NUGAS Gala Ball returns at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne Australia


On Sunday, 11 September 2022, the NUGAS gala ball returned for the first time since 2019 at crown Palladium in Melbourne. The sold-out event, organised by the National Union of Greek Australian Students committee, was undeniably the biggest Greek Australian youth night of the year.

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National Union of Greek Australians Students

Over 800 guests filled the palladium and were treated to a night full of luxury, fine food, flowing drinks and unrivalled entertainment whilst having the opportunity to be photographed walking the now iconic NUGAS blue carpet.

The night would not have been such a success without the generosity of sponsors Pronia, Korres and BOS.

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Over 800 guests attended at the Crown Casino Melbourne Australia

The fantastic live entertainment line-up on the night was second to none. Melbourne's most respected Greek musicians - Kostas Vardas, Steve Pavlidis, George Kirkopoulos, Andreas Koikas, Fheano Milles, Nick Tzitzivakos, Gav T, Nick Sofos and Angelo Trantafilopoulos, performing alongside Club DJs Kosta Nico and Thomas Nico and MC George Ross, all came together under one roof and provided an elite entertainment experience.

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DJ's and live performance throughout the evening.

In addition to the evening was a surprise organised, live performance by non-other than Greek vocal artist Konstantinos Koufos, leaving attendees in a frenzy, followed by an inclusive afterparty at crown therapy nightclub for all attendees to continue the celebrations.

Koufos Australian tour with 4 sold out shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin & Adelaide. Koufos did a guest appearance at Nugas Ball 2022 at the Crown Casino Melbourne where he surprised over 800 uni-students.
Congratulations to Koufos and promoter Dj Krazy Kon on an amazing Australian tour.

The 2022 NUGAS committee would like to thank their partner organisations wholeheartedly and all involved for their ongoing support of the NUGAS organisation.

Photos copyright Costa Deves / Photo Gallery of the evening.

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Nick Bourdaniotis

Director of Photography

Born in Nambour, Queensland, Nick Bourdaniotis grew up in Brisbane till 2001 and then moved to Sydney. Nick's passion for photography began from a young age and his unique and artistic approach to capturing a moment in time ensures his images are always a standout. In his late 30s, his peers pushed him into being a professional photographer as he was taking amazing holiday photos from around the world and here in Sydney. In his mid-40s, Nick's photos were recognized internationally in the Greek community and used in international and local Australian-based publications. Photographing for St Spyridon College is when Nick took his first iconic global photo, the college's year 12 prefect students walking onto the opera house forecourt for the 25th March celebrations in 2015. For the next three consecutive years, Nick photographed iconic photos of the 25th March in Sydney that went viral worldwide. Mid 2016, Greek City Times employed Nick as a photographer. Over the next year, he earnt the title of Greek City Times' Director of Photography and Videography, which he still carries today. Greek City Times is a global media publication outlet. Nick also worked as the photographer for "My Greek Odyssey" TV travel show in Greece, which airs to over 50 million people worldwide. Nick was the lead photographer for the state funeral of the late Archbishop of Australia Stylianos and captured the funeral service and burial for archival and media purposes worldwide. Nick has been photographing significant events for The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia since 2015. In Sydney and Greece, Nick also captures moving moments in time for The Hellenic Incentive (THI), which in 2020 in Greece will work with the associated partners to document the homeless and various charity organizes THI partner within the incentive program. In 2019 Nick was asked to photograph an Australian fashion designer, Thessi Kouzoukas, from Sabba Shirts, which were amazing with Greece as its backdrop. Nick has been asked to photograph famous people, singers or entertainers because of his unique photography. In early 2020 Nick was a fully accredited photographer for the Australian Open tennis, in which he photographed the games of the Greek players and of heritage for publication in Greek City Times. Also, in 2022 Nick was George Kambosos Jr's official photographer at the lightweight world title fight in Melbourne, Australia. Nick's photos of The Greek Presidential Guard (Evzones) have been referred to as the best seen, and these photos have been published in books documenting the history of the Evzones. The most recent publication was the 150 years book of the Evzones released by the Presidential Guard Greece. Nick's versatility and professionalism have earned him an excellent reputation and a loyal high-profile clientele worldwide. Nick is not one to enter competitions or exhibitions as he leaves it up to his critics to judge his artistic unique way of photography. He has always said in his early 50's he will start to exhibit his work across Australia and aboard, as he has a few major exhibitions in the making. In 2021 Nick launched his photographic exhibition around Australia titled "The Evzones Collection" This photo exhibition endorsed by the Greek Presidential Guard and the Hellenic General Staff of National Defence has over 28 beautifully selected photos capturing and portraying the Evzones in a truly remarkable light. In 2023 The Evzones Collection photo exhibition will be exhibited in Athens and then around Greece. Nick's art uniquely evokes Hellenic pride with his images that are published all over the world.