The American Idol top nine travelled to Walt Disney World for a one-on-one session with VIP…
Completely self taught, musician and songwriter George Karantonis composed his first song at age 7, penning the poignant lyrics; “Xenos ekei, xenos kai edo, patrida nisi, to yiofiri ego” or “A stranger there, a stranger here too, homeland homeland, the adopted son”. GCT speaks to George about his amazing life’s journey from humble childhood, to becoming a member of famed band ‘Moda Blue’, his Opening Ceremony performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the song ‘Australia’ he composed at the request of late Archbishop Stylianos and, more recently, his historical rendition of the Greek Anthem as part of 200th Greek Independence Day celebrations.
Prime Minister of Australia ‘ScoMo’ attends Greek Orthodox Easter service saying, “Christ is Risen.” His Eminence Archbishop Makarios had his own special Easter message to the thousands of believers attending as he tells them, “Do not be afraid to state your Greek origin and your Orthodox faith.”
After Holy Friday mass in Australia last night, Tsalikis speaks to the congregation in an emotional address saying, “I am happy because the Greek have not lost their faith in Mary, God and Jesus. When I return to Greece I will tell everyone of another miracle…of what I experienced here today with you. God bless you all. Kali Anastasi.”
The much anticipated season return of ‘Travel Guides’ produced by Nine airs at 7.30pm tonight with Episode 1 set in Greece! Our favourite travellers take off on a Greek island-hopping holiday that starts in the ancient capital, Athens, before boarding the ferry to the party island of Mykonos and then to the traditional island of Milos. GCT speaks to Greek Australian star of the show, Dorian, about the highlights of his time in Greece and how his Yiaiyia “cried a little” when she learned he was travelling back to her homeland for the show.
Corfu, the birthplace of Prince Philip, honoured and participated in the mourning on the day of Prince Philip’s funeral, with a memorial prayer in the sanctuary of Agios Spyridon. When Prince Philip was laid to rest, his unique personal royal flag, representing the national flag of Greece, was draped over his casket.
Mitropanos sadly passed away on April 17, 2012 after suffering from a heart attack and pulmonary edema. He will always be remembered as one of Greece’s most recognisable voices and legend of the rebetika genre.
World-renowned American-Canadian professor and author, Robert Rosenstone was recently invited by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki to talk about the influence of Greek history on world history and also on the arts and the film-making industry in Hollywood.