Here is how to help the victims of the fires in Attika

Many people have been asking us how to assist in supporting the recovery efforts relating to the catastrophic Athens bushfires.

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Learn Ancient Greek and unlock the texts that form the basis of modern Democracy, Philosophy and Science

Ancient Greek for Adults, High School and VCE students.

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The Creative Drama and Arts Centre

The Greek Community of Melbourne is proud to announce the creation of a new drama centre for young children.

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First Minutes (1897)

On the occasion of our 114th Anniversary we are proud to publicly release images of the first minutes of the G.O.C.M.V. (1897-1916). Read about the establishment of the first Greek Orthodox Church in Melbourne, the contribution to the war efforts in Greece and the first constitution of the GOCMV.

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Who is the Greek citizen? Citizenship status from the creation of the Greek state till today

altProfessor Dimitris Christopoulos at the Department of Political Science and History of Panteion University, will give a lecture entitled Who is the Greek citizen? Citizenship status from the creation of the Greek state till today”, at the Greek Centre, on Tuesday 24 September, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Πρόγραμμα Σχολικών Διακοπών

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Τι κοινό έχουν ένα λυχνάρι, ένα πιθάρι και ένας Παναθηναϊκός αμφορέας; Περιείχαν όλα λάδι. Όμως σε κάθε ένα από αυτά το λάδι είχε άλλη χρήση. Με το λάδι οι γυναίκες μαγείρευαν, το χρησιμοποιούσαν ως καλλυντικό ή το έβαζαν σε λυχνάρια για να φωτίσουν το σπίτι όταν έπεφτε η νύχτα. Ακόμα, οι γιατροί θεράπευαν πληγές και οι αθλητές άλειφαν το σώμα τους. Ήταν βέβαια και το βραβείο για τους νικητές στους αγώνες των Παναθηναίων, της μεγάλης γιορτής προς τιμήν της θεάς Αθηνάς. Άλλωστε εκείνη ήταν που πρόσφερε αυτό το σπουδαίο δώρο στην πόλη.Με το θέμα «Ελιά, το δώρο μιας θεάς..» η Ελληνική Κοινότητα Μελβούρνης συνεχίζει το πολύ επιτυχημένο και ιδιαίτερα αγαπητό στα παιδιά Πρόγραμμα Σχολικών Διακοπών.

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Human Rights in the Age of Inequality: xenophobia, exclusion and the myth of the strong leader

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Professor Dimitris Christopoulos and Dr Kostis Karpozilos will present a lecture entitled Human Rights in the Age of Inequality: xenophobia, exclusion and the myth of the strong leader, at the Greek Centre on Thursday 26 September. With this lecture will close the 2019 Greek History and Culture Seminars series, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Stavros Kallergis: a socialist intellectual from Crete (1865-1926)

altStavros Kallergis was a leading figure of 19th-century Greek socialism; editor of the newspaper Socialistis [The Socialist] and organizer of the first May Day celebration in Athens, in 1893.Dr Kostis Karpozilos, a historian and the director of the Contemporary Social History Archives (ASKI), will present a lecture at the Greek Centre, on Wednesday 25 September, as a part of a special series of the Greek History and Culture Seminars.

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Dimitris Tsaloumas Memorial Lecture: Re-imagining Australia's Greek Diaspora

altCultural historian and literary translator Dr Konstandina Dounis will present this year’s Dimitris Tsaloumas Memorial Lecture at the Greek Centre, on Thursday 19 September 2019, which is a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminar, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne. The lecture is organised in collaboration with the Greek-Australian Cultural League.

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The GCM honoured the work of Andrew Liveris

altThe Greek Community of Melbourne honoured the work of Andrew Liveris with The Hellenic Initiative (THI) in the presence of Delphi Bank (Jim Sardis) and other key Australian fund managers and community leaders. The Consul General was also in attendance.

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Delphi Bank 26th Greek Film Festival Program announced and tickets on sale

altThe Delphi Bank 26th Greek Film Festival returns to Palace Cinemas with an injection of Greek culture, history and stories for twelve days, from 9 to 20 October. This year's lineup will include 15 acclaimed and award-winning features, 3 fascinating documentaries and some interesting shorts.

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Greek-American Workers and Radicals: a forgotten story

altKostis Karpozilos, a historian and the director of the Contemporary Social History Archives, will present a lecture about the Greek-American workers and radicals, on Monday 23 September, at the Greek Centre, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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What’s happening in Thrace? Rights and minorities

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Dimitris Christopoulos, professor at the Department of Political Science and History of Panteion University in Athens will present a lecture entitled “What’s happening in Thrace: Rights and minorities’, at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society, on Sunday 22 September, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Dimitris Christopoulos & Kostis Karpozilos: Two prominent Greek academics to visit Melbourne in late September

altDuring the final week of September, the Greek History and Culture Public Seminar Series organized by the Greek Community of Melbourne, will be hosting two prominent Greek academics, political scientists and public intellectuals. They will spend a week in Melbourne as part of a two week Australia tour, which will also include visits to Canberra and Sydney.

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The Oracular Tablets from Dodona: Prospects for Further Research in Social History

altLecturer of Greek Language and Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, Emily Hulme Kozey, will present a lecture entitled “The Oracular Tablets from Dodona: Prospects for Further Research in Social History”on Thursday 12 September, at the Greek Centre, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Discussions regarding the future of the Greek Program at the Coburg West Primary School

altRepresentatives of the Greek Community of Melbourne and parents of Coburg West Primary School students, met with the principal Mark Colagrande and assistant principal Dan Copping, as well as members of school Council, on Monday 26 August 2019, to discuss the future of the Greek program.

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Exploring and presenting our history as Greek-Australians

altTwo fascinating lectures which undoubtedly contributed to the building of the Greek Australian narrative, were presented recently at the Greek Centre as a part of the Greek history and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Russia’s Byron: Pushkin and the Greek revolution

altThe Greek Revolution brought a storm of enthusiasm and support in the West, fuelled by the Romantic Movement. Yet no Romantic was so close to the instigators and protagonists of the revolution than Russian national poet Alexander Pushkin.

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Minister of Immigration met with GCM President and General Secretary

altMinister Coleman has worked with the Greek Centre on a number of issues and has a detailed understanding of the workings of the Greek Community of Melbourne. As part of this ongoing relationship, Minister Coleman invited Bill Papastergiadis and Costas Markos to a meeting to continue the dialogue.

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Σχολικό πρόγραμμα Κοινότητας και "Φροντίδας"

altEγκαινιάσθηκε για δεύτερη χρονιά η συνεργασία των Σχολείων Γλώσσας και Πολιτισμού της Ελληνικής Κοινότητας Μελβούρνης και του Φιλανθρωπικού Οργανισμού για την υποστήριξη της τρίτης ηλικίας «Φροντίδα».

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‘Australia! Australia! The Voyage of the SS Corsica and its passengers from Cyprus to Australia in 1951-52’

altAssociate Professor Andrekos Varnava, Flinders University, Adelaide, and Honorary Professor De Montfort University, Leicester will present a lecture entitled ‘Australia! Australia! The Voyage of the SS Corsica and its passengers from Cyprus to Australia in 1951-52’ at the Greek Centre, on 29 August 2019, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Free lecture: The alleged Greek Social Security Conspiracy of 1978

altToday, few people remember the events of 1 April 1978, when 181 people had their homes raided in the early hours of that day by the then Commonwealth police and charged with conspiring to defraud the federal government Department of Social Security, by obtaining invalid pensions to which they had no legal entitlement.

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Papastergiadis met with Pavlopoulos, Mitsotakis and Greek Ministers

The President of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM), Bill Papastergiadis, met with the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos and the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, as well as with the Minister for Interior, Takis Theodorikakos and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Diaspora Greeks, Antonis Diamataris.

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The maintenance of Greek cultural traditions and the teaching of folk dancing in the diaspora

altThe maintenance of Greek cultural traditions and the teaching of folk dancing in the diaspora is the topic of a special lecture which will be presented at the Greek Centre, on Thursday 15 August, by Nick Papaefthimiou. This is a memorial seminar for Roz Nicolaou.

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Archbishop Makarios visits the GCM and the Greek Centre

Archbishop Makarios paid a historic visit to the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) on Wednesday, where he met Board and staff members.

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MELBOURNE GREEK FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS VICTORIOUSLY!

altFrom award winning and acclaimed Greek Director Tassos Boulmetis (A Touch of Spice, Mythopathy), the heart-warming docudrama 1968 about the epic basketball game
between A.E.K., Athens and Slavia of Prague (Czechoslovakia) will open the 26th Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival on Wednesday 9th October.

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Athens Falls to Rome: Capturing the Rude Conqueror

altProfessor Ian Worthington from Macquarie University will present a lecture about the fall of Athens to Rome, on Thursday 8 August 2019, at the Greek Centre, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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A fascinating lecture about The Bridge of Arta

altDr Stavroula Nikoloudis, Greek Studies coordinator at La Trobe University, presented a fascinating lecture entitled Greek Folk Songs: The Bridge of Arta, last Thursday, 25 July 2019, at the Greek Centre, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Alexander in Art: The Legend and his Legacy

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Dr Roslynne Bell, Associate Research Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, will present a lecture entitled Alexander in Art: the Legend and his Legacy, on Thursday 1 August 2019, at the Greek Centre, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Greek Folk Songs: The Bridge of Arta

altDr Stavroula Nikoloudis, Greek Studies coordinator at La Trobe University, will present a lecture entitled Greek Folk Songs: The Bridge of Arta, on Thursday 25 July 2019, at the Greek Centre, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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SAVE THE DATES: Festival dates announced

altThe 26th Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival returns to Palace Cinemas with an injection of Greek culture, history and stories over ten days from Wednesday 9th October until Sunday 20th October.

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Η Κοινότητα Μελβούρνης χαιρετίζει την εφαρμογή της συμφωνίας για τη βίζα διακοπών με δικαίωμα εργασίας

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H Ελληνική Κοινότητα Μελβούρνης χαιρετίζει την εφαρμογή της συμφωνίας μεταξύ Αυστραλίας και Ελλάδας που δίνει το δικαίωμα σε νέους ηλικίας 18-30 ετών να πηγαίνουν διακοπές στην κάθε χώρα αντίστοιχα έχοντας και δικαίωμα εργασίας.

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SUMMER IN GREECE, WINTER IN AUSTRALIA! Why; Who is responsible for this?

The Greek Community of Melbourne continues its very successful Children's School Holiday Program. Children 4-11 years old regardless of skill-level in the Greek Language, are welcome to participate in the Program which runs from 2 July to 10 July.

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Greek Writers Festival 2019: A great success

altLate in May and across early June Greek Australian and writers with a variety fo cultural backgrounds gathered at the Greek Centre to take part in the Greek Community of Melbourne‘s “2019 Greek Writers Festival”. From 31 May to 8 June, over 30 sessions including panel discussions, spoken word performances and workshops featuring distinguished writers, exceeded all expectations.

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Board members attended Greek Research conference

altProminent GCM Board members Theo Markos and Nick Dallas travelled to Adelaide to attend the 13th International Conference on Greek Research which was organised by the Australian Center for Greek Language and Culture "LOGOS" of the University of Flinders.

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A multi-cultural Epirus: populations, languages and education during the last years of the Ottoman Empire

altDr Themistoklis Papadopoulos will present a very interesting lecture about the multicultural Epirus during the last years of the Ottoman Empire, on Thursday 20 June, at the Greek Centre, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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2019 Greek Writers Festival continues...

altWeek Two of Greek Writers Festival commences with a highly entertaining evening program on Friday (7 June), beginning with a raw and informative session about Anarchy in Fitzroy presented by (In)famous poet and anarchist Π.O. The Festival concludes on Saturday 8 June with five informative and entertaining sessions featuring eleven participants.

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Seminars: The Archers of Classical Athens

altAssociate Professor of Greek History at the University of Queensland David M. Pritchard, will present a lecture about the Archers of Classical Athens , on Thursday 6 June 2019, at the Greek Centre, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Premier’s Award σε μαθήτρια σχολείου της Κοινότητας Μελβούρνης

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The Fourth Crusade and the Sacking of Constantinople

altDr James Kane from the University of Sydney will present a lecture entitled “The Fourth Crusade and the Sacking of Constantinople” on Thursday 30 May 2019, at the Greek Centre, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Easter Message from the Prime Minister of Australia

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See below the Easter message from the Prime Minister of Australia:

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From the Riddle of the Sphinx to the Riddles of the Psyche

altAs part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, Harry Constantinou will present a lecture entitled “From the riddle of the Sphinx to the riddles of the psyche - Sophoclean tragedy and psychoanalysis”, on Thursday 11 April, at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society.

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Successful inaugural Women's Forum - Initiatives Announced

alt“Our community, our paroikia, can only improve through initiatives that enhance cross-collaboration, activism and interest in community affairs, as well as sharing insight and experience,” said Tammy Iliou, Vice-President of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) at the opening of the inaugural Women’s Forum.

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The GCM welcomes the $5m funding from the Federal Government

altThe Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) welcomed last night’s budgetary announcement of the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman to fund our organisation with an allocation of $5 million in the 2019-2020 Federal Government Budget.

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Pittsburgh comes to Melbourne

altThe Greek Community of Melbourne is delighted to announce that Pittsburgh, the highly acclaimed theatre production by audiences and critics alike, which played to sell out crowds throughout Greece- will be seen in Melbourne from 3rd to 5th May 2019.

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Migration from Limnos to Australia: Re-discovering Identity, Belonging and ‘Home’

altMelissa Afentoulis will a present a lecture about the migration from Limnos to Australia, on Thursday 4 April, at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Romiosini and Beyond Concert

altOn Friday, 17 May the tribute concert “Romosioni & Beyond” will honour Mikis Theodorakis, featuring international vocalist Dimitris Bassis, conductor George Ellis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

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Varemenos visits the Greek Centre

The Vice-President of the Greek Parliament and SYRIZA MP, Mr George Varemenos, visited last Saturday the Greek Centre, where he had a very important meeting focused on the educational issues of the Greek community.

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The GCM condemns the attacks on Greek politicians and community leaders

The Greek Community of Melbourne condemns the behavior and the violent actions of a small group of individuals outside the Malvern Tow Hall last Monday and also in our National Day parade at the Shrine of Remembrance, on Sunday.

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The GCM welcomes the announcement for the Work & Holiday visa

altThe Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) welcomed the announcements of the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, Terence Quick and the Minister for Immigration of Australia David Coleman, about the implementation of the bilateral agreement for the Working Holiday Visa between Australia and Greece. This visa allows young people to visit each country respectively with the right to work. The reciprocal agreement is set to commence on 1 July 2019.

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Greek National Day Announcement

The GCM participates and supports the Greek National Day March. It is not however the organiser of the activities and does not issue invitations for the event.

 
Eκπαιδευτική εκδρομή για παιδιά από 10-16 χρονών

Η Παγκρήτιος κανονίζει εκπαιδευτική εκδρομή για παιδιά από 10-16 χρονών στην Ελλάδα φέτος το Σεπτέμβρη.

Παρακαλούμε επικοινωνήστε με τον Νίκο Κουκουβιτάκη στο 0407 007003, δείτε το λεπτομερές πρόγραμμα πατώντας εδώ (PDF 85KB)

 
Historic meeting between South Sudanese leaders and the GCM

Leaders of the South Sudanese Federation of Associations met for the first time with members of the Greek Community to discuss how the Greek Community of Melbourne, one of the oldest cultural organisations’ in Australia could assist the present-day South Sudanese community.

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GCM honours its benefactors

altDuring the recent visit of Prime Minister Mr Scott Morrison at the Greek Centre, honouring plaques were presented to businessman Mr Greg Kaias and Mr Jim Sarris, head of Delphi Bank, in appreciation to their financial contribution towards the development of The Kaias Education Level and The Delphi Bank Mezzanine Level.

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