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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OINOS

Dinner Talk

Presented by Festival Hellenika® and Georges on Waymouth

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 terroir 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.

Special guest speaker Peter Barry of Jim Barry Wines.

Date
Wed 22 April @6:30pm
Where
Georges on Waymouth 20 Waymouth St, Adelaide
Tickets
$125.00
Bookings
https://www.georgesonwaymouth. com.au/events/

Our Time to Shine

Concert / Συναυλία

Presented by Festival Hellenika®

An exciting student driven concert which brings together an ensemble of young musicians capturing the magical sounds of Greek urban music and showcasing their talent and pride in their heritage.

Greek language students will also provide a commentary of the importance of this music genre. The Concert is a manifestation of Festival Hellenika's commitment to encourage and promote the artistic achievements of the younger generation and nurture their passion for Hellenic culture.

Come and join our young musicians in a captivating celebration of Greek music and language. A Concert not to be missed!

Date
Sun 3 May @2pm
Where
St George College Senior Campus Performing Arts Centre 75 Rose St, Mile End
Tickets
Gold coin donation

Café Aman

Concert / Συναυλία

Presented by Meraki Music

Cafe Aman: A cabaret of folk and urban Greek music inspired by the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Ottoman society in the early 20th century.

Vocalists:
Polixeni Arabatzis, Michael Tyllis, Vasilis Ioannidis, Sofia Dimitrakopoulou, Stamatis Dimitrakopoulos.

Musicians:
Violin: Mary Raptis, Oud/Bouzouki: Michael Tyllis, Bouzouki: Kostas Barlas, Cello: Margaret Carney, Guitar: Joshua Tsounis,
Piano: Demeter Tsounis.

Date
Sat 16 May @8:00pm
Where
Olympic Hall 288 Franklin St, Adelaide
Tickets
$25.00
Bookings
https://www.trybooking.com/BHUNQ

Gardens of Promise
Celebrating the Traditions of the Migrant Garden

Exhibition and Talk

Presented by OEEGA (Organisation of Hellene & Hellene Cypriot Women of SA) in conjunction with SA History Festival

The emergence of the Mediterranean garden in Australia evolved with the first and second generation of European migrants, many of whom were from rural and village backgrounds. Unlike their early British counterparts, they brought a range of skills, farming practices and traditions from their homelands that were much more in keeping with the Australian environment.

A wonderful array of, vegetables, fragrant herbs, fruit bearing trees and ornamental plants, distinguished the backyard gardens of our early migrant communities. They recognised also the many social, health and environmental benefits from growing their own fresh produce. The backyard garden was perceived as another room and an essential part of the household space. Join with us for this delightful photographic exhibition and a guest speaker (TBA) to celebrate our gardening history and stay for some garden nibbles and refreshments!

Date
Sun 17 May @2:00pm
Where
The Box Factory Community Centre 59 Regent St South, Adelaide. (Between Carrington Street & Halifax Street)
Tickets
Gold coin donation

Anatolia, a Tale of Roots and Settlers
Anna Koutsis

Talk

Presented by Festival Hellenika® and Castellorizian Association of South Australia

A presentation exploring the relations between Castellorizo in its Golden era, and its Anatolian neighbours, focusing on the settlers of South Western Anatolia with special reference to Livissi.

Personal and nostalgic family stories from both volumes of Journey to a New Land, Castellorizian Migration Stories, will throw light on the culture, the times and the way Castellorizians lived.

The presentation will include the documentary film, Sorrow - Homeland of Separateness depicting the sorrow of separation of the people of Livissi from family and homeland.

Date
Wed 27 May @7:00pm
Where
Castellorizian Hall 6 Danby St, Torrensville
Tickets
Free

Laiko, Rebetiko and Demotiko Night

Entertainment / Διασκέδαση

Presented by Ionia Rebetiko Band

A Greek night of Laika, Rebetika and Demotika songs with dancing and food.

Musicians: Apostolis Poulis (Vocals & Oud), Paddy Montgomery (Vocals, Bouzouki, Politiki Lyra), John Kourbelis (Santouri & Baglama), Steve Papadopoulos (Guitar) and Ann Harrington (Touberleki)

Date
Sat 30 May @7:30pm
Where
Pan Laconian Hall 24 Aldridge Ave, Plympton Park
Tickets
$30 available at the door or call Apostoli 0411 660 156
Bookings
Apostoli 0411 660 156

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 tranquillity (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
Sun 7 June @3-6pm
Where
St Basil’s Homes 9 Winchester St, St Peters
Tickets
Gold coin donation

Was Aristotle misogynist? The Aristotelian approach to the role of woman
Chrysoula Sou Melissinaki

Talk

Presented by Festival Hellenika®

What did the female presence mean to Aristotle in relation to the ideals of his time and according to his research about human nature and his personal perceptions about education? Was Aristotle misogynist or was he finally at odds with his era?

Was there a confrontation or complementarity between the home "oikos" and the state "Politeia" and what is the role of the woman in these two systems?

Date
Wed 10 June Free @7:00pm
Where
Thebarton Community Centre Corner South Rd & Ashwin Pde, Torrensville
Tickets
Free
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