A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

festivals
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

MY BIG FAT GREEK FESTIVAL (article first published : 2003-06-25)

Originally created as a theatrical festival to be staged at The Catalina Theatre, My Big Fat Greek Festival has now been enlarged to encompass the entire Wilson’s Wharf area.

The theatrical events planned for the Festival are The Legend of Icarus, a play for children staged by Peter Court (Juy 8-20 at 11h00); No Canderel, Please (July 17-19 at 20h00) which is a humourous piece by Radio Highveld DJ Harry Sideropoulos on how it is impossible to be Greek and thin. Renowned Johannesburg comedienne Irene Stephanou responds with Meze, Mira and Make-up (July 10 & 11 at 20h00, July 12 at 18h00) about being Greek … and a woman.

Written and performed by Renos Nicos Spanoudes, Tsafendas (July 10 & 17-19 at 18h00) deals with an event that changed the course of South African history but it is more about people than politics.

Plaka (July 8 & 9 at 20h00), staged and performed by Themi Venturas, will bring the sights, sounds and atmosphere of the heart of Athens to life. There will be late-night cabaret from well-known stand-up comic John Vlismas (July 12 at 20h00 & 22h00).

Award-winning choreographer Athena Mazarakis will present a programme of Greek dance On a Plate (July 15 & 16 at 20h00) and there will be a “Taverna” evening complete with Greek dancers, plate breaking, etc (July 20 at 18h00).

Tickets for the above can be booked through the Catalina Theatre on 031 305 6889.

Offering added-value are cookery demos co-ordinated by Nick Popadopoulos of Eat Greek in association with the South African Chef’s Association. Also planned are Celebrity Cook-Offs” with the chefs competing against actors from the Theatre Festival.

A “Greek Philosopher” (an actor) will move through the restaurants at lunch and dinner, delivering gems of humorous homespun “philosophy” to patrons, adding to the Festival atmosphere. “Greek Guards” will perform a Changing of the Guard ceremony dressed in authentic costume and there will be a Greek Party Night.

Greek Snacks served by the ladies from the Hellenic Association Committee from a “Fast Greek” stand. Greek Coffee will also be available. All restaurants on the Wharf are being canvassed to serve special Greek dishes during the run of the Festival. They will also be serving ouzo and retsina.

The Craft Market has allocated space to the Hellenic Association Committee to display and sell work by Greek artists, crafters and fashion designers.




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart