Storytelling school

From July 30 to August 6: storytelling, Greek food tours, cinema, concerts and more



An interactive storytelling session with stories and songs in Greek and English, aka Greek Storytime, takes place on the first Tuesday of the month at the Hawthorn Library, except during school holidays. The activity is aimed at children from 0 to 5 years old and is free. For current COVID safety requirements for entering the library, see our Boroondara Library Service Information page. Please reserve tickets for all attendees (aged 12 months and up).

When: Tuesday, August 2, 11:30 a.m.

Where: Hawthorn Library, 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC



The highly anticipated Oakleigh Trail; a 40-minute walk along the restaurant and cafe-bar district of Melbourne’s most Greek suburb begins. Renowned for its strong European influence, with the most prevalent vibe in the area being Greek restaurants and live music venues, Eaton Mall continues to gain momentum as a major Hellenic neighborhood. On the Greek Food Walking Tour, which takes place not once but three times this year, participants can share their stories of migration and the role food has played in maintaining culture and tradition. Interested parties can taste traditional baked goods prepared daily on site, taste charcuterie and learn more about products that feature prominently in Mediterranean family kitchens, visit a cultural store to learn about customs and religious traditions and, finally, enjoy a delicious progressive meal. and a conversation. Vegan options are available – ensure option is selected when booking.

When: August 6, October 1 and December 3, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Outside Oakleigh Station – Portman Street Side, Oakleigh, VIC

Prices & tickets: $138.51 via


The Greek program of the Festival of the Setting Sun will continue at the Delphi Bank Mezzanine of the Greek Center on Lonsdale Street. The short films selected at the Athens Short Film Festival (Psarokokalo) will be screened on Sunday, August 21, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Films include dramas: Beauty, Just Like Water, Soul Food, Violetta, 1980 and Paradox; two documentaries: Vouta and Every Sunday; Horror: Amygdala; and an animation: Elevation.

One of the films, Just like Water by Manos Triantafillakis, opens with a quote from Heraclitus. “For souls, it is death to become water, and for water, death to become earth. Water comes into existence from the earth and the soul from the water”.

When: Sunday August 21 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC

Tickets and reservations: $22 via

PYX LAX. Photo: Supplied


Along with bouzouki master Jacob Papadoulos, arranger and virtuoso pianist Andrew Patterson, Helen Yotis brings her old-school soulful singing, style to the warm and passionate Greek entechno music of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Classic songs made famous by Dalaras, Poulopoulos, Alexiou and Kazantzidis, it’s a kind of sung, told, danced evening. Only 35 seats available on shared tables for $22.19.

When: Thursday August 25 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Open Studio Cocktails & Live Music, 204 High Street, Northcote, VIC



I heart Artemis is the story of a mythological love and a very real crisis, which raises the most pressing questions about the future of humanity. The Consort of Melbourne is a vocal ensemble that promotes both historical and contemporary repertoire. The Australian premiere of a groundbreaking new piece from award-winning composer Wally Gunn and librettist Maria Zajkowski. I heart Artemis is a concert-length reimagining of Greek mythology told through a series of scenes and tableaux rendered in glorious six-part vocal harmony. When: Tuesday, September 27, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne, VIC

Tickets and reservations: $55 via

New South Wales


The music of Anatolia, the region where Europe and Asia meet, has inspired and influenced the world for centuries. With its intoxicating rhythms, haunting melodies and countless Maqam modes, this music marked the creative process of classical composers such as Mozart, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov and many others. A cast of performing artists have amassed the gifts, legacy of musical knowledge, discipline and talent to share something special on August 12 at the Sydney Opera House. Ayşe Göknur Shanal will sing alongside Byron Triandafyllidis and his bouzouki with Cüneyt Çakmak on kanun and presenter George El-Azar on percussion.

When: Friday, August 12, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney

Tickets: $70 via


Singer and songwriter Giorgos Tsalikis has once again teamed up with famed laika singer Vasiliki Ntanta for a highly anticipated performance on September 17 at the Bellevue Venue – so gather the troops, mark your agenda and secure your tickets. The two had to postpone their sold-out shows due to COVID-19 last year and promised to make up for the wait tenfold.

When: Saturday September 17 at 8 p.m. to September 18 at 1 a.m.

Where: The Bellevue Venue, 2-10 Restwell Street, Sydney, NSW




The best-selling band in Greek history, PYX LAX, brings an all-ages musical experience to Thebarton for all ages on Friday September 16th. The voice and soul of a generation arrives in Australia with a repertoire of songs that have changed the musical landscape of Greece. Just as the Beatles changed Western music, Pyx Lax changed modern Greek music.

When: Friday, September 16, Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m.

Where: Thebarton Theater, 112 Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville, SA

Tickets: event/13005C819DF11CC4

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