Executive Board of the Hellenic Centre is a full time voluntary worker, involved in many cultural, philanthropic and charity organisations in London and Cyprus. She has previously served as the Ambassador of Cyprus to UNESCO and as a Trustee to the British Museum. We were equally delighted when at this Year’s Honours, Agatha, our director was awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) for ‘services to the Greek community in London’. Agatha has been at the Centre since 1997 and we have seen the Hellenic Centre flourish during her directorship. It is wonderful to see so many Greek, Greek Cypriots and Philhellenes from the wider community attending our cultural events. Agatha was a school governor for several years and has been a Magistrate (JP) for twenty one years. Our warmest congratulations to both! Sophie Kydoniefs, January 2016 Overview of the Year 2015 2015 was yet another year full of challenges. We received a great number of proposals from young artists and academics as well as cultural organisations, we hosted over 70 cultural events and we managed to have a successful, versatile and comprehensive cultural programme. Difficult as it may be to say which event was the highlight of last year, I feel that I should briefly focus on our 1st Hellenic London Festival, an event which represented in more than one way what the Centre stands for. Opening with “XENIA”, the film by Panos Koutras, which had been selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, it succeed in presenting to a wide, multicultural audience the current trends of Hellenic culture. The discussion on issues of identity that followed voiced the concerns of the younger generations of Greeks and Greek Cypriots in London. Concluding the evening with a popular music recital by talented young musicians who live in London showed us that culture can and needs to be fun as well. The positive feedback and the audience’s lively presence and participation make the preparation of the 2nd Hellenic London Festival in October an exciting process. My work would not have been possible without the hard work of my team and without the help and support of the members of the Hellenic Community Trust Council and the Executive Board. I am grateful to them and to all of you for your support. Best wishes to all for 2016! A.K. Member Societies Anglo-Hellenic League Cypriot Estia of London Episteme – The Association of British Cypriot Professionals Eteria Ellinon Epistimonon Greek Archaeological Committee (UK) Greek Cypriot Brotherhood Hellenic Bankers Association-UK Hellenic Engineers Society Hellenic Foundation Hellenic Medical Society Hellenic Psychaitric Association (HPA-UK) Ionian Society Lobby for Cyprus Lykion ton Hellinidon Macedonian Society of Great Britain Oinoussai Benevolent Fund Omilos Eksipiretiton (Servers’ Society) Peloponnesian Association of Great Britain Society for Modern Greek Studies Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies We had eleven exhibitions during the year. On Kurtulus Street An exhibition of drawings and paintings by Sophie Charalambous documented the unique atmosphere of Larnaca, Cyprus and explored the artist’s memories. Photographs of Medieval Rhodes as seen by Giuseppe Gerola in early 20th century were exhibited during a lecture by Michael Heslop. Mostly Cyprus were works by Janet Scott, who has painted every summer in Cyprus since 1980. “The Alexandria Quartet” paintings by Andreas Georgiadis based on the novel by L. Durrell was presented the first time in Bibliotheca Alexandrina in 2014. Αφουγκράσου/Listen was an interactive installation by Katerina Xenophontos which reflected the artist’s interest on the internal dialogue between the island of Cyprus and the community of Cypriots through tradition, culture and concepts of identity. Diving An exhibition of paintings by Evangelia Ronga, evoked the crystal clarity of water and created an image of the colour blue, which is strongly associated with the natural environment of Greece. ‘Hear Me’ Hermes Mixed media exhibition by Stephanie Psarros presented the glory of Greece in ancient and modern times. Κύπρος: Ιστορία, Μνήμες, Φύση / Cyprus: History, Memories, Nature was an exhibition of paintings by the distinguished Cypriot artist, Antonis Zenios. W1D was a documentary photo project about Greek professionals who live and work in London by Cynthia Tzitzis. Mythological puppets, hangings and clothes inspired by ancient Greek beasts and the Hellenic Centre’s Patterns of Magnificence exhibition in 2014, were exhibited by East London Textile Arts under the title Deities, Beasts and Beauty, and the inspirational work by Erietta Vordoni Summer in our Hearts showed us how everything seems possible when we feel love inside us. JANUARY 2016 ● ISSUE NO 21 Exhibitions Recital with Trio Arundos The woodwind ensemble with three leading Yamaha artists from Greece , Konstantinos Giovanni on oboe, Grammenos Halkias on clarinet and Ioannis Evaggelatos on bassoon, all Principals in the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra, presented a beautiful programme of pieces that included Beethoven. Fusionia Duo Marios Ioannou and Savvas Lagou performed a programme that included works for two violins by Prokofiev and Bella Bartok. Rachmaninoff - Variations in a Life Costas Fotopoulos interpreted the music of the composer who bridged the gap between the romantic and the modernists whilst Alberto Bona presented Rachmaninoff’s life. Passage Into History A documentary in English with Greek subtitles, on the history of excavations at Nemea, the modern revival of the Nemean Games and the efforts of archae-ologist Stephen G. Miller, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, to expand our knowledge of ancient Greece. The Greek Legends: a Comedy Remake - Myths Hammer and Tongs Theatre group brought the legends of Ancient Greece to the Hellenic Centre. The Greek Myths were retold as you had never seen them before, accompanied by live music. Borrowed Shoes A ‘solo and a cappella’ music performance. Christina Maxouri ‘borrows’ old and new Greek melodies, and interprets them ‘a cappella’, in a handmade, home-crafted performance. Celebrating the Past, the Present, the Future Theatre Lab Company celebrated their creative work over the years. Stefan Cassomenos: Piano Recital Melbourne-based concert pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos, one of Australia’s most vibrant and versatile musicians, performed a recital of works by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, G. Ligeti and Brahms. Markos Vamvakaris Autobiography - The Man and the Bouzouki An enjoyable evening with readings and live music to launch the first English translation of the book. Markos Vamvakaris is a towering presence in the history of Greek music. Jazz Democracy The Greek saxophonist Dimitris Vassilakis gave a talk and recital which showed how jazz, functioning as a universal language, can teach us ways to communicate in a more humane, democratic and creative way. The event was part of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015. Christmas Jazz Concert A wonderful evening of jazz and Christmas songs, with Katerina Mina soprano, Marios Toumbas on piano, Charis Ioannou on saxophone and Irenaeos Koullouras double bass. Theatre/Music/Films Company Members A Bilbrough & Co Ltd Anthea Investments Ltd Bank of Cyprus UK Bonhams-The Greek Department Chandris (UK) Ltd Chios Navigation Co Ltd Curzon Maritime Ltd Cyprus Tourism Organisation Eagle Ocean Transport EFG Private Bank Ltd Embiricos Shipbrokers Fafalios Ltd Faros Maritime Ltd Fastbeck Ltd T/A Halepi Restaurant Future Intelligence Grays of Westminster It’s All Greek Latsco (London) Limited Libra Capital Limited Melon Events Moore Stephens NHS Nicholas & Co Odysea Ltd One Stop Weddings Ltd Piraeus Bank S.A. Royal Bank of Scotland Ryman Limited Southern Shipping & Finance Co Ltd Surgical Conference Management UES London Ltd University of Central Lancashire-Cyprus University of Westminster January Curating the Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor Archive Curator David McClay discussed the National Library of Scotland’s recent acquisition of Paddy’s extensive and outstanding archives, and spoke of their recent activities and future plans. Changing Concepts of Autism in the 21st Century was delivered by David Skuse, Professor of Behavioural and Brain Sciences at University College London. Greek Shipping, 1700-1821 - The Heyday before the Greek War of Independence was a round table discussion about Modern Greek Shipping on the occasion of the publication of Prof Gelina Harlaftis and Dr Katerina Papakonstantinou’s book. Orthodoxy, Hellenism and Christian Witness in the 21th Century was given by Dr Petros Sarris, Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and was part of the yearly celebrations for Christian and Greek Literature. February An International Poetry Event combined work from an established British poet and novelist Alan Brown-john and Greek-Cypriot poet George Tardios who had just completed his collection, Buttonedup Shapes, on characters from his mother's village in Morphou, Cyprus. The Hospitallers (Knights of St John) in the Dodecanese: 1306-1522 An illustrated lecture by Michael Heslop, Royal Holloway, University of London. Mycenean Crete: Religion, State Authority and Royal Symbolism, New Evidence from Crete An illustrated lecture by Dr Athanasia Kanta, Honorary Director of Antiquities, Heraklion Prefecture. The Impact of Greek Culture: Tragedy and Food - New Research Insights University of Exeter scholars talked about how Greek tragedy has long been seen as a major influence on Western literature and drama and fragments of lost Greek tragedies give a taste of the wealth of dramatic material from writers less well-known than Sophocles and Euripides. New research techniques based on analysis of food remains show how the Greek diet helped to shape Roman patterns of eating in antiquity. March Το Λονδίνο του Γιώργου Σεφέρη / George Seferis’s London A lecture in Greek by Dr Giorgos Georgis, University of Cyprus, showed the impact Seferis’s stay in London had on his poetry. Reputation in the Digital Age - What is your Online Identity? Information technology expert Konstantinos Varsis, discussed how our online presence and digital footprint affect our everyday lives and what we can do to be in control. April Sendall in Cyprus 1892-1898: A Governor in Bondage Professor Robert Holland, Kings College presented the book by Dr Diana Markides, University if Cyprus. Cyprus-Germany 800 Years of History and Culture and Painting of the Divine was presented by Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos, King’s College London and Dr Angeliki Lymberopoulou, Open University London in the presence of the authors Dr Charalambos Chotzakoglou and Dr Ioannis Eliades. May Thieves Academy: Learning how to Become a Thief and a Cheater in Ancient Sparta An illustrated lecture in English by Dr Chrysanthi Gallou-Minopetrou, University of Nottingham. “Exodus” - A Contemporary Fairy Tale for Adults was the latest book by Greek writer George Hadjistergiou; Prof Dimitris Papanikolaou, University of Oxford, and Antonio Guerreiro, Portuguese intellectual, discussed with the author the harsh social, political and economic developments which unfolded in Europe. The Grandeur that Was Paris and the Glory that Was London A lecture by Dr Ian Jenkins complemented two exhibitions at the British Museum: Defining Beauty, the Body in Ancient Greek Art and Bonaparte and the British. Abducting a General - Planning, Execution and Sequelae Chris and Peter White had extensively researched and recorded over 60 locations used by the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War and have been instrumental in editing the book. Greek Dress in a Roman Context Dr Ursula Rothe compared the fundamentally different qualities and cultural meanings of Greek and Roman dress and looked at the ways in which Greek dress evolved in the Roman world. Byzantium as a Referent in Early-20th Century Architecture: The University of Ionia, Saint Demetrius and Aristotelous Street Dr Kalliopi Amygdalou, discussed in English, through selected examples, the plurality of ideological flows and symbolisms that these buildings acquired in their respective contexts in a period of competition between national, religious and imperial identities in the region. June Prouder Than Ever: my War, my Diary, my Embroideries A presentation by Alexis Penny Casdagli of the secret diary kept by Major Casdagli from his capture in Crete on 1 June 1941 through his incarceration in Prisoner of War camps. Love’s Labour Lost or a Tale of Modern Greek Literature in English Translation A lecture by David Connolly, Emeritus Professor of Translation Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Petros Markaris in discussion with David Connolly Petros Markaris has written several plays, cooperated with Theo Angelopoulos on a number of film scripts and became known to a much wider audience with his series of crime novels and is considered one of the most JANUARY 2016 ● ISSUE NO 21 Lectures/Presentations Hellenic Community Trust a Company limited by guarantee Charity Reg. No 1010360 Registered office: Enstar House 163/173 Praed Street London W2 1RH Reg in England No. 2643543 The Hellenic Centre 16-18 Paddington Street Marylebone London W1U 5AS T: 020 7487 5060 F: 020 7486 4254 www.helleniccentre.org THE HELLENIC CENTRE NEWS is published by The Hellenic Centre Office successful living Greek authors. The summer term ended with The Emperor and the Cardinals: Dialogue in 12th Century Constantinople, a lecture by Professor Dame Averil Cameron, DBE, University of Oxford. September Patrick Leigh Fermor in Greece A talk in English by Artemis Cooper, author of Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure. The Wisdom of the Poem: C P Cavafy/A Sikelianos - An Innovative Approach Honouring poetry as the highest art of life, Omilos Eksipiretiton presented a different and philosophical way of analysis, through poems by Cavafy and Sikelianos. What Next for Greece A lecture in English by Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser, CEBR. Fallen Angel - Έκπτωτος Άγγελος A presentation in Greek of Nicole-Anna Maniati’s book a sensitive novel dealing with self-harm and the cruelty or indifference that drives children to it. October Travelling Artists to Cyprus from the 1700s to 1960 through the Cyprus Visual Arts Research Foundation (CVAR) Collections An illustrated talk by Rita Severis director of the Foundation in the heart of the old section of Nicosia, Cyprus. Tragedy and Revolución: Ancient Greek Drama in Modern Latin America An illustrated presentation by Dr Rosa Andújar, A G Leventis Research Fellow, Department of Greek and Latin, University College London. The Genocide of Pontian Greeks was a presentation in Greek by Prof Konstantinos Fotiadis and the Seventh Annual Memorial Lecture for Julian Chrysostomides: “Rethinking Innovation in Byzantium” was delivered by Professor Apostolos Spanos. November Cyprus, the EU and the Eastern Mediterranean The accession of Cyprus to the EU in 2004 is the single most important strategic development in the country’s turbulent history since independence in 1960. Cyprus also became a member of the Eurozone in 2008 and it’s going through an economic crisis. In this lively presentation, the High Commissioner of Cyprus, His Excellency Euripides L. Evriviades, underlined why both Cyprus and the EU are important to each other and to the long term security, development and economic prosperity not only of the Eastern Mediterranean, but of the European continent. Prof Josiah Ober talked about The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece. Paddy's World was a presentation by Viscount John Julius Norwich, who knew Patrick Leigh Fermor for more than fifty years. Byzantine Cyprus A lecture by Prof Panayiotis Agapitos, University of Cyprus, on the JANUARY 2016 ● ISSUE NO 21 Fundraising /Traditional/ Social Events Every year we celebrate our customs and traditions. The New Year starts with the Vasilopitta evenings; the Lykion ton Hellinidon celebrated it with tombola and traditional Greek dancing and the Hellenic Centre evening attracted many young people who enjoyed wine and live music with the wellknown Greek artist Giorgis Christodoulou, accompanied by the talented jazz guitarist Panagiotis Athanatos, with songs by Attik, Hatzidakis, Cole Porter and also with Spanish and French melodies and Brazilian bossa nova. Carnival was celebrated with the Children’s Carnival Party and Lykion ton Hellinidon celebrated Tsiknopempti with an evening with Greek food, music and Greek dancing. A few days later the beginning of Lent Kathara Deftera was celebrated with a traditional vegetarian lunch and Easter with a live performance of traditional Greek music and the cracking of red eggs. David Holton, Professor of Modern Greek, University of Cambridge gave a talk in Greek on ‘Ο Πατριωτισμός του Μακρυγιάννη / Makriyiannis’s Patriotism’ on the occasion of the Greek National day 25 March. The Hellenic Centre Fundraising Committee organised a trip to the Ely cathedral and to the stained glass museum. In December the committee organised a Christmas Dinner, a very successful evening which featured a Greek stand –up comedienne and live music. Money raised were for the Greek charity DESMOS. The year ended with the Christmas Bazaar organised by Lykion ton Hellinidon which offered delicious homemade kourambiedes and melomakarona.
Diary of Events January - March 2016 Hellenic Community Trust a Company limited by guarantee, Charity Reg. No. 101036 Registered Office: Enstar House, 163/173 Praed Street, London W2 1RH - Reg. in England No. 2643543 THE HELLENIC CENTRE Director Agatha Kalisperas Membership & Fund Development Officer Maria Kalli Language & Cultural Events Manager Evangelia Roussou Operations & Events Manager Christina Vagioti Event Sales & Business Development Manager Kay Stavrinou Office Opening Hours Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm 16-18 Paddington Street Marylebone London W1U 5AS T: 020 7487 5060 F: 020 7486 4254 www.helleniccentre.org Follow us on DONATIONS TO THE HELLENIC CENTRE To donate online visit www.don8.to/HELC001 or mydonate.bt.com/charities/thehelleniccentre To donate £5 using your mobile phone, text HELC001 to 70970 MEMBERSHIP The Hellenic Centre relies on its membership to ensure its future. Become a Member, Support Culture, Support the Hellenic Centre. For events organised by the Hellenic Centre, priority is given to our members. Information on 020 7563 9833 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. GREEK LANGUAGE COURSES Winter Term begins on 11/01/16 Day and evening courses for groups and individuals taught by experienced, qualified tutors. Reasonable fees and a rich cultural programme to complement learning. Information on 020 7563 9831 or at email@example.com. VENUE HIRE Our stunning venue is available for both corporate and private hire all year round. From concerts to conferences, weddings and fashion shows our professional experienced events team are available to help you plan your perfect event. Information on 020 7563 9834 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. CATERING FACILITIES Catering arrangements for cultural & corporate events. Information on 020 7563 9836 or at email@example.com. FRIENDS ROOM EXHIBITIONS Monthly exhibitions by Greek and Greek Cypriot artists or foreign artists whose work is inspired by a Hellenic theme. Information on 020 7563 9836 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. JANUARY Friday 14 January, 7pm to 9pm - The Hellenic Centre Stand Up for Greece: Exceptional People Making a Difference Have a 9-5 job and ever wondered how you can help the situation in Greece while living abroad? Reload Greece will be showcasing the powerful stories of individuals who are making a difference for Greece. Amongst our distinguished speakers are Paola Schwartz founder of Start-Up Boat which empowers the start-up community to develop solutions for the refugee crisis and Katerina Matiatou and Kyriakos Kyriakopoulos from Desmos which utilizes surplus products and services to provide them to people in need. Free entry; booking essential at http:// standup4greece.eventbrite.co.uk. Organised by Reload Greece. Supported by the Hellenic Centre. Friday 15 January, 7pm - The Hellenic Centre Vasilopitta Greek celebration for the New Year with tombola and traditional Greek dancing organised by Lykion ton Hellinidon. Further information and bookings on 020 8343 1353 or at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesday 19 January, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre The Hospitallers (Knights of St John) in Mainland Greece, the Aegean and Turkey: 1306-1522 An illustrated lecture by Michael Heslop, Royal Holloway, University of London accompanied by an exhibition of photographs entitled Broken Teeth Point at the Sky: Peloponnesian Castles at War in the 14th Century. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at email@example.com. Organised by the Hellenic Centre. Friday 22 January, 6.30pm - Andipa Gallery, 162 Walton Street, London SW3 2JL Vasilopitta organised by the Ionian Society. Tickets £15. Proceeds to the Church of St Spiridon, Piraeus, Greece that supports daily 160 families. Bookings and further information on 07808 777946, 07765 292990 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunday 24 January, 6pm - The Hellenic Centre The Hellenic Centre’s New Year Celebrations – Hellenic Centre Vasilopitta & ‘The Ark of Time’ Join us in our unique New Year’s Celebration with live music, vasilopitta and wine! An evening dedicated to songs that we still remember and are relevant to us today. The selection is a medley of melodies and poetry which engage our senses and make us think through the concept of time and temporality. Let composers like Mimis Plessas, Manos Hadjidakis, Stavros Kougioumtzis, Apostolos Kaldaras, Vasilis Dimitriou, Mikis Theodorakis, Giorgos Zabetas to travel you to past times with their music. The songs will be performed by distinguished singers Fanis Mezinis and Elena Hadjiafxendi. Musicians Pavlos Carvalho (cello/bouzouki), Andreas Papapetrou (piano/accordion, Giannis Photiades (percussions); Scenography Andreas Skourtis. Tickets £18 (include concert, vasilopitta and a glass of wine), £15 for Hellenic Centre Members. Bookings on 020 7487 5060 or at www.ark4art.eventbrite.com. Organised by the Hellenic Centre and ark4art. Thursday 28 January, 7.30pm - The Hellenic Centre Celebration of Christian and Greek Literature Lecture organised by the Archdiocese of Thyateira. Further information on 020 7723 4787. Supported by the Hellenic Centre. Sunday 31 January, 4.30pm - St Panteleimon Church Hall , 660 Kenton Rd, Harrow HA3 9QN Vasilopitta and talk in Greek on Giorgos Seferis as a Poet and a Diplomat by the Greek Consul Mr Sotirios Demestichas, organised by the Peloponnesian Association of Great Britain. Further information and bookings on 020 8932 7667 or at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.peloponnesians.co.uk. SUPPORT THE HELLENIC CENTRE FEBRUARY Monday 1 February 2016, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre Patrick Leigh Fermor and SOE in Crete A lecture in English by Costas Mamalakis, Crete's leading expert on the Second World War and the resistance in Crete. Consultant in Modern History to the Historical Museum of Crete, Costas has been the moving force behind the publication of several memoirs of the resistance, including the most recent: 'Tom J. Dunbabin: An Archaeologist at War'. Costas will be spending the week prior to this presentation reviewing documents in the PLF Archive in Edinburgh, and will be able to bring new insights to the many documents in Greek that have yet to be properly evaluated. He will be supported by Chris and Peter White and Gabriella Bullock. Free entry for members of the PLF Society, non members £10. Further information and bookings at email@example.com. Organised by the Patrick Leigh Fermor Society. Tuesday 2 February to Thursday 3 March 2016 - The Hellenic Centre Hanging Gardens Tonia Avdelopoulou exhibits her last artwork, an aesthetic and factual contentment of an urban landscape, based on material configuration. Private view on Wednesday 17 February, 6.30-8.30pm. For opening hours call 020 7487 5060. Supported by the Hellenic Centre. Friday 5 February, 8pm - The Hellenic Centre Vasilopitta organised by the Hellenic Medical Society for its members and friends. Further information at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.hellenicmedicalsocietyuk.org. Saturday 6 February, 6.30pm to 2am - London Hilton, Park Lane 21 st Annual Dinner Dance Reception, dinner, entertainment, surprises, raffle draw and dancing until the early hours, at London’s premier Greek Shipping event. Further information at email@example.com or on 020 8247 3960. Organised by the Hellenic Engineers Society of Great Britain. Sunday 7 February, 5.30pm - Andipa Gallery, 162 Walton Street, London SW3 2JL Song Recital with Kimon Palikaropoulos. Tickets £5. Bookings and further information on 07808 777946 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Organised by the Ionian Society. Monday 8 February, 7pm to 8.30pm - The Hellenic Centre Ancient Sites, Modern Interventions and Literary Reactions Ι The first of a series of four lectures in English on Modern Greece and the Classical Tradition - An Introduction to Modern Greek Literature and Culture with Dr Polina Tambakaki (King’s College London). The session will look at how famous ancient monuments in Attica, such as the Acropolis of Athens, the Theseion (Temple of Hephaestus) and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, are treated in modern Greek poetry (Andreas Kalvos; George Seferis and Nicolas Calas) and prose (Alexandros Papadiamantis). Language: English, all texts will be read in English translation. Detailed information on the series at the end of the Diary listings. Entry by ticket; limited availability; early booking recommended. Bookings on 020 7487 5060. Organised by the Hellenic Centre. Tuesday 9 February, 7pm - The Hellenic Centre In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: Further Reflections of an Epic Journey An illustrated lecture by Michael Wood. Further information and bookings at email@example.com, www.gacuk.org. Organised by the Greek Archaeological Committee UK. FREE CULTURAL EVENTS GREEK LANGUAGE COURSES Sunday 21 February, 3pm - Andipa Gallery, 162 Walton Street, London SW3 2JL Of the Fire, of the Wind and of the Road without Return An one woman puppet, mask and shadow show for all ages, based on a Greek fairy tale, with Stella Michael. Director Nikolas Kamtsis, designer Mika Panagou, puppets and masks Stella Makridou. Tickets £10. Bookings and further information on 07808 777946 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Organised by the Ionian Society. Monday 22 February, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre Sounion Revisited: The Sanctuaries of Poseidon and Athena at Sounion in Attica Book by Zetta Theodoropoulou Polychroniadis presented by Professor Sir John Boardman and Professor Catherine Morgan, Oxford University and Dr Lesley Fittom, British Library. The book provides answers on the early cults with emphasis on the identity of the deities worshipped at the sanctuaries of Poseidon and Athena at Sounion from the Late Geometric to the dawn of the Classical period. It is the first detailed and comprehensive examination and interpretation, of a wide selection of unpublished small finds of different categories and materials discovered in the bothroi and the landfills and sets them into context. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at email@example.com. Organised by the Hellenic Centre. Lead miniature kouros, recovered from the artificial fill in the sanctuary of Athena Sounias; Athens, National Archaeological Museum Wednesday 24 February, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre Saving the Greece we Love A visual presentation in English of the work of ELLINIKI ETAIRIA - Society for the Environment & Cultural Heritage. At a time of crisis when the foundations of the society are being shaken, hundreds of individuals - specialist and volunteers - fight to preserve the unique environment and cultural heritage of Greece, with some important successes. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Organised by the Anglo-Hellenic League, email@example.com. Thursday 25 February, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre Paddy Leigh Fermor and Friends: Explorations in his Archive An illustrated lecture in English by Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith (former UK Ambassador to Greece 1996-99). Free entry. Further information and bookings on 020 7862 8730 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hellenicsociety.org.uk. Organised by the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies. Friday 26 February, 7pm - The Hellenic Centre Launch of Reading’s Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities An event celebrating the catalogue publication of the 113 Cypriote objects in Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the University of Reading and Reading Museum. The objects ranging from pottery, lamps and metalwork to ceramic and stone sculpture, were donated to the museums in the 20th century. Some of these artefacts were collected by the Palmer family during their 19th century travels in Cyprus while others were formerly in the British Museum. Some of the items were given in honour of specific individuals, such as W M Childs, the first Vice Chancellor of the University of Reading. More than 50% of the objects are on display in the Ure Museum while others are actively used by local children as part of the Reading Museum School Loans scheme. Free entry but registration essential at https://culturalcy.eventbrite.co.uk, email@example.com or on 0118 378 6990. Organised by the Cultural Department of the Cyprus High Commission. MARCH Thursday 3 March, 7pm - The Hellenic Centre Tsiknopempti Celebration on Greek Carnival with food, music and Greek dancing organised by Lykion ton Hellinidon. Entrance by ticket. Futher information and bookings on 020 8343 1353 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. Friday 4 March, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre Critical Times, Critical Thoughts - Contemporary Greek Writers Discuss Facts and Fiction Launch of the book, edited by Natasha Lemos and Eleni Yannakakis and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The book, inspired by and partially based upon a series of literary discussions organised by the Hellenic Centre in 2011, will be presented by Prof Roderick Beaton, King’s College London. It is a collective volume with specially commissioned essays by major Greek and Greek Cypriot writers and critics. The reader of this book will find new insights into the crisis, its causes and its wider ramifications. Organised by the Hellenic Centre. Tuesday 8 March to Thursday 7 April - The Hellenic Centre AKASH & RUPA Dividing SPACE and Creating FORM New work by Caterina Hadjilias. The elements of her paintings are composed by abstracted shapes created from the division of space and by definite forms. Private view on Thursday 10 March, 6.30-8.30pm. For opening hours call 020 7487 5060. Supported by the Hellenic Centre. Tuesday 8 March, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre Raging about Achilles An event in English with Paul O'Mahony. Set against the backdrop of the Trojan Wars, the Iliad is the first, and arguably the greatest, work of western literature. In dramatic readings from different translations, and offering an account of a personal love affair with Classics, Raging about Achilles aims to bring fresh perspective to the classical text and explore its enduring influence. Paul is an actor, writer, producer and director. He translated and adapted three Greek tragedies to make The House of Atreus (performed at the Barbican) and he has also written a full-length musical inspired by Greek mythology. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Organised by the Hellenic Centre. Friday 11 March, 7.30pm - Jacob’s, 20 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4RB Masque Kantades Evening organised by the Ionian Society to raise funds for the children in need in Greece. Tickets £30; price includes four course dinner and a glass of wine. Bookings and further information on 07808 777946, 07765 292990 or at email@example.com. Monday 14 March, 12.30pm to 3.30pm - The Hellenic Centre Kathara Deftera Lunch A traditional vegetarian lunch to celebrate the beginning of Lent. Tickets £18, concessions £16. Hellenic Centre Members £15. Further information and bookings on 020 7487 5060. Organised by the Hellenic Centre. Monday 14 March, 7pm to 8.30pm - The Hellenic Centre Ancient Sites, Modern Interventions and Literary Reactions ΙI The second of a series of four lectures in English on Modern Greece and the Classical Tradition - An Introduction to Modern Greek Literature and Culture with Dr Polina Tambakaki (King’s College London). The session will look at how ancient monuments in places other than Attica, such as Delphi, Mycenae, Ephesus (Asia Minor), Engomi (Cyprus), are treated in the work of Angelos Sikelianos and George Seferis. Language: English, all texts will be read in English translation. SOCIAL EVENTS CONFERENCE FACILITIES Detailed information on the series at the end of the Diary listings. Entry by ticket; limited availability; early booking recommended. Bookings on 020 7487 5060. Organised by the Hellenic Centre. Tuesday 15 March, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre Αταξίες Θεών - The Encounters of Myth and Medicine Spyros Retsas, οncologist, medical historian and author, will read (in Greek and English) excerpts from his latest book Αταξίες Θεών - The Encounters of Myth and Medicine and will discuss the parallel lives of Aristotle and Darwin. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Organised by the Hellenic Centre and the Hellenic Medical Society. Friday 18 March, 7pm - The Hellenic Centre Hubris Syndrome Asclepian Oration to be delivered in English by Lord David Owen. Further information at HPA-UK@hotmail.com. Organised by the Hellenic Psychiatric Association UK. Sunday 20 March, 4.30pm - St Panteleimon Church Hall , 660 Kenton Rd, Harrow HA3 9QN 25 March Celebration with a talk on a related subject. Further information and bookings on 020 8932 7667 or at email@example.com, www.peloponnesians.co.uk. Organised by the Peloponnesian Association of Great Britain. MODERN GREECE AND THE CLASSICAL TRADITION AN INTRODUCTION TO MODERN GREEK LITERATURE AND CULTURE A series of four lectures with Dr Polina Tambakaki (King’s College London) aiming to provide a concise introduction to Modern Greek literature and culture, through the angle of classical reception. A corpus of works by major modern Greek writers, such as the Nobel Prize winning poets George Seferis and Odysseus Elytis, and key aspects of the cultural life of modern Greece will be discussed. Language: English; all texts will be read in English translation; some excerpts will also be read in the Greek original. Duration: 1.5 hour. Monday 8 February Ancient Sites, Modern Interventions and Literary Reactions Ι Monday 14 March Ancient Sites, Modern Interventions and Literary Reactions ΙΙ Monday 4 April C. P. Cavafy, The Historical Sense’ and Hellenism Monday 9 May Odysseus Elytis, Mediterranean Sensibility and Antiquity Ticket £10 per lecture, £35 for the series Hellenic Centre Members £8 per lecture £25 for the series Limited availability; early booking recommended Bookings on 020 7487 5060 FORTHCOMING EVENTS - SUMMER 2016 BAZAAR Organized by the Fundraising Committeee of the Hellenic Centre DONATIONS WELCOME GREEK DANCE LESSONS organised by Lykion ton Hellinidon Every Saturday at the Crypt, St Sophia, Moscow Road, London W2 New term starts in January 2.00 – 3.00pm Children 3.00 – 4.00pm Adults Beginner 4.00 – 5.00pm Adults Intermediate 5.00 – 6.00pm Adults Advanced Further information on 020 7229 4086 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Access to the Hellenic Centre is via steps; a stair climber is available but must be booked in advance; a lift provides access to all floors, except the third floor Information given in the Hellenic Centre Diary of Events was correct at the time of printing Events may be cancelled or changed without prior notice Updates and notifications available at www.helleniccentre.org A copy of the Diary in larger print but different format available from our offices The next issue of the Diary of Events will be published in March 2016 and will cover the period April-August 2016; deadline for submitting information for this period is Friday 4 March 2016 MEMBER SOCIETIES OF THE HELLENIC CENTRE | Anglo-Hellenic League | Cypriot Estia of London | | Episteme–The Association of British Cypriot Professionals | Eteria Ellinon Epistimonon | | Greek Archaeological Committee (UK) | Greek Cypriot Brotherhood | | Hellenic Bankers Association-UK | Hellenic Engineers Society | Hellenic Foundation | | Hellenic Medical Society | Hellenic Psychiatric Association (HPA-UK) |Ionian Society | | Lobby for Cyprus | Lykion ton Hellinidon | Macedonian Society of Great Britain | | Oinoussai Benevolent Fund | Omilos Eksipiretiton (Servers’ Society) | | Peloponnesian Association of Great Britain | | Society for Modern Greek Studies | Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies | COMPANY MEMBERS OF THE HELLENIC CENTRE | A Bilbrough & Co Ltd | Anthea Investments Ltd | Bank of Cyprus UK | | Bonhams - The Greek Department | Chandris (UK) Ltd | Chios Navigation Co Ltd | | Curzon Maritime Ltd | Cyprus Tourism Organisation | Eagle Ocean Transport | | EFG Private Bank Ltd | Embiricos Shipbrokers | Fafalios Ltd | Faros Maritime Ltd | | Fastbeck Ltd T/A Halepi Restaurant | Future Intelligence | Grays of Westminster | | It’s All Greek | Latsco (London) Limited | Libra Capital Limited | Melon Events | | Moore Stephens | NHS | Nicholas & Co | Odysea Ltd | One Stop Weddings Ltd | | Piraeus Bank S.A. | Royal Bank of Scotland | Ryman Ltd | | Southern Shipping & Finance Co Ltd | Surgical Conference Management Ltd | | UES London Ltd | University of Central Lancashire-Cyprus | University of Westminster |