What’s On 24 July – 30 July – Neos Kosmos


The Greek Community of Melbourne is hosting an online lecture as part of their Greek history and culture seminars program. The lecture will be presented by French-Greek historian at the École Normale Supérieure Lukas Tsiptsios, who aims to do a social history of Thessaloniki in the Interwar period through PAOK, by following the paths of the Constantinopolitan elite that founded the club.
When: 6 August 7:00pm
Info: (03) 9662 2722 or info@greekcommunity.com.au

In an effort to support the newly-arrived immigrants settle and find job opportunities in their new home, Pronia is continuing the project “Settlement Services for Newly-Arrived People” online, with morning and afternoon English language workshops.
There will be separate classes for people with intermediate, limited and no English language knowledge.
Info: Contact Pronia on 03 9388 9998

Titled In Isolation, the exhibition presents the work of 15 past Antipodean Palette participants during this time of physical distancing and self-isolation…Those wishing to view works created by the artists can now do so through the online gallery, hosted through Instagram, Facebook and the GACL’s website. Selected works will also be featured in the bilingual Antipodes Periodical 2020 edition which will be dedicated to the Antipodean Palette visual artists.
Info: Instagram – @gaclmelbourne and www.gacl.com.au

National Mental Health Month is an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation Australia to advocate for and raise awareness of Australian mental health. At this launch, presentations will be made to the winners of the Schools’ Creative Writing Competition and Art Competition 2020. There will also be an opportunity for you to sit in on formal addresses, on the Victorian government’s plans for mental health into the future and the current Royal Commission into mental health.
When: 1 October, 6:30pm – 8:00pm AEST
Where: Virtual on Zoom

This year the Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) is excited to bring the festival magic at the comfort of your home. Presenting the Virtual Australian Multicultural Festival a package of incredible music, breath taking performances all just a click away. Prepare your festival outfits, stock your fridge, gather your crew virtually and get ready for #Australianmulticulturalfestival2020. To make your festival experience even better, you can also be involved, by partnering, sponsoring or performing in the event, for more info email admin@mhfa.org.au.
When: 3 October, 11:00am – 2:00pm AEST
Where: Virtual on Zoom
Info: admin@mhfa.org.au


Membership applications for GCYM are now live. The organisation promotes shared Cypriot and Greek culture and creates a platform for youth to socialise with the community
Contact: tinyurl.com/joincypriotyouth or email: cy.apostolosandreas@gmail.com

Join series of free online workshops that celebrate the diverse arts and crafts of Victoria’s multicultural communities hosted by the Victorian Multicultural Commission. The workshops are also suitable for older primary school and secondary school learners.
When: Throughout July
Contact: Telephone (03) 7005 1267; or email: contact@vmc.vic.gov.au to get a programme and register for each event


The Greek Stage Theatre presents four performances of the comedy Ζωή Μετά Χαμηλών Πτήσεων (Living Flying Low / Flying Through Life Grounded) by the anonymous Greek playwright Arkas, every Saturday in July.
Where: Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales premises, 206-210 Lakemba Street, Lakemba
When: 25 July 6:00pm
Contact: 0450 724 600
Tickets: $35 including meal
Social distancing rules apply

Greek lessons for adults via Zoom or small classes organised at Greek Bilingual Workshop.
When: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Beginners to advanced intermediate. Reading groups, conversation and vocabulary. Skype lessons available
Costs: Group lessons from $25; $65 at the bookshop, $75 from home
When: Lessons held Mondays, Tuesdays Wednesdays
Where: Online or 837 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill
Contact: info@bilingualbookshop.com.au or call 0400 436 079


The Kalymnian Brotherhood Darwin and the Greek Orthodox Community North Australia (GOCNA) and the Cyprus Community are holding a Festival to celebrate the Feast of St Panteleimon. Food, drink and dance, children’s activities
Where: Kalymnian Brotherhood, 64 Batten Road, Marrara
When: Saturday, 25 July, starting at 10:00am until late

Outstanding efforts at 2020 Local Government awards – Mirage News

The outstanding work of Liverpool City Council staff members has been recognised by two local government awards panels.

Council Administration Officer Elizabeth Pirolo has won the Young Achievers’ Award in the 2020 Minister’s Awards for Women in Local Government.

The Minister’s Awards are organised by the Office of Local Government.

Liverpool City Council’s focus on innovation, improving liveability and celebrating cultural diversity has also been recognised at the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards run by Local Government Professionals Australia.

The Liverpool City Centre Public Domain Master Plan, Council’s 10-year plan to improve its city centre was Highly Commended in the category of Community Partnerships and Collaboration.

Five of council’s initiatives were nominated as finalists for three categories this year including three projects in the category of Community Partnerships and Collaboration.

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said the annual award results demonstrate Council’s commitment and hard work to supporting its people and Liverpool’s growing economy.

“Firstly congratulations to Elizabeth Pirolo,” Mayor Waller said. “The Award she won recognises the achievements of outstanding women aged 25 and younger who are undertaking traineeships or apprenticeships in the local government sector.

“It’s an outstanding result for her. I hope this will encourage other female staff members to aim high and see what a rewarding career they can have in local government.

“I am also delighted that the Liverpool City Centre Public Domain Master Plan was highly commended in the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards.

“I am aware that staff worked long and hard to design and envision Liverpool as a city of the future,” Mayor Waller said.

“Staff worked closely with the community through face to face consultations and online community feedback surveys to come up with a blueprint for our CBD that includes dedicated cycleways, better lighting, more street trees and vegetation and wider footpaths.

Minister’s Awards for Women in Local Government 2020

Award winner for the Young Achiever’s Award – Elizabeth Pirolo. An outstanding trainee/apprentice (under 25).

NSW Local Government Excellence Awards

Award finalists in the category of Community Partnerships and Collaboration:

Liverpool City Centre Public Domain Master Plan – Highly Commended

This 10-year plan will guide future development and include enhancements of public space in the Liverpool city centre. Wider footpaths, dedicated cycleways, more street trees and vegetation, public art, better furniture, lighting and paving materials are among the improvements suggested in the plan.

Centre for Civic Innovation

The Centre for Civic Innovation, run as a pilot between October and December 2019, was established in a vacant shop space in Liverpool CBD for community members to turn ideas to improve the community into an initiative, a not-for-profit or a business. Fourteen people shared their ideas for potential innovation activities or projects, with two incubated and one developed into a viable business.

CALD Social Board Games

Run in partnership with STARTTS Liverpool, this regular workshop held at Liverpool City Library invites people of all cultural and language backgrounds to come together for social board games such as chess, cards and backgammon.

Award finalist in the category of Local Economic Contribution:

Local Jobs for Local People

This ongoing project will provide pathways for local jobs in South West Sydney. As part of this initiative, Council is now developing a digital platform to connect people with local jobs.

Award finalist in the category of Special Project Initiative:

Eat Your Heart Out Liverpool

Council’s signature CBD event celebrates the city’s multicultural harmony in a one-night street fiesta that combines a tantalising array of food, live music and performances, markets and plenty of art into a feast for the senses, activating different areas of the Liverpool city centre each year.



Award winner for the Young Achiever’s Award – Elizabeth Pirolo

Liverpool City Centre Public Domain Master Plan – Highly Commended

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