Justin Theroux’s Hand Placement On Oscars Red Carpet Makes Us Suspicious

Jennifer Aniston Pregnant?

Far be it for us to start a rumor, but we couldn’t help but notice the way Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux were posing on the red carpet at the 85th Annual Academy Awards.

We’d initially brushed off rumors that Aniston would be debuting a baby bump at the Oscars, but the placement of Theroux’s hand on his his fiancée’s belly has us on high alert.

We have our theories, but we’ll leave it up to you to decide.


Out of the Blue – “Lyra antics and Baglama” on Friday, 22 March 2013


After their amazing “Journey” concert, “Out of the Blue” are back with a concert that will make you feel Greek to the core! Friday, 22 March 2013 Panayiotis Kalandranis, Georgette Giatis and their talented musicians will take you on a soulful trip with their “Lyra antics and Baglama” (Της Λύρας τα Καμώματα, του Μπαγλαμά τα Ντέρτια).

Once more they will entertain you with Rembetika, folk and contemporary folk, and plenty of new material, this time accompanied by the sounds of medieval lute and Cretan lyra.
Musical direction : Nikos Sousamidis

Playing in the band are our regular fabulous musos, Petros Apostolidis and Themistoklis Ioakimidis on Bouzouki, Dimitri Vouros on Flute, Sax and Clarinet, Stan Stamatis Valacos on Double Bass, Peter Milonakis on Percussion, The Dimitri Fox on Drums, On Guitar, Baglama, Laouto Peter Kalandranis, On Vocals John Tzavaras, Georgette Giatis and Nikos Sousamidis (also playing his guitar including electric)

Special guests: the “Cretan Federation of NSW” dancers, Angelos Goutzios (laouto) and Antonis Petrantonakis (lyra and vocals)

The concert promises to give you a real taste of Crete and all of Greece

Buy your tickets on 0408 280 716 or outofthebluemusic@live.com.au.
Tickets can be mailed and payment can be made into account, email us for this option.

Venue: Fix Live, 588 Princess Highway, Rockdale. Price: $40.00 with meze

Byron Theofanis: the charismatic Greek settler, Part 1 and 2

In Part 1, we look at Byron Theofanis’ journey to the far east, and his life in the Orient

Byron Theofanis: the charismatic Greek settler


One of the most charismatic itinerant Greek settlers was Byron Theofanis, who was born in the township of Karlovasi on the island of Samos on 8 December, 1919. He was the youngest of eleven brothers and sisters in a well-esteemed family which was respected on the island for producing a number of clerics, merchants and teachers. Byron enrolled and graduated from the Public Commercial School of Samos, where he studied, among other things, accounting and commerce. When he graduated, he received news from his brother Platon in China that his expertise would be useful to their businesses in north China and Manchuria. Besides, the overall belligerent climate in Europe was affecting Greece and the political domestic anomalous situation triggered by the rise of the Ioannis Metaxas’ dictatorial regime in Greece (August, 1936), he decided to emigrate.
He commenced his long voyage to the exotic Far East in the spring of 1939. His first destination was Alexandria in Egypt, where two of his maternal uncles, the Veliskakis brothers, were affluent in practicing medicine and commerce. Byron was heading to China to join his brother Platon, his sister Maria, his brother-in-law Georgios Vakakis and his elder brothers, Emanuel and Themistocles Vakakis. The Vakakis Brothers had their uncles in China, the Inglessi brothers from the island of Samos, who were well-known ship-owners and merchants in wines, figs, raising and other Greek products in India, Korea, Manchuria and China.
In 1928, Georgios Vakakis visited his native Samos and married Maria Theofanis, before returning to Dairen via the Trans-Siberian Railway. The business was prospering for the Vakakis brothers. In 1932 they invited Maria’s brother Platon to join them in the management of their firm entitled Imports-Exports Firm Vakakis Bros. Co. Meanwhile, upon her settlement in Manchuria and especially after the Japanese invasion, Maria suffered from severe loneliness and nostalgia, as the only other family who was living in close vicinity in Dairen was the Charalambos Dukakis family, a pioneer Greek settler involved in the tobacco trade since 1896 in Manchuria. Her daily complaints emerging from the cultural shock she suffered from the new environment led her husband Georgios to invite her youngest brother Byron.
Byron Theofanis reached Bombay, Colombo and Hong Kong in May 1939 and arrived in the port of Shanghai (June, 1939)and was taken to close friend and associate, Alexandros Lazaridis and his wife Nina, residing in Shanghai. Lazaridis was the proprietor of a large vodka factory in Shanghai. His generous wife was Nina, a lady of aristocratic descent in Tsarist Russia. Her father, Fokion Kiousis used to be an affluent banker in St. Petersburg prior to the Revolution. In Darien, he was offered a clerical and assistant accounting work in the Import-Export Firm Vakakis Bros. Co. which was operated in partnership between the Vakakis brothers and his brother Platon. The main products of the company were canned goods, Californian fruits and raisins, green coffee bean, liquor and cigarettes. A year later, Byron was appointed salesman of the company and, having accumulated substantial experience, he moved initially to Mukden and then took up the management of the Harbin branch. In the early 1940s, in Mukden there were approximately 20 Greek settlers, amongst whom a couple of Greek Russian refugees, working as merchants and shop keepers. In Harbin, the number of Greek settlers was even larger and more cohesive as they were organised ecclesiastically and socially with the numerically strong Russian Orthodox community members. Some of them were ardent dissidents of the Moscow regime, several were persecuted as “enemies of the people”, while some were hounded because they were simply members of certain unfavourable ethnicities, primarily Jews, Armenians and Greeks.
“…Most of them were aware of the Greek civilization and were supportive of the social and economic initiatives that we were undertaken. During the War, in other occupying regions, the Japanese security forces were very harsh, driving many Europeans, including Greeks, into concentration camps and imposing cruel constraints. However, in Harbin and Mukden, their administration was more relaxed. After 1945, we were forced to survive on food rationing, and to report our activities to the local Japanese Security Forces by whom we were treated as “friendly” enemies. The Director of the Aliens Department of the Japanese Security in Mukden was even receptive to our requests, such as to hang on to certain censored items. I remember that we used to have a radio listening to the BBC War news from New Delhi and Colombo. This was initially confiscated by the security forces; however we managed to convince the director to return it to us. I recall that we learned about the sinking of the ships Repulse and Prince of Wales from Prime Minister W. Churchill himself listening to the BBC from New Delhi…”
(Byron Theofanis interview with A. M. Tamis, 31 January 2007, Dardalis Archives)
However, with the eruption of WWII, the Japanese occupying government imposed severe restrictions on imports. By 1944, as business conditions deteriorated and the trade was restricted to local business activities, Greek companies began to shrink, forcing many of them to restrict their sales on a few products. By 1945, the adverse business situation coerced many companies, among them Byron’s company, to liquidate.

He moved to Shanghai and worked in the Lazaridis Vodka Distillery before moving to Japan. In a relatively short period (1950-1955), having one false start in business, he managed to set up two companies with his brother Platon, whom he invited to Japan. Byron’s two business ventures, a travelling musical instrument company and a souvenir shop in Yokohama were both influenced by the American presence and the Greek expeditionary forces in the Korean War. During the period, Byron’s knowledge of Japanese assisted him to join a Jewish-American import-export firm, working in the finance section.
“…In Yokohama, we were receiving the Greek and Greek American soldiers on leave, who were fighting in Korea, usually for a couple of weeks. Together with our souvenir shop, we were eager to assist them with other practical social, recreational and spiritual needs that they had. We were selling Japanese and Greek products. The troops usually were placing their orders, they were disappearing for ten or fifteen days and then they were re-appearing to collect their orders. They were shopping almost exclusively for their sisters, fiancés and mothers. Some of them were also acquiring products simply to re-sell them for profit in the black market upon their return to Korea. During the closing stages of the war, one Greek Major General, Theophanis Alexander Christeas made a round in the airport and caught a number of them with our souvenirs which they bought to sell in the black market. The General confiscated the goods and prohibited any commercial transaction involving his soldiers with Japan, thus becoming increasing unpopular amongst his men…”
(Byron Theofanis interview with A. M. Tamis, 31 January 2007, Dardalis Archives)


In Part 2, Byron Theofanis’ life in the Orient and his successful migration to Australia is explored

Byron Theofanis during an open house at his premises in Tokyo with other members of the Greek community celebrating the Greek national Day of 1953.

During his five-year sojourn in Japan, Byron Theofanis, having accumulated a rich knowledge and experience of the Japanese language and culture in Manchuria, became a de facto cultural ambassador of Hellenism in Japan. Via his activities, certain aspects related to the Greek mythology and the Japanese culture were promoted in the American social clubs; he closely collaborated with the constant inflow of Greek army officers participating in the Korean expedition, as well as with Greek American officers of the occupying forces in Japan, and Greek nurses organizing open-house socials and fundraising activities for the less fortunate among the Greek settlers in Tokyo and Yokohama. He christened Greek Japanese children, liaised with the incoming Generals of the Greek Army, protected many wounded Greek soldiers and visited Greek nationals in Japan.
He even narrowly escaped a famous marriage with a the elegant Japanese actress, Sugi Yoko, who finally migrated to Los Angeles, where she settled. Yoko was from a noble Japanese family. Her father, during the Japanese occupation of China, had been the Director of the Shanghai Customs Offices; however, following the Communists’ success he lost his entire wealth. Despite the approval of her mother, her father did not consent to his daughter entering a marriage with a foreigner. “He was a gentle and polite character, however he was ultra-conservative. Yoko was determined to accept our union on the proviso that I would settle in Japan. She had to financially support her purged parents. The dilemma was too great. I realized that there was only one way open to me: to exit the country”. In 2009, Byron and Yoko met again in Tokyo during a very emotional reunion and thereafter the couple maintained an affectionate communication.
While in Japan, Byron also managed to utilize his social skills in organizing regular social events at his residence, which he happily shared with the Honorary Consul of Greece in Yokohama, Anthony Papadopoulos. During his settlement in Japan, Byron also acted as an envoy-mediator for the Greek military personnel serving in Korea, who were frequently visiting Japan. Having the acquaintance of prominent personalities in the Japanese social spectrum and having the support of the powerful Japan-Hellenic Society, he liaised in many occasions with government authorities, benevolent societies and the military to secure high-ranking meetings, to organize important appointments and summits and to connect the Greek officers in the Korean War with their Greek American counterparts.
Byron’s invaluable services to the Greek Americans of Japan earned him the respect of his compatriots and that of the Greek state. In 1952, General Thrasyboulos Tsakalotos, Chief of the Greek Army, arrived in Korea and presented him the Greek Distinguished Services Medal, together with journalist and correspondent of the Vradyni newspaper of Athens, Kimon Skordylis, in the presence of General Tassonis, the leader of the Greek Army forces in Korea. Around this time, he became friends with Greek ship owner and politician Nikitas Venizelos in Japan, and later on in the USA and Greece. Byron recalled his relationship with Nikitas, his antipathy for politics, his desperate attempt to avoid the Korean War Front and his indulgence in life, more than half a century later:
“Nikitas had been a practical person with strong antipathy to politics. As a matter of fact he was teasing his uncle Sophocles, one of the promising post-War politicians and son of Venizelos the Great. Yet, afterwards he joined Greek politics and became the post-war re-founder of the Liberal Party in Greece. Nikitas was very much Americanized then, always sober, constantly clear-headed and very generous. He was maintaining relations with his extended family in Greece, visiting his father and his uncle Sophocles. In late 1951, several months after our first acquaintance and his return to USA, I received a telephone call, later in the evening. On that day, I was hosting a social evening at my home for approximately 20 Greek American and Greek army officers and three female nurses who were assigned to Korea. It was him, Nikitas Venizelos. I asked him if he was in New York. He replied in a rather anxious manner that he was in Tokyo, at the Yamato Hotel, conscripted by the USA Army, ready to be mobilized to the Korean War Front. I asked him to take a taxi and join us at home. Upon his arrival, I lent him one of my costumes and I introduced him to those present. My Greek American guests did not hide their admiration and respect for the grand-child of Venizelos the Great. I am sure that for many of their parents, who also took part in the Balkan Wars (1912-1913), the name of Venizelos possessed an enormous legacy. When he informed the Greek American officers that he was, as a matter of fact, conscripted to be sent to the front, they appeased him, promising to offer him another assignment. With the intervention of Frank Scolinos and the Japan Hellenic Society, Nikitas Venizelos, two days later was assigned to serve in a military office in Yokohama. This is the how he escaped the war front…”
After the Korean War, Nikitas Venizelos returned to the USA maintaining his relationship with Byron. In the meantime, the latter in November 1955, exited Japan aboard S.S. Arion, travelling initially to Victoria and Vancouver in Canada, and then for almost three months to New York as a guest of Nikitas Venizelos and his wife Katherine at Rye and of Byron’s older brother, Panagiotis, in Riversdale:
“I caught the Northern Train from Seattle to New York. Nikitas and Katherine were at the station to welcome me and take me to their home. I also visited the home of my brother Panagiotis, whom I met for the first time, as he migrated to the USA before I was born. I met my brother with his wife Alexandra and their two children. One of his children was a seaman and, at some stage in 1953, I had the opportunity to receive him as a guest in my house in Yokohama for almost three weeks. Panagiotis was running a family business then in Astoria, comprising of a shop and a small manufacturing warehouse and selling coffees to passing customers as well as to restaurants and cafés in New York. Nikitas was also very generous and an excellent host. He organised a reception at his place inviting prominent Greek Americans and his associates to meet me. He spoke very highly about me and my role in Japan, emphasizing my efforts to save him from the Korean War front. I stayed for almost three months encouraged by the hospitality of Nikitas and the loving care of my brother Panagiotis…”
In February 1956, he boarded the Greek liberty type cargo vessel, Arion that brought him to the USA, and three months later for Hamburg, Germany; from there, via railway to Athens. He spent almost eight months in his native island and Athens socializing with his relatives and starting to understand better the Greek way of life and the people there. After all, he had spent more time in the Orient than in Greece. At the beginning, it was a severe cultural shock. In both China and Japan his intellectual life was influenced by Confucian legacies, stressing his role as an individual to the society. His duties to the state, his high sense of loyalty to family and filial piety became standards of conduct in his life at all social levels. On the other hand, Greece was coming out of a civil war, and the destruction caused by unstable successive governments. Attitudes of independent rationalism and selfishness prevailed in public life. Under these prevailing attitudes, his determination to expatriate to Australia became even stronger. His brother Platon, and many of his acquaintances from China and Japan, had already settled in the Antipodes, embarking on a new settlement attempt. Byron had obtained a residential visa from the Australian Embassy in Tokyo; however, it had already expired. He easily renewed it in Athens as the Australian Ambassador was particularly selective of prospective high spirited and educated immigrants.
In July, Byron boarded the S.S. Kyreneia for Melbourne where he finally arrived just prior to the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. On board, he met a number of Greek immigrants, including Polyvios Papandreopoulos, who played an important cultural and education role in Melbourne. Byron, upon his settlement, embarked on a campaign to identify the commercial prospects open to him. Eventually, he examined the possibility of entering a partnership with his brother Platon, who already owned and operated a fish and chips shop. However, he decided against such a venture, as he was well accustomed to the imports and exports trade. He first spent time in Melbourne, and in Sydney, investigating commercial avenues and searching for the best available option. His experience of oriental management convinced him that it was crucial for his commercial initiatives to focus on the general populace rather than on a local or even parochial clientele. After all his overall temperament and moral fibre was different from the majority of the Greek migrant community that settled in Melbourne as a result of the Australian government controlled migration system in 1952. The latter were mainly unskilled labourers and agrarians, who were compelled to survive in an unknown and often hostile industrial environment, and to build up opportunities for the socioeconomic and educational elevation of their children. Byron had always been a man with a fascination for the arts, articulate in his manners, eloquent in his preferences, constantly captivated by the atmosphere of the American and British social clubs in the Far Orient, at all times enchanted by the connectivity of the people around him, both in business as well as in social life. These tendencies were affordable to a man who accumulated a vast living experience in all five continents of the globe.
Byron maintained an excellent rapport with other Greek Chinese and Greek Japanese expatriates forming small colonies in Melbourne and in Sydney as early as 1948. This Greek oriental settlement in Australia coincided in the early 1950’s with the arrival of a large number of middle class settlers from Egypt and Romania. These settlers, most of them former company executives, merchants, shop proprietors and professionals merged with the vast Greek population of unskilled labourers and agrarian immigrants, balancing the socioeconomic milieu of the Australian Greek community. These new immigrants acted as supporting agents of a culturally and linguistically diverse community, assuming responsibility for the introduction both of new employment patterns and of new economic methods. They introduced requisite and expertise techniques and imported knowledge in commerce and trade brought from their old countries of settlement, from which they were uprooted only because of political turmoils. Most of them were adventurous businessmen, eager to succeed in the stable, primarily western oriented Australian society.
Upon his settlement in Melbourne, Byron became active in attending socials and creating opportunities for social integration. It was customary in those early days for former Greek Chinese settlers who formed their small colony in Australia to invite each other to get-together evenings sharing their nostalgia of the good old days in China and Manchuria. In one of those socials, he later (January 1958) met at Charalambos Dukakis’ residence in Brighton, Melbourne his fiancé Golpho Giannakopoulos, whom he married and they lived together, raising three children, Irene, Vasilios and Christina, until her death in November 2000. Golpho had been invited to settle in Australia by her sister Georgia and her brother-in-law Ioannis Smyrniotis (John Simon) who used to have the Tarax Restaurant in Swanston Street in the city. Byron concentrated on his business and family life, whilst he also joined the Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) in 1958 serving its membership as President of Aristotle Lodge and later on as State President. Following his retirement from business life, he became active in propagating the Hellenic legacies and supporting cultural and educational activities. In 2006, he became a great benefactor of the then National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research (E.K.E.M.E.) in Melbourne, a world class research institution (1997-2008), offering a bequest of $100,000 for scholarships and awards in the memory of his wife Golpho.
The sizeable Greek Chinese colony which was transplanted in Australia remained socially cohesive and financially affluent. For example, Charalambos and Elisabeth Dukakis transplanted into Melbourne their tobacco and importing business brought from north China and settling in Brighton. Their three China-born daughters, who were married to non-Greek professionals, resided in Melbourne, thus transferring their exotic experience of the orient into the Antipodes; Themistocles Vakakis from Harbin and Mukden set his house up in Brunswick, Melbourne with his family, following Platon Theofanis’ invitation; Vladimiros Stefanidis settled with his wife Maria in Melbourne. His son Nicholas, his son-in-law Platon and his daughter Claudia followed a few months later. China-born brothers’ Aristeidis and Omiros Paradissis, with their mother Adamantina, settled in Melbourne from Chefoo and Shanghai. Eventually Aristeidis became a lecturer of French literature at La Trobe University whilst Omiros made a successful career as a public servant (see relevant segment). Other Greek Chinese and Greek Japanese immigrants, including Pontian Demetrios Triantafyllidis, the Kanellakis and the Bouhoutsos brothers, settled in Sydney and other large urban centres of the NSW and Queensland, as this has been the case with the descendents of the Kanellakis brothers and Antonios Papadopoulos and his family.
Byron Theofanis, upon his return to Melbourne cleared though Customs a number of machines that he brought from Japan and a few months later he established his coffee company Oasis importing raw coffee and selling its manufacturing products. More than fifty years later, after setting up one of the most successful companies in Australia, he assessed his business achievement in a modest fashion:
“…all you need to begin with was a grinder and roaster. I did not have any substantial provisions, only this basic equipment and a few furniture items that I brought from Yokohama. Most of my social contacts were discouraging me to enter such a tough competition against large coffee companies, including Bushels, Robert Timms and Griffiths. However, I was left with not many options. Melbourne was the industrial capital of Australia. I paid a short visit to car manufacturing giant General Motors in Port Melbourne seeking some sort of employment. I was disappointed as my entire life was spent in pursue of various trades. I commenced my coffee company in the back yard of my brother’s fish and chip shop in Victoria Street, Brunswick. Two years later I moved to Balwyn, upgrading the production equipment and increasing the produced quantity. I was selling both to restaurants and cafés as well as retail. I started employing people to distribute the Oasis coffee around Melbourne. It was 15 years later when I decided to enter a partnership with a former bank employee, Christos Gregoropoulos, a refined and high-minded person. We started importing large quantities of coffee from Latin American countries as well as from Ethiopia and Tanzania. We were compelled to move to a larger building establishment in Burwood. In 1984, Christos and I decided to sell the company to Peter and Denise Patisteas and Paul Theodore, who used to run one of my retail coffee shops…”

Vassy (Vasiliki Karagiorgos) first Greek Australian to top Billboard charts

Vasiliki Karagiorgos (born in Darwin, Australia), known mononymously as VASSY, is an Australian singer-songwriter. Vassy, whose parents are both Greek immigrants, was discovered in 2003 after winning an Australian (Triple J) Unearthed radio contest and quickly began to receive recognition in Australia for her vocal talent and style, heavily influenced by Billie Holiday.


You probably know Greek-Australian indie-pop dynamo Vassy’s soulful and exotic voice from TV campaigns such as Chevy, Target, Victoria’s Secret, Skechers, Google, Nike and Hilton Hotels or shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty and Human Target. That’s if it isn’t from catching her music in feature films such as The Cabin in the Woods or games like FIFA, The Sims; Dr. Pepper and YouTube have even featured her music in webformercials! If that wasn’t enough, the Australian singer/songwriter recently teamed up with Grammy-nominated Dave Audé for her new Billboard Chart release, “We Are Young”. The pop-tastic tune features big room floor filling remixes from Dave Audé, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Dirty Freqs, Ivan Gomez & Reidiculous.

Vassy, whose Greek-Australian background is as unique as voice, is deftly talented at penning strong lyrics that convey her own upbeat, hand-clapping and foot-stomping attitude towards life; Positive and uplifting, they whisk the listener the listener away to a happier place.

Vassy was born in a remote area of Australia to Greek immigrants, fell in love with the rhythmic, smoky voice of Billie Holiday at a young age, and developed a lasting passion for boundary-pushing musical creation after getting kicked out of her school’s choir because she was told that she “couldn’t sing”. After fulfilling her promise to her late father by obtaining an honors degree in Interior Architecture, Vassy’s perseverance and determination to share her unique brand of music led her to win an Australian radio contest and subsequently sign with Warner Brothers in Australia in 2003, where her infectious and quirky productions dominated the Australian pop music scene. In 2008, Vassy signed with Ultra records and made the decision to move too the United States to work with producers such as Darkchild, Afrojack and Richard Vission.

Early life

Vassy was always a natural born leader having been kicked out of her school choir as a kid instinctively at a young age she knew she had something different to the rest of the kids something special and rare. A gift that only she could use at the right time. Vassy put music to the back burner for several years after that and continued to get her degree in first class honors Bachelor of Design, Interior Architecture. In honor of her late father she promised him she would get a degree before pursuing music and that she did. Vassy graduated from UTS in Sydney and had a scholarship with Ryerson in Toronto. It was only after she graduated that she started to pursue her dream in being a recording artist, singer song writer.

2003-06: Triple J & My Affection

Vassy was first Unearthed by Triple J radio in Sydney. Her music was instantly embraced putting her on the map with Australian audiences and offers started to flow in. She signed to Universal Australia and release an EP called “COVER YOU IN KISSES” which she recorded in Frech and Greek in addition to her English single. The single did very well in Australia and had high rotation on radio and all Music Video TV platforms like Rage, MTV and video hits. Vassy featured on all the morning TV talk shows like Good Morning Australia. She later signed to Warner Music Australia and released her debut album MY AFFECTION which she wrote and co produced her self. She performed the singles off her album at a Channel 10 concert for Australia Day in front of 2 million viewers and a live audience of 80,000 people in Canberra. She was quickly recognised for her talent winning the Australian performing rights Association (APRA) award in 2004 and being named “The Face to Watch in 2006” by The Sydney Morning Herald.

2007-09: Wanna Fly & recognition

It wasn’t too long until Vassy’s unique voice was heard all around the world on ABC’s Hit TV series “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Ugly Betty” with her release of her hookaliscious anthem ‘’WANNA FLY’. A vibrant sound that graced TV screens all across the US as part of the 2007 Hilton Hotels Global Multimedia Campaign after a successful run in 2006 with a launch in Los Angeles at the Grammy’s that ran till 2009. You can also hear “Wanna Fly” on the popular video games FIFA 08 and The SIMS.

2010–11: Ultra Records and HISTORY

Vassy signed to Ultra Records in 2010 releasing her 1st official dance single, “History”[7] Produced by Richard Vission & Chico Bennett which got a lot of air-play on KIIS FM, Power 106, MTV and other radio stations & networks worldwide. She’s been featured by AOL’s PopEater.com, Clear Channel, iHeartRadio.com and more. After her 1st buzz in the club scene, Vassy soon toured internationally as a headlining act for NOKIA and other venues across the country followed by more of her music being placed on many national commercials as well as hit television and film projects.

2012–present: Beautiful DayWe Are Young and upcoming projects

in 2012, Vassy’s passion for breaking musical boundaries and “just being me- being Vassy” has allowed her to create the wonderfully fizzy dance-pop music that she always envisioned. The 13 songs on her latest full-length independent album, Beautiful Day, featuring producers such as Tim Myers (OneRepublic), Jacques Brautbar (Phantom Planet), John Ernst & Skylar “EXC” Mones, Charlie Midnight (James Brown, Christina Aguilera, Hilary Duff), Richard Vission (Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga) and Denny Western (The Kooks) embody the effervescent, passionate and generous spirit that is Vassy.

Within the album release, Vassy released her single “Desire” (the sexy, slow tempo catchy pop song) which was featured on Victoria’s Secret, Human Target, Last Resort & the latest film The Cabin in the Woods.

In the fall, “We Are Young”, Vassy’s stirring celebration of youth and star of promo campaigns from Chevrolet and Skechers gets a rocket-fuelled boost thanks to a rich new array of mixes from the school of Audé. The Australian artist’s handclapping, foot-stomping vocals are colored electronic by Dave Audé’s upfront, peak-time beats and Reidiculous’s equally jumping, jerky workout, while Dirty Freqs keep the noise ratio amped but shade it darker and deeper. Canadian super-duo Sultan and Ned Shepherd add another angle of electronica with their trademark big drum fills and driving rhythms, leaving it to Ivan Gomez to take a housier turn with a funky rub for the cool back rooms. the release of the Remixes is out now and available at all major digital retailers and iTunes while chart topping the Billboard Dance Charts currently in the top 10.

Vassy is currently on a club tour alongside Dave Audé as she joins him on stage to perform “We Are Young” as well with going back in the studio and working on some more newer upbeat dance projects.



Vassy discovered Billie Holiday at the age of 15. No one exposed her to this marvelous singer. Vassy accidentally found her. She was listening to a community radio station and came across this vulnerable voice that she said feels familiar to her. She then became intrigued to learn more about this woman but living in a remote part of Australia Darwin at the time she could not find any material on her at all until one day she came across an old 12 inch of her LoverMan song and only had to pay 2 bucks at the time to get it. The store owner she says was happy to get rid of it. Well one mans trash is another mans treasure, Vassy became obsessed with Billie, Jazz music and American Culture. She says “Autumn In New York” is the song that made her want to move to New York one day and that she did 10 years later.

Crystal Waters is another artist that inspired Vassy. She speaks about her a lot in interviews. Vassy shares how much respect she has for Crystal Waters. Says its her unique jazzy soulful voice and her very cool song writing style that Vassy loves. Vassy thinks Crystal is a pioneer in the pop dance market. She has heard “Gypsy Woman” more than anyone on this planet as its her favorite song as she too did her own take on it in her song titled “Her Name Is”.

“The Stripe”

Vassy wears a white stripe now and then still to this day. No one really knows, but she is an artist and says she is her canvas so she feels free to express herself in creative ways. The stripe some say is perhaps a representation of the indigenous culture of her country Australia. Till this day it still remains a mystery.

Personal Inspiration

Vassy says she is able to do this all because of her amazing Mum and Granma two women who have been huge inspiring factors for Vassy and a result of the woman that she is today Her grandmother was a window all her life and had to raise her kids on her own she fought wars, saved lives and protected many and raised the entire family. Her Grandmother is a true soldier. Her mother is a very unique, special woman who Vassy adores and her sister too she is a golden lady. Vassy says ” I am very blessed to have been surrounded by such courages brave, intelligent graceful women that it has shaped me to be the credible woman I am today.”


Vassy is a true humanitarian at heart. She has always worked with the youth, its something that comes naturally for Vassy. Her philanthropy work started at a very young age. Having grown up in a remote part of Australia at the age of 17, Vassy would apply for grants from the Australian Arts Council and put together music workshops for other kids so that they had a platform to express themselves.

She said there was not many outlets for the youth to express themselves up north in the tropics of Darwin. From there it started and her humanitarian work developed and progressed. She ran music hip-hop workshops in the detention centers of the Northern Territory. Working with teenage boys. She went out to indigenous communities and even traveled to remote indigenous communities of New Caledonia, where she ran music work shops and performed for the local people in their villages.

Vassy’s work with AUSTRALIA & NT CAREERS made an impact on the youth. Her role as an Ambassador was to work with kids/teens who have a family member with a terminal illness or a severe disability. Having lost her own father to cancer and having to care for him & growing up in an isolated part of Australia, She felt the need to share this experience with the other kids and to encourage them through their hard times.

Vassy now lives in Los Angeles but her philanthropy work continues. She volunteers weekly at a teenage safe house an orphanage called AVIVA. She runs music work shops for the girls.

Vassy is also the Ambassador for NOH8 Campaign an anti discrimination association that supports equal rights for all human kind. She is a true voice in the community and has a big gay following so natural she this is a subject matter very dear to her heart.

Vassy ran an Anti Bullying viral campaign to help raise awareness. She also is the spokesperson for GREEN IT and environmental campaign to help educate people on how to protect the environment in many ways on a daily basis.

Vassy is also the Spokesperson for the Studio Samuel foundation which is an organization that helps Girls in Ethiopia and believes in Empowerment Without Pity.

She is also an Ambassador for POD, Play Ground Of Dreams. Her role is to inspire the kids to dream big and to reach their goals and feel uninhibited.

Vassy is a perfect example of that as she beat all the odds and is successfully living in the US pursuing her dreams. She loves to encourage the youth to be that voice that perhaps she longed for when she was a child.

Having been kicked out of school choir told she could not sing to years later being heard on national radio as a recording artist, Vassy knows what its like to be laughed at for having a dream and not having someone believe in her nor help her.



  • My Affection (2005)
  • The Acoustics EP (2011)
  • Beautiful Day (2012)


  • “I Can See Clearly Now” (w/ Jazibel)
  • “Cover You In Kisses”
  • “Get Busy” (w/ Katalyst)
  • “Wanna Fly” (f/ Mozim)
  • “Loverman”
  • “Kick My Ass”
  • “History”
  • “Desire”
  • “Could This Be Love”
  • “We Are Young”

News and Highlights


  • On February 20th, “We Are Young” lands #1 on the Billboard Charts
  • On February 10th, “We Are Young” lands #2 on the Billboard Charts
  • On February 9th, Vassy had the honor to perform for the St Jude’s pre-Grammys party.
  • On January 23rd, “We Are Young” lands #5 on the Billboard Charts
  • On January 11th, “We Are Young” lands #6 on the Billboard Charts
  • On January 3rd, Vassy was honored with the Hellenic Society of Constantinople award at Annual Gala
  • “We Are Young” lands at #12 on the Billboard Charts


  • Target released a Christmas holiday commercial titled “Toyland” which features a song Vassy recorded for it titled “The Little Things”
  • “We Are Young” lands at #15 on the Billboard Charts.
  • Vassy teamed up with Dave Audé to release a remix version of “We Are Young” through Audacious Records. Other Remixers include; Sultan & Ned Shepard, Ivan Gomez, Dirty Freqs and Reidiculous.
  • Vassy’s song ‘Desire’ was featured in the movie The Cabin in the Woods during a scene where actress Anna Hutchison’s character (Jules) danced along to it. This song was also featured in a Victoria’s Secret ad campaign.
  • Vassy’s song ‘We Are Young’ was featured as the 1st “We Are Young” anthem in the Chevrolet Campaign/Chevrolet Orlando “Word Of” TV Spot.
  • on 24 September, Vassy launched her official music video for “Could This Be Love” which has earned over 40,000 views within its first week.


  • Vassy debuted her EP, “The Acoustics,” on iTunes, featuring every song and cover she has performed in videos on her YouTube page. Additionally, she wrote several hit songs for various artists, including:
  • “Wish On a Star” for t.A.T.u.’s Lena Katina, which will be on her first solo album (still untitled).
  • “Pin-Up Girl” for Pussycat Dolls member Jessica Sutta, which premiered when Jessica performed it live at Ultra Music Festival, on 27 March 2011.
  • “Let’s Play” for Thai Pop Star Tata Young, which is set to be her upcoming single and was performed live in early September at the True Academy Fantasia (Season Finale)
  • In September 2011, Vassy’s song “We Are Young” featuring Tim Myers was used in the Chevrolet Campaign/Chevrolet Orlando “Word Of” TV Spot.
  • On 27 October 2011 Vassy joined together a band that consisted of Herself, Ruby BC (Keyboard) & Chris Vazquez (Guitar).
  • On 1 November 2011, Vassy released a new song titled “Could This Be Love” with an unofficial video via Youtube. This is the lead single from Vassy’s forthcoming album, Beautiful Day.


  • apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas teams up with Vassy to highlight various philanthropic organizations and support local Australian communities.
  • Vassy signs on as the headlining act for “Skate Almighty” Summer UK tour.
  • Time Know Music includes Vassy’s “Wanna Fly” on a CD sampler distributed with Time Magazine in the USA.


  • Vassy’s debut album, My Affection is nominated for Australia’s Best R&B Album


  • Ministry of Sound releases Vassy’s “Cover You in Kisses” single on their critically acclaimed, “Chillout Sessions.”


  • Vassy takes the stage in front of a live audience of 80,000 as part of Channel 10 Australia’s “Celebrate Australia Day” concert, which is broadcast to over three million TV viewers!


  • Vassy receives a Professional Writer Development Award from APRA/BMI.

The 100th anniversary of the liberation of Epirus


“The Greeks of Epirus are in desperate straits. They are persecuted, tortured, robbed, beaten and conspired against. Greeks are murdered daily in the street…”

The 100th anniversary of the liberation of Epirus

When Giorgos Hatzis wrote this letter of protest to the head of the Ottoman Reform Commission in Epirus, in 1912, the whole of Epirus was still part of the Ottoman Empire.

However, it was a part of the Empire that had been in constant revolutionary turmoil since the beginning of the century. The north of Epirus was steeped in chaos as Albanian bands roamed the countryside, plundering Greek villages and murdering their inhabitants, taking advantage of the lax Ottoman presence in the region. In the southern, more developed regions, security and persecution became tighter and tighter, as enlightened Greek educators and patriots became more vociferous in their demands for the liberation of Epirus and its integration with the kingdom of Greece.

Revolt in Epirus seemed to be a matter of time. The harsh, barren and mountainous terrain of Epirus bred a hardy and independent people, determined to retain their identity. Having the largest percentage of migration in the whole of the Greek world, Greek migrants such as Tositsas, Averof, Zappas and Zosimas, who created great fortunes in Romania, had over the past century, begun to build schools in Epirus, churning out teachers and intellectuals who, influenced by the enlightenment and the rise of nationalism, began openly to conceive Epirus as an integral part of the new Greek state.

Epirus as well had a tradition of resistance and revolution against the Ottomans. Throughout the years of Ottoman rule, the region was perpetually revolting against the conquerors. From the revolts of Kastriotis in the fifteenth century, those of Kladas in the sixteenth, the great revolt of the bishop Dionysios in the seventeenth century which culminated in the expulsion of Greeks from the citadel at Ioannina as well as the resistance of Souli and the revolt of Ali Pasha against the Sultan, Epirus was constantly enmeshed in the throes of revolution.

Secret societies began to be formed, such as the “Epirotic Society” founded by the northern Epirot guerilla leader Spiros Spyromilios in 1908, who lobbied the Greek government to co-ordinate the various Greek rebel movements into a coherent force and train them for revolution. Approximately 15,000 weapons were smuggled into Epirus and distributed by the Society, until an embargo on arms was imposed by the Greek government in 1909, in an effort to improve Graeco-Turkish relations. Almost immediately, the Ottoman government recognized Epirus as primarily an Albanian region and encouraged Albanian and Vlachophone bands to attack Greek villages. Attacks on the villages of Zagoria near Ioannina were especially brutal. During the whole of this time, the Society, cut off from aid by a pliant and weak Greek government, managed to keep the peace, destroying many marauding bands and effectively guarding villages against attack. The contribution of the clergy, especially the bishop of Konitsa, Spyridon who later became a minister of the independent state of Northern Epirus and archbishop of Athens, helped to keep the flame of Hellenism alive during this difficult period, while continuing efforts to reconcile all sides.

Despite this, the Ottoman government, realizing its European empire was crumbling, decided to play one side off the other. Secret plans were discovered, revealing that the Ottomans were preparing to grant autonomy to the Albanians, giving them territory stretching from Kosovo in the north and encompassing the whole of Epirus. Protests ensued all over Epirus and the Greeks and Albanians who had fought together against the Ottomans for centuries finally decided they could not make common cause together, totally divided by their competing national claims.

In the meantime, the first Balkan War broke out on 4 October 1912. The Balkan states of Greece, Montenegro, Serbia and Bulgaria decided to share the European Ottoman Empire between them, driving the Ottomans out of the Balkans. It was secretly decided that Greece should proceed north into Epirus and push on to Monastiri in Macedonia to link up with Serbian forces.

Epirus once again found itself in turmoil. Bands of volunteers spontaneously formed guerrilla groups in northern Epirus, while in the south, the inhabitants of the historic bastion of Greek independence, Souli, began to place large areas of the countryside under their control. Still more volunteers crept south into Greece, to join the Greek army.

Spy units were formed within Ioannina, the capital of Epirus, which effectively reported the movement of Ottoman troops. Esat Pasha, the governor of Epirus realized that the population was fervently espousing independence. Nevertheless, he treated the populace kindly and with respect, never seeking to promote outbursts of persecution or violence, which usually accompanied revolutionary struggles. “My father was a friend of Esat Pasha,” the late Dorothea Tsombou, a prominent Ioannite educator would reminisce. “He always said Esat was more Greek than Turkish. Educated in Ioannina, a fluent Greek speaker, he genuinely loved the city.”

Esat was also secure in the knowledge that Ioannina, gateway to the north was guarded by 30,000 troops, stationed on the mountain of Bizani, Heavily fortified, it blocked all passage to the north and was deemed an insurmountable obstacle to the Greek army. By contrast, the Greek Epirus division, numbering 8,000 troops and supported by one infantry company was decidedly weak in provisions and weaponry. It was considered that the Greeks could be held up and allowed to waste away at Bizani, slowing the Greek advance into Macedonia.The Greek army did celebrate early successes. It liberated Arta on 11 October 1912, advancing to Preveza on 21 October. In the meantime, Spyromilios landed at Cheimarra in Northern Epirus and proceeded to liberate the region. Despite fierce Albanian reprisals, Spyromilios managed to retain control of the region and proceed to liberate other areas of northern Epirus.

However, the advance of the Greek army began to slow. On 31 October, Metsovo was taken, with the help of Italian volunteers. Successive Ottoman counterattacks kept the Greeks holed up at Metsovo. In one of these attacks, the famous Greek poet, Lorentzos Mavilis was killed. Similarly, the Greek advance through Paramythia was also halted by a combined Ottoman and Albanian force.

At this crucial stage in the war, threatened with virtual disintegration, the Greek high command, decided on a three pronged all out attack against the formidable defences at Bizani. Throwing all their strength against the mountain, the Greeks were able to dislodge the Ottomans from a few strategic points, with heavy casualties. However, this manoeuvre all but destroyed the Greek divisions, as the Turks were able to counterattack with great effectiveness, causing great loss of life. The undisciplined Greek army was forced to retreat in panic. In desperation, the Greek government appealed to the Ottomans for a cease-fire at he council of London. This was denied as the Ottomans by now believed they were winning the war in Epirus and it was only a matter of time before the Greek army in Epirus would disintegrate from exhaustion.

The Greek high command decided to detach two divisions from the Macedonian front, a total of 10,000 men. While this force did much to relieve the beleaguered Greek forces and finally did tip the scale in favour of the Greeks at Bizani, it had far reaching consequences. The delay at Epirus and the weakening of the Macedonian army meant that the Greek advance into Macedonia was delayed and only achieved at great cost. The Serbs bore the brunt of most of the fighting in northern Macedonia alone and were ultimately were forced to advance and take Monastiri before the Greeks arrived there. As a result, this city of 200,000 Greek inhabitants has remained outside of Greece ever since.

In the meantime, Crown Prince Constantine assumed control of operations in Epirus. To the north, the Greek guerillas were occupied in the fight against the Albanians and could not be of any assistance at Bizani. Hostility soon broke out among the High Command. General Sapountzakis, the commander of the Epirus army resented the fact that Prince Constantine had assumed command. He also could not tolerate criticism of his wasteful strategy of throwing men at the best defended strategic points of Bizani. Prince Constantine decided to direct the Greek forces to the west of the mountain, hoping to smash through the weaker Ottoman lines there.

The attack took place on 7 January 1913 and while losses were significant, the Greek forces managed to struggle through the Ottoman lines, in much heavy hand to hand fighting. Having dislodged the Ottomans from part of the mountain, General Sapountzakis ordered yet another attack on Bizani. Again this met with total failure. Prince Constantine then sent a personal letter to Esat Pasha, exhorting him to surrender Ioannina. Believing he was negotiating from a position of strength, Esat Pasha rejected this exhortation outright. In desperation, Prince Constantine urgently requested reinforcements to be drawn from the Macedonian army. Prime Minister Venizelos, striving to push on and take Thessaloniki before the Bulgarians refused.

Instead, Prince Constantine planned a two pronged attack on formidable Bizani, to be preceded by a decoy attack, while troops stationed at Kerkyra would land at Agioi Saranta in Northern Epirus and swoop down behind the Ottoman army, encircling Ioannina and liberating the whole of Epirus. On 19 February, the Greek army began once more to bombard the Ottoman positions. This was a feint, designed to draw out and exhaust the Ottomans and was effective. The next day, Greek divisions stormed various Ottoman positions. Ignoring their orders, which were to hold the captured positions and establish camp, two divisions fought their way to the village of Rapsista, on the outskirts of Ioannina and opposite the Ottoman command post. They remained there at night, not realizing that Esat Pasha had already raised a white flag over his post.

On the next day, 21 February 1913, Esat Pasha called upon Metropolitan Gervasios of Ioannina and informed him that he intended to surrender the city. After several negotiations with Prince Constantine, it was agreed that the entire defending force would be surrendered to the Greeks. At 5:30 am, Greek guns were ordered to stop firing. The next day, the triumphant Greek army entered Ioannina with Prince Constantine, amid frenzied celebrations by the Greek inhabitants.

My great-grandmother, who was at the nearby village of Perama, would often recall: “We had been used to the sounds of bombardment coming from Bizani. The guns suddenly stopped. Moments later, we could hear the sounds of church bells from Ioannina, ringing ceaselessly. Everyone understood. We all poured out of our homes and into the village square, dancing with joy. The men tore their fezzes from their heads and trampled them into the dust. The few Turks that lived in our village were boarded up in their houses and were crying. They knew they would have to leave soon.”

The liberation of Ioannina, the first major success of the Balkan War was celebrated with jubilation in Athens, a welcome relief after the tension felt by the Greek people during the siege at Bizani. However, the war in Epirus was not over yet. Part of the Ottoman garrison refused to surrender and retreated north. Two divisions immediately left in pursuit. On 23 February, Leskoviki was liberated and the Greek army proceeded to liberate the whole of Northern Epirus, entering its capital, Argyrokastro on 3 March.

While the Greek army was readying itself to liberate other areas with significant Greek populations in Albania, Prime Minister Venizelos ordered them to remain behind what became known as the Northern Epirus line, which was to mark the northern limit of Greece’s border, given that Italy declared its intention to oppose Greece by force if it should liberate the port of Avlona.

The liberation of Ioannina and all of Epirus on 21 February 1913 is commemorated with great ceremony in Greece every year. However, Northern Epirus would soon be forcibly detached from the Greek state and become an autonomous nation. After the First World War, its 400,000 Greek inhabitants would be left at the mercy of the newly established state of Albania, to suffer persecution at the hands of the totalitarian communist regime. In any event, the liberation of Epirus marks the apex of Greece’s confidence and success as a Balkan nation and a significant step in the realisation of the Great Idea of liberating the whole Greek world, an ideology which would dominate Greek politics and have far reaching consequences for the nation for the next thirty years.

* Dean is a Melbourne solicitor and freelance journalist.

Yanni In Concert: the Greek musician to stage concert in Xiamen

Source: WOX Team

Yanni, a Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer, and music producer who has spent his adult life in the United States, will give a concert in Xiamen on 3rd May, 2013. He is known throughout the world as one of most original and successful composers and musicians. His powerful compositions have come to define a new genre of music and over 500 million people in over 140 countries have attended his live performances.

Yanni continues to use the musical shorthand that he developed as a child, blending jazz, classical, soft rock, and world music influences to create predominantly instrumental works. As his music is not well suited for commercial pop radio or music television, Yanni achieved international recognition by holding concerts at historic monuments and by producing videos that were broadcast on public television. His breakthrough concert, Yanni Live at the Acropolis, yielded the second best-selling music video of all time. Additional historic sites for Yanni’s concerts have included India’s Taj Mahal, China’s Forbidden City, the United Arab Emirates’ Burj Khalifa, Russia’s Kremlin, and Puerto Rico’s El Morro castle.


Yanni performed in the 2013 CCTV Spring Festival Gala.

This time around, it’s Xiamen’s turn, and the concert will be staged at the Water Square of Bailuzhou Park, a wonderful location surrounded by water on three sides.

Yanni has employed musicians of various nationalities, and incorporated a variety of instruments from around the world, to create music that has been celebrated as an eclectic fusion of ethnic sounds. Influenced by his encounters with cultures around the world, his music is said to reflect his “one world, one people” philosophy.

Yanni was invited to perform at the 2013 CCTV Spring Festival Gala, a top-rated television show which has largest audience in the world, for the Chinese New Year on 9th February.


Event date: May 3, 2013

Event venue: Water Square, Xiamen Bailuzhou Park, along Yundang Lake

Ticket prices: to be announced

How to get there:

Take bus No. 15, 25, 26, 86, 87, 136 or 958, then get off at Bailuzhou Park Station (Bailuzhou Gongyuan Zhan)


Auckland Hellenic Festival & Market Day on Saturday, 3 March 2012

Source: http://greekcommunity.org.nz

Greek Festival Week – Detailed program


Auckland Hellenic Festival Week:

Sunday, 3 March – Sunday 10 March 2013

Last year we held the inaugural Hellenic Festival & Market Day on Saturday, 3 March 2012. This was limited to just a one‐day event, and despite the stormy weather the night before, and the continuing strong winds and squally weather during the day itself, the event was a huge success. This has encouraged your committee and a group of enthusiastic members to adopt an even more varied and comprehensive program to offer the public and our members.
All events will be held in our Hall and members are warmly invited to attend any or all of the events throughout the week. This year’s program will be:


Sunday, 3 March 7.30pm:

Greek Cinema Evening

Greek cinema evenings have proven popular this summer and we will start the week with a classic Greek movie with sub‐titles. Entry will be free and guests will be able to purchase some light food and drink refreshments.

Monday, 4 March 2013 7:00pm:

Greek Cooking Lessons

The advice that we continue to receive from non‐Greeks is that they would love to be able to attend some Greek cooking lessons. Greek cooking classes will be held for interested parties to learn about preparing some popular Greek dishes, as well as the satisfaction of enjoying these
dishes at the end of the class. Two cooking lessons will be held on separate nights:
Monday, 4 March and Thursday, 7 March 2013.

The entry fee for anyone wishing to enrol for both classes will be $50.00; entry for anyone doing just the one class will be $30.00. The entry fee will cover the cost of the cooking class, a full meal and a complimentary glass of wine for all attendees, along with a printout of the recipe(s).
Enrolments for each class will be limited to no more than 20 people so that those attending can have a good time and enjoy themselves.

Members of our community are naturally good cooks and have an excellent understanding of preparing Greek dishes and so would have no need to attend these classes. However, if you have any non‐Greek friends who would like to take authentic cooking lessons, please encourage them to enroll for one or both of the Greek cooking classes by contacting John Montes (Ph:09950 4919 or 021 773977).

Tuesday, 5 March 7.30pm:

Orthodoxy, its origins, traditions and history [Church]

During last year’s Festival & Market Day, the visits to the church through the day were very steady. People seemed very comfortable with entering the church, walking around, observing various icons and internal church ornamentation, asking questions of Fr Paul and Presvytera Katerina. Others simply lit a candle and sat silently and reverently for a period of time, enjoying the serenity of the church.
Father Paul and Presvytera Katerina will host this evening on Orthodoxy, its origins, traditions, beliefs and history. While this session may be of most interest to people outside of our community and parish, everyone is most welcome to attend and enjoy the evening, which will be held in the evening, to maximise the ambiance of the wonderful candle‐lit interior of our church.
The evening will be especially blessed by the presence of Father Gervasios Raftopoulos, a very eminent clergyman who was nominated in 2012 for the Nobel Peace Prize. His Eminence Archbishop Amfilochios, the head of our Church in New Zealand will also be with us.

Wednesday, 6 March 7.30pm:
Hellenism and its contribution to humanity

Nikos Petousis excelled in delivering his two illustrated presentations during
last year’s festival day. Nikos will deliver an illustrated presentation on Hellenism and its contribution to humanity. Entry is free and everyone is welcome to the presentation that will be no more than 1 hour, followed by informal discussions and light refreshments.

Thursday, 7 March 7.00pm:

Greek Cooking Lessons

This is the second Greek cooking class, in addition to that on Monday, 4 March 2013 (see full details above). Naturally, this will involve a different dish to that prepared on the Monday.
If you have any non‐Greek friends who would like to take authentic cooking lessons, please encourage them to enroll for one or both of the Greek cooking classes by contacting John Montes (Ph: 09 950 4919 or 021 77 39 77).

Saturday, 9 March: 10.00am – 3.00pm

Greek Market Day[Community Hall grounds]

Our market day will feature:

  • home‐made delicacies, cakes and pastries baked by the ladies of the community, along with Greek coffee;
  • imported and locally‐made Greek foodstuffs, such as olives, olive oil, preserves etc will be available for purchase;
  • live music and dancing will take place throughout the day, so people can enjoy a wide range of authentic, rhythmic Greek music performed as well as demonstrations of traditional and popular Greek dances;
  • raffles [donated prizes would be most welcome];
  • outdoor seating for people to enjoy the Greek food treats, music, atmosphere etc;
  • the community’s canvass awning will be set up over the community courtyard between the hall, church and school room, adding to the festive atmosphere;
  • Tavli [backgammon] sets will be available for people to have a game during the day while they enjoy the Greek food, music, atmosphere and fun.

If you wish to help in some way, with the home‐made delicacies, please contact Vassos Stavrianos (Ph: 09 627 5294) or Sophia Katsoulis (Ph: 09 521 6145 or 021 336 849).
Every little bit of help makes a difference to the welfare of your community.
Naturally, we will be heavily promoting the entire festival week and the market day and you can help make this a huge success by attending, by encouraging all your Kiwi and other friends to come to the market day – as well as enjoying what the whole festival week has to offer. We look forward to enjoying a wonderful day with you and many, many others.

Sunday, 10 March 7.30pm:

Greek Cinema Evening

We look forward to ending the festival with another classic Greek movie, with sub‐titles, the day after the market day. Entry will be free and guests will be able to purchase some light food and drink refreshments. Details of the exact movie to be shown will be advised in the near future.


Greek community defers vote on buying Grace site

Source: Windsorstar

Members of Windsor's Greek community wait in line outside the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Sunday, February 24, 2013, to attend a meeting to discuss the Mayor's proposal of a local Greektown at the former Grace Hospital site. (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

Members of Windsor’s Greek community wait in line outside the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Sunday, February 24, 2013, to attend a meeting to discuss the Mayor’s proposal of a local Greektown at the former Grace Hospital site. (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

After a meeting that started tensely Sunday, the Greek Community of Windsor deferred making a decision to buy the  former Grace Hospital site from the city and transform it into a Greektown.

The decision came Sunday night after almost four hours of presentations and debate, including an hour-long presentation on the Greektown idea made by Mayor Eddie Francis, accompanied by city councilors, at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church.

Greek Community president, Michael Margaritis told reporters a vote on the mayor’s proposal has been postponed for at least a month while the Greek community gets an appraisal of their recently acquired land on Walker Road at E.C. Row Expressway. He said he personally likes the idea of a move to the Grace site.

“If we have a festival there we’re going to triple our gains, but it’s not my decision,”  Margaritis said, referring to their popular summer Greek festival.

Several members, interviewed outside the church before their closed-door meeting, said there wasn’t enough time for them to make a decision Sunday. Flyers were sent out just last week by the group’s executive council to its 500 member families.

“Personally, I need more time to go a little deeper,” said 74-year-old Agapie Peters, who’s attended the church nearly every week for the past 50 years.

Peters said the decision is very important to their tight-knit community.

“To get a Greek community to go downtown is a big thing,” said Stavros Gavrilidis, the first vice-president of the Greek Community. “It’s not like bringing a restaurant downtown or a grocery store. It’s a whole community of people and they live there, go to church there, have weddings there, celebrations and they become part of the fibre of that community.”

Members of Windsor's Greek community wait in line outside the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Sunday, February 24, 2013, to attend a meeting to discuss the Mayor's proposal of a local Greektown at the former Grace Hospital site. (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

Members of Windsor’s Greek community wait in line outside the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Sunday, February 24, 2013, to attend a meeting to discuss the Mayor’s proposal of a local Greektown at the former Grace Hospital site. (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

Francis said the tension in the room started to ease after he reassured members the city has no interest in their Walker Road land.

Francis said one of the initial options offered to the community was the exchange of properties – Walker Road for the former Grace site – but after a flurry of rumours suggesting the city was benefiting from the swap, he said the trade is no longer an option.

“We do not want Walker,” he said. He said he explained to the crowd of about 250 that swapping the properties would mean the city would have to deal with yet another property.  “We have enough property,” Francis said.

He suggested the Greek community purchase the Grace site outright and hold on to the Walker property to sell themselves.

Members started trickling in the church at 3 p.m. and didn’t leave until after 7 p.m.

A member, who identified himself as Antnios, said the Greek community would be moving backward by purchasing the former Grace site.

“The neighbourhood is no good,” he said, adding they should have never purchased the Walker site. “The mayor wants to get rid of this (Grace) property.”

Francis said he used Windsor police crime statistics to compare 500 kilometre radii of the current Ellis Street church and the former Grace site to address concerns of increased crime levels at the former Grace site.

He said it was close but there were actually more crimes in the Ellis Street area.

Francis said having a thriving Greektown prominently located will lead to another city street development what the city has on Erie Street and Wyandotte Street East and West.

“It will drive a significant transformation of that area,” he said.

Francis said other recent investments in the downtown area near Grace, from St. Clair College, the University of Windsor, the Family Aquatic Centre and Casino, total about $730 million.

“We wanted them to consider (the property) from a city’s perspective because we believe the mixed used opportunities that are available on University and not available on Walker really complement what they’re trying to achieve,” Francis said.

The city appraised both Grace and Walker sites, but the Greek community would like to conduct their own of their appraisal of the Walker property before a decision is made.

“We need to make sure everybody understands the pros and cons, the advantages and disadvantages of both locations,” Gavrilidis said.

APRIL HOLIDAY PROGRAM Australian Museum Alexander The Great 2000 Years of Treasures.


APRIL HOLIDAY PROGRAM Australian Museum Alexander The Great 2000 Years of Treasures.PDF

Australian Museum, What’s On April School Holidays, 13-28 April 2013



Alexander the Great filled the hearts of generations with the spirit of adventure. What can we learn from history today during the device age? Do treasures from the past have magical powers?

When 12-year-old boy, Alex Average, discovers Alexander the Great’s battle helmet he is transported to a world of wild horses, war and wonder.

On his quest he discovers the virtues of great leaders and gains the courage and smarts to save the city museum from being demolished. Join Alex in making the biggest discovery of all…the great in all of us.

Recommended for children aged three years and over.

When: Sunday to Thursday, 14th – 28 April

Times: 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm

Where: Museum Theatre

Cost: $5 per person/ $20 per family (2 adults & up to 4 children) after general Museum entry

Or pre-book: http://www.australianmuseum.net.au/whatson



Children will work with a professional Mosaics artist to create their own work of art inspired by mosaics created from Alexander the Great’s empire. Workshop price includes a professional mosaic making kit.

When: 16 and 19 April

Times: 10.30am or 2pm

Cost: $30 members and $35 non-members, after museum entry.

Bookings essential: http://www.australianmuseum.net.au/whatson


Create your own treasures that will last for millennia. Children will explore the history and the majesty one of the world’s great figures.

When: 15 and 22 April

Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm

Cost: $18 members and $20 non-members, after museum entry.

Bookings essential: http://www.australianmuseum.net.au/whatson


Pick up a trail card and children can follow the clues throughout the museum

and solve the puzzle facing Alexander the Great.

When: Daily

Cost: Free after museum entry


You can decorate your own shield in the style of Alexander the Great’s army.

Add your own design. Try drawing your own Ancient Greek mythological creature.

When: Daily

Cost: $2

Alexander the Great: 2000 years of treasures

From 24 November 2012 to 28 April 2013

Collection from the State Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia

Exclusive in Australia to the Australian Museum in Sydney

Register to keep up to date with news of the exhibition at http://www.alexandersydney.com.au

Purchase tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.com.au or by calling 136 100

Exhibition Ticket prices:

Adult $24 / Child (5 to 15 yrs) $12

Family (2 adults + 2 children) $60 / Concession $18/ Children under 5 years free

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Μετά την αξιόλογη πορεία του στο X-factor, την υποψηφιότητά του στον
Κυπριακό διαγωνισμό της Eurovision στο παρελθόν και την τελευταία
ραδιοφωνική του επιτυχία με τίτλο «Μυστικά», ο Ηovig πραγματοποιεί μία σειρά από sold-out εμφανίσεις σε Λευκωσία, Λάρνακα και Πάφο. Η αγάπη του κοινού, καθώς και ο θαυμασμός που έχουν εκφράσει αξιόλογα πρόσωπα στο χώρο της μουσικής, έχουν οδηγήσει τον Κύπριο ερμηνευτή, να συγκαταλέγεται ανάμεσα στα πρώτα ανδρικά ονόματα του τραγουδιού, που προέρχονται από την Μεγαλόνησο.

Το τελευταίο διάστημα ο νεαρός καλλιτέχνης, δρομολογεί τις εμφανίσεις του στην Ελλάδα, ετοιμάζεται για τα πρώτα του ανοίγματα στην Αρμενία, ενώ παράλληλα βρίσκεται στο studio προκειμένου να κυκλοφορήσει τη νέα του δουλειά, την οποία υπογράφουν μεγάλα ονόματα της μουσικής βιομηχανίας.

Photos by Marlen Photo Graphics

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