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Greek and Turkish Musicians Perform “Songs Without Borders” at Sydney Opera House

The beautiful and evocative music of Asia Minor took the audience at the Sydney Opera House on an historic, emotional journey in two performances recently, showcasing the melodies and rhythms of its rich, ancient cultures. The band members say that...

Greeks in Lebanon Devasted after Beirut Apocalypse

Greeks in Lebanon have suffered -and are still sufering greatly- after the Beirut blast. A new film by journalist George Eid, who is part of the Greek community of Beirut, Lebanon, portrays the devastating effects of the August 4,...

Greek Christmas Customs of Asia Minor

Most people who live in Thrace and Eastern Macedonia have roots from Asia Minor. Today, their descendants follow the customs that their refugee ancestors brought to these parts of Greece. The festive season of Christmas and the New Year is an...

Japanese Heroic Tale During Asia Minor Catastrophe

Yiannis Papadatos, President of the Estia organization in Nea Smyrni, offered an honorary plaque to Japanese Ambassador to Greece, Masuo Nishibayashi, for the assistance of a Japanese ship to Greeks during the Asia Minor catastrophe in 1922. The Asia Minor catastrophe, as...

Ecumenical Patriarch Performs Liturgy in the Cesme Greek Orthodox Church

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew performed a liturgy at the recently renovated Greek Orthodox church of Saint Charalambos in Krini (Cesme), Turkey, on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. This is the first time that a Divine Liturgy has been performed in the...

First Greek Orthodox Epiphany Celebration in Izmir Since 1922

For the first time since the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922, a Greek Orthodox Epiphany celebration is set to take place in Izmir on January 6, 2016. The Greek Orthodox community has received permission from the Turkish authorities to perform the...

Moscow Hellenic Culture Center Event on Genocide

The Moscow-based Hellenic Culture Center is sending the message that Greeks in the city do not forget, they remain united and creative, repeatedly saying “no” to genocide and the annihilation of nations, through an event scheduled to take place in...

Greek Woman Finds Family Home in Turkey After 92 Years

Aglaia Christidou a Greek businesswomen whose grandparents used to reside in Turkey found her old family home in the city of Söke 92 years after her grandparents were forced to leave the area and move to Athens. Christidou never forgot her roots,...

Benaki Museum Hosts Soloúp Exhibit

Soloúp - pseudonym of cartoonist Antonis Nikolopoulos -- has a unique way of looking at things. For him it is important to comprehend what you are looking at and read between the lines. Therefore, he approached Ayvalik, Asia Minor...