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London: Hellenic Centre – Update from the Director October 2021

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London: Hellenic Centre -Update from the Director October 2021

The London Hellenic Centre

Dear Members and Friends 
I hope you and your families are well.

It is my great pleasure to report that we have now resumed our live events at the Centre. We hosted a concert in September and have held the opening of the exhibition 1821: Visions of freedom, celebrating 200 years of GreekFreedom last week. These events attracted over 100 people each. I think we were all ready to venture out again and it was delightful to see the Centre come back to life.

Our Member Societies have also started their events and we are grateful to them for enriching the cultural life of the Centre.

We have a very rich programme of events for this autumn: lectures, concerts, children’s events and many more. Below is the full list but do check on our website for any changes www.helleniccentre.org
Look forward to welcoming you all to the Hellenic Centre soon.

With my very best wishes

Agatha Kalisperas
Director of the Hellenic Centre

Events at the Hellenic Centre
OCTOBER Tuesday 5 October to Wednesday 30 March 2022
1821 Visions of Freedom: The Hand of Zographos, The Mind of Makriyannis, The Zeal of Gennadius
An exhibition of plates illustrating scenes from the Greek War of Independence. The plates from a limited edition prepared in 1926 by Frédéric Boissonas and John Gennadius reproduce the famous originals of 1836-1839 commissioned by General Makriyannis from Dimitrios Zographos to illustrate his own history of the war. Curators: Natasha Lemos, Olympia Pappa Design: Αlexis Veroucas. Sponsored by the A G Leventis Foundation. Organised by the Hellenic Centre under the aegis of the Greece 2021 Committee.

Friday 15 October, 7pm 
Με τη ματιά του Μυριβήλη στο 1821: Μια παλιά, επίκαιρη ιστορία – 1821 Through Myrivilis’s Eyes: Αn Old Story, a Timely Story
A talk in Greek based on Stratis Myrivilis’s radio programme and unpublished archival material on 1821 held by the speaker, Myrivilis’s granddaughter, Christina Angelopoulou. Part of 1821 Commemorative Lecture Series: The Greek War of Independence Revisited. Organised by the Hellenic Centre.

Thursday 21 October, 7pm 
Book launch: Michael Llewellyn Smith’s New Biography of Eleftherios Venizelos
Michael Llewellyn-Smith was British Ambassador in Athens in the 1990s and lived in Venizelos’ house. Organised by the Anglo-Hellenic League.
NOVEMBER
Saturday 20 November, 6.30pm
Concert with Dimitris Soukaras
More information to follow. Organised by the Hellenic Centre.

Sunday 28 November, 12pm-2pm
Christmas with Asterakia
Come and join us for an interactive festive session full of music, movement, and drama! Asteraki is very busy getting ready for Christmas! Is our house clean? Do we have a turkey? Are we going to get any snow? Let’s do it together! Can we sing the Christmas carols? After the performance you will be making  festive creations with a qualified art teacher. Parents are welcome to help children with the activities! Event suitable for ages: 0 – 8 years old. Organised by the Hellenic Centre.
DECEMBER
Wednesday 8 December, 7pm 
In the Footsteps of Lord Byron: John Frederick Lewis in Greece and Albania
A talk by Briony Llewellyn and Charles Newton. Part of 1821 Commemorative Lecture Series: The Greek War of Independence Revisited. Organised by the Hellenic Centre.Tuesday 14 December, 7pm 
[http://Levantine Alternatives: Greeks in Constantinople, Smyrna and Alexandria after 1821]Levantine Alternatives: Greeks in Constantinople, Smyrna and Alexandria after 1821
A lecture by Dr Philip Mansel. Part of 1821 Commemorative Lecture Series: The Greek War of Independence Revisited. Organised by the Hellenic Centre.

Thursday 16 December, 7pm
Faces of History – History has a face
A presentation by historian Charicleia George Dimacopoulou of the new edition of the book ‘History has a Face’ containing more than 300 drawings- portraits of Greeks having fought during the War of Independence. Organised by The Hellenic Centre and Sylvia Ioannou Foundation.

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