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Greek Festival of Sydney holds inaugural Greek Youth Creative Arts Competition

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The Greek Festival of Sydney, proudly supported by Bank of Sydney, has announced a new and exciting project, the ‘1st Greek Youth Creative Arts Competition.’

As part of the 42nd Greek Festival of Sydney that will take place between February and May 2024, the Festival Committee is planning many events that will involve the Greek and Greek-at-heart Youth of NSW with the ‘1st Greek Youth Creative Competition’ being the highlight of the festivities.

The Competition expands into three creative categories – art, writing and music – and is open to three youth groups: 12-15 years, 16-18 years and 19-24 years of age.

With the relevant theme for 2024 being “Greece within me,” young audiences are encouraged to submit their applications by March 15, 2024.

Participants on each category will be able to showcase their work in a gallery set-up exhibition (art category), booklet distribution (writing category), social media coverage (music category) and the winners will receive substantial monetary awards. A special award ceremony will be held on the April 28, 2024. 

To apply under the Art Category participants must submit a photo of an artwork across any of the following sub-categories: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, digital artwork, collage, graffiti, 3D Modelling.

To apply under the Writing Category participants must submit a piece of writing in Greek or English language (maximum 1000 words) across any of the following sub-categories: short story, fan fiction, poetry, review, theatrical, piece of prose.

Lastly, to apply under the Music Category participants must submit an MP4 video of maximum three minutes with an original music work (song, instrumental, acapella) across any of the following sub-categories: solo performance, band ensemble, duet or group performance, instrumental performance, DJ Performance. 

Harry Danalis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales (GOCNSW), states, “The Greek Festival of Sydney has supported and cultivated the extended Greek Community of NSW through cultural avenues for an astounding 42 years.”

“Our efforts to promote, preserve and enhance the Greek culture as a community must continue through our youth and this is exactly what we try to achieve through projects like the ‘1st Greek Youth Creative Arts Competition’,” Mr Danalis added.

“We want our children to know who we are, were we came from and how we continue to grow along with them through our unique cultural identity as Greeks abroad.”

Chair of the Greek Festival of Sydney Nia Karteris says, “With the Greek youth being so talented, productive and engaging in all aspects of social life, we couldn’t but support the idea of expanding the Greek Festival’s cultural umbrella to include and showcase the work of our youngsters.”

The Competition is open to all NSW Greek and Greek-at-heart youth aged 12-24 and aims to become an annual event that will express creativity while strengthening and empowering the Greek Culture in younger generations of Greek descent. 

Event details:

  • What: 1st Greek Youth Creative Arts Competition  
  • When: Submissions open until March 15, 2024
  • Where: Greek Festival of Sydney
  • Apply here: https://shorturl.at/rELU8

For more information, please visit https://greekfestivalofsydney.com.au/.

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