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Professor Krueger will launch the 2017 GCM Seminars

altProfessor Derek Krueger of the University of North Carolina will launch the 2017 Greek History & Culture Seminar Series, offered for the seventh consecutive year by the Greek Community of Melbourne. The lectures are presented by distinguished academics from Australia and overseas.

The topic of Professor Krueger’s lecture is “Beyond Eden: Adam, Eve, and the Human Condition in Byzantine Hymns”.

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Pronia congratulates GCM for the plans for Bulleen

altLeading Greek organisation, Pronia, has congratulated the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) on the Bulleen proposal, an initiative that will provide the Greek community with new opportunities for greater engagement.

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GCM students perform the "Odyssey"

altThe end of the year performance of the Greek Community’s Advanced Greek School Campus took place on Saturday 10 December, at the Union Hall of the University of Melbourne.

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Impressive performances by our Creative Drama and Arts Centre’s students

altStudents of the Creative Drama and Arts Centre (CDAD) of the Greek Community of Melbourne successfully presented two plays on Sunday 4 December, at the Greek Centre.

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A luncheon in support of Evangelismos

altA luncheon in support of the reinstatement of the church of the Greek Community of Melbourne “The Annunciation of Our Lady” has been organised by the ladies’ Auxiliary committee of the church for Saturday 17 December.

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Lecture: Styles of Mathematical reasoning in Ancient Greece

altA lecture entitled “Styles of Mathematical reasoning in Ancient Greece” will be presented by Dr Ioannis Vandoulakis, a Senior Lecturer in the history and philosophy of science at the Hellenic Open University and the Open University of Cyprus, at the Greek Centre, on Thursday 8 December 2016. This is a joint event by the Greek Community of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies.

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The history of Greek publishing during the Ottoman Era

altThe Pan-Epirotic Federation of Australia, the Greek-Australian Cultural League and the Greek Community of Melbourne will present a lecture entitled "The history of Greek publishing during the Ottoman Era" by Dean Kalymniou, on Sunday 27 November, at the Greek Centre.

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GCM's students follow the Homeric tradition

altOn Sunday the 20th of November 2016 Students from the Greek Community of Melbourne's schools (Greek Centre campus), participated in the closing ceremony of the three day Homeric Festival inaugurated this year by the "Humanities of the 21st century".

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LECTURE: To Hell and Back

altA lecture entitled "Prisoners, escapers and their helpers in Thessaloniki’s WW2 POW Camp" will be presented by author and historian Jim Claven, this Sunday 13 November, at the Greek Centre. The lecture is organised by the Thessaloniki Association "The White Tower" in collaboration with the Greek Comminuty of Melbourne.

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Tsahouridis Brothers Australian Tour 2016

altThe internationally-acclaimed Tsahouridis Brothers – who have brought the traditional sounds of the Pontic Lyra to the world stage - will take audiences on a unique musical journey when they tour Australia this month.

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Athletic Events 2016 of the GCM Schools

altTo honor the Olympic year 2016, the Greek Community of Melbourne’s Language and Culture Schools organized a series of athletic events. Our students had the opportunity to compete in sports and various playful activities.

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Students of the Greek Community of Melbourne schools celebrated the OXI Day

altStudents of the Malvern School of the Greek Community of Melbourne’s Greek School for students who have Greek as their first language celebrated the Greek National Day on Tuesday 25 October.

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It's a wrap! Papakaliatis' 'What If' brings Festival to a close

altThe Delphi Bank 23rd Greek Film Festival, an event proudly presented by the Greek Community of Melbourne, officially closed on Sunday 23 October with Christopher Papakaliatis’ debut film and box office hit WHAT IF. Papakaliatis enjoyed huge success at this year’s Festival, with his moving Opening Night feature WORLDS APART playing to over 1400 patrons on Opening Night alone.

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Greek Film Festival opens with two full houses

altThe Delphi Bank 23rd Greek Film Festival had its opening night last night – filling both the Astor Theatre and Palace Cinema Como. This was the first time the event has run across two cinema locations simultaneously and entertained at total of 1200 people, celebrating Greek cinema and culture.

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Greek minister visited the Greek Centre

altThe Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Network of Greece, Ms Marina Hrysoveloni, visited the Greek Centre, on Wendesday 12 October, together with the Greek Ambassador Ms Ekaterini Xagorari and the Consul General of Greece Ms Christina Simantiraki.

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Another successful year for the Seminars of the Greek Community

altMore than 150 people attended the closing lecture of the Greek Community of Melbourne’s History and Culture Seminars Series. The invited speaker, former award-winning ABC and SBS journalist, Helen Vatsikopoulos, did not let the audience down with her energetic delivery, thus bringing a successful end to this year’s series.

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A GCM major teacher training program

altThe major teacher training program which was organised by the Education Department of the Greek Community of Melbourne  in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Greek Studies (Manolis Triantafyllidis Foundation) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was succesfully concluded on Thursday, 29 October.

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The Palimpsest: Layers of History and Memory in Greece

altWith a lecture entitled “The Palimpsest: Layers of History and Memory in Greece” which will be presented by the Walkley Award winning journalist and lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney Ms Helen Vatsikopoulos, on Wednesday 5 October 2016, at the Greek Centre, will close another successful year of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Alphington Grammar's students visit sister school in Greece

altOn Thursday 15 September 36 students from Alphington Grammar, the Principal Dr Vivianne Nikou, the Teacher in Charge of the Project Mrs Toula Terezaki and three other teachers visited Voula, Athens as part of their tour of Greece. More specifically they visited local archeological sites and the 1st Junior High School of Voula with which they are sister schools through electronic twinning.

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The creation of modern Greece: Art, Mesologgi and Philhellenism in the 19th century

altSpiridoula Demetriou, a Ph D candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Melbourne will present a lecture on the creation of modern Greece, on Thursday 29 September 2016, 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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Seven Network apologises for Rio Olympic Games Comments

altIn a letter to the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM), the Seven Network has apologised for the comments made by its sports commentators during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, linking the ancient Olympic champion Phillip II with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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Major professional development program

altThe Education Department of the Greek Community of Melbourne is pleased to announce a major teacher training program to be held at at the Greek Center, 168 Lonsdale Street, from 19 to 29 September 2016.

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Greece v UK: The Parthenon Marbles case

This year marks 200 years since the British Government controversially purchased the Parthenon Marbles from Lord Elgin and displayed them in the British Museum. The longstanding legal and diplomatic dispute about who owns them - Greece or the UK -continues to this day.

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Rethinking ‘Greek’ Identity after Austerity

altProfessor Nikolas Kompridis will present a lecture on the “Greek” identity after austerity, next Thursday 22 September 2016, 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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Alexander the Great: Pioneering Multiculturalism

altTo celebrate the 30th anniversary of its foundation, the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies (AIMS), in collaboration with the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) and the Pan-Macedonian Association presents the musical concert “Alexander the Great: Pioneering Multiculturalism”.

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Delphi Bank 23rd Greek Film Festival Announces First Program Highlights

altThe Delphi Bank 23rd Greek Film Festival (GFF) is pleased to announce its first program highlights. This year the Festival proudly spotlights cult filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, screening his entire body of work to date in a series of double-bills at The Astor.

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Meetings with Ministers regarding teaching Greek at Northcote High School

altA delegation of the Greek Community of Melbourne, parents and representatives of the Italian community had a series of meetings with the Minister for Education Mr James Merlino, Minister for Families and Children and Youth Affairs Ms Jenny Mikakos and Minister for Women Ms Fiona Richardson, on the issue of continuing the teaching of Greek and Italian at the Northcote High School (NHS).

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Student “Rembetiki” Sunday at the Greek Community

altOn Sunday 28 August our VCE students enjoyed a day dedicated to the “Rembetika” songs - “Greek Blues”- a curriculum theme undertaken by all VCE students studying at our Greek Language & Cultural schools.

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Modern trends in Hellenic shipping

altWe often hear that the Greek shipping fleet is the largest in the world. Is it true? What does that mean? How has Greece, with such a small population, only 11m people which translates to 0.15% of the world’s population, managed to control approximately 16% of global cargo tonnage? Has it always been this way? What do Hellenic Shipowners know that has made them so successful?

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Moral, Fiscal, or Political Bankruptcy? Greece and the European Union after Brexit

altProfessor Michael Herzfeld from Harvard University, will present a lecture on Greece and European Union after the Brexit, on Monday 29 August 2016, at the Greek Centre, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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The new Greek ambassador visits the Greek Centre

altThe Ambassador of Greece to Australia Ms Ekaterini Xagorari together with the Consul General of Melbourne, Ms Christina Simantiraki, officially visited the Greek Centre and the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM), on Wednesday 24 August and met with Mr Bill Papastergiadis (President), Mr Costas Markos (General Secretary), Mr Jim Bossinakis (Board Member) and Mr Jorge Menidis (Director, Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture).

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First Victory: the defence of Greece, 1940

altAustralian historian and author Dr Peter Ewer (photo) will present a lecture entitled “First Victory: the defence of Greece, 1940” at the Greek Centre of Contemporary Culture, on Thursday 1 September 2016, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Goody's Burger House at the Greek Centre

altGoody’s Burger House has landed in Melbourne, at the ground floor of the Greek Centre. From the first day it was flooded with customers who enjoyed trying the delicious Greek burgers and the other meals they serve.

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Autotune Everything: Art and the Sonic – Cosmic – Politic

altMelbourne Art Foundation presents the 2016 Lectures and Forums Program in
association with Liquid Architecture and the Research Unit in Public Cultures (RUPC) –
University of Melbourne, at the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture from18 to 20 August 2016.

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Urgent meeting for the Greek program at the Northcote High School

altThe Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) will schedule a meeting with all the interested parties to ensure the continuation of the Greek language teaching program at the Northcote High School following the School Council’s decision to discontinue the teaching of Greek and Italian.

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Pre and Post-invasion Cyprus: Fact finding missions by Don Dunstan and Nick Bolkus

altDr Maria Shialis (photo) will present a lecture entitled “Pre and Post-invasion Cyprus: Fact finding missions by Don Dunstan and Nick Bolkus”, on Thursday 25 August 2016, 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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Dionysios Solomos: Romanticism, Idealism and the Quest of the Free Spirit

altProfessor Michael Tsianikas of Flinders University, South Australia, will give a lecture on “Dionysios Solomos: Romanticism, Idealism and the Quest of the Free Spirit”, on Thursday 18 August 2016, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Rebetiki returns to Greek Centre

altMake The Greek Centre your Friday night destination with Live at the Greek, a fortnightly music program showcasing Melbourne's best Greek musicians.

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Books for sale at the Greek Community

altAt the office of the Greek Community of Melbourne are available for sale the following books:

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Delphi Bank 23rd Greek Film Festival to open with Papakaliatis feature film "Worlds Apart"

altThe 23rdDelphi Bank Greek Film Festival, presented in Victoria by the Greek Community of Melbourne, is set to open at The Astor with the internationally cast feature film from Christopher Papakaliatis, Worlds Apart.

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GCM offers assistance with completing the Census

altThe Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) will provide assistance to those who need help with completing the Census online on 9 August 2016.

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"How do I get my GREEK (European) passport?"

altBy JOHN TRIPIDAKIS | In order to get a Greek (European) Passport, one must prove his /her Greek Nationality. Pursuant to the Greek Nationality Code, the child of a Greek male or Greek female obtains the Greek Nationality at birth.

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Gunner James Zampelis – The Odyssey of a Hellenic Anzac in WW2

altHistorian Jim Claven will tell the story of Gunner James Zampelis, Australia’s only Anzac of Hellenic heritage to die in the defence of Greece in 1941, in a lecture he will give at the Greek Centre, on Thursday 11 August 2016, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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Caratheodory and Metropolis: Two Greek Giants of 20th Century Mathematics

altIt is widely accepted that Greeks played a major role in the development of mathematics in ancient times. Although more contemporary Greek mathematicians may not be as famous as Pythagoras, Archimedes and Euclid, their contributions have nevertheless been profound.

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GCM's president at the Greek Parliament

altThe president of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM), Bill Papastergiadis, during his recent visit to Athens, delivered a speech at a meeting of the Special Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad of the Greek Parliament and met with Ministers Panagiotis Kouroumblis, Eukleidis Tsakalotos and Th. Pelegrinis.

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Flavours of Greece at the Greek Centre

altThe city’s Greek Centre was a haven for foodies across two weekends with cooking classes for all ages, a Trivia Night and a spectacular dinner hosted by Cretan restaurant Elyros.

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Greek Cafés & Milk Bars of Australia book launch at the Greek Centre

altDocumentary photographer, Effy Alexakis, and historian, Leonard Janiszewski, have been researching the Greek-Australian historical and contemporary presence in both Australia and Greece since 1982. Their project and archives, In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians, encompasses visual, oral and literary material and is based at Macquarie University, Sydney.

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LIVE AT THE GREEK featuring The Habibis

altMake The Greek Centre your Friday night destination with Live at the Greek, a fortnightly music program showcasing Melbourne's best Greek musicians. Grab the parea, settle in with a drink and enjoy an evening of traditional and contemporary sounds.

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Alex & Eve: The complete story

altThe hilarious, smash hit film returns to the stage! Ten years since their love story began, Alex and Eve bring their laugh-out-loud romantic comedy back to the stage for an intimate season of shows at The Greek Centre.

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George Dimarelos: George & Co (The Solo Tour)

altAfter a sellout run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and rave reviews, Melbourne-born and raised comedian George Dimarelos is bringing his show George & Co. (The Solo Tour) to The Greek Centre for all those unlucky to have missed it the first time!

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