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The event is Cyprus Week at Theatro Technis, which will mark 44 years since the Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern area of the Republic of Cyprus.

The annual commemoration of the tragedy of Cyprus has always been an opportunity for London Cypriots to gather and express this resilience.

Cyprus Week takes place from 16-22 July 2018 at Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Road, London NW1 1TT (nearest tube Mornington Crescent).

For more information telephone 020 7387 6617

Monday 16th July, 7pm The raising of the Cyprus Flag. Raising the flags of the Republic of Cyprus and the European Union. An exhibition of the archives of Theatro Technis and the Cypriot community in Camden. There will be music by maestro Michaeloudis’ orchestra and songs by the EKA choir. Traditional Greek Cypriot music.

Tuesday 17th July, 7:30pm ‘Zilevo Ta Poulia’, event with music and poetry from Vasilis Panayi and his colleagues Katerina Barotsaki; including Giorgos Yerasimos who will sing his new song ‘Kypros Nisi Tis Kardias Mas’, music/produced by Harry K, lyrics by Thomas Makridi.

Wednesday 18th July, Uprooted: The disappearing community of Eptakomi, Eptakomi Association UK & Lobby for Cyprus event. An outline of events during and after the two Turkish invasions, followed by a showing of the short documentary film ‘The Village of Eptakomi’.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS – the experiences of Eptakomides: The ‘enclaved’ citizens of the Republic of Cyprus who remained during the initial years of Turkish occupation; Life under Turkish occupation from 1974 to 1976 when all remaining members of the Eptakomides community were forced to flee; The fate of the Eptakomides community, how they settled in Ayios Thomas and Platanisia in the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus and throughout the world; The missing persons of Eptakomi – the effects on their families, how and where the remains of some of the missing have been found.
THE EPTAKOMI BIBLE‘ – Eptakomides’ most famous possession is known as the manuscript of St Luke. The story of how the Turkish army searched for it and how the remaining Eptakomides hid it and managed to smuggle it out in 1976 when they all fled. It has now been fully restored and is on permanent display in the museum of the Kykkos Monastery.
BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE FORTHCOMING BOOK EPTAKOMI‘ on the history of Eptakomi.

Wednesday 18th July, 7:45pm – 9:30pm; at the Cypriot Community Centre, Earlham Grove, Wood Green, N22 5HJ

Remember 15 & 20 July 1974
The Union of Cypriots in Britain is organising a cultural programme with the EKA Choir and recital of poetry. Guest speaker is Aristos Damianou, Member of the House of Representatives for AKEL.

Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July The True Apology of Socrates: George Eugenious adaptation of Costas Varnalis same named novel translated by Stavros Lilitos and performed by Marios Hajipanayi.


Article written by London Greek Radio

Greek international Sokratis Papastathopoulos has joined Αrsenal on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 30-year-old arrives from Borussia Dortmund, where he won two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup. The hugely-experienced defender lists Werder Bremen, AC Milan, Genoa and AEK Athens among his previous clubs.

Sokratis, who will wear the No 5 shirt for Arsenal, also has vast experience on the international stage, making 79 appearances for Greece.

The new Arsenal defender was identified as one of Unai Emery’s prime transfer targets after the Spaniard took over from Arsène Wenger as manager.

The former AEK Athens defender joins his former Dortmund teammates Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates Stadium. “They said to me the best things about this club, that it is one big family and of course they also called me not every day but a lot of times telling me to come here,” Papastathopoulos said.

“Yes it’s a little bit [strange] but it’s also very beautiful that I’ve come to one team but I also have two players who I was together with for a lot of years. I know them both very well and I’m very happy.”

Papastathopoulos, described by his former manager Thomas Tuchel as “a little obsessed with defending”, made 28 Bundesliga appearances last season having established himself as a mainstay of Dortmund’s defence since joining from Werder Bremen in 2013.

“I feel very good, everything is special,” Papastathopoulos said.

“It is a beautiful moment and I am very happy that for the next years I’ll be here. Arsenal are one of the three biggest teams in the Premier League.

“I’m a normal defender. I like to defend. I like that my team doesn’t take goals. I like a zero in the defence and I will do everything to help to achieve this goal.”

This deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.


Article written by London Greek Radio

Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek man in the Open era to make the last 16 of a Slam as the 31st seed beat Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

The 19-year-old will face US ninth seed John Isner for a place in the quarter-finals.

He is the first Greek man in the round of 16 at the All England Club since Nicky Kalogeropoulos in 1964.

“It’s an amazing feeling, and I feel very proud I represent Greece and that all of my hard work has paid off,” Tsitsipas said.

I feel extremely proud that I can be the first Greek in the Open Era in the fourth round of a grand slam.”

Greece has a proud sporting tradition dating back to the founding of the Olympic Games. But tennis has never quite caught on, remaining in the shadow of more popular sports like soccer and basketball.

“I just think it’s not in the culture yet, and people don’t take tennis that seriously like other sports,” Tsitsipas said.

If anyone can change that, it’s Tsitsipas, who has quickly become a fan favorite at Wimbledon with a playing style that includes a penchant for the spectacular.

He has become known for diving at full stretch to reach shots on the grass courts, pulling off one such winner in his second-round win over Jared Donaldson.

Even Roger Federer is a fan, having practised with the Greek youngster at Wimbledon last year.

“I feel like he’s taken a major step forward since his match here last year. He seems much more comfortable coming to the net, playing from the back, knowing when to use power, when to use finesse,” Federer said. “I think that’s always key for a one-handed backhand player.”

Tsitsipas next faces ninth-seeded John Isner of the U.S., who also reached Wimbledon’s fourth round for the first time by beating 98th-ranked Radu Albot of Moldova 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

“(Tsitsipas) is certainly one of the best young players we have in the game today,” Isner said. ” He has a lot of talent and a lot of ability. But I have experience on my side.”

The Greek teenager owes some of his talent to his mother Julia, who was a top Soviet player in the 1980s.

Those genes have rubbed off on his siblings, too. Younger brothers Petros and Pavlos are promising juniors, meaning Greece may not have to wait 50 more years for another deep run in a Grand Slam.

“I think with good results (and) big names coming from Greece that can prove there are good tennis players, I think they can inspire young kids,” he said. “Young kids can go out more and choose other sports instead of football or basketball.

“The media can have a big impact on that. And then as a sportsperson, you can just expose yourself and be the first person that can make tennis a big thing in Greece.”


Article written by LONDON (AP)

Cyprus star Marcos Baghdatis won the first two sets before Dominic Thiem was unable to continue…

French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem’s Wimbledon adventure ended abruptly in the first round on Tuesday as he retired with an apparent back injury while trailing Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.

The Austrian was sprawled on his stomach on Court Two as he received a deep-tissue back massage from the trainer before the start of the third set.

The trainer then rolled the seventh seed on to his back to manipulate Thiem’s shoulders but the intervention failed to have the desired affect as he called it quits after losing the next two games.

Baghdatis was leading 6-4 7-5 2-0 when Thiem retired.


Article written by London Greek Radio

EUROVISION QUEEN Eleni Foureira is coming to LONDON for a one night only, exclusive performance.

London Greek Radio sponsors Eleni Foureira live performance at KOKO in Camden

On Friday 29th June Marquee Events International proudly present ELENI FOUREIRA live at Club Koko in Camden with full band and dancers.

On the night there will be various supporting acts including special guest Mixalis Theodosiou with his brand new single.

Doors open at 6:30 pm with first support act live at 7:30 pm.

Standard tickets are just £40 per person. Book yours now via ticketweb.uk. Standard and VIP tickets are also available via Flames restaurant in North Finchley.

This event is over 14’s.

Everyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Koko, 1A Camden High St, London NW1 7JE, the nearest tube station is Mornington Crescent

This event is sponsored by London Greek Radio and Flames Restaurant.


Article written by lgr.co.uk

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on his visit to London this week; met with his British counterpart Theresa May, as well as the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn.

Tsipras with his meeting with Corbyn discussed the possibilities of cooperation among the left and progressive forces of Europe.

The two leaders also discussed the Brexit issue, the latest developments in the European Union, the rise of the far right and several populist parties, the refugee issue, and the recent FYROM name developments.

Tsipras meets Jeremy Corbyn

Corbyn congratulated Tsipras on how he dealt with both the refugee and FYROM issues and in particular on Greece’s contribution to the refugee issue. The Labour Party leader compared it to other European countries which have not contributed to the issue but have, as he said, reinforced xenophobia and racism instead.

The two party leaders also discussed the Cyprus issue, with the Greek PM reiterating his set position for a fair and sustainable solution.

Tsipras also thanked Corbyn for his recent statement regarding the return of the Parthenon Marbles.

Tsipras also had a meeting with the Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain Gregorios, and with young Greek scientists working in London at the Greek Centre of London.

On Tuesday, the Greek premier was received by Theresa May in Downing Street and later with Jeremy Corbyn.

Tsipras delivered a speech at the London Business School on Wednesday.


Article written by Greece Embassy, London

Reports of a minor explosion and “people running” at Southgate station – an incident not believed to be terror-related.

British Transport Police said there were no reports of serious injuries and their enquiries continue at Southgate station which has been closed.

The incident comes as officers investigated a suspicious package.

Police believe the explosion was caused by a faulty drill battery.

London Ambulance Service said they treated three people at the scene for minor injuries while two others were taken to hospital.

A 23 year-old man has been arrested held on suspicion of an act likely to cause an explosion to injure or damage property, and endangering safety on the railway.

The local Cypriot MP Bambos Charalambous for Enfield Southgate had visited Southgate station on the Tuesday night; he issued a statement which confirmed that the “minor explosion” was non-terror related.

Southgate is still cordoned off after the explosion shortly after 7 pm. @ have confirmed that explosion was non terror related. Sadly there have been some injuries, it seems from the panic. My thoughts are with everyone who has been hurt and a huge thanks to our emergency services.”

British Transport Police tweeted: “Southgate Tube station is currently closed whilst officers respond to a suspicious package.

“Officers are on scene alongside @metpoliceuk. Please avoid the area – we’ll provide updates as soon as we can.”

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Police were called at 7.03pm on 19 June to reports of an explosion and people running at Southgate underground station.

“Met officers remain at the scene along with colleagues from British Transport Police, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service.

“Cordons are in place and the station is closed.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the reported explosion, which appears to have been minor.

“We are not aware of any serious injury.”

The arrested man, who is from Enfield, has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Photo credit: Sean‏ Salamander/Twitter


Article written by London Greek Radio

Second-place for Cyprus in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was a fantastic achievement for our tiny nation and the best ever result since 1981, which was Cyprus’ debut in the contest.

The world’s longest-running TV music competition saw Netta from Israel win with the song ‘Toy’, written and composed by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger. Israel’s entry received 529 points, followed by runner-up Cyprus with 436 points. The Cypriot tune was the bookies’ favourites in Eurovision week when Eleni’s rehearsals impressed on-lookers at the Altice Arena. All of a sudden, Cyprus was dominating the global networks with the spotlight on the island immensely helping it in all sorts of ways.

Eleni Foureira set the Eurovision scoreboard ablaze with the up-tempo song ‘Fuego’ managing Top 5 position with the jurors. It was a catchy track with an ethnic edge that swirled with clarinet riffs.

She received the full 12-points by jurors in Spain, Greece, Ireland, Belarus, Malta, and Sweden, with televoting 12-points from Armenia, Bulgaria and… Greece. The UK’s phone-vote gave the Cypriot tune 8 points. With such a robust British Cypriot community it was little wonder that Cyprus received strong televoting support in both the semi-final and final.

The voting had us at the edge of our seats and was very intense. It “went to the wire” with jurors ranking Israel third overall in the public’s opinion, and Cyprus fifth; the Top two favourites.

Eleni was very gracious, humbled and upbeat about the result, who said, “I am so happy, thank you so much.  Being second in Eurovision is like you win… This is the best position Cyprus ever had in the history of Eurovision. I feel like a winner.”

On the night, Eleni was awarded ‘Best Artistic Performance‘ in the Marcel Bezençon Awards. The award winners are announced only hours before the Eurovision live grand final.

The track, “Fuego”, released in March, stormed into the LGR playlist going straight to number one on the London Greek Radio Chart. Eleni’s back-catalogue of infectious hits has definitely made her one of the most prominent artists on the station’s track-listings.

The CyBC had announced Eleni as the Cypriot representative in February this year internally selecting the Greek pop singer. The tune was composed for the competition by Alex Papaconstantinou or Alex P, a Greek-Swedish producer. He collaborates on the tune with Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Anderz Wrethov and Didrick.

The CyBC chiefs can feel justified in their selection of Eleni; it was a winning-package, a credible artist, with a current, effective pop song and one that showed off her incredible stage skills.

LGR acknowledge the work of the Cypriot delegation’s Evi Papamichael and all of their team; Alex Papaconstantinou, Panik Records, Jean Sacha-Baptiste and everyone else associated with this amazing result.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Greek Summer

LGR Club Nights are back with another massive party at the Country Club Trent Park!! Join us on Saturday 14th July for another unforgettable party.

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Our DJs Makis & Avgoustinos will be on the decks, kicking off summer 2018 the Greek way. Doors open at 9pm and the party will continue through till 2.30am.
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They will be mixing Greek & English hits, all night long. Fusing all the best Modern Laika, Greek Club, Greek Classics and Zeimbekika with all the biggest English hits of the decade.
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Please note our online tickets shop is now closed. Limited tickets will be available on the door, please arrive early if you have not pre-purchased your tickets.

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Additional information:

Please note this is a strictly over 18s event. Dress Code: Smart Casual (Designer trainers are acceptable). Address: Bramley Road, London N14 4UW

 

To buy tickets for this event please visit our events page: Greek Summer tickets from Skiddle.

Ticket sales powered by Skiddle


Article written by Miranda Athanasiou

The Brunswick Centre in Bloomsbury is “going Greek” on Thursday 21st June, from 6 pm to 10 pm for a totally Greek-style event completely FREE!

Along with an appetising Greek barbecue for you to enjoy FREE of charge, there will also be the opportunity to sample the traditional Greek sweet ‘Loukoumades‘ and wash it all down with FREE drinks, while you admire a spot of plate smashing and a fabulous line-up of traditional entertainment!

Traditional Greek dance performances by Figoura School of Dance and The Elite Greek Dancers; performances will include the Datcha dance, the Syrtos dance with breaking of the kouza, Zorba’s hasapiko / serviko – where audience participation is invited for the finale, the spectacular glasses on the head dance, the Zeimbekiko dance with plate smashing, the table balanced in the mouth dance and the belly dance ‘Horon Tis Jilias’ which again, you are invited to join in.

The event will be brought to life with music from Diastello – a fantastic 6 piece band playing instruments such as Bouzouki, Violin, Pithkiavlin and Saxophone.

Plus… The amazing Ageliki Darra, Christos Avramidis and Thaleia Oikonomou, all of Elysée Restaurant, will be belting out their vocals on the night.

Singers Mixalis Theodosiou and Elizabeth Chapman will be showcasing their latest singles.

Bouzouki players Pavlos “The Duke” Doukanaris and Marios Lazari performing select bouzouki solos backed by Diastello, while the legendary Costas Rialias will perform two pieces with Themis.

Tickets not required. All you need to do is just pop along to The Brunswick in the heart of Bloomsbury.

You will find The Brunswick just over the road from Russell Square tube station, between Marchmont Street, Bernard Street and Brunswick Square and only a short walk away from the British Museum.

Nearest tube stations are Kings Cross, Russell Square and Euston. With catering by Apollo Restaurant. Go Greek – a FREE event, whilst stocks last! From 6 pm until 10 pm on Thursday 21st June.

London Greek Radio is proud to support the #GoGreek event.

See you there!

 


Article written by London Greek Radio