WHAT’S ON Guide: Greek-inspired events across Australia, 22 January onward


COBURG GREEK FESTIVAL

The Presentation of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church in Coburg is celebrating its feast day with a special festival. Hosted annually, it will be a day jam-packed with fun for all the family. There will be an array of delicious food options to try, live music throughout the day with dance performances, as well as entertainment and rides for the kids.
When: Sunday 2 February at 10.00 am-6.00 pm
Where: Coburg Greek Orthodox Church (23-29 Victoria St, Coburg, VIC)
Cost: Free entry

OUZO FESTIVAL

Do you enjoy a tipple or two of ouzo? Next month, 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 at 11.00 am-6.00 pm
Where: 26 Waldheim Rd, Bayswater, VIC
Cost: Ticketed, pay at event

BUSHFIRE FUNDRAISER

The Hellenic Women’s Network Victoria Heliades is hosting a Yarra River Cruise Bushfire Fundraiser next month. The ticket price includes a buffet of cold and warm dishes. The cruise will depart from Federation Square in the Melbourne CBD at 1.00 pm and will return at 4.00 pm. All proceeds will go towards helping those impacted by the devastating bushfires. RSVP by 10 February.
When: Sunday 16 February at 1.00 pm
Where: Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
Cost: $90.00 per person
To RSVP, call: Niki on 0404 964 155 or Mary 0405 757 731

VIC

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)

GREEK ORTHODOX YOUTH CONFERENCE
Youth conference by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, exploring the topic: ‘How do we navigate our way in a diverse world?’
When: Saturday 25 January from 8.30 am-5.00 pm
Where: Oakleigh Grammar (81 Willesden Rd, Oakleigh)

GREEK TAVERN NIGHT
Eleni’s Kitchen + Bar monthly Greek tavern night returns for 2020, featuring guest musicians Dimitri on Toubeleki and Giorgos on Clarino.
When: Friday 31 January at 7.00-11.00 pm
Where: Eleni’s Kitchen + Bar (28 Anderson St, Yarraville)

GREEK COOKING CLASS
Join Kelly from The Hellenic Odyssey for a Greek cooking class to create a generous spread of food and learn about the Mediterranean diet, its origins and its benefits.
When: Saturday 1 February
Where: Two Kings Cafe (353 Centre Rd, Bentleigh)

HELLENIC MUSEUM SUMMER CINEMA
Mark it in your calendars, Summer Cinema is returning to the Hellenic Museum this summer with a great new line-up of movies.
When: 1-29 February
Where: Hellenic Museum (280 William St, Melbourne)

LIVE AT THE GREEK: SIFIS TSOURDALAKIS
Kick off 2020 with one of Melbourne’s great Greek musical exports – Sifis Tsourdalakis, accompanied by Tony Iliou and Paddy Montgomery.
When: Friday 7 February at 8.30–11.30 pm
Where: The Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne)

CLUB TROPICANA
A Greek island bar night at Venus and Co.
When: Friday 7 February at 7.30 pm-1.00 am
Where: Venus & Co. (183 Victoria Ave, Albert Park)

PONTIAKO PANIYIRI BUSHFIRE FUNDRAISER
The Pontian Association of Whittlesea ‘Panagia Soumela’ is hosting a paniyiri to raise funds for the CFA and Wildlife Victoria.
When: Sunday 9 February at 12 noon–11.30 pm
Where: Pontian Association Of Whittlesea ‘Panagia Soumela’ (18 Spring St, Thomastown)

CATS AND THE CANARY PLAYING FILM CLASSICS
A special show focusing on songs from old Greek movies – with a modern twist.
When: Sunday 9 February at 7.30-10.30 pm
Where: The Toff In Town (Level 2, Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne)

‘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)

FILM SCREENING: VOURATE GEITONOI
Greek Cypriot comedy Vourate Geitonoi written by Giorgos Tsiakkas and directed by Stamos G. Tsamis will screen in Preston next month.
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 Rd, Preston)

NSW

THE GREECE & CRETE CAMPAIGN OF 1941
Learn about the Greece and Crete campaign – one of the seldom mentioned failures of the Second World War.
When: Thursday 23 January at 10.00 am-1.00 pm
Where: WEA Sydney (72 Bathurst St, Sydney)

GREEK ISLAND PARADISE U18S
Papas Productions presents their 3rd instalment of under 18’s festivals, with a new Greek Summer experience.
When: Thursday 23 January from 6.30-11.30 pm
Where: St Euphemia Hall (6/12 East Terrace, Bankstown)

GREEK NIGHT
Phoenix is hosting its first Greek night for 2020 with Greek food, music, dancing and plate smashing.
When: Friday 31 January at 7.00-10.00 pm
Where: Phoenix (1 Moncur St, Woollahra)

BAR GLYFADA GREEK NIGHT
The first Greek Night of 2020 featuring DJs Krazy Kon and Dimi Gee, and a live band.
When: Friday 31 January at 9.00 pm
Where: Odyssey Bar Restaurant (63 Norton St, Leichhardt)

SA

AUSTRALIA DAY GREEK NIGHT
KEFI Entertainment and Goes Greek Events are back at The Walkers Arms this Summer celebrating Australia Day.
When: Sunday 26 January at 9.00 pm
Where: Walkers Arms Hotel (36 North East Rd, Walkerville)

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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