About us

The Hellenic Centre

The Hellenic Centre is a vibrant cultural organisation founded in 1994 as a charity, with the aims of providing a focus for the Hellenic community, promoting an awareness of Hellenic culture in the UK and nurturing the unique relationship between Britain and the Hellenic world. The Centre offers a rich programme of lectures, exhibitions, concerts, social events and Greek language courses.

The Centre's elegant building dates from the early 1900s and has been sympathetically refurbished to provide a number of meeting and exhibition rooms, the most impressive of which is the Great Hall. The location and its facilities make it also an attractive venue for outside individuals and organisations to hold their events. The Centre is off Marylebone High Street in central London and is easily accessible.

The Hellenic Centre is run by a full-time director and her administrative staff, overseen by the Trustees and their Executive Board.

Director: Agatha Kalisperas






 


Shonorities

Tuesday 31 May, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre.

The ensemble Shonorities presents music for the Japanese koto (Makiko Goto) and shō (Naomi Sato), female voice (Shie Shoji) and violin (Aisha Orazbayeva).

The programme, encompasses a colourful and diverse collection of musical styles. Featured pieces include traditional Japanese music accompanied by dance in original Japanese kimonos, established repertoire by Western and Japanese composers including electronics and the premier of a work by Basil Athanasiadis composed especially for the occasion.

Further information about Shonorities at www.shonorities.com.

Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at press@helleniccentre.org.

The performance is supported by Japan Foundation, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, the Japanese Embassy in Greece, the Greek-Japanese Association and the Hellenic Centre.
 

 


Hearts of Stones

Thursday 2 June, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre.

Book launch of Simon Scarrow’s new novel.

Simon Scarrow is a No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author: renowned for his historical novels featuring Roman army centurions Macro and Cato, Hearts of Stones is a departure for him as this dramatic and atmospheric novel of war, betrayal and friendship is set against the backdrop of a beautiful Greek island during World War II.

"I had no intention of writing a Second World War novel about the Greek Resistance until I visited the beautiful island of Lefkas researching a different book altogether." Don’t miss Simon in conversation with Paul Blezard discussing his inspiration and his reasons to write about such an important moment in Greek’s history.

A free copy of Hearts of Stone to the first 50 attendees of this event.

Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at press@helleniccentre.org.

Organised by Headline Publishers.

Supported by the Hellenic Centre.
 

 


 

The History of the Greek Folk Urban Songs - Rebetiko

Sunday 12 June, 3pm - The Hellenic Centre.

A flashback to the history of Greek folk and urban music, highlighting the genre of Rebetiko.

Rebetiko is a branch of Greek urban music that was accused, censored, banned and hunted down with every means of state repression. However, Rebetiko not only managed to transcend its origins, beyond prison walls and the margins of society, but also to thrive and dominate.
For more than 150 years Rebetiko music has been and remains an inspirational influence to new and emerging music genres from around the world.
To what can this charm and endurance be attributed, unrelenting throughout all these years? This is one of the mysteries that this presentation and performance will explore.

Rebetiko Music
Rebetiko is the music of an urban sub culture of musicians called "rebetes". Although they openly emerged in Greece in the 1920's, rebetiko music is a rich synthesis of music from all over Greece that expresses the pain and suffering of the people at the time. In a heartfelt way of reflecting life, these songs can be full of humour and profound beauty.

Rebetiko Carnival 2016
Rebetiko Carnival will be taking place throughout June across UK in a celebration of urban Greek folk music in its many forms, bringing together people from different backgrounds and nationalities through their common love for music.
The festival comprises of London based Greek bands (Kourelou, Pakaw!, Megla…), as well as famous musicians from Greece such as Gerasimos Andreatos, Dimitris Mystakidis, Manolis Pappos, and Kyriakos Gouvendas.
But it’s not all about music, the festival also offers seminars/workshops, instrument exhibition and trials as well as the Greek shahow theatre (Karagiozis), a favourite form of art for all group ages.

Time: doors open at 3pm, music starts at 4pm

Tickets: Online: £12/£10 students.  At the door: £14 (cash only)

For further information and tickets visit: http://rebetikocarnival.co.uk/
Follow us at: https://www.facebook.com/rebetikocarnival/
Twitter: @rebet_carnival

Rebetiko Carnival video: https://youtu.be/hEpk_L_C0VA

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Spring/Summer Term Courses
start on
Monday 4 April 2016

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Director

Agatha Kalisperas

Membership 

Maria Kalli 020 7563 9833 maria@helleniccentre.org

Greek Language Courses

Evangelia Roussou 020 7563 9831 greekcourses@helleniccentre.org

Venue Hire

Kay Stavrinou 020 7563 9834 bookings@helleniccentre.org

Catering & Friends Room Exhibitions

Christina Vagioti 020 7563 9836 christina@helleniccentre.org

 



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 The Exhibition "Patterns of Magnificence" is now closed
 



Catalogues in both Greek and English are available at the Hellenic Centre.

For more information about "Patterns of Magnificence":
www.patternsofmagnificence.org