The Hellenic Museum to hold Hellenic Arts Fest in Melbourne


Picture this; you’re lounging in an enchanting courtyard surrounded by skyscrapers, framed dramatically by one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings in the centre of the city…

The Hellenic Museum’s annual Summer Cinema program returns in 2022 as Hellenic Arts Fest. HAF is a unique Melbourne summer experience, with four multi-disciplinary arts events presented in the stunning grounds of the Hellenic Museum.

Across two weekends in February, the Museum will showcase the best of contemporary and classic Greek cinema, storytelling and the culinary arts in our private, leafy garden.

The Hellenic Museum.

The festival will kick off with two classic films open air, a tradition that has been popular in Greece for over 100 years. Cinemagoers can choose between the romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding or the Greek-language musical Mermaids & Rascals (Γοργόνες και Μάγκες). Mouth-watering Greek street food and pagotó (Greek ice cream) will be available before and during the screening, and films will be screened at sunset.

Greek ice cream.
The open air cinema.

Next, the Museum have partnered with the mixologists from Fable Melbourne, a new Mediterranean rooftop bar atop Lonsdale’s Greek Community Building to present a cocktail masterclass. Storytelling from the Mediterranean through tantalising cocktails and thoughtful share plates will be the theme of the afternoon.

Finally, an opulent Mythical Feast will allow you to experience Greek myths just like the ancients did. Guests will enjoy a luscious shared feast while an actor retells the myth of the huntress Atalanta. Atalanta’s story will be brought to life through this theatrical gastronomic experience amongst the greenery of the Museum courtyard.

Housed in the former Royal Mint Building, the Hellenic Museum combines Victorian heritage with ancient Greece for a contemporary audience. The Arts Fest will return each summer as the Hellenic Museum continues to create inspiring, immersive events in which old and new Hellenism collide.


Hellenic Arts Fest

A cornucopia of cinema, storytelling and feasting
Festival Program:

SUMMER CINEMA: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Saturday 5 February, 6.30pm – 10pm
Tickets: $22 / $17

Hellenic Museum x Fable Mixology Workshop

Sunday 6 February, 1pm – 3pm
Tickets: $95

SUMMER CINEMA: Mermaids and Rascals (Γοργόνες και Μάγκες)

Saturday 12 February, 6.30pm – 10pm
Tickets $22 / $17

Mythical Feast: Atalanta

Sunday 13 February, 5pm – 8pm
Tickets: $195




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