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CHRIS BINOS Chris Binos is proud to call himself a Greek. “You can say that I’m proud to call myself a Greek. Born and raised in Melbourne, you would think that thongs and beer was my thing, but having real Greek parents, with traditional values, a million cousins with the same first name and a strong love for tzatziki, I was brought up the typical Greek way, eating everything on my plate and putting on skivvy’s in 40 degree heat.”

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CONTRIBUTORS Betty, Eleni & Samantha Bakopoulos, Chris Binos, Dean Georgio, Mr. Joshua, Ange T. Kenos, Theo Kostoglou, The Honourable Nick Kotsiras, DJ Krazy Kon, Chris Macheras, Niko Mavro, Nick Mylonas, John Pandazopoulos, Bill Papastergiadis, Jaqui Preketes, Dean Psaros, James Razos, John Sakellaris,

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IA SAS once again and thank you. Obviously you have heard the voice, the call, the need to join this united expression of a new generation. This is only step one; there is so much more to do, so much work ahead, but I’m sure together we will make it happen. Let me firstly say a big thank you and a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, to all of you! Not only for delivering a world class event last month at the ANTIPODES FESTIVAL that was reported around the country and around the world, but for showing us all that Greeks do it better and when they want to, they can have a united voice. Give yourselves a pat on the back. You are all beautiful people and the reason why Australia, this multicultural paradise we call home, is such an amazing place, so unique and special. On a personal note I must thank the entire GOCMV board, the Antipodes committee and specifically president Bill Papastergiadis who has embraced the OPA! concept and our vision of creating a new voice through the magazine. We have only just begun. This is the beginning of a new journey, which I promise you will include and be representative of every single one of you. I encourage you to keep up the feedback and your letters. Send me your thoughts, requests and suggestions at editor@opamagazine.com.au I urge you one and all to support the community and what it represents. Membership should be your first priority to become a part of something which we can all be proud of and which leaves a rich legacy for generations to come. For more information go to: www.greekcommunity.com.au It makes me proud to look at the content in this second issue of OPA! Magazine. It’s great to engage with organisations like FRONDITHA, NUGAS and HACCI. It’s amazing to have the exclusive story, photos and interview with Thanos Petrelis during his recent Australian tour, as well as to be able to report on so much exciting news, like the GOCMV’s push to open the new Cultural Centre and the new multi-purpose hall at Alphington Grammar such an generous gift given by Mr Nick Andrianakos. Issue 2 sees Mike Sweet, just returned from living in Greece, join us as Contributing Editor. Mike will be writing regularly for OPA! and bringing his extensive experience as a journalist in Greece and Australia to help realise OPA! Magazine’s vision. We also welcome Greek American singer Paul Lekakis, the team at RAKIS on Collins, the eclectic crew at Bardot and the AFL to our pages. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; OPA! Magazine is your magazine. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Live it. It’s all about delivering a publication that we can all be proud of, a world class magazine that is the voice of a new generation.


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ANTIPODES 2011

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THANOS PETRELIS

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12 PRAGMATA/STUFF

70 ODIGOS/CARS

14 NEA/NEWS – ANTIPODES 2011

73 NUGAS

19 KINOTITA/COMMUNITY Alphington

74 KULTURA/CULTURE George Tzikas

20 CINEMANIA with Mr Joshua

76 KULTURA/CULTURE Tom Petsinis’ mezedes and memories

22 MUSIKI with DJ KRAZY KON 24 THANOS PETRELIS 30 IN THE KOUZINA with Theo

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32 KALI OREXI/EATS Stalactites – A Melbourne Icon

79 FASHIONISTA/FASHION Gia Sas Ginaikes 80 TRIBUTE TRAGICS 83 TREND UPDATE by Bardot 88 MODA/STYLE Hattrick

37 SERVE ME WELL

90 ABOUT TOWN WITH OPA!

38 MY KAFE/COFFEE BREAK SBS goes Aspro Ble

92 KULTURA/CULTURE Boom Boom Boom with Paul Lekakis

41 KALI OREXI/EATS Johnny Sorrento’s doin’ the twist.

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44 TAXIDI/TRAVEL Dubai 48 SOUNDS OF THE MUSE at the Hellenic Museum 51 HACCI It’s time to GO GREEK!

98 IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME The final word

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52 POLITIKI/POLITICS Multiculturalism in Australia 53 ISTORIA/HISTORY Alexander’s OATH 56 EKLISIA/FAITH The Lenten Journey 58 EKLISIA/FAITH Cracking the Easter Egg 60 KINOTITA/COMMUNITY The new Cultural Centre – A tower of Strength 62 KINOTITA/COMMUNITY Fronditha Care 64 ATHLITICA/GAME ON The colors of the AFL’s rainbow… 66 ATHLITICA/GAME ON The Hawthorn Spartans 68 PSARAS/FISHING Bardot designers bring you the hottest looks and trends every month

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AST MONTH, the Greek Orthodox community of Melbourne and Victoria showed the country and the rest of the world, just why melbourne’s Glendi Festival is regarded as the biggest, most dynamic, Greek festival outside of Greece. The term antipodes comes from the Greek ἀντίποδες, which is derived from the root anti“opposed” and podi “foot”. It literally means any place on Earth that is the point on the Earth’s surface which is diametrically opposite to it. Two points that are antipodal to one another are connected by a straight line running through the center of the Earth. It is a unique concept and it puts into context what we mean when we say that Australia is the Antipodes of Greece; geographically opposite. With the timing of this year’s festival coinciding with the onset of the Orthodox Church’s Lenten fast, the Glendi took on an “Apokreas” theme, with a carnival type atmosphere that set the scene for the biggest street party Melbourne had ever seen. It was a historic moment; the community consciously working closely with the Greek Orthodox Church for the first time as far as the timing went. It heralded a new feeling of cooperation and unity amongst the Greeks of Melbourne. Even the normally unpredictable Melbourne weather decided to work in unison with the Greek community and chose to shine down on the event and really make it something memorable for the tens of thousands of people in attendance, the hundreds of stall holders and volunteers, and the officials and dignitaries who joined in the carnival atmosphere and made the 2011 GLENDI something so much more than just a street party. It was an incredible feeling to be a part of such an event, to witness the stars of Greece and the most amazing local talent showing us all how to party Greek style - OPA!

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“Nowhere in the Diaspora was Hellenism more evident than it was in Melbourne during the two day Antipodes Glandi Festival, and nowhere in the world did the beat of Greek hearts strike a chord as deep as they did in Melbourne that weekend, with what is now considered to be the largest Greek Festival outside of Greece. For two days, many Melbournians experienced authentic Greek food, culture, music and dance in a carnival environment which took over the Melbourne city centre. Antipodes, the cultural arm of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne, produced this year’s festival with renewed vigour. The two-day event was transformed by incorporating a noticeably stronger Greek content including three lsub-precincts within Lonsdale Street. First, there was the addition of the Plateia (the square) where visitors experienced Greek culture up close from each region of Greece. Next we had Pandora’s Playground where children’s activities and performances were combined into one large stage area. Finally, there was the Clive Peters Eliniki Kouzina food marquee with demonstrations of contemporary Greek cuisine by some of Australia’s best chefs; a truly Greek carnival atmosphere in the heart of the Melbourne was experienced by all without the need to travel to Greece.” Bill Papastergiadis President of Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne & Victoria

“For over two decades, the annual Antipodes Glendi Festival on Lonsdale Street has celebrated all things Greek. With attendances of over 100,000 people, the Glendi is the largest Greek festival outside of Greece and it has become a hallmark event in the Melbourne calendar. This year’s Glendi celebrated an‘apokriatiko’ or carnival theme and people of all ages (many dressed in traditional or carnival costume) danced, played and sang in glorious Melbourne sunshine. The new street layout was well-received as it allowed people to move between different sections of regional Greek traditions and customs, dance and food.  The special activities organised just for kids and the new grandstand devoted to our older citizens free of charge were great developments that we will continue next year. The Glendi is brought together by a dedicated team of volunteers including many Greek not-for-profits, dance and school groups. The Glendi’s success depends on pulling together as many of these groups as possible to create a unique experience. We try to find innovative ways to encourage and strengthen cross-community participation each year including established well known artists, new emerging performers, as well as organisations which represent all facets of community living – and this may be the reason we attract hundreds of local performers.    We are thrilled with the level of government and private sector support the Glendi received this year, and we thank all our supporters for their on-going (and in some cases new) commitment to the festival. We turn our attention to our busy schedule of Antipodes Festival events for 2011 which will culminate with the final event of each year’s program, the Greek Film Festival in October.  We hope that as many people as possible get to enjoy different aspects of Hellenic culture as we add new and diverse events to the Antipodes Festival program each year.”   Tammy Iliou Co-Chair Antipodes Festival

“I have been lucky enough to have served on the boards of both the GOCMV and the Antipodes Festival for ten years now and I can say without reservation that this year is the most exciting that I can remember for our proud organization. We have seen the biggest Glendi in memory, the opening of Alphington Grammar’s multi-purpose hall and the first week of the Greek history and cultural seminars-and it’s not even Easter yet! The Glendi in particular was a shining example of how we intend to do things going forward. We have always been sensitive to the needs of the Greek community, in the context of our wonderful multicultural town, and this led us to change the focus of the weekend. The record numbers that attended our ‘carnavali’ is a testament to our brave new face. From the people that salivated in our ‘Clive Peters Flavours of Greece’ stage, to the kids that didn’t want to leave the ‘Pandora’s Paidiki Xara’, to the onlookers that were fascinated by the cultural displays at the ‘Marble Centre Exclusive Plateia, we felt from early on the Saturday that we were witnessing something special. Neither we, nor all those that attended, were disappointed. Make no mistake, events of this magnitude can only occur as successfully as ours did with so many planets aligning. The new Antipodes Festival

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board displayed knowledge and enthusiasm; the volunteers injected vigour and life in to the event; the stallholders all got into the spirit of the “Apokries” celebration; and of course, the support of our sponsors, both government and private was heart warming. There’s a reason that both the Premier and the Lord Mayor have promised to increase their financial support to us: it’s because they, like so many of you, realise that we’re a part of a splendid organization indeed. After a decade, I can look back with pride that I’ve been a part of it. I have been lucky enough to have had some thrilling times and met some truly wonderful people. The fact that I sit with some of them at our board meetings is one of the things that keeps me going; the messages of thanks that so many people send us is definitely another. Now that the Glendi is over for another year, preparations have already begun for our Cultural Program; for the Flavours of Greece program; and for the Greek Film Festival. As the winter months approach, the cockles of my heart are warmed by all that is yet to come. And so, for all that want to get involved, I can only quote my ancient namesake: “Μολών Λαβέ”- come and get it! Leonidas D Vlahakis Co-Chair Antipodes Festival


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A DREAM FULFILLED THE ANDRIANAKOS CENTRE OPENS AT ALPHINGTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL

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he significance of the Grand enhance teaching and learning programmes. When plans were presented to Nick Andrianakos Opening of the Andrianakos In his opening address, Mr Papastergiadis of a new multi-purpose hall incorporating a Centre cannot be underestimated. explained that in the late 19th century, “… sports centre, performing arts and central

March 20th 2011 is a watershed date in the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne & Victoria and Alphington Grammar School. Why? Because for the first time in the school’s 22 year history, the entire school cohort can meet together in a central hall for sports, social and community events, or participate in the Music School, which are now all located in one strikingly designed building. The Grand Opening was an impressive affair; over 700 community members entered the Andrianakos Centre and were overwhelmed by the vibrancy and warmth of the environment. The Official Party consisted of Mike Smith, Principal; Bill Papastergiadis, School Council Chairman; Eleni Lianidou, General Consul of Greece in Melbourne; Hon. Martin Ferguson AM MP, Member for Batman; Mr Nick Andrianakos, a major benefactor and the school captains. The strong message reinforced was the significant development of the school since its establishment in 1989, and how the modern new facilities will

the leaders of the Greek community acknowledged that education and language are the foundations of the organisation.” Their vision for the school has been a long and proud journey, with a constant focus by community leaders, Sam Papasavas, Dimitri Ktenas, George Fountas and now Bill Papastergiadis, all of whom have strived for educational excellence in all spheres.

Mr Nick Andrianakos explained that his motivation for financially contributing $300,000 to the project was encouraged by his passion for education and offering opportunities to younger generations that he personally did not have as a child in Greece. He spoke passionately about his family’s inability to support him at school and that he personally was not able to follow his dream by attending school beyond Year Six. Now, as a highly successful businessman in Melbourne, he was determined to become involved in a prominent independent day school with close ties to Hellenic culture and heritage, and contribute in a very tangible way to encourage students to embrace school life. and

meeting place for the School and community, it seemed a logical step. Alphington Grammar School is proud to have named this building the Andrianakos Centre as a result of the family’s generous support.

Students attending Alphington Grammar School today have the benefit of outstanding educators, programmes, facilities and community support, both in Australia and Greece. It is truly a unique environment, where over 30 nationalities value diversity whilst embracing the significance of Hellenic influences in all aspects of life. Support from the Hellenic Republic; Australian Government; Greek Community and local benefactors have strengthened the school’s profile and enabled significant strategic planning to continue to increase the positive learning outcomes at every level. It is truly an exciting time to be associated with Alphington Grammar School.

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CINEMANIA MOVIES

DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS DIRECTOR: JAY ROACH STAR RATING: Rudd’s character Tim impresses his boss and is invited to attend a dinner, in the understanding that he bring a person along with ‘special’ talents. Basically all the work mates have to bring an idiot to dinner, and who ever brings the biggest idiot wins.

Dinner For Schmucks is a movie by Meet The Parents director Jay Roach. It’s an American remake of a recent French movie called Le Diner de Cons and stars the always reliable Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, with a stellar bunch of comedians in smaller roles such as Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Jemaine Clement (Flight Of The Conchords) and David Walliams (Little Britain).

connect, and strangely Paul Rudd looks like he’s a little disinterested and it never reaches the highs of his previous great films like Role Models and I Love You, Man.

Enter Steve Carell’s character Barry, who Tim happens upon in a chance meeting. Let’s just say that Barry has a heart of gold, but is not “normal” and without wanting to, lays a path of physical and emotional destruction for Tim. Barry turns Tim’s life upside down in record time, but Tim persists so he can take Barry to the dinner to win his promotion. But ultimately Tim is taught some good hard life lessons by the strange and “different” Barry.

The moral of the story in this movie is great, in Paul Rudd plays a mid-level financial executive that it sticks up for the underdog. I just think who is trying to move up the corporate ladder it could’ve been done slightly better. Don’t get after a co-worker in a significantly better position me wrong this is a GOOD movie, but it’s not gets sacked. Through a savvy business move, a GREAT movie. There are some absolutely hilarious moments, but most of them are in the scenes with either Jemaine Clement or Zach Galifianakis. As much as I love Rudd and Carell, somehow I don’t think their characters really

THE OTHER GUYS DIRECTOR: ADAM MCKAY STAR RATING:

I’ll just say off the bat that I love Will Ferrell in practically everything he does. Which is not to say that I think all his movies are amazing, but when he teams up with his friend—writer and director Adam McKay, they consistently produce gold. The Other Guys is their fourth movie together after hitting three home runs with Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers - three films which I consider modern day comedy classics. I’m happy to say that The Other Guys easily sits side by side with those gems.

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Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg play NYPD detectives Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz, both losers within their own precinct and laughed at by their fellow detectives, but also completely incompatable as a team. One is a desk jockey that loves to do paperwork and the other is a confused alpha male that wants to spread his wings and become a big shot crime scene detective. The interplay between Ferrell and Wahlberg is hilarious, with Wahlberg hitting moments of comedy greatness, especially in a scene where he first meets Ferrell’s wife Sheila, played by Eva Mendes. The supporting cast is brilliant all round, and it’s an absolute pleasure to see 80’s legend Michael Keaton back doing what he does best. It has a well written story running through

the film which involves corporate CEOs stealing billions of dollars and trying to get away with it (a nice subtle stab at real life white collar thievery by McKay), with Gamble and Hoitz in pursuit - and some classic action movie scenes thrown in. But the movie is peppered with one classic scene after the other . Especially hilarious are the scenes where Wahlberg keeps going to win back his arty ex-girlfriend, as he manages to impress her and then utterly embarrass her, all in one hit. All in all The Other Guys is highly recommended if you like Will Ferrell’s type of humour. Director Adam McKay has crafted a well written story with heaps of belly aching laughs, and like his older movies, he’s made it very nice and cinematic to look at too, which is not usually the case with most comedies.


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