Many prominent migrants who were forced to leave Greece along with their parents during the “stone years,” were given the opportunity to share their stories with the help of modern technology at an exhibition held in Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum.
Rare photos from the Post-Civil War Greece and xenophobic Australia are being displayed. What seems to be more touching though, are the protagonists telling theirl life stories, leaving Greece, many at a young age, not knowing English. However,despite being victims of contempt and racial discrimination they managed to survive and many succeeded in their lives.
Among the hundreds of guests who attended the event, were migrants and politicians as well as the Greek Minister of Macedonia and Thrace, Theodoros Karaoglou, and the former rector of Athens University Giorgos Babiniotis.
Singers Maria Farantouri and Yiannis Kotsiras’ interpretation of Ta Pataragouda, a musical documentary of the migrant composer Tasos Ioannidis and lyrics composer Dimitris Kessisoglou,which refers to Greek migrants’ experiences in Australia, stirred the audience and moved many.
A musical program was held during a dinner given for the Hellenic Museum supporters and the artists gave an open concert in an area, nearby the Hellenic Museum. The migrants artists, Chris Ioannides and Anthi Sidiropoulou also attended.