A Toast to a New Year: Greek-American Culture and Traditions to Welcome 2021

The Hollywood Greek Festival, presented by St. George Greek Orthodox Church situated at N. th Avenue in Hollywood, will take place during January through. It will offer authentic Greek foods and desserts along with live music and dancing. Community’s award-winning dance troupe will be on stage. The once-a-year festival is the perfect opportunity to learn to dance, to win the grand prize of raffle, have fun for your children at the Fun Zone, and purchase things from the many vendors. Ouzo is a unique and original creation. daiquiris will only be available at this festival.

PhiloThought invites you to the Annual Young Professionals Vasilopita Brunch. This event for charity is scheduled at Skinos in Lower Manhattan on Saturday, Jan. 2. The event takes place right in front the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine celebrates the new year. Proceeds from this event will go to PhiloThought to fund its programs as well as is a year-long scholarship program for students that are financially challenged. Make sure to register online before January in order in order to receive a discount on fees for registration. Go to https://bit.ly/GIs for more details. PhiloThought is also inviting to for the Newport Winter Glendi Greek Dance in Middletown (Rhode Island).

UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation invites participants to join them on January 1, 2017 from 5pm on MacGowan Hall, Los Angeles and for the Winter Glendi. Our event features live dance performances by Norwalk Pontian Society Norwalk Pontian Society and accompanying music from Fotia.Live with Iosif Tsentekidis, Nikos Spaniotis, Nikos Savvas, Voula Berdos, and Tony Pentikis as well as Pontiaka which features Vaggelis Pesiridis and Michael Pesiridis. Admission for adults is $1, and for kids under 6 years old , admission is $.

We are delighted to present”Polymnia,” the first world premiere The ‘Polymnia’ is an innovative chamber piece that tells the tale of a woman facing violence and trauma with courage and considers how her journey resonates with generations and the communities. The second production of the production will take place on Sunday , January 2, at 5:00 pm. This show is inspired by pieces of Sappho’s poetry, Kassiane’s hymns, plus four generations of family records and oral history to tell the tale of Theodosia Roussos’ great-grandmother Polymnia Athanasiadis Pappas, an 18-year-old woman who’s family was exiled from their home village.

This concert will be hosted through the Consulate General in Greece Los Angeles. It was made possible through the Stavros-Niarchos Foundation(SNF)and the National Endowment for the Arts. Roussos will perform a song that was influenced both by her Greek Cypriot American heritage and Byzantine elements. Polymnia will be performed in English and Greek. The show reflects on the things that were lost, and what is preserved and how it can be remembered in the context of the Asian Minor catastrophe. Plain Wood Productions provided this production.

Everyone is invited to all are invited to the annual Vasilopita cutting ceremony by The Pan-Rhodian Society of America Apollon from New York. This will be after the Divine Liturgy as well as Artoklasia at the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Orthodox Monastery in the diocese of St. Irene Chrysovalantou on Rd Avenue in Astoria. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM. For more information please contact us via email at panrhodian.society.ny@gmail.com.

In summary

In conclusion, Polymnia – with its musical score inspired in Greek Cypriot American culture and influence of Byzantine and Greek folk music – is an enthralling reminder of the history from the Asia Minor Catastrophe and its long-lasting impact in the present. This powerful performance is possible because of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, it can be transmitted to viewers across throughout the world through the Consulate General in Greece situated in Los Angeles. Polymnia an exquisite fusion of song, language and storytelling, is an inspirational reminder of what’s lost in diaspora cannot be completely forgotten.

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