Makis Christodoulopoulos and Chara Verra to tour Oz next year

Makis Christodoulopoulos with Chara Verra the dimotiko and laiko duo are set to tour Australia in April 2013.

Christodoulopoulos and Chara Verra to tour Oz next year

Makis Christodoulopoulos with Chara Verra the dimotiko and laiko duo are set to tour Australia in April 2013.

The tour will kick off in Melbourne on Wednesday 24 April, Anzac Day Eve at the Westgate Entertainment Complex. They will also be visiting Adelaide on Friday 26 and Sydney Saturday 27 April.

There is some talk of a charity event being held guest starring the well known singers from Greece.

Makis known for his unique singing style and having played with the best, doesn’t hide his gypsy background, in fact he is quite proud of where he comes from.

Fans will be sure to hear his biggest hits including Pantremeni ki duo and Melaxrinaki. For further information contact Kostas Athanasiou 0422 472 006.

 

Vasili the gardener wins Melbourne Award for Sustainability

Source: NeosKosmos

Vasili Kanidiadis, famous host of the Vasili’s Garden show, was presented with Melbourne Award for Contribution to Sustainability by an Individual.

Vasili the gardener wins Melbourne Award for Sustainability

Vasili Kanidiadis, famous host of the Vasili’s Garden show, was presented with Melbourne Award for Contribution to Sustainability by an Individual.

About 10 years ago, Vasili Kanidiadis hit on the idea of visiting gardeners from different migrant backgrounds to learn about their techniques and educate people about growing, harvesting and cooking their own food. Each week, with his show Vasili’s Garden, he visits the private world of backyard gardeners to discover passionate people willing to share their knowledge.

Now in its 10th year, Melbourne awards are given to individuals and organisations for their contributions to the city’s profile, community, and sustainability. “I’m honoured to have received such an award, I never expected to receive it. I feel very proud to have been acknowledged for what we love to do and that is to teach and share with the wider community how to live sustainably, from the garden right through to the kitchen. This is something that we will continue to do as long as we physically can,” Vasili tells Neos Kosmos. Aired on Channel 31 and SBS, in the highly popular Vasili’s Garden, Vasili passes on the information he learnt about the benefits of recycling, reducing and reusing products – knowledge often handed down from parents and grandparents who had to garden to survive in their home countries.

The show has recently clocked up 500 episodes and is still growing. “Next year in the new series we’re introducing new segments like healthy habits, green living, how to’s in the garden and great kitchen recipes as well,” Vasili said, with more information to be revealed closer to the launch date. In June and July this year, over 20 episodes of Vasili’s Garden were filmed in Greece.

The team is hoping to go back to Greece soon, as Vasili said, but like all shows it requires sponsorship support to make it possible. “The audience of Vasili’s Garden absolutely loved the shows that were filmed in Greece and are always asking for more,” Vasili said. Vasili also has regular segments on radio with SBS and 3AW, writes a weekly column for the Herald Sun and edits his own magazine titled Good Organic Gardening.

He runs an organic cafe and grocery store as part of his garden centre – at 21 – 25 Munro Street, Coburg, Victoria – with auditorium where he hosts cooking classes and gardening demonstrations. “The classes have gone through the roof, the garden and cafe has out grown the space they have, but we love a packed house every time. “Average class size is 50 with kids and about 35 with adults.

Everyone wants to become more environmentally friendly and it’s great to see they believe in us to guide them in the right direction,” Vasili said. Amongst the organic and home-style dishes that this place has to offer, Vasili says that the most popular is definitely mama’s Eleni home-style spanakopita, then the moussaka and galaktoboureko.

New push for return of Marbles; Parthenon to feature in two new films

Source: Kathimerini

The creation of a special advisory committee that is to coordinate a strategic national effort to secure the return of the Parthenon Marbles

New push for return of Marbles; Parthenon to feature in two new films

Alternate Culture Minister Costas Tzavaras announced the creation of a special advisory committee that is to coordinate a strategic national effort to secure the return of the Parthenon Marbles, a longstanding demand of the Greek authorities. Speaking a few weeks after the British Museum denied reports that it was considering returning fragments of sculptures from the Parthenon to Greece, Tzavaras said the ministry was bringing together “individuals of influence, knowledge and long experience of efforts to repatriate the Marbles.” The committee includes lawyers, archaeologists and senior government officials.

“Greece’s moral right ranks above every objection based on arguments aimed at procrastinating and ignoring the basic principle which applies worldwide and demands that cultural monuments are repatriated,” Tzavaras said.

In a related development, a decision by the Central Archaeological Council has given the go-ahead for two movie projects to use the Acropolis and other archaeological landmarks as filming locations. The first film, called Two Faces of January and based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, is to star Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst under the direction of Iranian-British screenwriter Hossein Amini.

Scenes are to be filmed on the Acropolis in Athens and at Knossos on Crete though the crew has not been granted permission to film within the columns of the cordoned-off Parthenon.

The crew reportedly had asked to film scenes depicting labourers on scaffolding around the Acropolis in the 1960s but were informed that there had been no works under way on the monument at that time and that such scenes would be anachronistic.

The second film that has been given a license to film on the Acropolis is an adaptation of The Valley of the Roses – a novel by the Swiss philhellene Paul Amadeus Dienach – to be filmed by Greek director Nikos Panagiotopoulos. In January, Greek authorities said they would reduce filming fees for the use of the country’s archaeological sites in a bid to lure production companies and bring in much-needed revenue. Officials stressed that approved projects would not put any monuments at risk.

Greek Australian journo wins media awards for Aboriginal newspaper

Source: NeosKosmos

Greek Australian journalist Gerry Georgatos has won two multicultural media awards for his work with the newspaper National Indigenous Times.

Greek Australian journo wins media awards for Aboriginal newspaper

Greek Australian journalist Gerry Georgatos has won two multicultural media awards for his work with the newspaper National Indigenous Times.

Georgatos won the awards for the categories Coverage of Indigenous Affairs and Investigative Reporting / Writing.

His article “People are not the Property of People; The Northern Territory is a Prison built brick by brick by the Commonwealth” won Best Coverage of Indigenous Affairs and the stories and the award for Best Investigative Reporting/Writing was for the two stories “What mining boom?

The Kimberley’s homeless rates the worst in the nation – nothing in the budgets to help them” and “Racism; its veils and layers are many”.

The journalist first joined the National Indigenous Times after he was head hunted by the editor Stephen Hagan for his advocacy work with indigenous Australians. * Gerry Georgatos spoke to Neos Kosmos this week about his life as a Greek Australian working for an indigenous newspaper, racism and how being a young seven-year-old in Greece at the time of the Junta has impacted him to live a life of social justice and advocacy. The full interview will be published in next Saturday’s English edition.