WHAT’S ON Guide: Greek-inspired events across Australia, 13 February onward


OUZO FESTIVAL

Do you enjoy a tipple or two of ouzo? This weekend the Palesviaki Enosis of Melbourne and Victoria is hosting its annual Ouzo Festival in Bayswater. Go along and enjoy a beautiful day in the sun with good company, music, mezedes and plenty of ouzo on offer.
When: Sunday 16 February from 11.00 am-6.00 pm
Where: 26 Waldheim Rd, Bayswater VIC
Cost: Ticketed, pay at event

ST HARALAMBOS PANIYIRI

St Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church is hosting a paniyiri this weekend. Kicking off directly after the liturgy, there will be plenty of entertainment with music by DJ Mike, traditional dance performances and children’s activities, along with lots of food to try.
When: Sunday 16 February after the liturgy
Where: Corner Porter St & Church Rd, Templestowe VIC
Cost: Free to attend

PANEPIROTIC UNION DANCE

The Penepirotic Union of Melbourne & Victoria is hosting its annual dance this month.
When: Saturday 22 February
Where: EEAMA Receptions (1C Bell St, Preston VIC)
Cost:

GREEK CARNIVAL

The Greek Community of Moorabin and Districts is hosting its annual Greek Carnival! A perfect day for the whole family, it promises to be Sunday full of music, dance, delicious food, activities and an overall good time. In true carnival spirit, it will be a colourful and lively day with clowns, a jumping castle and even an animal far. DJ Chris will be on the decks, and the Manasis Dance Group will impress with their routines.
When: Sunday 23 February from 11.00 am until late
Where: 57 Madden Rd, Heatherton VIC
Cost: Free entry
For more information: Call Yiannis Mantas on 0413 488 401 or email yiannis.mantas@hotmail.com

LONSDALE STREET GREEK FESTIVAL

The Lonsdale St Greek Festival returns for the 33rd year, bringing Melbourne’s biggest Greek street party to the CBD. There will be plenty of stalls set up, food to try, drinks to be had and hours of entertainment across three stages. Headlining the free Saturday night concert will be Yiota Negka, while Sifis Tsourdalakis, one of Melbourne’s most gifted Greek exports, will close the event.
When: 29 February (11.00 am)-1 March (12.00 pm)
Where: Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC
Cost: Free to attend

VIC

GREEK STORYTIME FOR TODDLERS
Enjoy stories, books and songs in the Greek language, as well as crafts and fun activities for children aged 3-5.
When: Every Wednesday until 25 March at 11.00 am
Where: Richmond Library (415 Church St, Richmond)

EXHIBITION ‘WONDERMENT’
Step into the personal world of the artist with Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop’s summer exhibition, ‘Wonderment’, including artist Soula Mantalvanos.
When: Now on until 24 February
Where: Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop (81 Hesse St, Queenscliff)

HELLENIC MUSEUM SUMMER CINEMA
Summer Cinema is back at the Hellenic Museum this summer with a great new line-up of films.
When: 1-29 February
Where: Hellenic Museum (280 William St, Melbourne)

GREEK TAVERN NIGHT VALENTINE’S DAY EDITION
St Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church in St Albans is hosting a special Valentine’s Day edition with food, music, and dancing.
When: Friday 14 February at 7.00 pm
Where: St Paraskevi Church Hall (22 Marsden Cres, St Albans)

THEATRE: LIGI ALITHEIA
The Greek Community of Melbourne Theatre Group presents Ligi Alitheia.
When: Saturday 15 February at 8.30-9.30 pm
Where: Clayton Community Centre (9-15 Cooke St, Clayton)

ANNUAL CRETAN PICNIC
The Cretan Brotherhood & Pancretan Association is hosting its annual Cretan Picnic.
When: Sunday 16 February from 12 noon-6.00 pm
Where: Albert Park Community Playground

A NIGHT WITH SIFI
A night full of Cretan music and food.
When: Sunday 16 February at 7.00 pm
Where: Philhellene Provincial Greek Cuisine (551-553 Mount Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds)

‘KOPIASTE’: CYPRUS ON A PLATE
My Family’s Food Diary and Greek Cypriot Youth of Melbourne will host a night of traditional Cypriot dishes with an entertaining music program.
When: Saturday 22 February at 6.00 pm
Where: Cyprus Community Centre (100 Forrest St, Ardeer)

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
The Hellenic Women’s Cultural Association ESTIA is dedicating its International Women’s Day event to the memory of Melina Mercouri. Guest Speaker: Professor Maria Koundoura.
When: Sunday 23 February at 3.30 pm
Where: Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne)

GREEK DATING & SINGLES PARTY
Greek singles’ function for people aged 25-35, who come from a Greek or Greek/Cypriot background.
When: Thursday 27 February at 7.30-9.30 pm
Where: Watermark (9/800 Bourke St, Docklands)

FILM SCREENING: VOURATE GEITONOI
Greek Cypriot comedy Vourate Geitonoi written by Giorgos Tsiakkas and directed by Stamos G. Tsamis will screen in Preston.
When: Friday 28 February (2.00 pm), Saturday 29 February (4.30 pm), Sunday 1 March (7.30 pm)
Where: Darebin Arts Centre (Cnr Bell St & St Georges Roads, Preston)

NSW

LECTURES: ‘GREEK CAFES & MILK BARS OF AUSTRALIA’
Historian Leonard Janiszewski and photographer Effy Alexakis will deliver a lecture for the NSW Seniors Festival.
When: Thursday 13 February from 10.00-11.30 am
Where: Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre (80 Rickard Rd, Bankstown)

ADULTS IN THE ROOM WITH Q&A BY YANIS VAROUFAKIS
Film screening of Adults in the Room (2019), a French-Greek production by director Costa-Gavras, based on the political memoirs of Yanis Varoufakis, who will be present to take part in a Q&A.
When: Friday 28 February at 6.30-9.30 pm
Where: Event Cinemas (505-525 George St, Sydney)

38TH GREEK FESTIVAL OF SYDNEY
The Greek Festival of Sydney returns to Darling Harbour this month. Yiota Negka will perform live at Tumbalong Park on Sunday night.
When: 29 February (3.00-10.00 pm)-1 March (10.00 am-10.00 pm)
Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney

SA

NORWOOD GREEK FESTIVAL
Enjoy traditional Greek hospitality, food, and culture.
When: Saturday 15 February at 7.00 am
Where: Greek Orthodox Community and Parish of Prophet Elias (87 Beulah Rd, Norwood)

QLD

MEET ME AT THE PARAGON: THE GREEK CAFE PHENOMENON
An exhibition that uncovers the stories of Greek migrants who established cafes and milk bars in the early 20th century.
When: On now until 15 March
Where: State Library of Queensland (Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, level 4, Stanley Place, Brisbane)



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