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.

We wouldn’t have passed by the opportunity and obligation to celebrate the bicentenary of the start of the Greek revolution in the 2021 Festival Hellenika main concert. Unfortunately, like so many others due to the on-and-off covid restrictions at the time, we had to cancel everything. We couldn’t discard however the work that was done and ready to go for such a celebration of rich history narrated by beautiful music and images depicting the great but also unfortunate times of the past 200 years of Greek freedom.

So the time has come for Festival Hellenika to present (revive) this programme of Demotic, Contemporary and Laika songs, suited to the occasion, at the Adelaide Festival Centre SPACE THEATRE. The songs will be performed by a ten-piece orchestra directed by musical director John Kourbelis and sung by vocalists Poly Arabatzis, Tsambica De George and Stamatis Dimitrakopoulos.


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.

Festival Hellenika is proudly sponsored by tkt2fly.com.au

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Born in Piraeus in 1936, Jannis Kounellis’ formative two decades of life were immersed in the destructive times of WW2 and the Greek Civil War. He left Greece in 1956 to study in Italy and became one of the foremost exponents of the Italian Arte Povera ("poor art") movement of the mid-1960s. Following his death in 2017 a major retrospective of his work was staged at the Venice Biennale in 2019 curated by Germano Celant, the founder of the term Arte Povera. Reminiscences of the smells, sights and sounds of Greece would shape many of his international works which he imbued with a profound humanism derived from his leftist politics. He is included in the collections of all major international galleries including the National Gallery of Australia and the NGV.

A Festival Hellenika event presented by Max Mastrosavas

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Free Admission
Up-coming Event - No bookings required
One-hour duration with visual support + 15 minutes for question/discussion time. In English.

Poetry Recital and Music

Music / Μουσική βραδιά

Walk down the Zeibekikos road with poetry and music of diaspora, surviving in a two-tongue world. The perennial story of leaving, longing, always going home and the two-ness of in-between.

Satura Prize Winner, published poet,Maria Vouis will recite original poems from her manuscript ‘Two Tongue World’. Beautiful, traditional Greek music by the Meraki Trio; Dr Demeter Tsounis

June 4, 2023 - 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Mile End Pub, 30 Henley Beach Road, Mile End
$40 & $35 concession
Contact Maria - Mobile: 0407 354 784
This is a seated event. Bar service and meals can be ordered after the recital
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