Melbourne to get new cultural center for Greek community

In the presence of Arts Minister Simon Crean and Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Senator Kate Lundy, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a $2 million investment in the establishment of the Antipodes Center for Greek Culture, Heritage and Language at the Antipodes Lonsdale Street Glendi, Melbourne’s renowned Greek Festival, on Saturday, February 25.

The new cultural center will be located in the heart of Melbourne?s Greek community as part of a multipurpose building on the corner of Lonsdale and Russell streets.

The aim of the center is to celebrate the contribution of Australia’s Greek community and the special and historical connections between Greece and Australia.

The state-of-the-art facility will showcase the Greek community’s history, displaying valuable archives built up over decades, and host special exhibitions and performances.

It will also provide support to new and existing Greek migrants through programs run by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne

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