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Thanks to everyone who was part of the Summer Arts Programme over the long weekend!
The Retrial of Socrates, a one-off sold-out event, saw Julian Burnside AO QC and Ronald Merkel QC defend Socrates against the claims of Meletus, represented by Nicholas Papas QC and Elizabeth King. Justice Lex Lasry, Justice Emilios Kyrou and Judge Felicity Hampel kept the barristers in line with cutting questions and modern references. The audience, some of whom travelled from as far as Darwin, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney to cast their pebbles and vote: Guilty or Not Guilty, were both informed and entertained by the legal jousting of the learned participants. Some 2,400 years after the ancient jury sentenced him to death, the Melbourne jury acquitted Socrates of his alleged crimes of impiety and corrupting the youth of Athens. Since the event the Hellenic Museum has received interest from several international organisations, including leading Universities, looking to replicate the idea abroad.
Both the premiere and matinee performances of Taxithi were also sold-out events - congratulations to Helen Yotis Patterson, Lisa-Marie Parker, Vicki Pappas and their director Petra Kalive for bringing the heartfelt stories of Greek migrant women to the stage using a wonderful combination of narrative and song.
Not to be outdone, the Sunday night screening of Zorba the Greek was also a sold-out event. The 1964 classic directed by Michael Cacoyannis and starring the honorary Greek, Anthony Quinn along with Alan Bates and Irene Papas and featuring a soundtrack by Mikis Theodorakis, is proof that great cinema is timeless.
The audience taking in Taxithi
Taxithi performers on stage
Muscian performing in Taxithi
Zaparas Lawyers sponsored the Retrial of Socrates
Retrial of Socrates participants
Socrates gives his defence
Evening the odds with pebbles taken from the garden: Red Symons votes