His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia officially launched the Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney’s costume exhibition at the Hermes Lounge in Kogarah on Sunday April 11.
The amazing exhibition features traditional costumes from different regions of Greece, jewellery, artefacts, furniture, rugs, embroideries and books, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the 1821 Greek Revolution.
In attendance was Her Excellency Martha Mavrommatis High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus, Consul General of Greece in Sydney Christos Karras, Trade Commissioner of Greece in Australia Katia Gkikiza, special guest Jenny Morrison, the wife of Scott Morrison (the 30th Prime Minister of Australia), as well as other members of the Greek community.
The Greek and Australian National Anthems were recited by the National Metropolitan Choir of Australia, led by musical director Themos Mexis.
An excerpt from Mexis' composition, ‘ODE TO FREEDOM’ in commemoration of the 1821 struggle for Greek Independence, was also sung by the choir.
Following the speeches, the Aristotelion Academy of Greek Traditional Dance wowed attendees with traditional dancers from Morias and Thrace.
Many of the costumes at the unique exhibition were donated by the local Greek community.
Children and teenagers are encouraged to attend to see the richness and culture of the Greek heritage.
The costume exhibition will be at the Hermes Lounge in Kogarah for a limited time only.
- Saturday between 1pm-3pm
- Sunday 11pm-1pm
- Monday to Friday by appointment
For more information, please visit the Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney.
Images by Nick Bourdaniotis/Bourdo Photography (Copyright)
The National Metropolitan Choir of Australia under the direction of Themos Mexis
Greek composer and conductor, Themos Mexis, has been appointed Musical Director of the new National Metropolitan Choir of Australia, formed under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.
The choir will perform in Constantinople in 2021, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the enthronement of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. It is hoped the event will be held in the wonderful Hagia Eirene.
Themos Mexis, with the support of Father Steven Scoutas, invite anyone interested in joining the choir to complete an online application form.
All interested men and women, above the age of 18-years-old, are encouraged to apply.
All that is required is a love of singing in a choir. No previous experience is necessary nor is the ability to read Greek or music.
For further information, please contact Ellie Mexis on 0404 378 745 or Father Scoutas on 0417 771 113.