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
Tuesday 16 September to Thursday 25 September - Friends Room, Hellenic Centre.
Photographs from Greece by Ivars Pundurs will be hosted at the Hellenic Centre after being exhibited at the Latvian Embassy in Brussels.
The exhibition reflects the artist’s inspiration by the unique character of Greece and his internal dialogue about things seen and lived. Ivars Pundurs, presently Latvian Ambassador to Greece, has been a diplomat since 1991 and a keen photographer from his teens. Collections of his work have been widely exhibited in Latvia. Private view on Monday 15 September, 6.30-8.30pm. For opening hours call 020 7487 5060.
Supported by the Hellenic Centre.
Wednesday 17 September, 7.15pm - Great Hall, Hellenic Centre.
A lecture in English by Katerina Galani (Ionian University, Corfu, Greece), tracing the lives and works of Greek bankers, based on unpublished archival sources from Constantinople, Greece and the City of London.
The talk probes the transition of Greeks from the islands and ports of the Aegean (e.g. Chios, Andros, Hydra, Spetses, Smyrna, Constantinople) to the international financial centre of the City of London in the 19th century and shows how they expanded their trade business in Britain and became merchant bankers in the City. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at email@example.com.
Organised by the Hellenic Centre.
Saturday 20 September, 11am to 6pm - Great Hall, Hellenic Centre.
The event aims to mark the 40th anniversary since the fall of junta in Greece and to examine how the crisis has led Greeks to rethink political attitudes, cultural discourses and conceptions of identity established since 1974.
Speakers include Professor Mark Mazower (Columbia University), Professor Antonis Liakos (Athens University), Professor Yannis Stavrakakis (University of Thessaloniki), Dr Elisabeth Kirtsoglou (Durham University) and others. Further information on 0121-4145769 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at email@example.com.
Organised by the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford.
Supported by the Hellenic Centre.
Tuesday 23 September, 7.15pm - Great Hall, Hellenic Centre.
Join the bestselling author of The Island, The Return and The Thread, Victoria Hislop as she talks about her eagerly awaited new novel The Sunrise which is set in the city of Famagusta, Cyprus during the devastating events of the 1970s.
With her unique brand of storytelling, Victoria once more shines a light on a fascinating and often overlooked part of Mediterranean history, as she has done so vividly in her three previous novels. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The author Victor Sebestyen (victorsebestyen.com) to chair the event.
Organised by the Hellenic Centre and Headline Review.
(Showcase by Nikki Santilli & her Vintage Jazz Dancers)
Sunday 19 October, 5-8pm, Great Hall, Hellenic Centre
Come and swing to the rhythms of gypsy jazz! The Hellenic Centre presents DIMINUITA, a Swing Trio from the orchestral gypsy jazz scene, for an amazing live performance.
What is more, if you want, you can let yourselves be swept off your chairs and onto the dance floor, with one of London’s most promising swing instructors, Nikki Santilli and her team, showing you the way! For those of you who want to enjoy the swing experience to the full, there will be a beginners swing class before the performance. Cash bar available with wine and beer to further lift your spirits – don’t miss this chance.
5-6pm: Swing Dance Class for beginners by Nikki Santilli (for those attending the concert, there will be an offer of £5 to attend the dance class).
6-8pm: Live the Swing with Diminuita
DIMINUITA (Giorgos Papadogiannis, lead guitar; Effie Saranti, rhythm guitar; Kostas Patsiotis, double bass) have been performing since 2007 in Greece and abroad. They are a part of the orchestral gypsy jazz scene, with their tunes alluding to Reinhardt, Grappelli and other composers of that era. Diminuita's video: http://youtu.be/O1dtgwAs4wg
Tickets £12, £8 for Hellenic Centre Members (£5 extra for the dance class - please RSVP when booking for the concert).
Bookings at ark4art.eventbrite.com or on 020 7487 5060.
For more information about "Patterns of Magnificence": www.patternsofmagnificence.org
A shop is available at the Hellenic Centre with products from the exhibition.
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NEW TERM STARTS ON
22 SEPTEMBER 2014
Registration for all courses
until Friday 12 September
NEW COURSE: A-Level Course
in Modern Greek for students 16+
with Mr Andreas Theodosiou
The course will focus on
translation from and to Greek
and essay writing
and will prepare students
for the A-level exams.
Course syllabus includes
poems by C P Cavafy and
short stories by Giorgos Ioannou.
Students who do not wish to
sit the exam but are interested
in Greek literature are also welcome
to join the course.
Absolute Beginners Courses
in Modern Greek for students 18+
Meeting Rooms available more...
16-18 Paddington Street,
London W1U 5AS
Maria Kalli 020 7563 9833 email@example.com
Evangelia Roussou 020 7563 9831 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kay Stavrinou 020 7563 9834 email@example.com
Christina Vagioti 020 7563 9836 firstname.lastname@example.org