The official launch, held on Sunday night to coincide with the Greek Revolution commemorative events was a great opportunity for prominent guests to come together and explore the Athens War Museum’s rare exhibits and traditional costumes from the collection ‘Heroes Made of Metal’ by the internationally renowned sculptor Nikos Floros.
The event was overseen by the Chairman of St Basil’s Homes NSW/ACT James Jordan.
Archbishop Makarios of Australia and a number of distinguished guests including Press Counsellor Costas Yiannakodimos representing the Consul General of Greece in Sydney Christos Karras, and lightweight boxing champion George Kambosos and his father Jim Kambosos.
Press Counsellor Mr Yiannakodimos conveyed a message from the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis who praised Greeks in Australia for “being the living piece of the Greek nation despite the challenges that have occurred during the years.”
The Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore, Secretary-General for Greeks abroad Ioannis Chrysoulakis, NSW Minister for Multiculturalism and Seniors Mark Coure sent messages of congratulations via video.
An extra special message was from the sculptor Nikos Floros also addressed the attendees via video messages from the Tripolis Museum.
Mr Peter Poulos gave a passionate speech about history, his heritage and the contribution of Greek migrants to the state’s multicultural fabric and exhibition curator Captain Nicolaos Roussos.
1821 Greek Art Exhibition
As part of the celebrations of 200 years of Greek Independence, St. Basil’s NSW/ACT will be hosting an ‘1821 Greek Art Exhibition’ at Sydney Town Hall, featuring authentic and rare exhibits from the Greek War Museum and traditional Greek costumes from the collection ‘Heroes Made of Metal’ by the internationally renowned sculptor Nikos Floros.
Established in 1975, the Athens War Museum houses a large range of exhibits relating to Greece’s military history.
The ‘1821 Greek Art Exhibition’ will also feature traditional Greek costumes that form part of Nikos Floros’ ‘Heroes Made of Metal’ collection.
The costumes have been created with mosaics that meticulously transform “humble” materials into rustling satin fabrics, glittering with brilliant diamond-cut tiles.
Exhibition dates: March 13 to April 3, 2022
Open 7 days, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Venue: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George St, Sydney NSW 2000.
Admission is free.