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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Η Αλίκη στο Nαυτικό

Cinema / Θερινό Σινεμά (Greek)

Presented by SACGCM
An outdoor Cinema event, show casing the golden couple of Greek Cinema, Aliki Vougiouklaki and Dimitris Papamichael.
Aliki is in love with someone who is serving his duty in the Greek navy. Wanting to see him, she disguises herself as a navy soldier and gets aboard her lover’s ship. Things get more complicated when she comes across the ship’s captain, her father!

Date
Friday 24 February 7:45pm
Where
Senior Campus Saint George College 75 Rose Street Mile End SA 5031
Tickets
Gold Coin Donation
Bookings
N/A
Info
The St George College, Parents and Friends committee have kindly offered their time to provide Food and Drinks at a cost.

A BATTLE OF SONGS: GREECE VERSUS THE USA

Music / Μουσική βραδιά (Greek)

OVER 2000 SHOWS IN LONDON
WITH LOUCAS LOIZOU

Presented by Athens Production
Loucas started his career when Cat Stevens gave him his first singing job in London.
A Cypriot refugee, multi award winner, singer / songwriter presents a basket full of stories and songs by some of the best songwriters of Greece including M Hatzidakis, M Theodorakis, K Hatzis competing against some of the best songs from America that Nana Mouskouri made famous all over the world.
You get to vote! ‘Among the best 5 shows’ The Advertiser, ‘A night to remember, ‘Didn’t want the night to end,’ ‘Heavenly, mesmerising’ MTV, London. ‘Amazing’ Adelaide Theatre Guide.

Date
3-4, 12, 17-18 March, 7:30pm
Where
Fedora’s Restaurant, The Hilton Hotel 264 South Road Hilton SA 5033
Tickets
Adults $25 Concession $20 Children $15
Bookings
Adelaide Fringe Tix 1300 621 255 www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/a-battle-of-songs-greece-versus-the-usa-over-2000-shows-in-london-with-loucas-loizou For dinner bookings call (08) 8443 8404 from 6:00pm. Tickets also available at the door.

THE GREEKLISH PROJECT: ADELAIDE EDITION

Comedy

Presented by Kyriakos Gold
“Alo, dali mou! Pame vizita sto Adelai?”
After 3 sold out nights in Melbourne, The Greeklish Project comes to Adelaide!
Join Kyriakos Gold a for a night of hilarity and Greek-Australian madness. Contestants will have the chance to test their Greeklish* knowledge and fight for the title of South Australian Greeklish “Tsampio” or just share favourite Greeklish experiences.
Come along to match wits and be judged by fellow Greek-lebrities and you might even win some great prizes along the way.
*GREEKLISH: A beautifully blended combination of Greek and English. A ‘dialect’ that has emerged from years of Greek migrants living in an English-speaking nation and finding their way to bridge the language barrier

Date
Friday 3 March 7:00pm
Where
The Deli 54A George St Thebarton SA 5031
Tickets
$15 + BF Drinks and food available for purchase
Bookings
www.trybooking.com/book/event?embed&eid=258419 or www.facebook.com/greeklishproject

TAVERNA ALEXANDRIA

Theatre

Presented by Michelle and Keke Oriental Dance
Alexandria the second largest city in Egypt known as ‘The Pearl of the Mediterranean’ and has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern.
This stems from its ancient intention to be a Hellenistic Centre in Egypt. There continue to be Greek Taverns in Alexandria, Egypt which boast port views.
‘Taverna Alexandria’ is a recreation of this, here in Adelaide, held at GEMES club featuring delicious Greek/Egyptian cuisine, live nostalgic Greek music, Greek/Egyptian folk dance relevant to the region.
Featuring guest performer ‘Caroline’ a professional oriental dancer from Egypt.

Date
Saturday 4 March 7:30pm
Where
Greeks of Egypt and Middle East Society Hall 56 Richmond Road Keswick SA 5035
Tickets
$40 per person including food. Drinks available to purchase at the bar
Bookings
Keke - 0425 459 266 Taki - 0412 950 796

CLASSICAL GREEK COLUMNS WALK

Tour

Presented by the Friends of A.A.I.A inc.and SACGCM
An Archaeological walk designed for everyone, especially young students. The event will involve walking, at a leisurely pace from Victoria Square to the Art Gallery, via King William Street and North Terrace.
We will look at the facades of some of Adelaide’s finest classical buildings. Your guide will be Spiros Sarris, President of the South Australian Friends of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Incorporated.

Date
Monday 13 March (Public Holiday) 9:45am
Where
Meet at 9:45am in front of SA Water Building (South East corner of Victoria Square and Angas Street) to commence walk at 10:00am. Note: The holding of this outdoor event is subject to prevailing weather conditions; therefore please wear appropriate attire / hats etc. Minors MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets
FREE ADMISSION
Bookings
Essential – RSVP by Friday 10 March 2017 by calling or sending a text message to Spiros Sarris 0404 145 455 or Email: spiross@adam.com.au

HELLAS: A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOUR

Forum / Exhibition / Έκθεση (Greek)

Presented by SACGCM in collaboration with the City of West Torrens
Local Greek artists Joanna Kalambogias, Pandora, Helen Panagopoulos, Ioanna Touloumtzoglou and Litsa Tourlis come together to capture through their eyes and their unique and individual artistry the essence of HELLAS: A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOUR.
Kaleidoscope derives from the Greek words καλός - beautiful, είδος - form and σκοπέω - to look; and indeed this exhibition will embrace it all through the works of these multi-talented artists.
Come along to see this exhibition truly a feast for the eyes, the heart and the sole.

Date
Monday 20 March - Sunday 2 April
Where
City of West Torrens Auditorium Hamra Centre 1 Brooker Tce Hilton SA 5033
Tickets
FREE ADMISSION
Bookings
N/A

JOURNEY IN THE SHIP BEGOÑA – 60 YEARS THEN AND NOW

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by Peter Photakis, Panrhodian Society Colossus (SA) Incorporated and SACGCM
Migration is associated with Hellenic life since Homeric times. Generations of Hellenes left their homeland in a quest for new horizons and the promise of fulfilment of their dreams and aspirations. The era of Post-World War II saw an influx of young single Hellenic women migrating to Australia to start a new life.
Peter Photakis’ talk recounts his journey of the 900 Nifes (brides) who travelled with him and his family on the ship Begoña in 1957.
2017 is the sixtieth Anniversary of this Journey. Peter and some of these Nifes reunite and present their Odyssey from then to now.

Date
Wednesday 29 March 7:00pm
Where
Panrhodian Society Colossus (SA) Incorporated 148a Henley Beach Road Torrensville SA 5031
Tickets
FREE ADMISSION
Bookings
N/A

Μουσικά Κέντρα του Αιγαίου MUSICAL CENTRES OF THE AEGEAN MUSIC HELLENIKA®

Music / Μουσική βραδιά (Greek)

Presented by SACGCM and the Adelaide Festival Centre
The Musical Centres of the Aegean is a music show which concentrates on the traditional music of the Greek Aegean Sea’s islands. Τhe skillful violinist Manolis Kottoros conducts and performs at this vertebrate musical narration which focuses on the elements which influenced and finally transformed the Aegean islands’ musical production. Manolis Kottoros has participated in numerous concerts in Greece and abroad and he has a knowledge of Greek traditional music.
He collaborates with the well-known international singer and santour player Areti Ketime who participates as a soloist in the show. In the Musical Centres of the Aegean project Manolis Kottoros has assembled in suites the most characteristic tunes and songs of the most significant musical centres of the Aegean. He and his fellow musicians perform them in a contemporary style but with all the respect afforded to each one of the local musical idioms, join them for an unforgettable journey across the Aegan.

Date
Saturday 1 April 8pm
Where
Dunstan Playhouse Adelaide Festival Centre
Tickets
$45
Bookings
BASS 131 246 https://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/shows/festival-hellenika/

LIVING IN THE EAST: TRANSFORMATIONS IN GREEK CULTURE 200 BC – AD 200

Talk / Ομιλία (Greek)

Presented by Dr. Margaret O’Hea
Dr. Margaret O’Hea, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology in the Department of Classics, Archaeology and Ancient History at The University of Adelaide, will present this richly engaging and timely talk. In what ways did communities identify themselves as Greek, centuries after their ancestors settled in cities of the Hellenistic Near East?
It is easy to forget that different ethnic and religious groups lived – often peacefully – side by side in the Near East for millennia and that cultural blendings were commonplace.
This lecture will explore some aspects of integration and persistent Greek identities in the regions which became the Roman provinces of Syria, Arabia and Palestine, from an archaeologist’s perspective. Not to be missed

Date
Tuesday 11 April 7:00pm
Where
Room GO4 Napier Building The University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide
Tickets
FREE ADMISSION
Bookings
N/A

GREEK MUSIC BY THE SEA – MERAKI MUSIC

Music / Μουσική βραδιά (Greek)

Presented by Meraki Music
An evening with Greek Dance music with Meraki and friends. Featuring music from the Greek islands (nisiotika), mainland (dimotika) and urban centres (rebetika, laika). Songs of love and celebration.
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 29 April Doors open 6:00pm. Programme 7:00 – 11:00pm
Where
Seacliff Surf Lifesaving Club 248 Esplanade Seacliff SA 5049
Tickets
$25 (free admission 12 years and under)
Bookings
0410 765 942

APODIMI COMPANIA

Music / Μουσική βραδιά (Greek)

Presented by SACGCM
Authentic traditional music and songs of the Greek Islands, Crete, Asia Minor and Rembetika music played in the ‘old style’
Originally from Brunswick, Melbourne and now residing in Athens, Greece for the past 22 years, Apodimi Compania is one of the world’s leading exponents of Rebetika and Greek Folk Song and Dance music.
The group perform both styles of music with grace and dexterity, clearly in love with their repertoire, on a variety of traditional instruments, including the Fiddle, six string Bouzouki, Tzoura, Baglama, Banjo, Guitar, Oud and Lute as well as excellent vocals. Apodimi Kompania have released three albums through Brunswick Recordings and another 5 albums in Greece.

Date
Friday 21 April 8:00pm
Where
Marion Cultural Centre 287 Diagonal Road Oaklands Park 5046
Tickets
$30
Bookings
Spartan Electrical, 140 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville or call George 0417 844 140 Limited seating book early

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
TBC

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
TBC
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