Going Back to Our Roots
On behalf of the Kastellorizian Council of Australia 2019 Conference Organizing Committee we cordially invite you to Sydney, NSW.
Our conference will be a forum for discussion, exchange of knowledge and experiences in a friendly environment at the Bonnie Doon Golf Club Pagewood, one of Sydney’s best golf courses and one of the oldest in Australia.
The theme for this year’s conference is GOING BACK TO OUR ROOTS. The program is organised in a thematic stream of presentations focusing on migration, migrant populations, diasporas and the wider impact of human mobility.
In GOING BACK TO OUR ROOTS, we remember those who have gone before us. When we move away from our homeland and on to “bigger and better things”, we often forget who we are and where we came from. Instead of forgetting where we came from let’s embrace it, embrace the tiny island Castellorizo, our ancestral home, affectionately known as the “Rock”.
Our conference program will comprise invited talks and presentations, exhibitions and documentary film screenings, one of which in particular will be screened for the first time in Australia.
The History and Archives Committee of the Castellorizian Association of NSW will be launching a new book, Castellorizian Migration Stories. Castellorizians in NSW were invited to share their personal or family story of migration and immigration. The book is full of photos, tales and anecdotes that tell the stories of where they came from, what shaped their lives and the importance of friendship. These stories are an important part of our heritage.
We welcome your participation in this conference and look forward to seeing you in Sydney, connecting with other delegates at the various presentations, documentary film screenings and exhibitions and at the Welcome and Gala Dinners.
Mr George Pizanis, Ms Victoria Kazaglis -Gallagher, Ms Anna Koutsis, Ms Patricia Sechos.
The Kastellorizian Council of Australia 2019 Conference Organising Committee.
The following speakers have accepted our
invitation to speak at the conference.
2019 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
DAY 1 – FRIDAY 25 JANUARY 2019 –
Bonnie Doon Golf Club
10:30 am Mr George Pizanis – President of Kastellorizian Council of Australia and President of the Castellorizian Association of NSW
10:45 am Dr Nicholas Pappas AM – Castellorizo in the 19th and 20th Century. An experience through unpublished photos and documents – Discussion
11:30 am My Little Kastellorizo – screening of documentary film.
12:15 pm Lunch Break (Lunch included at Bonnie Doon Golf Club)
1:30 pm Ms Victoria Kazaglis-Gallagher – Castellorizian Migration Stories: An insight into Castellorizian families of Sydney Presentation and Book Launch.
2:00 pm Ms Anna Koutsis – Farewell to Anatolia, Exile from LIvissi and presentation of documentary film – “Sorrow – Homeland of Separateness”
Ms Patricia Sechos – ‘It’s All Greek to Me’ – Presentation of the artworks of Maud Guterstam, on the Greek islands and specifically Castellorizo.
Mr John Barbouttis – Celebrating the artwork of mother and daughter. Exhibition by artists Karen Barbouttis and Antoinette Barbouttis.
7:00 pm Welcome Dinner , Yiamas Greek Taverna – 1/1-5 Princes Hwy, St Peters (Cnr May street and Princes Highway)
DAY 2 – SATURDAY 26 JANUARY 2019 (AUSTRALIA DAY) –
Bonnie Doon Golf Club
10:30 am Mr Costa Vertzayias – Castellorizian History Revisited – Discussion
11:30 am Youth Representative – My Castellorizian Heritage Konnor Panselinos & George Peter Calopedos
12 noon Michele Kiosoglou – Greek Property Law recent changes
12:30 pm Lunch Break (Bonnie Doon Golf Club)
1:30 pm Ms Victoria Kazaglis-Gallagher – Kastellorizian Heroes and Characters – Discussion
2:00 pm Ms Marilyn Tsolakis – Friends of Kastellorizo – A current insight into the project
2:15 pm Kastellorizian Council of Australia Meeting
5:30 pm Departure by coach from St Spyridon Church, Gardeners Rd, Kingsford to Dockside Cockle Bay Wharf, Wheat Rd, Sydney.
6:30 pm Arrival at Dockside Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney.
7:00 pm Dockside Gala Dinner Dance
11:45 pm Departure by coach from Dockside to St Spyridon Church, Kingsford.
DAY 3 – SUNDAY 27 JANUARY 2019
9:00 am Church Service, St Spyridon Church Kingsford – At the conclusion of the service there will be a viewing by Mr George Pizanis and Mr Nick Anastasas of the Castellorizian Association Site in progress (optional).
11:45 am Mr Nicholas Malaxos – Visit and Guided Tour to St. Sophia Church Darlinghurst (optional). Departure by coach from St Spyridon Church.