Crete and Pontus: Two aspects of Modern Greek culture through their traditional songs


The Consulate General of Greece in Sydney, in collaboration with the Pontian Association of NSW “Pontoxeniteas” and the Cretan Association of Sydney and NSW, will hold an event dedicated to two emblematic aspects of Modern Greek culture, Crete and Pontus, through their traditional songs and music.

Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney, Dr. Alfred Vincent, the keynote speaker, will explore the historical context that shaped the particular traditions of these two frontier societies of the Greek world, with an emphasis on their similarities and “meeting points” from a linguistic, cultural and musical point of view.

The talk will be followed by traditional music, highlighting the common elements of the two traditions, “illustrating” acoustically this special “meeting” between Crete and Pontus.

The talk will be in Greek with English subtitles.

Dr. Alfred Vincent speaking March 2021. Photo: Vasilios Vasilas.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Alfred Vincent taught for 25 years at the University of Sydney, specialising in Modern Greek Studies. His scholarly interests include the history, society, language and literature of Crete under Venetian rule (1211-1669); comedy in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries; Greek music; the works of Nikos Kazantzakis. He continues in retirement to research on the society and culture of the Greek world.

Event details:

The free event will be held at 3.00-5.00pm on Sunday October 15 at 58/76 Stanmore Rd, Stanmore NSW 2042, Cyprus Community Club of NSW. More information: MFA




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