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PONTIAN FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA
Pontian “Synapantema” 2011 held in Adelaide
Australian Pontians converged in Adelaide, in large numbers, for three days starting on 21 until the 23th of January, for the 2011 Pontian Synapantema - or re-union.
The wide variety of cultural activities organised by the local Pontian Brotherhood of South Australia, included a visit to the Migration Museum where a plaque commemorates the Pontian genocide, which was officially recognised by the South Australian Parliament in a bi-partisan declaration in 2009.
On Saturday night, more than 500 people attended an official dinner dance at the Krystal Function Centre, in Port Adelaide including State officials and community representatives. Internationally acclaimed Pontian musician Mathaios Tsahurides and band kept the dance floor alive until the early hours of
An all day Pontian panigiri (festival) was held on Sunday at the Olympic Soccer Grounds, 2 Perth Street, Ferryden Park. The event included soccer matches, live music by Mathaios Tsahurides, Greek food, drinks and sweets. The main feature at all the events held during the three day synapantema, were the many colorful Pontian dancing groups that came from all over Australia.
The Pontian "Synapantema" was attended by the Minister for Communities Jennifer Rankine, representing the Premier Mike Rann, Michael Atkinson MP, David Pisoni MP, on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition Isobel Redmond, Peter Ppiros, representing the Chairman of SAMEAC and Lieutenant Governor Hieu Van Le, Bishop of Dorylaeon Nikandros, the Consul General of Greece Mr Christos Maniakis-Grivas and the Assistant Secretary of the Greek Orthodox Community of SA, Elias Mavrogeorgis, on behalf of the President Vasily Elovaris.
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