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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


International Poetry Event

Friday 6 February, 7.15pm - Friends Room, Hellenic Centre.

An event combining work from Alan Brownjohn, an established British Poet and Novelist, and George Tardios, a British born Greek-Cypriot Poet and Actor.

George has just completed a collection, 'Buttoned-up Shapes' on characters from his mother's Cypriot village, Morphou, many of whom were his relatives. It provides a poignant memory of life as it was in the past. His Cypriot poetry (written in English) regularly appears in Cyprus in 'Cadences' magazine published by the European University of Cyprus, Nicosia and edited by Stavros Karyiannis. He is also published by the prestigious 'London Magazine' in London. A collection 'Bull Song' was published by Charlotte Press (with an introduction by Ted Hughes), poems in various Arts Council and PEN Anthologies, and a University Tutorial Press School Text Book, 'English for Me' by Eric Boagey.

Both George and Alan were involved in the early days of setting up the first Creative Writing Centre in England, the Arvon Foundation, which now has five Centres in the UK, at which the Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes regularly gave readings.

George has spent a total of ten years in East Africa. Two years as the leader of a successful 3- man Expedition on foot, following the slave route that H.M. Stanley took in his search for Dr David Livingstone, lost in darkest Africa. The Expedition used 4 donkeys to carry their goods. Unlike Stanley's 300 men 28 donkeys and 2 dismantled boats carried on porter's heads!

Alan has worked extensively in Romania with the British Council. His writings on Romanian Culture should provide an interesting contrast tothe Greek.

The evening should be a stimulating one, with Poetry, stories and anecdotes, sadness and humour.

Free entry but please confirm attendance on 020 7563 9835 or at press@helleniccentre.org.

Organised by the Hellenic Centre.



Monday 9 February, 6.30pm to 8.30pm - Friends Room, Hellenic Centre.

Come and join the experiencing interactive installation by Katerina Xenofontos.

The work reflects the artist’s interest on the internal dialogue between the island of Cyprus and the community of Cypriots through pathways that engage thoughts on tradition, culture and conceptions on identity. Katerina Xenofontos is a practicing artist and a researcher undertaking a PhD in Fine Art at University of Kent, Medway. Free entry but please confirm attendance on 020 7563 9835 or at press@helleniccentre.org.


Children’s Carnival Party

Sunday 15 February, 3pm to 5pm - Great Hall, Hellenic Centre.

Entertainment for children up to 10 years old.

Tickets at £6 (for adults and children over 3) include one drink (juice, coffee, tea) and cake. Adults admitted only if accompanying children. Further information and bookings on 020 7487 5060.

Organised by the Hellenic Centre and Lykion ton Hellinidon. 



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Greek Language Courses

Registration for the
Winter Term
has now
There are still some
available places
for some of our courses
Please contact us on
020 7563 9831
and 6.30pm
to find out availability
and to register


12 JANUARY 2015

Registration for
Winter Term Courses
will start on
8 December 2014


Venue Hire

Meeting Rooms available more...


Call +44 (0)20 7487 5060
email info@helleniccentre.org

16-18 Paddington Street,
London W1U 5AS



Agatha Kalisperas


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":

 A shop is available at the Hellenic Centre with products from the exhibition.

 Click here to view the whole colllection