The Cypriot Community Annual Souvla

Date: 10th February 2013

Location: Kingsway Sports Ground in Madeley (entry from Kingsway or Bellerive Bvd)

Price: $20 Adults $10 Children under 12yrs (meal tickets purchased on entry)

Fully Licenced Bar available for drink purchases.

The Cypriot Community Annual Souvla is one of the Community’s favourite and well attended events and in 2013 it’s going to be held on the 10th of February. If you haven’t been before, please be assured this event is ALWAYS an enjoyable day in which anyone and everyone can appreciate authentic Cypriot Souvla, fresh salads and dips and of course delicious home made loukoumades.

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As usual, it will be held at the child friendly venue of the Kingsway Sports Ground in Madeley (entry from Kingsway or Bellerive Bvd) and starts at 12pm. Come early to set up your picnic table or blanket or select a table inside and enjoy succulent meats off the souvla! In addition, we will be providing popular Greek music inside and outside to create the proper Cypriot Kefi!

 

MIHALIS HATZIGIANNIS to headline the 2013 Antipodes Festival

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In what Festival organisers have called a coup, the talented and extremely popular Cypriot born superstar Mihalis Hatzigiannis will headline this year’s Antipodes Festival in Lonsdale Street Melbourne on Saturday March 16 and the Greek Festival of Sydney at Darling Harbour on Sunday March 17.

Hatzigiannis was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and graduated from the Cyprus Music Academy (Royal College of London) with a degree in piano, guitar and music theory. Starting out young with his first major performances coming at Eurovision qualifiers when he was only 17 years old, he had three hit records (all reaching platinum status in Cyprus) and a performance at Eurovision by the time he was 20. Sold out tours and platinum records followed right across the Greek speaking world including 2 previous sold out tours of Australia.

The Greek Festival of Sydney and Melbourne’s Antipodes Festival have become renowned worldwide as the largest celebrations of Greek culture outside of Greece. Tens of thousands of people attend the free events with the highlight each year being the performance by an invited guest artist on the respective main stages at Lonsdale Street and Darling Harbour.

In taking to the Festival stages, Hatzigiannis follows in the footsteps of some of Greece’s most well-known performers including Eleftheria Arvanitaki, George Dalaras, Haris Alexiou, Glykeria, Dimitra Galani, Alkistis Protopsaltis and Pantelis Thalassinos.

“We are delighted and excited about having one of the hottest Greek artists in recent years gracing our stage.” Leonidas Vlahakis, Antipodes Festival

“Beyond simply being a great performer one of Hatzigianni’s attractions for us is his appeal amongst a younger audience.” Nia Karteris, Greek Festival of Sydney

Hatzigiannis was last in Australia in 2011, and with his broad range of musical talents and extensive song list, we’re excited to be presenting these concerts for free to Melbourne and Sydney audiences.

The Lonsdale Street Glendi is the highlight of the Antipodes Festival, the cultural arm of the Greek Community of Melbourne, which sees Melbourne’s Greek centre transform into one giant free street party, bringing together local and international performers, children’s activities and food, for a weekend of fun and feasting.

The Greek Festival of Sydney takes over Darling Harbour during the weekend of March 16 and 17, where it comes alive to the sound of fabulous Greek music, the aromas of Greek food, displays of Greek dancing and many surprises for the children. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the vibrant multiculturalism of Sydney and to explore the beauty of Greek culture.

WHAT MIHALIS HATZIGIANNIS headline performance at Greek Festivals
WHEN Saturday 16 March at Melbourne’s Antipodes Festival in Lonsdale Street
Sunday 17 March at the Greek Festival of Sydney in Darling Harbour
NOTE: BOTH PERFORMANCES ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC

For further information and image requests, please contact:
Melbourne: Penny Kyprianou | 0414 717 250 | penny.kyprianou@antipodesfestival.com.au
Sydney: Dimitra Lafazanos | 02 9750 0440 | greekfestival@goc.com.au
http://www.antipodesfestival.com.au | http://www.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au

 

Sydney third most expensive city

Sydney Opera House.

Sydney is the third most expensive city in the world, according to global survey.

AUSTRALIAN cities are some of the most expensive in the world to live in, with a new report ranking Sydney third behind Japan’s Tokyo and Osaka.

The Economist Intelligence Unit worldwide cost of living index 2013 placed Melbourne fifth after the Norway’s capital, Oslo.

“Australian cities have been rising very quickly up the rankings as economic growth has supported inflation and currency swings to make them costly,” the report says.

It was only a decade ago when there were no Australian cities among the 50 most expensive cities, while two years ago Australian cities began to be ranked among the top 10, it says.

Tokyo resumed its place as the world’s most expensive city, after Zurich had been pushed to the top of the ladder last year due to currency swings.

“This is a familiar position for the Japanese capital, which has been the world’s most expensive city for all bar a handful of the last 20 years,” it said.

The Hellenic American Oral History Project at Queens College

Source: Vicki James Yiannias

Chances to capture and document the lives and experiences of the “first wave” of Greek immigrants to the US, which began around 1880, have suffered the passage of time, but Queens College Sociology Professor Nicholas Alexiou, is bent on “capturing the moment before it is lost”, by documenting the “second wave” of Greek immigration to the U.S., 1960-1980, which has received little scholarly attention up to now, through his groundbreaking Queens College project, The Hellenic American Oral History Project: Greek Americans.

The first-ever oral history archive of New York’s Greek American community and the changing face of Astoria, The Hellenic American Oral History Project: Greek Americans, made possible by major funding from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and part of a new Internet archive and research and database, features more than two dozen video interviews, in Greek and in English, of Greeks who emigrated to New York City between1960 and 1980 and their children.

At a press conference at Queens College of the City of New York in Flushing on January 24, where a multi-monitor display presented The Hellenic American Oral History Project’s more than two dozen oral history interviews, Professor Alexiou, Director of the project, expressed a motivation to document the largest Greek American community in the United States, saying, “The community does not know its own past, they need to know the people who created this community so there is a continuous link between the past and the present”.

We noted that while Greek American celebrities usually speak for Greek America in documentaries and in the media, this project offers a refreshing take, featuring a cross section of real people—business owners, civic leaders, students, and residents in Astoria, young and old, foreign and native-born Greek Americans–in Alexiou’s words, “the people who really created this community”.

Queens College has 1,500 students with Greek ancestry, more than any other American university, and its Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies is the ideal place to host this archive that provides a groundbreaking perspective on the Greek American experience in New York.

Alexiou, who developed and carried out The Next Generation Initiative’s 2011 Got Greek? survey (based on his study The New Second Generation of Greek Americans, carried out at Queens College around the time of the Athens 2004 Olympics), has spent the last year conducting The Hellenic American Oral History Project interviews and drawing from U.S. Census data and other surveys, maps that reflect changing immigrant settlement patterns, demographics, and a historical overview of Greek immigration for depth of study.  Additional funding would make more interviews possible.

Some statistics quoted at the press conference: there are about 1.3 million people of Greek ancestry in the U.S. and about 178,000 in the New York metropolitan area; the second wave of Greek immigration turned Astoria into the second largest Hellenic city outside of Athens.  In recent years the number of US-born Greek Americans has exceeded the number of foreign-born as the members of that second wave of immigration have their own children.  In New York, about 66% of Greek Americans were born in the US compared to 34% foreign born.

Speakers and the press conference were: Queens College President James Muyskens, Queens College Provost James Stellar, both of whom expressed admiration for the Greek community and support for and belief in the project, Georgios Iliopoulos, Consul General of Greece in New York, Alexia Makrigiannis standing in for Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (a Queens College graduate), Stelios Vasilakis, Senior Program Officer for Strategy and Initiatives and Co-Chief of Public Affairs of the  Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and oral history site participants Panos Adamopoulos, local businessman, and Alexandra Kavouras, Queens College student.

In his presentation, Stelios Vasilakis stated that “Queens College, which seats and serves one of the most ethnically diverse communities in America and Professor–and very good friend–Nicholas Alexiou–understand very well the importance of The Hellenic American Oral History Project for preserving the history of the Greek American community.  In developing and supporting the project they have offered a tremendous service to the community… We are all very thankful to them.  We at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation are very proud and very pleased not only to be here today, but to have been given the opportunity to support this very important project.”

Vasilakis pointed out that immigrant communities are “complex, dynamic, and ever-evolving”, and oral histories play an increasingly important role in the preservation and understanding of the social, political, and economic parameters of immigrant communities “as they go from one generation to the other”.

Two years ago he received support, not only in funding, but also in moral support, from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, said Professor Alexiou, “I had proposed a two year project to the Foundation in which I would conduct interviews with Greek Americans in New York of different backgrounds in order to create a documentary portrait of ethnicity, identity and ethnic attachment.  Today is the first step of the project as I had envisioned it: first, filming a number of interviews and creating a publicly accessible website based here at Queens College, a public institution, and eventually at some later point, to shape an interview constituted book.  In the earliest stages Mr. Vasilakis was extremely supportive and enthusiastic, and when we first met with the Andreas from the Niarchos Foundation and with Mr. Stellar, [Queens College Provost], a Philhellene himself, who was also very supportive… and we are very thankful for that.”

Alexiou went on to say that at this stage of the research, although he is beset with the many and complex challenges of the project, he has realized, while going over the interviews these recent days, that the interviewees are telling a new story in a new way.  “They are real people, with real individual and collective narratives.  Over all, the

The Hellenic American Oral History Project, vis a vis the first-ever archive of the Greek Americans after one hundred years of continuous presence in New York, seeks to provide a groundbreaking perspective on the community and its experience.

He continued with observations on Astoria itself, saying,  “Although Astoria is still the symbol of Greek immigration into the States, is not anymore the place where the Greek live.  The Greeks, as they achieve socio-economic mobility, and neighborhood mobility, are moving out of Astoria, and part of this project is to depict that.  You can see the maps based on the census that they still prefer Queens, though, places like Whitestone and Bayside.  But the story that remains is simple.  At this moment of transformation, of this transition of the community, the project comes at a good time.”  Alexiou thanked the film director of the project, Tassos Rigopoulos and his team, one being filmmaker Mirto Kassis, “who is becoming more and more fanatic about getting more and more interviews… I hope that funds and good health will help us to continue.”  He thanked the Chair of the Department of Sociology, the Dean of Social Sciences, and his colleagues from his Department and all the personnel, among others, who urged him to continue even on days when he was overcome with desperation,

“The latest wave was people looking for a better future, whether it was economic or educational… they came to the U.S. desperately seeking jobs to feed their families,” said Panos Adamopoulos, project interviewee.  Turning the topic to the early immigrants, who founded Greek organizations, built schools and founded businesses, Adamopoulos, who is President of the Athenian Society of Astoria, noted that he later immigrants in the timeframe of the project were more easily assimilated into American culture and felt less need to belong to those cohesive cultural groups. He expressed the hope that Greek American youth will retain or recover interest in Greek cultural traditions to keep them alive.

To partake of this history in the making, go to www.qc.cuny.edu/greekoralhistory

 

Senator Xenophon says the decision would force those people travelling on Qantas international flights to travel first to another state

Source: TheAustralian

Senator critical of Qantas change

Qantas jets seen taxing

An independent senator has criticised Qantas for ending its international flights out of Adelaide. Source: AAP

A DECISION by Qantas to end its international flights out of Adelaide is a “sick joke” on South Australians, independent Senator Nick Xenophon says.

Senator Xenophon says the decision would force those people travelling on Qantas international flights to travel first to another state.

“Qantas’s senior management assured me in September last year that the Adelaide-Singapore service was safe – that assurance has been broken,” he said.

“Why is it that other countries’ airlines fly in and out of Adelaide over 80 times a week – yet our national carrier is now abandoning South Australia on international routes?”

Qantas currently operates Adelaide to Singapore services three times a week but announced on Monday that they would stop at the end of March.

Greek Australian politicians are putting their campaign hats on, with this election period expected to be the longest yet

Greek politicians get on board for Sept election

Greek politicians get on board for Sept election

Steve Georganas

4 Feb 2013
HELEN VELISSARIS

The date’s been set. Australians will be going to the polls on September 14. It’s become the earliest announcement of the election date in history, prompting speculation that voters will be bombarded with campaign messages much earlier than expected.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has pushed aside the issue of timing and said the announcement was to help put things in perspective.

“The benefit of fixing the date now is not just the end of speculation about election timing. It gives shape and order to year,” she said.

She denied that the announcement will prematurely start campaigns, telling politicians they should not neglect their governing jobs.

“It should be clear to all which are the days of governing, and which are the days of campaigning,” she said.

For Greek Australian politicians, the election date announcement has come at a good time.

Most expected the election to be called in September and have welcomed the transparency.

“I think it is a good for democracy,” Independent Senator Nick Xenaphon said.

“We all know now when we’ll be put out of our misery.”

MP Steve Georganas believes that in an election year, the campaign will always start early.

“When you’re leading into an election year, the campaigning starts anyway,” he told Neos Kosmos.

“In my case my campaigning started the day after the last election,” he says.

For many politicians, it’s too early to start campaigning, with many of them going on with their work as normal.

MP Maria Vamvakinou says the election doesn’t serve as a distraction for her work in representing her electorate.

“It’s still early days although I don’t expect major distractions. I will continue to work in the same manner I intended before the election date was called,” she told Neos Kosmos.

Political apathy

For many voters, the thought of another election campaign is daunting. After petty bickering, multiple scandals and politicians that wont say anything without a PR team behind them, many have lost faith and interest in their leaders. Political apathy is at its highest it’s ever been and both parties will need to find new ways of campaigning, rather than resting on tired tactics.

Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella says the election is a time to give people a chance to chose a new political platform and move away from the bickering.

“The unusually dysfunctional nature of a minority government and the scandals, it really has dragged down the respect of politics and the tolerance of politics,” she told Neos Kosmos.

“They want to know that those in government have got the national interest, not their own interest at heart”.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott has labeled this election as one of “trust”. His new tagline for the Liberal campaign has changed slightly to “hope, reward, opportunity”, calling for a positive future for Australia by channeling the catchphrases of the popular Howard era.

”Who do you trust to reduce cost of living pressures?” Mr Abbott asked in response to the election announcement. ”Who do you trust to boost small business and to boost job security? And who do you trust to secure our borders?”

Bookies have already started to take punts and it seems the odds are in the coalition’s favour. Just as Julia Gillard announced the date, Labor’s odds drifted from $3.75 to $4.15, while the Liberal’s odds shot up to $1.22, from $1.26.

No safe seat

The national political fatigue many voters are feeling means no seat can be considered safe.

A poll released this week by the Financial Review indicates Mr Georganas’ seat in the South Australian electorate of Hindmarsh might be in trouble with the swing every increasing.
Mr Georganas has brushed off the speculation as nothing new.

“Polls come and go,” he says.

“All I can say is Hindmarsh has always been a battle ground, I’ve fought some very tight elections, it’s no different this time. You just can’t take anything for granted; you have to work your but off.”

The last sitting in Parliament is in June.

Greek yogurt coming to schools

Source: Niagara Gazette

Schools throughout the country will soon be offering Greek yogurt with their lunches, as part of a Department of Agriculture pilot program announced this week by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

The long-term goal is to have the yogurt, most of which is made in New York, featured permanently in school lunchrooms as part of the USDA’s Foods List. The list contains over 180 nutritious foods that state agencies are eligible to buy with USDA food entitlement money. Greek yogurt would be categorized on the Foods List as an additional protein option – a meat alternative to achieve meal nutrition requirements.

Schumer was among the New York congressional leaders who in June asked the USDA to classify Greek yogurt as a protein. In a Wednesday conference call with reporters, Schumer expressed his love of Greek yogurt.

“I eat it just about every night,” he said, adding that Greek yogurt was served at President Obama’s inauguration earlier this month. As chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, Schumer helped select a luncheon menu that included an array of New York products, including wine.

The USDA sent a letter to Schumer stating it would start the pilot program expected to place Greek yogurt in schools across the country as early as April. The pilot will help test market demand for Greek yogurt in schools, which could be an economic gain for New York, Schumer said.

New York companies hold about 70 percent of the nation’s $6 billion Greek yogurt market. The industry employs about 1,500 people in the Empire State, with 800 new jobs expected this year.

The New York-based Greek yogurt industry includes companies like Chobani, Fage, Alpina and the future Muller Quaker. In addition, because Greek yogurt requires more milk than regular yogurt, New York’s dairy farmers would also benefit, the senator said.

“The USDA’s pilot program will serve as an important first step in boosting nutrition for New York students, all while bolstering business for our dairy farmers and Greek yogurt producers alike,” Schumer said.

The USDA is expected to look for information from vendors over the next few weeks. In the letter to Schumer, the USDA said adding Greek yogurt would improve the offerings on its Foods List.

“The list of USDA food product offerings is routinely updated, with new and more healthful products added every year. Protein products are often the most popular items chosen from the list and the inclusion of strained (Greek) yogurt could help create a more rounded set of protein offerings for schools within the USDA Foods program,” USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon said in a statement.

Some educational leaders are on board as well.

“We support the efforts by Senator Schumer and the USDA to provide a healthy alternative with Greek yogurt to our students’ school meal programs,” New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer said in a statement.