Tzeli Hadjidimitriou 2018 Australian Tour

Tzeli is one of Greece’s most renowned fine art photographers and cinematographer. She is the author of six photography books, with work exhibited in galleries in Greece, and around the world. Tzeli spends a great deal of time on Kythera. She is well known to many Kytherians as the author of the best Lonely Planet’s type guide to Kythera, entitled In Search of Kythera & Antikythera. Venturing to the Island of Aphrodite, which was published by the Kytherian World Heritage Fund. She has also written the most comprehensive guide book for Lesvos (Mytilene). She has been sponsored to tour Australia in March this year. This has been arranged jointly by the the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW (GOC) who stage the Greek Festival of Sydney each year; and the Mytilenian Brotherhood of Sydney & NSW (MBS&NSW), and the Kytherian Association of Australia (KAA).

There are three events, in which the Kytherian Association is directly involved, and which feature, Kythera.

1. Sunday 11th March. 2:30 pm, for a 3:00 pm start. Limited places. Bookings essential.
An audio-visual presentation, focusing on Kythera. Based on Tzeli Hadjidimitriou’s extensive knowledge of the island.
Location: Kytherian Association of Australia Suite 1 24 King Street Rockdale NSW 2216 RSVP George Poulos transoz@bigpond.net.au

2. Tuesday 20th March. Photography workshop at Kythera House
6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm start. Limited places. Bookings essential.
A workshop for people of all ages. Young photographers in particular are, encouraged to attend, to hone their photography skills. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops or iPads with them. “If each person attending can choose one of their own photographs, and if time permits, we can discuss as many of the photographs as possible. The workshop will explore how we learn to “see”, before we push the button of the camera. How we compose the frame in our minds, and what we base this on. Each photographer will be stimulated to ask the questions; what does photography mean to me, and, why do I take photos at all”?
Location: Kytherian Association of Australia Suite 1 24 King Street Rockdale NSW 2216. RSVP George Poulos transoz@bigpond.net.au

3. Kudos Gallery Photographic Exhibition. Dancing with the Light
Kudos Gallery, 6 Napier Street, Paddington, 2021.
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th March: 11am-3pm
Wednesday 14th – Friday 16th March: 11am-6pm
Saturday 17th March: 11am-4pm
For further details contact: George Kazantzis gkaz27@gmail.com or George Poulos transoz@bigpond.net.au
Admission: Free
Magnificent, large Photograph Print Exhibition of Lesvos and Kythera. Photographer and travel writer Tzeli Hadjidimitriou shares with us moments from Lesvos, the island where she was born and raised, and Kythera, the island she fell in love with many years ago. Evoking sensations and experiences that derive mostly from nature and less often from the daily human presence, while avoiding the superficial convenience of digital photography the photographs do not simply portray a beautiful landscape; they invite us to hear the sounds of its waters, calm and stormy, to feel the heat of its earth, burnt by the sun, to gaze at its moonlight, to feel the humidity of its forests. This Exhibition features Kythera prominently, in a gallery administered by the University of NSW.

4. Greek Orthodox Community event
In Search of Orpheus. Film showing and Q&A with the director Tzeli Hadjidimitriou.
Wednesday 7 March. 6:30 pm.
Greek Community Club, 206-210 Lakemba Street, Lakemba 2195. Call 9740 6022 for more information.
Admission: Free
Language of event: Greek + English
In Search of Orpheus examines the mythical story of Orpheus and his connection with the island of Lesvos. It follows, in a poetic way, the traces of the mythical musician on this island, where, according to legend, his head and his lyre were washed up on the shore.

5. Mytilenian Event: The Silent Path
Thursday 22 March. 6:00pm
Mytilenian House, 225 Canterbury Road, Canterbury, 2193
Admission: Free
Language: Greek
A series of three short documentaries shot in Lesvos by Tzeli Hadjidimitriou, during the financial and migrant crisis. Salt and Bread introduces us to the people of a neighbourhood, an ouzo distillery and a boatbuilder. What they all have in common is their love for what they do. Grannies presents four women of Lesvos, aging but strong in spirit, grounded in the soil and history of the island, recalling life with humour and wisdom. Routvas is a remote shepherds’ family settlement in the mountains, next to a Christian chapel with ancient Greek columns, where they spend the summer with their flock of sheep. The films provide a deep insight into Mytilenian culture and society.
For further details contact: George Kazantzis gkaz27@gmail.com.

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