Three generations of Greek women in Australia enjoy AHEPA NSW event

·

With music, a ‘parade’ of traditional clothes, community history and a table laden with savoury and sweet foods, AHEPA NSW Inc. honoured International Women’s Day 2024.

The event was organised by Chapter Antigone with special guests including members of the Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney and UNSW Hellenic Studies lecturer Dr Vasilis Adrahtas.

AHEPA NSW.
AHEPA NSW.

For some years, Dr Adrahtas has studied the history of AHEPA. As the Keynote Speaker, he presented the roles women played in AHEPA in Australia between the formal entry into the organisation in 1953 and 1959, when the association expanded rapidly. As Dr Adrahtas stated, this growth was due largely to the initial organised presence of the ladies within the Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association two decades after its founding.

Chapter Antigone also had a special surprise in store for the event, presenting its annual International Women’s Day Award for service to Australian Hellenism to Liana Vertzayias, President of the Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney.

The award recognised her decades of service to Australian Hellenism through theatre, university student associations, folkloric groups and especially the Hellenic Lyceum.

Young ladies of the Hellenic Lyceum brought colour and a different flavour to AHEPA NSW Hall, modelling the traditional clothes of five regions of Hellenism: Pontos, Macedonia’s Emathia district, Mani, Kalymnos island and the ‘Amalia.’

They were accompanied by Theodora Zourka and Irene Tsenkas who spoke about the different items of clothing and jewellery, about how the clothes were worn, as well as select historical associations.

It was a beautiful – somewhat different – event, filled with Hellenic tradition, involving three generations of Australian Hellene women representing the past, the present and the future of Australian Hellenism. 

AHEPA NSW Inc. President Demetris Papanagiotou invited everyone to support all the 90th anniversary of AHEPA NSW events being organised, especially the AHEPA Sunday luncheon on May 26.

AHEPA NSW Inc invites everyone to the next event in its 90th anniversary celebrations – honouring Greek Independence Day on Wednesday, March 27 at AHEPA NSW Hall, Princes’ Highway, Rockdale from 7pm. The Keynote Speaker will be lawyer and historian Costa Vertzayias.

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Honour your Greek mum this Mother’s Day on the National Monument to Migration

Honour your Greek mum this Mother’s Day on the National Monument to Migration. Find out how to register their name here.

Pan-Macedonian Association of NSW hold moving ceremony to honour Battle of Vevi fighters

The Pan-Macedonian Association of NSW held a moving ceremony at Hyde Park in Sydney to honour the Battle of Vevi fighters.

Professors Vrasidas Karalis and Mark Byron give talk in Sydney on Lord Byron and Greece

Talk was held on April 18 as part of the Greek Festival of Sydney honouring the contributions of Lord Byron to poetry and philanthropy.

Cretan and Pontian dance groups unite at Sydney concert

For the first time ever, Cretan and Pontian dance groups performed together at a Sydney concert. Read more here.

Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney’s book club honours bicentenary of Lord Byron’s death

The Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney's book club honoured the bicentenary of poet Lord Byron's death on Saturday, April 20.

You May Also Like

Sydney’s Northern Beaches enters 4-day lockdown

The Northern Beaches is being locked down from 5pm today until midnight on Wednesday, as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces another 13 cases from testing on Friday.

Effy Alexakis’ photographs displayed at Australian Embassy in Athens

Effy Alexakis' latest book Effy Alexakis: Forty Photographs - A Year at a Time was presented at the Australian Embassy in Athens.

Greece sending military, civilian aid to Ukraine

Greece is sending ammunition, “Kalashnikov-type assault rifles” and missile launchers to Ukraine, authorities have confirmed.