Cretan Federation of Australia and NZ celebrate 40th anniversary with book launch


The Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand celebrated their 40th anniversary, as well as the 20th anniversary of the Youth Federation, with a successful book launch on Monday night.

Held at the Hermes Lounge in Kogarah, the launch was attended by about 60 people who were all excited to get their hands on a copy of the special book publication, which features the history and achievements of the Cretan Federation over the last 40 years.

Official proceedings on the night began with Master of Ceremonies, Hara Lavdioti, introducing a number of speakers to the stage.

First up was the President of the Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney, Liana Vertzayias, who described the Lyceum’s costume exhibition which is currently on display at the Lounge for a limited time.

READ MORE: Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney launch costume exhibition to mark Greek Revolution bicentenary.

From there, the President of the Cretan Association of Sydney & NSW, Terry Saviolakis, as well as past President of the Cretan Federation, Peter Sarikakis, gave small speeches. They both praised the work of the current committee in organising successful community events and keeping the Cretan culture and heritage alive in Australia.

Current President of the Cretan Federation, Tony Tsourdalakis, then took to the stage to speak about the history of the organisation, as well as the book itself.

Later, Mr Tsourdalakis presented Mr Sarikakis with a copy of the anniversary book as a special thank you, and Mr Saviolakis received a commemorative plate from the Eleftherios Venizelos National Institute in Chania.

“I would like to congratulate the Cretan Federation on 40 years of hard work and achievements and I hope the next generation will continue this work for years to come,” Mr Saviolakis tells The Greek Herald.

If you are in Sydney and would like to purchase a copy of the book, please contact Mr Saviolakis on




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