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Think Greek

Think Greek: Multicultural lessons from the Greek revolution of 1821
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Join us for this series of talks focussing on multicultural lessons from the Greek revolution of 1821 under the title: Think Greek. Key voices within the community will share lessons, ideas and comment on how this historical period has contributed to the way we connect and live now. 
2021 marks the anniversary of 200 years since the revolution that led to the modern Greek state’s formation. Melbourne is proudly home to the world’s largest Greek population outside Greece, with almost 200,000 Greek ancestry individuals calling Victoria home.
There are countless stories of resilience and inspiration from that period that can be used in multicultural Victoria. HACCI and Just Gold are delivering a series of exclusive events at the Commons in Melbourne with the Victorian Government’s support.
Some interesting facts about the 1821 revolution:
• it was part of the Enlightenment, a philosophical movement that dominated Europe during the 18th century
• it had a strong vision of liberty, progress, tolerance, fraternity, constitutional government, and church and state separation.
• it involved innovation. Like typography. And the use of new tools to spread ideas.
Each of the four sessions (Politics, Society, Arts, Women) will focus on connection, cultural exchange, collaboration and innovation. Experts, speakers, and guests will be part of a forum that explores Greece’s process from part of the Ottoman Empire to becoming a Modern State aligned with the emerging European vision of harmony and multiculturalism.
Monday 26 July, 2021

Join John Pandazopoulos (Chair, Parks Victoria) and Maria Vamvakinou MP (
Member for Calwell), together with a select audience for a night of engaging conversation centred around the ideals and politics of the revolution and the challenges of setting a new State.
From Rigas’ ‘Harta’ to hashtag politics
- International support for the rebel nation: what did lobbying look like
- The challenge of designing a nation’s first constitution
- Civil unrest
Tuesday 27 July, 2021 

Join Vicky Papachristos (Non-Executive Director, Big River Industries), and Angie Giannakodakis (owner, Epocha) together with a select audience, for a discussion around the female voice in the Greek revolution and what drives women to step out of the shadows.  

Was the revolution a proto-feminist uprising?
- Was the revolution a proto-feminist uprising?
- What makes a woman strong enough to step out of the shadows and fight a war?

Wednesday 28 July, 2021

Join Esther Anatolitis (Deputy Chair, Collingwood Yards) and Helen Marcou AM (Bakehouse Studios) along with a select audience for a night of all things arts, specifically looking at how art can unify multilingual populations.
Art as a way to unify multilingual populations
- Art as a tool of awareness
- Art as a rebel mechanism
- Art as a way to strengthen communities
Thursday 29 July, 2021 

Join Professor Nikos Papastergiadis (University of Melbourne) & Viviene Nguyen (Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission), together with a select audience, where they'll discuss how specific communities took centre stage, leading the revolution.
How specific communities took centre stage, leading the revolution
- What creates social change
- Was it a national revolution or a social revolution?
- What led to it?
- How did diverse communities and social classes interact during the decline of the Ottoman Empire?



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