Fancy dressed Laconians celebrate Apokries in Sydney

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On Saturday, February 24, the vibrant spirit of the Apokries festival came alive in Australia at the Greek Community Club in Lakemba, Sydney. 

This annual event, organised by the Vatikioton Association of Australia “Ta Vatika” in collaboration with the Pan-Laconian Association of New South Wales “The Spartans,” brought together families, friends, and community members for a fun night of Apokries celebrations.

Kids dressed in costumes. Photo: Supplied.

Apokries is an annual celebration in Greece, also known as the Greek carnival season, where people dress up in costumes, feast, dance and celebrate in the lead up to the start of the Lent period.

The Apokries festivities in Sydney hosted more than 250 attendees, including members and supporters of both hosting associations. The Greek carnival celebration also showcased a series of Brazilian dancers and drummers who performed.

Guests were seen showcasing their creativity at the event, as they came dressed in an array of costumes to embrace the tradition of Apokries. Costumes ranged from mythical figures to modern-day icons.

Peter Kokinakos served as the emcee for the event, and speakers included Mary Skalkos, President of the Pan-Laconian Association of New South Wales, and Peter Tsigounis, President of the Vatikioton Association of Australia.

Mr Tsigounis was also recognised at the event for his unwavering dedication to the club. 

Angela Stivaktas presented him with a plaque on behalf of the Vatikioton committee, acknowledging his remarkable 34 years of service and commitment.

Mrs Skalkos further thanked all those who attended the Apokries event and said it was a successful evening that united the two associations for the second year in a row.

She further described the event as one with a happy atmosphere with the young children and adults dressed in vibrant costumes.

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