Kytherians of the world gather in Sydney for international symposium

Kytherians of the world gathered in Sydney from November 17 to November 20 at the 9th International Symposium of Kytheraismos to celebrate the Kytherian Association of Australia’s (KAA) centenary this year.

The symposium was attended in person by people from Greece, the United States, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and regional New South Wales, as well as global participants via Zoom from Kythera, Athens, California and the United Kingdom.

Held over four days, the event launched with a Cocktail Party on Thursday, November 17 at the Coogee Legion Club attended by about 80 people.

Formalities commenced on Friday, November 18 at the church hall of St Spyridon Parish in Kingsford. The symposium was officially opened by the Mayor of Waverley City Council Paula Massellos, with an opening address from the Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Ioannis Mallikourtis.

Also in attendance on the day, and giving a number of presentations, were: Chairman of Kytheraismos International, Professor Elias Marsellos; Chairman of the Institute of Kytheraismos (Sydney), John Comino; the President of the KAA, Barbara Zantiotis; His Eminence Archbishop Serafim of Kythera; and Australian Ambassador to Greece Arthur Spyrou; among many others.

Photo: Bourdo Photography

Official proceedings concluded with a memorable Dinner Dance held at the Hermes Lounge in Kogarah.

The closing ceremony for the symposium was held at St Spyridon, where during the regular Sunday service the Symposium proceedings were highlighted and an icon paraded around the church by Kytherian Committee current director John E. Comino and former director Theo Poulos.

A morning tea was held after the church service followed by closing remarks from Professor Marsellos and Mr Comino.

The three outcomes of the Kytheraismos Symposium 2022 were: (1) reach out to Kytherian diaspora in Australia, the US and Greece to establish strong links via electronic means; (2) for the KAA to create a forum with the Hellenic Club Ltd Sydney and the Cyprus Association with the purpose of creating a united voice of Greek Kytherians in Australia; and (3) to work with the younger generations of Kytherians to build the Kyth-e-Regions of the world and the global Kytherian community.


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