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Greek Festival of Sydney 2012 Upcoming Events

The annual Greek Festival of Sydney is celebrating its 30th birthday with a wide series of different events including interesting talks and exhibitions aside the regular screening, dancing, music and Greek food festivities.

On Sunday, March 11, the Festival presents Nick Papanikitas’ lecture on the theme “30 Years: A Festival’s Journey”.  The former president of the Greek Festival of Sydney, Mr. Papanikitas, will guide attendees through the 30 years long history of the Festival from its humble beginnings to what is now a globally recognised event enjoyed by thousands of people from various backgrounds annually. Tribute will be paid to key events, significant milestones and the people that have contributed to the Festival’s development

The talk will commence at 5pm and will be hosted at the venue of the Greek Orthodox Community Club, 206-210 Lakemba Street Lakemba. Admission is free.

On Monday, March 12, Dr. Peter Vardy of the University of London will hold a talk entitled “Introducing Greek Philosophy” aiming at presenting how the Greek philosophy has profoundly influenced Western thought.

Pythagoras, Heraclitus and other ‘pre-Socratics’ have left a no less enduring legacy than Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. The lecture will present the ideas of major Greek thinkers on important issues. And what would Plato and Aristotle have to say about the Greek financial crisis?


The lecture begins at 7pm at Prescott Hall, Newington College, 200 Stanmore Road. At 6.30pm light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.


On Wednesday, March 14, the new James Jordan photo exhibition on the “Battle of Greece and Crete” will be inaugurated from 7 to 9pm at the Brighton-Le-Sands Millennium Centre, The Grand Pde (near the Le-Sands Pavilion) Brighton – Le-Sands. The exhibition will run from March 15 to May 31, Monday to Saturday from 11am-5pm.

This photographic exhibition is displaying 54 photographs taken in 1941 by Australian soldiers as they firstly met the Greek people and then as they were withdrawing from Greece to Crete and finally evacuating Crete. Most of the photographs here have never been seen in the public arena and were enlarged from those in private collections held by families of the veterans.

The Joint Committee consists of: The Cretan Association of Sydney & NSW, The Greek Sub-Branch of the RSL, The NZ Sub-Branch of the RSL, The Ashfield Sub-Branch of the RSL, The 6th Division Association, Other Veteran’s Associations.

On  Friday, March 16, the book of Anastasios Tamis “Greeks in the Far Orient will be officially launched by the Hon. Bob Hawke at 7pm at the Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Road, Marrickville. Admission is free.

After his valuable work on Greek emigration to Australia, New Zealand and Latin America, Anastasios Tamis has now focussed on the Far East, for which primary sources are comparatively scarce. Using interviews and oral histories, as well as Greek diplomatic archives and, through translators, Chinese and Japanese official sources, he has compiled a history of Greeks in China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. The book is described by Professor Speros Vryonis Jr as ‘a major contribution to the historical experience of the Greek people in one of its most dynamic expressions: seafaring and emigration’.

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