New date and venue announced for the ‘100 Years of Bithikotsis’ concert

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One of the many stand out events in the 2022 Greek Festival of Sydney cultural program is the 100 Years of Bithikotsis 1922-2022. This event was scheduled to take place at the Factory Theatre on March 27 and has now been re-scheduled to May 1 at the Bankstown Sports Club.

The date was changed to accommodate the re-scheduled Greek Fest Darling Harbour, however the weather once again proved to be unaccommodating. 

READ MORE: Greek Fest Darling Harbour cancelled due to forecasted weather conditions.

In what is sure to be a sell-out event with a few surprises in store, the 13-piece band (including three bouzoukia) will be under the direction of Thanasis Pylarinos and will include a stellar line-up of Bithikotsis’ hits.

Considered one of the most important figures in Greek popular music and composing over 80 songs, Bithikotsis’ contribution largely shaped the Greek music of today.

“This year marks the 100-year anniversary to the birth of this great icon and it is only fitting that we pay tribute to the man whose songs had a major influence on the Greek music of today,” Harry Danalis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW (GOCNSW), said.

READ MORE: On this day in 1922, Greek singer Grigoris Bithikotsis was born.

“Songs that are still widely played and will always hold a special place in the heart of Greeks of generations past, present and future. We know Thanasis and his team will not disappoint.”

All current ticket holders will have their tickets re-issued by Bankstown Sports Club. Please visit www.bankstownsports.com/greekfestival for bookings.

Greek Festival of Sydney event cancellations:

This new date and venue announcement comes as the Greek Festival of Sydney also confirmed the cancellation of two upcoming events in the festival program.

These are:

  • ‘Leonard Cohen on Hydra’ presented by Professor Vrasidas Karalis. It was scheduled for Wednesday, March 30 at the Fusebox Theatre.
  • ‘The Tastes of Alexander at Perama’ by David Tsirekas. It was scheduled to take place on April 12.

These events will not be re-scheduled in this year’s program.

“It seems that COVID and other factors beyond the festival’s control continue to impact events in the program however, we continue to work through and overcome these challenges,” Festival Chair, Nia Karteris, said.

“We do have plenty of other great events coming up and encourage everyone to check the program for details.”

For full details on upcoming events please visit www.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au.

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