Pontian Genocide Memorial Seminar: Exploring Pontus Through History and Culture



The Greek Community of Melbourne, in collaboration with Pontiaki Estia, will host the Annual Pontian Genocide Memorial Seminar on Thursday, May 16, 2024, as part of the Greek History and Culture Public Seminar Series.

In this lecture, Dean Kalimniou, a well-known lawyer, poet, and short story writer within the Greek community, will delve into the perception of Pontus. Often depicted as a secluded enclave with its distinct cultural traits, Kalimniou will challenge this notion by exploring its historical interconnectedness. He will discuss how Pontus has fascinated the Western psyche, becoming a muse for the creation of opera and classical music.

Lawyer and author Konstantinos Kalymnios is the theatrical shows playwright. Photo Konstantinos Kalymnios Facebook 1
Dean Kalimniou

This significant event serves as a poignant reminder of the tragic events of the Pontian Genocide, commemorating the lives lost and honouring the resilience of the Pontian Greek community. We invite you to participate in this solemn occasion as we come together to remember and reflect, ensuring that the memory of the Pontian Genocide remains alive in our hearts and minds.

The event will take place at the Mezzanine Level of The Greek Centre, located at 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. This seminar is open to the public, and attendees will have the opportunity to engage in discussions with the speaker after the lecture.

Pontian Greek Genocide Remembrance Day:

May 19 marks the official Pontian Greek Genocide Remembrance Day, commemorating the tragic events of the systematic persecution and mass killing of Greeks residing along the Black Sea coast during World War I and the subsequent Greco-Turkish War. Recognized by the Greek state in 1994, this genocide signifies the Ottoman Turks' ruthless campaign to eradicate or forcibly remove the indigenous Christian communities of Anatolia, among them the Pontic Greeks.


Dean Kalimniou is a lawyer, poet, and short story writer within the Greek community. He has published seven poetry collections in Greek and translated the works of many local Greek authors into English. He has also published translations of Papadiamantis’ short stories in the critical anthology “The Boundless Garden. Selected Short Stories.” Recently he released his first bilingual children’s book, “Simela and the Magic Kemenche,” followed by another one in 2024, 'The Librarian from Cappadocia'.

Event Details:

When: Thursday, May 16, 2024, 7pm

Where: Greek Centre (Mezzanine, 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne)

Entry: Free

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