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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Thyestes

Theatre

Presented by the Adelaide Festival
This extraordinary 2010 production will show you why. Thyestes is the most infamous of all the ancients and one that has held a dark fascination for artists from Seneca to Shakespeare to Peter Greenaway: the story of the deposed king whose sons were slaughtered and served to him by his brother in a feast. Simon Stone’s landmark production brilliantly reimagines this chilling Greek tragedy, but there’s no swords or togas here. You won’t even hear the characters’ ancient names, and their banal banter is as hilarious as a Tarantino movie. But the violence is anything but choreographic: the psychology behind it and its human consequences are shatteringly real.

Date
Friday 2 March through to Wednesday 7 March
Where
Space Theatre – Adelaide Festival Centre
Tickets
Bass
Bookings
Bass

Music Night / Μουσική Βραδιά

Music / Μουσική βραδιά (Greek)

Presented by Panipirotikos Association of South Australia
Courtesy of the Panipirotikos Association of South Australia, Festival Hellenika is organising a meeting (get together) with the group of musicians from Greece touring Australia and lead by renowned musician and vocalist Dimitris Ifantis. Dimitris, widely recognized as one of Greece’s most talented “new generation” vocalists/musicians specialising in traditional music, was born in Ioannina and is known for his own contemporary way by which he approaches this specific style. He plays more than 10 string and wind instruments including various flutes, oud, lout, mandolin and guitar. In 2002 with fellow vocalists Erofili and Niko Kouroupaki he formed the successful group “Trifono” (Three voices) with which he earned as a singer 2 platinum and 3 gold records during an 11 year span. They worked for 2 and half years with the Mikis Theodorakis orchestra and performed with Maria Farantouri, Yiorgo Dalara, Dimitri Mitropano, Glykeria, Yianni Kotsira, Alkisti Protopsalti and many other well known vocalists and musicians. As a solo artist he has traveled widely performing all over Greece, Europe the USA and the Middle East. He composes his own music and has released 5 Cds. He has taught traditional singing and music in many institutions including the Department of Traditional Instruments in the T.E.I. of Ioannina, Ipiros. It is anticipated that the meeting with Dimitri and his colleagues will take the format of an informal musical workshop where local musicians can benefit from such an encounter.

Date
Friday 2 March @ 6:00pm
Where
Corinthian Hall, 146 Frederick St, WELLAND SA 5007
Tickets
Admission Free
Info
Panipirotikos society have kindly offered their time to provide Food and Drinks at a cost

Musical Tribute – Μουσικό Αφιέρωμα

Music / Μουσική βραδιά (Greek)

Presented by SACGCM
A comprehensive presentation of live music, visual images and video extracts into the life and music of brilliant and controversial composer and lyricist of Laika Songs Akis Panou. Acknowledged as one of the most important song writers of the 70s and 80s Akis Panou, also a jeweler, sculptor and instrument maker, a self educated man, was also known for his uncompromising views on family values, politics and social issues. His song «I Zoi mou Oli» (My Whole Life), sang by Stelios Kazantzidis is considered to be the pinnacle of the great singer’s career. Other great singers also like Grigoris Bithikotsis, Vicki Mosholiou, Stratos Dionissiou and Yiorgos Dalaras owe a large part of their success to his songs, “Roloi, Komboloi”, “I pio megali ora”, “To tholomeno mou mialo”, “Thelo na ta po” being some of them. Unfortunately however at the end of his life his strict values lead to tragic events that tarnished his career. An ensemble of experienced and established musicians will perform Panou’s most popular songs whilst visual images and videos, all with English subtitles, will revisit many important moments of his life. An event not to be missed by lovers of authentic Laika Songs.

Date
Tuesday 6 March & Wednesday 7 March @ 7.30pm
Where
Marion Cultural Centre 287 Diagonal Rd OAKLANDS PARK SA 5046
Tickets
$30
Bookings
Spartan Electrical 8352 4222,140 Henley Beach Rd Torrensville & limited tickets available at the door call George 0417 844 140 or Tasso 0407 894 623

Rebetika and Their Asia Minor Roots

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by Demeter Tsounis
What we have come to know as rebetika is a broad genre of Greek urban music which developed during the first half of the 20th century in Asia Minor and spread to the Aegean Islands, Greece and the United States. This talk explores the early Asia Minor influences on the development of rebetika using as a stepping stone the autobiographical testimonies of Roza Eskenazi, a protagonist of the ‘Café Aman school’, and Markos Vamvakaris, a major exponent of the ‘Piraeus school’. It proceeds to a discussion of various musical influences including folk music of Thrace and Asia Minor, Byzantine Greek Orthodox music, the Estoudiantines, tavern and café music, music of the Ottoman trade guilds, Ottoman courts and Sufi lodges. With this tapestry of stories, sounds, images and experiences I hope to indicate how rebetika have sedimented over time from a diverse history to become the bedrock of traditional Greek urban music (laika). It is not surprising that rebetika continue to be an inspiration to musicians and patrons around the world.

Date
Wednesday 14 March @ 7pm
Where
Thebarton Community Centre Corner South Rd & Ashwin Pde TORRENSVILLE SA 5031
Tickets
Admission Free
Bookings
NA

XENOS

Theatre

Presented Adelaide Festival
Akram Khan is arguably the greatest male dancer in the world. The work of his company may be well known in Australia - it has taken out several Helpmann Awards - but seeing the man himself is a much rarer event. Khan explores the myth of Prometheus via the experience of an Indian colonial soldier in World War I.This beautiful and spectacular Australian premiere, co-commissioned by the Adelaide Festival, will be the international dance event of the year.

Date
Friday 16 March through to Sunday 18 March
Where
Her Majesty Theatre, 58 Grote St, ADELAIDE SA 5000
Tickets
Bass
Bookings
Bass

The Idea of Love – Dinner Event

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by Eugenia Pantahos together with Professor Michael Tsianikas.
The ancient Greeks were sophisticated in recognising that love exists in different forms from Philautia, Philia, Platonic, Eros, Agape and Storge. Together we will explore the meaning of love, the ideas held by ancient philosophers, and what it means in our modern world. Come along to join the discussion over a 4-course long-table dinner event.

Date
Wednesday 21 March @ 6.30pm
Where
TAVERNA Greek Psistaria, 290 Port Rd, HINDMARSH 5007
Tickets
$60 PP - includes multi-course dinner, dessert, tea/coffee and glass of wine
Bookings
Bookings essential / Limited Places, email jeanie.pantahos@bigpond.com or call 0412056262

PHOS for ESSENCE

Forum / Exhibition / Έκθεση (Greek)

Presented by SACGCM in collaboration with the City of West Torrens
Local Greek artists, Bill Cook, Ioanna, Joanna Kalambogias-Vlassopoulos, Helen Panagopoulos, Pandora, Yerasimos Patitsas, Joanna Tsalikis and Litsa Tourlis come together to capture through their eyes and their unique and individual artistry the essence of light - PHOS for ESSENCE. Come along to view this exhibition where each and every one of us will take away our own interpretation of the messages that each artist is trying to evoke through their unique creative work.

Date
Wednesday 21 March – Saturday 31 March except Public Holidays
Where
City of West Torrens Auditorium Hamra Centre 1 Brooker Tce Hilton SA 5033
Tickets
Free Admission
Bookings
NA

Marathon by Edoardo Erba translated by Colin Teevan

Theatre

Presented by: Adapt Enterprises Pty Ltd & Curtis Brown Group Ltd
Night-time. A country lane. Two men training run into their past and into their future. A beautifully simple exploration of what it means to be alive. "Go see it. This extraordinary hour of theatre where two actors run and perform, perform and run without a break is absolutely not to be missed. An unprecedented piece of theatre." - La Repubblica, Italy Starring Adam Cirillo & Ross Vosvotekas

Date
22/2, 25/2, 1/3,4/3, 8/3,11/3,15/3, 18/3
Where
Band Room at Crown & Anchor Hotel - 196 Grenfell Street, ADELAIDE SA 5000
Tickets
$22.00 to $25.00
Bookings
Adelaide Fringe Tix 1300 621 255 and https://www.adelaidefringe.com.au /fringetix

Australians in Crete in World War II

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by Professor Peter Monteath
The island of Crete is one of the crucibles of European civilization; a site where visions of Europe’s future have been bitterly contested. This was certainly true in the course of the Second World War, when German occupation brought with it the brutal suppression of Cretan resistance. This presentation investigates the presence of Australians in Crete during the German occupation. It examines the challenges confronted by the escapers and evaders who found themselves trapped on the island after the Battle of Crete and the evacuation of most Allied forces. In doing so, it considers the assistance given to these men by the local population, often at great risk to their lives. Finally, the talk explores how the Allied efforts to rescue men stranded on the island developed into forms of resistance in which Australians and others worked together with the Cretan population to degrade and dislodge the German occupation regime.

Date
Thursday 29 March @ 7pm
Where
Thebarton Community Centre Corner South Rd & Ashwin Pde TORRENSVILLE SA 5031
Tickets
Admission Free
Bookings
NA

The Greek Ideal: The Greek influence in Art & Literature in 19th century France

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by Areti Devetzidis & Michael Tsianikas
This richly engaging evening will examine the role of Greece in relation to nineteenth century French art and literature as considered from the perspective of the French enlightenment, the French Revolution and the conflict between French Artists over the merits of Romanticism and Neo-Classicism. These influences also played a part in the outbreak of the Greek war of independence which in turn inspired French Artists to produce some of the greatest European art of the period. Two excellent speakers will examine this dynamic and influential era. Areti Devetzidis will discuss the paintings of Eugene Delacroix who remains one of the greatest artists of his time. Michael Tsianikas will analyse the work of Gustave Flaubert, one of the most influential writers of the period, who visited Greece in 1850 and whose observations provided a deep insight into a new type of literary attitude and a new way of “reading” the Greek phenomenon.

Date
Wednesday 18 April @ 7pm
Where
Thebarton Community Centre Corner South Rd & Ashwin Pde TORRENSVILLE SA 5031
Tickets
Admission Free
Bookings
NA

Chrysoula K. & Púrpura

Music / Μουσική βραδιά (Greek)

Presented by SACGCM
Chrysoula K. & Púrpura: Amalgam [Amalgam (αμάλγαμα): κάθε προϊόν ανάμειξης που συγκεντρώνει τα θετικά χαρακτηριστικά των συστατικών του στοιχείων] · Sub-heading: Greek Music Traveling Around the World · Synopsis: Chrysoula K. & Púrpura is one of the most interesting Greek folk group of its time. Although they present songs and tunes from all over Greece, their sound is much more representative of the ideals of modern Greek musicians, far from the stereotypical folklore groups that are usually known to audiences abroad... They also experiment with songs and tunes of different cultures (Argentina, Portugal, Armenia, Italy) combining them with the rich Greek tradition and classical western forms succeeding to create a fresh sound reality, nostalgic, vivid, playful and airy… Influenced both by the East and the West, they aim to be part of the endless dialog between the four cardinal points of the horizon. Purpura members in this Australian tour are: Chrysoula Kechagioglou- vocals Maria Ploumi – lute Sofia Serefoglou – flute Elsa Papeli – cello. Ένα μαγευτικό ταξίδι της ελληνικής μουσικής παράδοσης σε όλον τον κόσμο! Ένα ψηφιδωτό- διάλογος των 4 σημείων του ορίζοντα!

Date
Wednesday 11 April @ 7.30pm
Where
Marion Cultural Centre 287 Diagonal Rd OAKLANDS PARK SA 5046
Tickets
$40
Bookings
Spartan Electrical 8352 4222,140 Henley Beach Rd TORRESVILLE & limited tickets available at the door call George 0417 844 140

Rebetika – The Greek Blues Concert Presented by the Rebetiko Project

Music / Μουσική βραδιά (Greek)

Presented by the Rebetiko Project.
After a stellar show in 2017 and an overwhelming appreciation by the audience, Rebetiko Project return with an additional concert. This concert will showcase an extended program of the best rebetika by artists such as Tsitsanis, Vamvakaris, Papaioannou, Bellou and many more. The ensemble promises to deliver the true authentic sound of the Rebetiko era featuring instruments such as six string bouzouki, tsoura, baglama and oud.

Date
Tuesday 24 April @ 7.30pm
Where
Thebarton Community Centre Corner South Rd & Ashwin Pde TORREΝSVILLE SA 5031
Tickets
$25
Bookings
www.trybooking.com/TDMB or George 0400737483

The Teaching and Learning Process of the Socratic Dialectical Method

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by Chrysoula Sou Melissinaki.
Should the Socratic Dialectical Method known as Maieutic be embraced by Australian teaching curricula? The most important issue that emerges in this discussion about Maieutic is to notice and define any necessity and function of maieutic pedagogy in the educational system. The final conclusions in this argument will be drawn, after investigating the question about what the learning outcomes will be, arising from each teaching stance.

Date
Wednesday 2 May @7pm
Where
Greeks of Egypt and Middle East Society Hall, 56 Richmond Road KESWICK SA 5035
Tickets
NA
Bookings
NA

Greek Dowry Contracts (Proikosymphona) and Their Importance in Family History Research

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by the Ellin Corporation on behalf of SACGCM Inc.
Dowry contracts have a long history in the development of various cultures in the world. Dowry contracts (proikosymphona) are a form of document of particular interest to genealogists and family historians because of their direct link with the institutions of marriage and of the dowry. Dowries are notarial deeds which document formal recognition of dowries and uphold their validity in any legal (or matrimonial) dispute. The dowry contract document itself is a rich source of valuable family history information especially about the betrothed couple and their respective families and also the witnesses, and not forgetting the public notary himself.

Date
Wednesday 9 May @ 7pm
Where
Greeks of Egypt and Middle East Society Hall, 56 Richmond Road KESWICK SA 5035
Tickets
N/A
Bookings
RSVP to Spiros Sarris 0404 145 455 or email: spiross@adam.com.au OR spiros@ellin.com.au

A Taste of Evia

Forum / Exhibition / Έκθεση (Greek)

Presented by the Evian Community
You are cordially invited to an afternoon of informal interaction, fun and information, celebrating Greece's second largest island. SESSION 1: 1.30pm-2.30pm: COOKING: by demonstration, hands-on experience, and tasting the end product, learn the art and technique of making γκόγκλιες (goglies), a rustic hand-made Evian pasta, made from scratch. Facilitated by one of our dearly loved Evian matriarchs, Mrs Maria Paleologos. SESSION 2: 2.45-3.15: DANCING: led by experienced Greek Dance School teacher, of Evian heritage, Ms. Emmie Karagiannis. Em will introduce us to the traditional Southern Evian dance, the 'Kavadoritiko'. Work off the goglies, and have fun with this, as well as a few other Greek dances. SESSION 3: 3.30pm-4 pm: LISTENING TO A TALK (in the Greek language), entitled, 'Ένας περίπατος στην Εύβοια', by Adelaide's highly respected Mr. Dino Grous. Mr. Grous will share his comprehensive knowledge and include personal anecdotes about his first homeland.

Date
Saturday 19 May @1.30pm onwards
Where
Evian House, 78a Woodville Rd. WOODVILLE, SA 5011
Tickets
Donation on entry
Bookings
Essential to Athina 0427984914

Greek Australian Women’s Love Poetry: A Secret History

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by Organisation of Hellene and Hellene-Cypriot Women of Australia (SA) Incorporated.
Presented in conjunction with the SA History Festival, Konstandina Dounis from La Trobe University will unravel the various facets of love, romantic and otherwise of Greek Australian women’s experiences as encapsulated in the colourful tapestry of poetry and prose emanating from first-, second- and third-generation women. Not only is their story absent from official and mainstream Australian histories but also from those community-based minority histories written from and about the Greek Diaspora. By contrast, Greek-Australian women’s literary writings entail a rich wealth of information on a seemingly endless array of topics and concerns. Konstandina Dounis’ meticulous research will reveal the stories of these remarkable women as surprising as they are deeply moving. Come and share your stories with us and enjoy some coffee and cake.

Date
Sunday 20 Μay @ 2pm
Where
North Adelaide Community Centre 176 Tynte St NORTH ADELAIDE SA 5006
Tickets
Gold coin donation
Bookings
N/A

Bouzouki – Where it all began!

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by SACGCM
A presentation by George Grifsas on the bouzouki and it’s evolution in Adelaide. The talk will recount the Greek migrant musicians who first brought the bouzouki to Adelaide, their history and how these experiences transformed the style and aesthetic of contemporary performance and composition of bouzouki music in Adelaide today. Following this presentation, George Stasinopoulos will delve into the construction of the Greek Bouzouki and share a wealth of knowledge that he has learnt in his 20 years of building the finest handcrafted bouzoukia right here in Adelaide. George will be available to answer all your questions at the end of his presentation. In the last part of the evening a short performance will be held to show the bouzouki placed in other styles and settings performed in Adelaide.

Date
Sunday 27 May @2.30pm
Where
North Adelaide Community Centre 176 Tynte St, NORTH ADELAIDE SA 5006
Tickets
Admission Free
Bookings
NA

Meraki Music and Friends

Music / Μουσική βραδιά (Greek)

Presented by Meraki Music in association with the Pan-Macedonian Federation of SA.
An evening of paradosiaka, traditional Greek music, with Meraki Music and Friends.Music and songs of love and celebration performed in a traditional style. Greek urban popular music (smyrneika, rebetika, laika), Greek island music (nisiotika) and Greek folk music (dimotika). Michael Tyllis (vocals, oud, bouzouki), Polixeni Arabatzis (vocals), Nick Arabatzis (vocals, bouzouki), Mary Raptis (violin), Steve Papadopoulos (guitar), Paul Jankovic (double bass), Demeter Tsounis (piano, baglamas, toumberleki).

Date
Saturday 9 June – Doors open @ 6.30pm. Programme 7.30pm – 11.00pm
Where
Hellenic Greek Cultural Centre 94 Henley Beach Rd, MILE END SA 5031
Tickets
$25 (free admission 12 years and under)
Bookings
0410 765 942

The Gods of Strangers

Theatre

A state theatre company production presented in association with playwriting Australia By Elena Carapetis

Date
14/11-17/11

Bouzouki Boys

Music / Μουσική βραδιά (Greek)

Presented by Con Dalagiorgos school of music

Date
Date: TBC
Where
St Basil's Nursing Home
Tickets
TBC

The Secrets of Music from Ipiros

Music / Μουσική βραδιά (Greek)

An informal workshop with musicians from Greece, lead by renowned musician and vocalist Dimitris Ifantis who is widely recognised as one of Greece’s most talented “new generation” vocalists/musicians specialising in traditional music. Born in Ioannina and known for his own contemporary style, he plays more than 10 string and wind instruments including various flutes, oud, lute, mandolin and guitar.

With the group “Trifono” (Three voices), he was awarded 2 platinum and 3 gold records and has collaborated with some of Greece’s most celebrated artists including the Mikis Theodorakis’ orchestra, Maria Farantouri, Yiorgo Dalara, Dimitri Mitropano, Glykeria, Yianni Kotsira, Alkisti Protopsalti.

Date
Friday 2 March @ 6:00pm
Where
Corinthian Hall, 146 Frederick St, WELLAND SA 5007
Tickets
Admission Free
Info
Panipirotikos society have kindly offered their time to provide Food and Drinks at a cost

Musical workshop / Μουσικό εργαστήριο

Music / Μουσική βραδιά (Greek)

Presented by Panipirotikos Association of South Australia

Date
Sunday 4 March @ ???
Where
TBC
Tickets
By invitation only
Info
Panipirotikos society have kindly offered their time to provide Food and Drinks at a cost
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