FESTIVAL HELLENIKA IS PROUDLY SPONSORED BY
FESTIVAL HELLENIKA IS PROUDLY SPONSORED BY
Argos Greek Caf Restaurant
Sparthenian Pty Ltd
Greek of Egypt & Middle East Society of SA Inc
Kyriakos Gold - #Greeklife
FESTIVAL HELLENIKA IS PROUDLY SPONSORED BY
D & S GROUPOF COMPANIES
FESTIVAL HELLENIKA is an exciting and diverse arts festival fostering Hellenic links to the arts and celebrating Hellenic culture. The breadth, depth and complexity of Hellenism extends far beyond Greek nationality and encompasses a richly evolving culture beyond borders.
FESTIVAL HELLENIKA (formerly THE GREEK CULTURAL MONTH) is held annually in Adelaide during February , March, April and May and is a major part of South Australias cultural scene. It provides an open platform for people of any background to showcase Hellenic connections to the arts and their Australian manifestations. We have a commitment to community cultural development and aim to make FESTIVAL HELLENIKA accessible to the wider audience. In this way we inform, broaden horizons, break down stereotypes, and foster greater harmony and understanding.
FESTIVAL HELLENIKA is coordinated by the South Australian Council for the Greek Cultural Month Incorporated. It is a community, umbrella organisation, with membership open to any group, organisation and society with an interest in Hellenic connections to the arts. Established in 1991, with the support of the Consulate General of Greece in South Australia, it is non-political, non-sectarian, non profit and independent. The Governing board of volunteers is elected every two years by member organisations.
LIFE COMES TO THE FESTIVAL THROUGH ARTISTS, PRESENTERS, SPONSORS AND AUDIENCES LIKE YOU. WE WELCOME YOU ALL AND INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IN CELEBRATING WITH FESTIVAL HELLENIKA, AS A VITAL PART OF AUSTRALIAS CULTURAL DIVERSITY.
Cretan Association of SA Constantinople Hellenic Society of SA Cypriot Community of SA Friends of Ecclesiastical & Byzantine
Music Association Glendi Greek Festival Greeks of Egypt & Middle East Society
of SA Incorporated Greek Orthodox Community & Parish of
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Community & Parish of
Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Community of The
Nativity of Christ Port Adelaide & Environs Greek Orthodox Community & Parish of
Saint George Greek Orthodox Community & Parish of
MEMBERS OF THE SA COUNCIL FOR THE GREEK CULTURAL MONTH INCORPORATED
Greek Orthodox Parish of Saint Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Parish of Saint
Panteleimon Inter-Communities Council of SA Malona Society St George Rhodes
SA Incorporated National Union of Greek Australian
Students SA Organisation of Hellenic & Hellenic
Cypriot Women of Australia Panarcadian Assoc SA O Kolokotronis Pan Ipirotikos Society of SA Pan-Laconian Society of SA Pan Macedonian Association of SA Pan Rhodian Society O Kolossos SA Friends of A.A.I.A Inc. The Vrinean Society of SA
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Greeks of Egypt & Middle East Society SA Co-opted memberCo-opted memberGreek Orthodox Community & Parish of St GeorgeThe Vrinean SocietyPan Rhodian Society ColossusConstantinople Hellenic Society SA Incorporated.Co-opted memberPanarcadian Association SA Kolokotronis Glendi Greek Festival Organisation of Hellenic & Hellenic Cypriot Women of AustraliaAssociate MemberAssociate Member
MESSAGE FROM GOVERNOR OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Over the past 25 years Festival Hellenika has been dedicated to the maintenance, development, promotion and celebration of Hellenic arts and culture.
Just as much as it captures the diversity within the Hellenic community, the festival also succeeds in engaging the broader South Australian community in this celebration and has enriched our states cultural diversity.
I would like to congratulate Festival Hellenika on its 25th Anniversary and acknowledge the dedicated board and hard-working volunteers who have ensured the success of the festival.
HIS EXCELLENCY THE HON HIEU VAN LE AO Governor of South Australia
MESSAGE FROM PREMIER OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The program for the 2016 Festival Hellenika is exciting and a fitting celebration of the events 25-year positive contribution to the life of our State.
Few festivals have better opened our hearts and minds to Greek culture than Hellenika, and I am very confident that this years version will be an outstanding success.
Hellenism, which is both ancient and modern, has enriched South Australia since virtually the start of European settlement, and it has helped make ours a diverse, harmonious and outward-looking society.
In advance, I commend the artists, performers, organisers, volunteers and sponsors for, together, making this latest Festival Hellenika uplifting and unforgettable.
HON JAY WEATHERILL Premier of South Australia
MESSAGE FROM STATE LIBERAL LEADER
On behalf of the South Australian Liberal Party, Id like to congratulate the South Australian Council for the Greek Cultural Month on the 25th anniversary of Hellenic Arts in South Australia. This is a fantastic achievement and shows that the Greek spirit is well and truly alive in our state.
Festival Hellenika is an annual gathering of artists whose creations are shared with the broader community. What I admire about this festival is that everyone from any background is welcome to participate and express their passion for Hellenic arts and culture. Its great to see such an eclectic mix of live performances, screenings, artists and events in this years program.
I encourage all South Australians and visitors to experience whats on offer and celebrate cultural diversity in this state. We are fortunate to live in a country that embraces different cultures and fosters cultural expression. A big thank-you must go to the organising committee, volunteers, performers and artists who have worked hard to ensure the 25th anniversary of Hellenic Arts in South Australia is celebrated accordingly!
I wish you a wonderful festival, and may the next 25 years be just as bright.
STEVEN MARSHALL MP State Liberal Leader
MESSAGE FROM MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
For the past 25 years, the South Australian Council for the Greek Cultural Month has organised cultural events of the highest quality. South Australians have come to appreciate Festival Hellenika as an annual highlight and an important event in South Australias arts and entertainment calendar.
Festival Hellenika invites all South Australians to experience the influence of Hellenic culture across the arts. It provides opportunities for local artists and builds links across communities. It exemplifies our Governments vision for deepening our understanding and appreciation of the wealth of our South Australian multicultural society.
As the Minister of both Multicultural Affairs and Volunteers, I acknowledge the immense contribution of volunteers, sponsors, performers and supporters who work tirelessly to make Festival Hellenika such a wonderful experience for the thousands of guests each year.
I give my best wishes to the South Australian Council for the Greek Cultural Month for another successful Festival, and I encourage all South Australians to come and enjoy the feast of Hellenic culture and cuisine on offer.
HON ZOE BETTISON MP Minister for Multicultural Affairs
MESSAGE FROM CONSUL GENERAL OF THE HELLENIC REPLUBLIC IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
On behalf of the Consulate General, I would like to congratulate the South Australian Council for the Greek Cultural Month on celebrating 25 years of Festival Hellenika!
Festival Hellenika has been celebrating Greek culture in Adelaide for a quarter of a century now by creating Hellenic art connections with the wider community throughout Australia and Greece.
It encourages and promotes all aspects of artistic creation that truly reflect the talent and passion that exist in South Australia.
It is wonderful to see how the Hellenic culture has expanded and evolved within the multicultural tapestry of South Australia.
The Hellenic State will continue to support Festival Hellenika through the Hellenic Consulate in Adelaide and I personally would like to wish you all the best for the future.
Festival Hellenika 25 !
ANDREAS KONSTANTINOS GOURAS Consul-General
MESSAGE FROM SHADOW MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
As Liberal Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs I offer my congratulations on the 25th Anniversary of Festival Hellenika, and my personal best wishes for its success in 2016, celebrating a quarter of a century enriching the South Australian community with this annual celebration of Hellenic culture.
OS SKIOTHIS POURYOS TON MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS, SAS SINHERO YIA TA 25 HRONIA TOU FESTIVAL HELLENIKA.
EPISIS TIS PROSOPIKES MOU EFHES YIA KATHE EPITIHIA TO 2016, YIORTAZONTAS 25 HRONIA PROVOLIS TOU ELLINIKOU POLITISMOU STIN AFSTRALIA.
DAVID PISONI MP Member for Unley
MESSAGE FROM CEO AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE
On behalf of Adelaide Festival Centre, I congratulate Festival Hellenika on their 25th anniversary.
The benefits of engaging communities through festivals are invaluable. They are a platform for breaking down stereotypes, educating, building partnerships and fostering understanding and creativity. Over many years, Festival Hellenika has been a flagship multicultural Festival in our state and made a significant contribution to the South Australian community.
Adelaide Festival Centre shares a long history with Festival Hellenika. We know that audiences delight in the Festival Hellenika events at held Adelaide Festival Centre and it is our pleasure to welcome them back every year. I commend their ability to bring the warmth and excitement of Greece to life in South Australia.
Adelaide Festival Centre looks forward to working closely with Festival Hellenika for many more years to come.
DOUGLAS GAUTIER AM CEO & Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival Centre
MESSAGE FROM CHAIR, SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MULTICULTURAL AND ETHNIC AFFAIRS COMMISSION
On behalf of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission I offer my sincere congratulations to Festival Hellenika for once again setting the benchmark to showcase the beauty and diversity of Hellenic art, culture and heritage.
South Australias Greek community has a long and proud history of actively celebrating and sharing its rich and ancient culture with the wider community through festivals to support multiculturalism in our State.
Festival Hellenika continues this tradition with the highlight of this years festival program the celebration of 25 years of Hellenic Art in South Australia.
I congratulate the South Australian Council for the Greek Cultural Month Incorporated. (SACGCM), artists, volunteers and sponsors for their ongoing commitment and passion to promote the art and culture of Greece and extend my best wishes for a successful festival.
HON GRACE PORTOLESI Chair, South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Welcome to Festival Hellenika 2016. This promises to be our most exciting year yet as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.
Through our annual gathering of artists, we will continue to offer a wide ranging series of performances, screenings, presentations, exhibitions, concerts and events that reflect the talent and passion that have engaged audiences throughout South Australia. We aim to reach people from all walks of life, including a commitment to young people from early childhood through to tertiary level. Furthermore we are proud of our creative achievements and our long-standing aim to encourage, stimulate and promote all aspects of artistic creation as we celebrate Hellenic culture.
Since its inception, Festival Hellenika has showcased an extraordinary range of events. As we look back over our archives, a major highlight has been our yearly Musical Hellenika concert now presented at The Adelaide Festival Centre. In addition to the engagement of local performers, our musical productions by international artists have been highly acclaimed. Our program has encompassed all styles of Greek music ranging from traditional, to the contemporary including internationally renowned Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hajidakis, the Rembetika of Markos Vamvakaris and Vassilis Tsitsanis, to the popular music of Yiannis Markopoulos and Stavros Xarhakos with an estimated 20,000 patrons attending.
It would be remiss of me if I did not mention two significant events in our festivals history that marked our efforts to connect with main stream artistic bodies, a concert on the music of Greece in conjunction with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and in 2003 a major collaboration with Nexus Multicultural Art Centre, where we presented the inspirational Oud Project.
We have presented a rich array of talks by scholars in their chosen fields, including Dr Stahis Gaunlet on Rembetika, Mr Peter Ewer on Forgotten ANZACS, Prof. Alfred Vincent on Nikos Kazantzakis, Mr Li Chenggui on Zorba in China, Prof. Han Baltussen from the Classics Department of The University of Adelaide on numerous classical topics and Prof. M. Tsianikas and students of the Greek Dept of Flinders University on Konstantinos Kavafis.
Festival Hellenika is made possible through the passion and commitment of our committee members, who I thank for their ongoing support. I would like to thank our major partners - the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad, the Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Pavilion, Argon Design, Multicultural SA and all our generous sponsors for encouraging, supporting and believing in us.
It is my firm belief that art engages and draws people together in a myriad of ways. Over the next few months, I trust we will succeed in immersing you in the rich adrenaline rush of our Festival.
LOULA DACOLIAS President
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Disclaimer: Programme details are correct at the time of printing but are subject to change where necessary and without notice.
DATE/TIME LOCATION TICKETS BOOKINGS OTHER
THE IMMIGRANTMusic night /
Presented by Chrisoula and Chris
A collection of songs in Greek and English that reflects and celebrates the immigration journey of Greek Australians. A show, which offers a musical glimpse into the Greek Australian experience.17 19 Feb, 7pm
La Bohme 36 Grote St Adelaide SA 5000
Adelaide Fringe Tix www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix
TASTE OF GREECE DINNERTalk with meal /
Presented by Eugenia Pantahos together wit...