- July – Open House 2016
- March – Hellenic High Tea
- February – Unclasped: Discovering Contemporary Greek Jewellery
- February – Summer Cinema 2016
- January – Hydra: Songs and Tales of Bohemia
After sell out shows as part of Melbourne Music Week 2015, the Hellnic Museum offered audiences one last chance to enjoy Hydra: Songs and Tales of Bohemia with two encore performances in January of 2016.
Hydra: Songs and Tales of Bohemia weaved music, song, documentary footage and narrative to recreate the Zeitgeist of the Greek island of Hydra in the 1960s – where artists from Leonard Cohen to Allen Ginsberg, Sidney Nolan to Peter Finch 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 recreated the period across two encore nights at the inaugural MPavilion, Hellenic Museum courtyard, with plenty of Greek mezze and drinks throughout the night. As a special one off, the second performance was followed by a screening of Boy on a Dolphin, the 1957 film starring Sophia Loren that was filmed on Hydra.
The Hellenic Museum’s Summer Cinema program returned for another year featuring a stellar line up of Greek films with a spotlight on the goddesses of the Greek silver screen.
Running across February in the inaugural MPavilion, the 2016 Summer Cinema program featured iconic leading ladies including Aliki Vougiouklaki, Tzeni Karezi, Irene Papas and Rena Vlahopoulou who graced the screen at the Athenian style outdoor cinema. Click to view the near sell-out 2016 Summer Cinema progam.
An Australian first – the Hellenic Museum exhibits Unclasped: Discovering Contemporary Greek Jewellery as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program Project Series 2016.
22 emerging and established jewellers from Greece, Cyprus, and the Greek diaspora presented their works for the first time in Australia at the Hellenic Museum. Each piece explored the connection between identity and place, and reflected upon the relationships between history, traditions and cultural identity which shape and inform the artist’s practice.
Unclasped has been developed by jeweller Dr Nicole Polentas and co-curated with the Hellenic Museum’s curator Sarah Craig. The exhibition was designed by Christopher Earl Milbourne.
The Hellenic Museum announced a very special treat in March of 2016 when it joined forces with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, hosting two servings of Hellenic High Tea in the Museum's courtyard gardens.
Developed exclusively for the Museum by Hotel Windsor's former Executive Chef, Jerome Tremoulet, the sell-out High Tea featured classic high tea dishes to fit this unique Greek brief. Cheese pies with honey roast pear relish; baklava cigars with rose scented cream and strawberry crunch; orange blossom curd tarts; pistachio macarons; and mini Greek coffee ice-cream sandwiches served with a frappe martini were all enjoyed in the leafy courtyard of the Hellenic Museum. A true escape to contemporary European High Tea in the heart of Melbourne’s multi-cultural city.
The Hellenic Museum took part in the 2016 #openhousemelb, opening its doors to the public to explore the heritage-listed former Royal Mint Building, view the collections on display, and see the inaugural MPavilion's new home in the leafy courtyard. Visitors were also able to learn about the history of the site and the original occupants of the building, through taking a self-guided tour over the ground and first floor of the Museum free-of-charge.
Above: The facade of the former Royal Mint building which houses the Hellenic Museum. Photo: Stano Murin.