Kytherian Association of Australia visits Ancient Greeks exhibition as part of centenary celebrations

Members of the Kytherian Association of Australia (KAA) visited the Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes exhibition at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on Palm Sunday, April 17.

They had the opportunity to view 170 exquisite artefacts from the British Museum – none of which are in contention between Greece and the United Kingdom.

KAA members were joined by local Kytherians and other compatriots from Canberra and treated to an exclusive lunch in the museum’s impressive atrium, with a sumptuous fish dish to mark Palm Sunday.

This was followed by a private guided tour which provided insights beyond just the artefacts, but also the backstory to how this unique exhibition was brought to Australia.

During the day, KAA President, Emmanuel Alfieris, also gave an interview in Greek on Greeks Today, a 1683AM show hosted by George Tserdanis. The interview covered the exhibition, the KAA centenary, our history and our future.

This has been one of Australia’s most successful exhibitions with over 200,000 visitors having the opportunity to experience a glimpse of Ancient Greek culture, art and life outlook.

Minas and Mersini Kalokairinos and Gloria Tzannes.

The exhibition is in its final weeks and closes on May 1 before heading to New Zealand. The KAA encourages all members and other Greek Australian associations to visit the exhibition before it leaves Australian shores.

The special KAA event was organised with the help of John Loukadellis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community and Church of Canberra (GOCCC), and Phillip Samios, President of the Kytherian Brotherhood of Canberra.

The Presidents – Emmanuel Alfieris, Phillip Samios, John Loukadellis.

The day also included a Palm Sunday church service, followed by the museum event and ended with a dinner at Canberra’s Hellenic Club. Throughout the day, Sydney Kytherians were able to connect with old local friends and form new relationships.

The KAA thanks both Mr Loukadellis and Mr Samios for their wonderful hospitality on the day.


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