Events 2015

Events 2015

2015 Events:


A Night at the Museum

With private access to the Benaki exhibition, gourmet grazing by Sweet Greek, jazz tunes and drinks in the Hellenic Museum's MPavilion and serene gardens.

In support of the Hellenic Museum’s education program, AHEPA Youth are holding A Night at the Museum. Ever wondered what goes on after dark in the hallowed halls of a cultural institution, and one of Melbourne’s oldest buildings to boot? Come along and check out the Hellenic Museum after dark on Saturday 5 December. The long-term collection Gods, Myths & Mortals: Greek Treasures Across The Millennia from the iconic Benaki Museum, Athens will be on show; with Kathy Tsaples from Prahran Market institution, Sweet Greek, providing the spread. There will also be jazz, drinks, and all within the Hellenic Museum’s private garden courtyard.

For tickets, head over here.

$55 for AHEPA Youth members
$65 for General Admission




Multicultural Museums Cook Off 2015

Philip Vakos, Head Chef of Bahari, will be representing the Hellenic Museum in the first Multicultural Museums Cook Off!

Inspired by Jon Faine’s “call to cook” – the highly anticipated Multicultural Museums Cook Off celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of Melbourne through a unique and exciting cooking extravaganza. Join our special guest host Jon Faine, Mornings presenter, 774 Melbourne and watch our chefs battle it out in front of a live audience. Enjoy a day of food, faith and fun at the newly established Islamic Museum of Australia.

The Multicultural Museums Cook off challenges the culinary skills of five vibrant, culturally diverse contemporary chef’s to reinvent their traditional fare and present the most exciting fusions of multicultural Melbourne.

On at 10am, Sunday 8 November at the Islamic Museum in Thornbury. Tickets available!

To celebrate the inaugural Multicultural cook- off, 774 ABC Melbourne's Sunday Mornings program presented by Libbi Gorr will broadcast from the Islamic Museum of Victoria from 10-12pm. Together with special host of 774 Mornings Jon Faine the pair will cook-up something special for listeners.

A multicultural melting pot combining the museums Jewish, Hellenic, Museo Italiano and Islamic Museum of Australia competing against each other in a cook-off challenge, in the interests of promoting greater cultural harmony, deeper social understanding and totally awesome culinary delights!

How much of a part does food play in the assimilation of our nation? Is there any greater way to promote harmony than to break bread at the same table. And the biggest question of all - is there any one way to make Hummus? or do all roads lead to chick pea?

Jon Faine has a special interest in all of the above and it was he who provided the inspiration behind this event. As Jon puts on his MC hat, Libbi will add her natural flair for compelling conversation and surprising entertainment, garnished with a splash of comedian Nazeem Hussain. 774 ABC Melbourne is sure to provide a Sunday Morning in the kitchen where things definitely get hot!

This live radio program will be broadcast on 774 Digital Radio and streamed online at (Cricket Grandstand coverage from 10.30am in analogue), Sunday 8 November from 10am - 12noon.



Hydra: Songs and Tales of Bohemia

The Hellenic Museum joins forces with Melbourne Music Week to recreate the island of Hydra in the 1960s through the songs of Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen on Hydra

Hydra: Songs and Tales of Bohemia will weave music, song, documentary footage and narrative to recreate the Zeitgeist of the Greek island of Hydra in the 1960s. From Leonard Cohen to Allen Ginsberg, Sidney Nolan to Peter Finch, artists gravitated around the glamorous Australian literary couple George Johnston and Charmian Clift on this tiny Aegean island in a time of rebellion, romance and creativity.

Through the songs of Leonard Cohen, Australian artists Chris Fatouros and Spiros Falieros will recreate the period across three nights at the inaugural MPavilion, Hellenic Museum courtyard. A bar will be open serving Greek mezze and drinks throughout the night.

Performance dates:
Friday 13 November, 7pm – SOLD OUT
Saturday 14 November, 7pm
Friday 20 November, 7pm – SOLD OUT

Tickets are now available, via eventbrite.



Open House Melbourne

We're on the list for the 2015 Open House Melbourne program!

Held over the weekend of 26 and 27 July, the Museum will be open on both Saturday and Sunday for visitors to explore the Former Royal Mint. Learn about the history of the site, and the original occupents of the building, through taking a self-guided tour over the ground and first floor of the Museum. Entrance for all exhibitions will be free.

For more information on the Open House Melbourne program, check out their site.




Archaeological dig at the Former Royal Mint

As part of National Archaeology Week, Mint Inc in conjunction with Context and AHMS organised an archaeological excavation to explore the hidden history of the Royal Mint operating departments.

The car park at the Former Royal Mint site was once the location of the coining hall, furnaces, chimneys and laboratories of the Royal Mint operating departments. The Royal Mint was opened in 1872 to manufacture coins for the colony of Victoria. The factory complex was demolished in the 1970s and what remains today were the grand administrative building and guardhouses.

The asphalt was peeled away and archaeologists excavated to learn more about the layers of history below. The site was open to the public for viewing from Monday 18 May to Friday 22 May from 10am till 4pm.

Two professional archaeologists from Context and AHMS plus five volunteers carried out the archaeological excavation. This was preceded by a services tracing, soil testing and a day of machine excavation. The excavation site has now been filled in and the asphalt reinstated.

The archaeologists worked within an area near the large central chimney of the former operating departments. Machine excavation and initial hand excavation removed much of the rubble from the demolition in 1970. Structural remains began just under the surface. The most obvious were footings and foundations – of both brick and bluestone  – and much of the work focused on digging around these to further reveal them.  Digging also revealed a complex network of flues, furnaces and boiler rooms that were central to the Royal Mint’s operation. Archaeologists also found object fragments like ceramics, beer bottles, sections of laboratory equipment, a whetstone and a 1940s penny. These objects are being analysed for the report and will be returned to Mint Inc.




2015 Trendall Lecture

“More celebrated than actually known”: Sir John Soane’s Greek Vases

Presented by the Hellenic Museum and sponsored by the Australian Academy of the Humanities in collaboration with the A.D. Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University

Sir John Soane’s Museum L101. Apulian krater, c. late 4th century BC

Sir John Soane (1753-1837) launched his career as an antiquities collector with the purchase of a large red-figure vase manufactured in southern Italy during the 4th century BC. Known as the Cawdor Vase, the monumental vessel is arguably the first object among numerous Classical antiquities on show to greet visitors to Sir John Soane’s Museum at no. 13 Lincoln Inn’s Fields, London. When we think of Soane today, however, we do not readily associate him with ancient vases. Yet a number of the vases he acquired, among them Greek, South Italian, Hellenistic and Roman examples, are currently on display in his eclectic London house-museum. Many continue to occupy the exact same spots they held at the time of his death.

This lecture introduces the Greek vase collection of Sir John Soane, summarizing its importance both in the past and today. It presents background about Soane, the collection and how it was acquired; information about Soane’s Grand Tour; the role of the vases for Soane as collector, and architect and teacher; past and current research on the vases; and, finally, a detailed look at the Cawdor Vase, the largest and most significant vessel he acquired.

Prof. Tyler Jo Smith is Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Virginia, USA. Although she was introduced to invertebrate paleontology at a very young age – digging in the Arbuckle Mountains in south-central Oklahoma – her research area has long been focused on the Mediterranean world. As a specialist in ancient Greek vase painting, she is particularly interested in the iconography of performance and the relationship between art and religion. Smith is the author of Komast Dancers in Archaic Greek Art (Oxford 2010), the co-editor of A Companion to Greek Art (with D. Plantzos, 2012), and is currently writing The Art of Greek Religion (under contract with U. Penn Press). An active field archaeologist, Smith has participated on excavations and surveys in Greece, Sicily, Turkey, and England.

At the Hellenic Museum at 6pm on Thursday 28 May. Lecture is free, but bookings are essential. Via La Trobe: bookings here.




101 Collins Street

Bridging two very distinct corners of the city, selected pieces from the Hellenic Museum will be on display in the foyer of 101 Collins Street over the following fortnight. Both 101 Collins and the Hellenic Museum are inspired by neo-classical design features, connecting two striking buildings together for a limited time. Until Friday 10 April.




Performance: Taxithi

Friday 6 March and Monday 9 March 2015

Taxithi: An Australian Odyssey explores the moving and inspiring stories of Greek women migrating to Australia in the ’50s and ’60s. In Taxithi (the Greek word for journey), three actors play a variety of women, who share their personal experiences of migration. These are stories of love, sacrifice and courage, of adventure and hardship. Combining these recollections with traditional Greek songs and music, the show captures the spirit of the era and takes the audience back in time.

Taxithi was written by singer and actor Helen Yotis Patterson, who also performs along with Lisa-Marie Parker (Charalambous) and Vicki Pappas. Directed by Petra Kalive.

Get your tickets here:
Friday 6 March, 6pm gates open for 8pm start - SOLD OUT
Monday 9 March, 12pm gates open for 2pm start

Performances in the Museum's garden pavilion, with καφε, a vibrant pop-up outdoor café serving up traditional Greek meze, wines, chilled Mythos beer, and pagoto from Con Christopoulos' Spring Street Grocer.




The Hellenic Museum and Zaparas Lawyers proudly present

The Retrial of Socrates

Saturday 7 March 2015

2,400 years after his contemporaries sentenced him to death, the Hellenic Museum will resurrect Socrates for a retrial. He changed Western thinking forever and inspired some of history's greated minds. But a jury of his peers found him guilty of impiety and corrupting the youth.

Why did they do this? Would we do the same today? Join us for the retrial as some of Australia's leading legal minds try to find the answers.

Barristers include: Julian Burnside AO QC; Nicholas Papas QC; Ronald Merkel QC; and Elizabeth King
Judges include: Justice Lex Lasry; Justice Emilios Kyrou; and Judge Felicity Hampel

Get your tickets here:
Saturday 7 March, 6pm gates open for 7pm start - SOLD OUT

Packages for limited VIP opportunities to The Retrial of Socrates are now available. For more information contact the Hellenic Museum’s Penni Pappas on (03) 8615 9016.

Performance in the Museum's garden pavilion, with καφε, a vibrant pop-up outdoor café serving up traditional Greek meze, wines, chilled Mythos beer, and pagoto from Con Christopoulos' Spring Street Grocer.

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