Nikos Oikonomopoulos, a popular modern Greek laiko singer, visited the Greek Community of Melbourne’s (GCM) Greek Centre this week.
Upon his arrival, he received a warm welcome from the President of the GCM, Bill Papastergiadis OAM, and GCM Board Member, Christos Sikavitsas. Also present to greet him were Jorge Menidis, the Director of the Greek Centre, Antonia Tsamis, the Public Relations Manager of GCM and the GCM staff.
During his tour of the Greek Centre, Oikonomopoulos immersed himself in the rich history and cultural significance of the GCM. Through his visit, the singer exemplified the enduring power of music to bridge cultures and create lasting connections.
The delegation showed the singer the replica of the Parthenon Marbles that had been installed on the Greek Centre balcony facade.
They explained that the Frieze is a replica carved from marble as close to the original works as has been endorsed by the Greek Ministry of Culture and it took over 18 months to be hand carved.
“His genuine interest in the Greek Community of Melbourne’s activities and his congratulations to their efforts showcased his appreciation for preserving and promoting Greek heritage. We are grateful for his visit and the positive impact he has left on our community,” Christos Sikavitsas said.