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closing night

A fundraiser with food, dancing and live music by special guest Dimitris Basis.

Date: Friday 5 May

Start time: 7PM

Venue: The Grand Roxy Level 1, 128 The Grand Pde, Brighton-Le-Sands

Ticket: From $140

Booking details: 9750 0440 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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future of gr language

The future of the Greek language in Australian education

Greek language teaching seems to be going through a severe crisis at all levels of the Australian educational system and in all states. On the basis of the experience of the last twenty years, Professor Vrasidas Karalis coordinates a round-table discussion with all active university teachers of Modern Greek in NSW on the problems, perspectives and dangers facing Greek language teaching in Australia. Could Greek disappear as one of the official languages of the Australian curriculum? What should we do to stop the decline of Greek enrolments? Is there any way to rekindle the interest of young people in learning Greek? The academics of our state talk about their experiences and analyse the problems while at the same time they put forward solutions for the dissemination and promotion of Greek language as a language of cultural awareness and social cohesion.


Professor Vrasidas Karalis

Dr Anthony Dracopoulos

Dr Elizabeth Kefallinos

Dr Efrosini Deligianni

Date: Sunday 30 April

Start time: 3pm

Venue: Greek Community Club, 206-210 Lakemba St, Lakemba

Ticket: Free

Language: Greek 

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Canto General and popular Greek songs

The Greek Festival of Sydney returns to City Recital Hall for another huge festival finale. This year’s concert, conducted by George Ellis, celebrates the music of iconic Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, best known for his theme to Zorba the Greek. His work, both classical and popular, draws on the rich musical heritage of his homeland. Vocalists Livia Brash and Hayden Barrington combine with Sydney Philharmonia Choir to perform Theodorakis’ vibrant oratorio, Canto General. Performed in Spanish and based on Chilean Nobel-laureate Pablo Neruda’s book of poems, Canto General is an epic history of South America. The tempo rises in the concert’s second half as special guest, Greek vocalist Dimitris Basis performs laika tragoudia – ‘popular songs’ by Theodorakis, celebrating life and love.

Date: Friday 28 April

Start time: 7.30 pm

Venue: City Recital Hall,  2-12 Angel Place, Sydney

Ticket: From $50

Booking details: 8256 2222 or www.cityrecitalhall.com

Language: Greek and Spanish

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