National Union of Greek Australian Students (NUGAS) Gala Ball 2023

National Union of Greek Australian Students (NUGAS)

On Friday, September 1st, 2023, the grandiose NUGAS Gala Ball made its triumphant return to the opulent 5-star Pullman Albert Park Melbourne Grand Ballroom. This sold-out extravaganza, meticulously orchestrated by the dedicated committee of the National Union of Greek Australian Students, unquestionably stands as the most monumental and prosperous Greek-Australian university student event nationwide.

A staggering assemblage of over 700 guests graced the Pullman's luxurious confines, embarking on a night of opulence replete with sumptuous cuisine, free-flowing libations, and performances by Australia's A-list entertainers.

This resounding success owes its gratitude to the unwavering generosity of our esteemed sponsors: Next Generation Events, Pronia, Bank of Sydney, Directed Group, Korres, Redbull, Thematikos, Moray Agnew Lawyers, Amethyst Wedding and Events Décor, NP Events, and Kabinetz.

The electrifying live entertainment ensemble that took center stage that night was unparalleled. Melbourne's most revered Greek musicians harmonized alongside the city's elite club DJs, Kosta Nico and Thomas Nico, with the charismatic MC George Ross presiding over the festivities, creating an unparalleled entertainment extravaganza under one roof.

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National Union of Greek Australian Students Gala Ball 2023

But the celebration did not end there, an all-inclusive complimentary afterparty beckoned at Miss Ms Collins Nightclub, extending the revelry into the early hours.

The 2023 NUGAS Committee extends its heartfelt gratitude to our partner organizations and all those who contributed to the continuous success of the NUGAS organization. We eagerly anticipate your presence at our forthcoming events, where we shall continue to celebrate and uphold our rich Greek-Australian heritage.

The National Union of Greek Australian Students (NUGAS) is a student organization based in Australia that represents Greek-Australian university students. NUGAS is known for organizing various events, including cultural festivals, social gatherings, and educational initiatives, to promote Greek culture and heritage among the Greek-Australian student community.

Photos copyright Costa Deves / Photo Gallery of the evening

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.

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