Weekend-long celebration of Hellenism held at Chau Chak Wing Museum in Sydney

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A weekend-long celebration of Greek culture and heritage was held on May 20 – 21 at the University of Sydney’s Chau Chak Wing Museum.

The cultural celebration was part of the 2023 Greek Festival of Sydney, delivered in partnership with the Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney. 

Costumes on display. Photo: Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney / Facebook.

Over the weekend, museum visitors were encouraged to step into the world of Greece’s regional identities and witness historic costumes from the Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney’s collection, coupled with awe-inspiring photographs of Greece taken by William J. Woodhouse between 1890-1910.

Paintings of Greek War of Revolution hero Theodoros Kolokotronis and heroine Laskarina Bouboulina by Angela Konstantinopoulou were also on display over the weekend.

The pop-up exhibition, titled Impressions of Greece: Costume and Performance, offered a glimpse into the fascinating traditions that define Greek culture.

Museum curators and committee members from the Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney such as Theodora Zoukas, Helen Dimas, Christina Mitsopoulos and Irene Tsenkas, all gave floor talks about the history of the traditional costumes and shared the stories of the families who previously owned them.

Experts gave talks during the weekend. Photo: George Vardas.
Live music. Photo: The Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney / Facebook.

Adding to the grandeur, the exhibition also hosted performances of regional dances by the Hellenic Lyceum dancers, under direction from Dimitrios and Stavroula Papapetrou.

Live music by Michael Platyrrahos and the Aegean Quartet, as well as Olga Kremisis, also filled the museum and was enjoyed by all.

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