Greek Community of Melbourne’s ‘Theatre from the Microphone’ festival returns

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The Theater from the Microphone online youth festival has returned for the fourth consecutive year to give children, teenagers and young people from Greece, Cyprus and the diaspora the opportunity to create and present their own radio play.

The Greek Language & Culture Schools of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) have participated with six plays.

  • «Ορφέας και Ευρυδίκη» – Bentleigh campus
  • «Πήραν την Πόλιν, πήραν την» – Balwyn campus
  • «Το Τρελοβάπορο» – Bentleigh campus
  • «Το νησί του Θησαυρού» – Mathesi campus
  • «Θα μου χάριζες τα μαλλιά σου;» – City campus
  • «Η αγάπη προς τον Θεό Ήλιο» – Doncaster campus

The festival is the result of the collaboration between the Theatrical Visual Arts Center “Poupoulos” (Thessaloniki-Greece), the Motivation in Arts Foundation (Paphos-Cyprus) and the Creative Drama & Arts Center (Melbourne-Australia).

The goal of the festival is the Greek language, culture and theatrical expression to travel through radio and the internet, wherever there is Hellenism.

The special and comparative advantage of this action lies in its digital nature, which enables collaboration across borders and over distance. At the same time, it is an action open to everyone on the Internet and unites Greek children from different parts of the world.

31 theatrical and narrative plays from Greece, Cyprus, Australia and the Czech Republic have already been submitted to the organisers.

Students

The three categories are:

  • First Category – CHILDREN
  • Second Category – YOUTH
  • Third Category – GREEK DIASPORA

The first two plays from these categories that will be awarded will be broadcast by radio stations in Greece and Cyprus and on the website of the Theatrical Visual Arts Center www.dramacenter.gr.

The jury consists of Dr Stavroula Nikoloudis, professor and coordinator of the Modern Greek Studies program at La Trobe University in Melbourne, the Artistic Director of KTHBE, director/actor, Asterios Peltekis and the radio producer of RIK, educator, Kyriakos Pastidis.

Greek Language & Culture Schools of the Greek Community of Melbourne students

From April 7 to April 14, the public will be able to find the 31 plays posted on the www.dramacenter.gr page and vote.

The Online Opening Ceremony of the festival will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 5pm (Melbourne time and 10am Greek time) when the awards will also be presented.

Dimitris Batsis, PhD of the School of Fine Arts, Department of Visual Arts and Art Sciences of the University of Ioannina, will speak at the official online Opening Ceremony. Also in attendance will be representatives of Local Government and academia, artists, writers, teachers, school principals and the pupils and students who are taking part.

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