Greek Odyssey festival 2019 kicks off 4 October
Arts and culture met under the colours and sounds of
Hellenism on Friday 4th of October at Olympic Hall as
the Odyssey Festival launched its 14th journey of the
A Festival that takes everyone on a cultural adventure
through the Greek arts, bringing the vibe of Greece on
“The President of the Greek Orthodox Community of S.A.
Bill Gonis said the Odyssey event serves as an example
of our commitment, to both our own community and to
multiculturalism in our great State.
We celebrate this year, our 14th Annual Odyssey cultural
event with the inspiring theme: “Education Through Greek
Arts”, he said.
Attending the Odyssey launch, the Hon David Pisoni,
Minister for Innovation and Skills, representing the
Premier of South Australia The Hon Steven Marshal said
the Greek Community has positively changed the way of
life in South Australia.
“We are proud of your passion for preserving and sharing
your culture and of what you have achieved as a
Community”, said Minister Pisoni.
The Odyssey launch drew hundreds of artists, friends of
the arts, members of the wider community and several
members of Parliament.
All mingling and catching up with the latest chatter,
enjoying the familiar hospitality of the Greek Community
in an artistically decorated Olympic Hall.
With the formal part proceeding, official guests
addressed organisers and patrons, thanking the Greek
Community for their endless contribution to the State’s
“South Australia is extremely fortunate to have such a
culturally diverse population”, said The Hon Irene
Pnevmatikos MLC, representing the Leader of the
Opposition Mr Peter Malinauskas.
The formal part featured a cultural program perfectly
depicting the Festival’s character and purpose as the
leading event in the State’s arts scene.
The Dance Academy took everyone on a virtual journey to
Greece through the dazzling traditional costumes and
dance skill they exhibited.
Following the Dance Academy, Greek Band ‘Floga’ (which
translates to “Flame” in English) put the house on fire
with their performances and great selection of Greek
The formal part concluded with the Odyssey Art Prize.
Three successful pieces of art, three lucky winners as
judged by textile artist Russell Leonard, professional
photographer Jane Blackett and artist Joe Felber.
Kathleen Patitsas won the first prize for her work
“Yiayia” followed by Nicholas Tsatsaronis and Joanna
Kalambogias Vlassopoulos for their work “Ia-Santorini”
and “The Lament” respectively.
The Odyssey Art Prize is kindly sponsored by the Greek
Workers Educational Association of S.A ‘PLATON’.
The list of other official guests who attended the event
included His Excellency The Hon Hieu Van Le, Governor of
SA, her Excellency the Hon Martha Mavrommati, High
Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus in Australia, the
Hon Connie Bonaros, Member of the Legislative Council,
Mr Frank Pangallo, SA Best, Acting Consul General of
Greece Mr Athos Marousias on behalf of The Hon Georgios
Psiahas, Consul General of Greece in S.A, Councillor
Franz Knoll, representing The Right Honorable The Lord
Mayor Sandy Verschoor, Mr Michael Coxon, Mayor of West
Torrens, Councillor Paul Alexandrides, City of Charles
Sturt on behalf of Mayor Angela Evans, Mr Norman
Schueler, Chair of SAMEAC and Professor Andreas
Evdokiou, President of the Cyprus Community of South
The Odyssey Festival will conclude on the 17th of
November with a local theatrical production.