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Adelaide welcomes ‘The Evzones Collection’ Photo Exhibition with pride

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The Holy Monastery of St Nectarios in Croydon Park, Adelaide, was filled with photos of Greek Presidential Guards on Friday evening, as ‘The Evzones Collection’ Photo Exhibition was officially launched with a cocktail event in the presence of special guests and dignitaries.

Photo: The Greek Herald/Argyro Vourdoumpa

A part of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia’s official national program to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution, Nick Bourdaniotis’ photo collection aims to portray the daily lives of Greece’s Elite Soldiers and honour their rich history and tradition.

L to R: Bishop Silouan of Sinope, Nick Bourdaniotis, Consul General of Greece in Adelaide George Psiachas, Photo: TGH/Argyro Vourdoumpa

Following an inspiring intro by Australian of German descent, Fr Jeremy Krieg who embraced Orthodoxy later in life, in his address the Consul General of Greece in Adelaide referred to his childhood memories when his parents used to dress him up as an ‘Evzon’ and commended on Mr Bourdaniotis’ photographic skills.

L to R: Consul General of Greece in Adelaide, Fr Jeremy Krieg, Nick Bourdaniotis. Photo: TGH / Argyro Vourdoumpa
Photo: The Greek Herald/Argyro Vourdoumpa

Bourdaniotis expressed his excitement for bringing ‘The Evzones Collection’ to Adelaide and among others he thanked the Exhibition Director George Karantonis and curator Eirini Alligiannis for their efforts. 

Bishop Silouan of Sinope conveyed Archbishop Makarios’ wishes to the attendees and raised the importance of the event.

L to R: Steve Georganas MP, Tom Koutsantonis MP and Deputy Lord Mayor Mary Couros with Exhibition Curator Eirini Alligiannis

“This is a flagship event and a cornerstone to all of the events that have taken place and that will follow,” said the Bishop.

The list of attendees included but was not limited to Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni MP representing the Premier; Tom Koutsantonis MP representing the Leader of the Opposition; Federal Member for Adelaide, Steve Georganas MP; Acting Lord Mayor, Mary Couros; Acting Assistant Commissioner Lynden Dunstan, representing the Police Commissioner Mr Grant Stevens; Lieutenant Colonel Dave Edmonds; President of the Greek Ex-Servicemen Association of SA Christos Tsoraklidis and Andrew Andrews, member of the Executive Committee of The Foundation for Hellenic Studies, a not for profit entity that facilitated the first ever visit of the Evzones to Adelaide four years ago. 

Photo: TGH/Argyro Vourdoumpa

The evening concluded with a first ever joint performance by the Pontian Brotherhood and Cretan Association of SA. 

Photo: TGH/ Argyro Vourdoumpa

During the exhibition, which ends on Sunday, April 25a photo was being silent-auctioned while the funds raised will go to the Central Philoptochos of the Archdiocesan District of Adelaide. 

The Evzones Collection’s next stop will be in Sydney. 

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