Join us at the Panayias Katharon & Centenary Memorial Service

FlyerPanayiasGra phicJoin us at the Greek Orthodox Church Presentation of Our Lady to the Temple
7 Macedon Avenue, North Balwyn
to celebrate Panayias Katharon with Artoklasia - the blessing of the loaves - and to honour, in our Centenary Year, the memory of our Ithacan forefathers and loved ones.


After the service lunch will be served at the Sunset Bistro,
The Manningham, 1 Thompson’s Road Bulleen from 12.30 pm
RSVP for lunch essential: DONATION: $25
Kristalenia Collins 0409 357 747
Helen Vlass 9857 6716

We look forward to seeing you there.

"Greek Cafés & Milk Bars of Australia" book launch

Remember when each suburb and every country town had a Greek café or milk bar – open all hours, 7 days a week?

Documentary photographer Effy Alexakis, and historian, Leonard Janiszewski, have been researching the Greek-Australian historical and contemporary presence in both Australia and Greece since 1982.

In their latest book, Greek Cafés & Milk Bars of Australia, the era of Australia’s Greek cafés and milk bars is vividly brought to life.

With Ithacans forming a large part of the cafe culture, particularly in Melbourne, this book will be relevant to many of our members.

Leonard and Effy will be in Melbourne to present a lecture at the launch on their 30 years of research culled from travels within four continents, selected from over 1,800 interviews and innumerable contemporary and historical photographs. A selection of Melbourne and Victorian Greek-run cafés and milk bars will be included in their presentation.

DETAILS:
Wednesday 10 August, 7pm
Delphi Bank Mez, Greek Centre
168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Light refreshments will be served and the book will be available for purchase.
RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 8 August.

If you cannot make it to the official launch at the Greek Centre, Effie and Leonard will be at the Brunswick Library on Thursday 11 August at 7.30pm. Register online at moreland.vic.gov.au/read-more or phone 9389 8600. 

Fire extensively damages the historic Evangelismos church

Victoria’s first Orthodox Church, Evangelismos, was severely damaged in a fire, which also destroyed priceless icons dating back to the 1800s.

The heritage-listed church in East Melbourne became engulfed in flames at approximately 1pm, Monday 2 May, shortly after a morning liturgy was held to celebrate the holy day of Saint George, and just a day after Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations.

“Luckily no one was inside the church at the time of the fire and the MFB was able to gain control of the blaze within half hour,” said Greek Community President Bill Papastergiadis.

“This is an iconic church not only for Greek-Australians but all Orthodox people. Planning for the church’s restoration will begin as soon as the police and the MFB finish their investigation and a full account has been taken of the damage,”Mr Papastergiadis said. "The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. It is estimated to have caused more than $500,000 in damage, although it will take some time to ascertain a more accurate figure."

Built by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne & Victoria, Evangelismos was constructed in 1900-2 to serve Greeks, Syrians and other nationalities of the Orthodox faith. A J J Lucas,  our founding president was also one of three Church Committee members who played an integral role in the creation of Victoria's first Greek Orthodox Church.

Annual Eptanesian event moves to Axion Estin in Northcote

Due to the recent fire at the Evangelismos Greek Orthodox church, the annual Eptanesian event, celebrating the unification of the Ionion Islands with Greece in 1864, will now take place in the presence of Mrs Christina Simantiraki, the Consul General of the Hellenic Republic in Victoria, at the “Axion Estin”  monastery complex , situated at 7 Hartington Street, Northcote, on Sunday 22nd May 2016 at 10am.

Light refreshments will be served after the church service, on site in the monastery hall.

There is ample car parking on site.

Join us at the Panygiri of Aghia Marina + highlights of the Centenary Opening

Join us at Ithaca House on 17 July 2016 at 2.00pm to view highlights from the Centenary Opening CELEBRATING OUR FOUNDERS

featuring the screening of the biographical documentary ‘Out of the Earth’ The life and times of A J J Lucas

and to celebrate on the very day THE PANYGIRI of AGHIA MARINA, the patron saint of EXOGHI and the birthplace of A J J Lucas

Bookings are essential: RSVP Helen Vlass  on 9857 6716 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The documentary will be shown on the Society’s newly installed projector screen.

Centenary Art Exhibition explores the 'Odyssey'

On Sunday 29 May, acclaimed novelist Arnold Zable opened the Centenary Art Exhibition at Steps Gallery in Carlton in front of 150 people.

The Art Exhibition was an opportunity for the many talented artists in our community to make an artistic contribution during this special milestone year for our Society.

The artists were given a theme to inspire them: ‘ODYSSEY – AN ARTIST’S JOURNEY’ which explores life’s journey and those experiences that shape us both individually and collectively. The artists, all of whom have a connection with our beautiful island of Ithaca, captured the theme imaginatively and evocatively.

We thank each of them for their wonderful contribution.

Our special thanks to the Centenary Art Exhibition Committee, Kathy Vlassopoulos, Georgia Vlassopoulos and Tina Dellas, who worked enthusiastically over three years to mount this exhibition.

The Centenary Art Exhibition will close on June 12.

For images from the Art Exhibition opening, visit our Photo Gallery.

For all of you fluent in Greek, read what Neos Kosmos had to say about the opening.

anna Manolatos     Georgia Vlassopoulos     Arthur Sikiotis
 Flight, Acrylic, ink on canvas by Anna Manolatos     Taxithi Bronze and Terracotta by Georgia Vlassopoulos      Self-titled, Mixed media by Arthur Sikiotos
James Raftopoulos     Nicolette Sikiotis Louverdis     Ron Guy
Family Tree, Giclee print, James Raftopoulos     The Sea, Acrylic on canvas by Nicolette, Sikiotis Louverdis     Stavros and Road to Poli Bay, Giclee prints by Ron Guy

AE Committee

 

    Arnold Zable Fotor      
Art Exhibition Committee (L-R): Tina Dellas, Georgia Vlassopoulos and Kathy Vlassopoulos     Acclaimed novelist, Arnold Zable, declares the exhibition open.      

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