of living a flourishing life for the attainment of happiness(eudaimonia) and tranquility (ataraxia). In this presentation Dr. Edward Spence examines the Stoics’ significance and relevance for the 21st century. His play ZENO’S SECRET explores dramatically their teaching on how to be happy in an unhappy world.

The presentation and play are followed by audience participation through discussion

Date
December 31, 2019
Where
St Basil’s Home (SA) 9 Winchester Street, St Peters

St Basil’s Film Festival

Presenting a collection of Greek or Hellenic-themed movies from vintage to contemporary, documentary to comedy.

Date
8 - 14 September 2019
Where
St Basil’s Home (SA) 9 Winchester Street, St Peters
Info
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A Mind Food Series

A series of talks on identity in a epicurious setting

Keep an eye out for this event - stay tuned

Date
December 31, 2019
Where
George’s on Waymouth 20 Waymouth Street Adelaide SA

Oinos

Georges on Waymouth & Byzantine Wine Merchants together with Festival Hellenika are very excited to announce a wine dinner like no other, exploring the history and indigenous grape varieties of Greece.

Join us for an unforgettable night of food, fun, wine and entertainment as we explore the unique terrior from one of the oldest wine making regions of the world. Think Santorini, and the queen of Greek white varieties, Assyrtiko! Or the black noble variety of Naoussa in Northern Greece, Xinomavro! Not forgetting the most widely planted red varietal, Agiorgitiko.

Stay tuned for more details as this will be an event not to be missed

Date
December 31, 2019
Where
George’s on Waymouth 20 Waymouth Street Adelaide SA
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