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!

 


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The Hazelwood Greek School family fun day and BBQ will take place on Saturday 16th June, with 200+ pupils; over 45 years serving the local community, the school has every reason to be proud of its history and achievements…

The event will be held at Hazelwood Greek School, Hazelwood Lane Palmers Green N13 5HE.

London Greek Radio is proud to support the event; with a live broadcast, our own DJ Makis is on the decks.

The times 12 pm till 3 pm with various fun activities and things to do; face painter, ice cream van, Pimms and Keo Bar, Toy stall, Beat the goalie, Tombola, Cake stall, Sweets stall, Bouncy castle, Assault course. Raffle and silent auction for signed Chelsea FC Shirt and a signed Tottenham FC pennant.

Star Raffle Prize a Nintendo switch worth £279! 2nd Prize £150 Euro Star voucher; 3rd Prize Arsenal merchandise plus many more amazing prizes


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A play by the well-known Cypriot playwright Despina Pirketti

Friday 15th and Saturday 16th June at 7.30pm
Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS

All female Cypriot & Greek cast…

Sommerfugl – Norwegian for Butterfly, is an all-female play which tells the story of two friends Hope and Florence, both in their early fifties – now both divorced with a daughter.

Hope has sacrificed her personal life to devote herself to raising the feisty Kiki, whereas Florence refashioned her life exactly as she wanted, even if that meant becoming alienated from her teenage daughter, the perfectionist Myrna. Today, a 28 year old Myrna returns after three years of medical residency in Oslo. Florence eagerly anticipates her daughter’s return, but in order to face her, she will need to go back not just three but fourteen years, to the day she abandoned her to follow her lover.

Sommerfugl is a play about the terms and boundaries of motherly love, a woman’s right to claim happiness and a young woman’s desperate effort to regain the privileges she was shorn of.

Starring Vasoula Christodoulou, Lee Michaels, Tina Euri, Oznur Cifci and Katerina Barotsaki.

Produced and directed by Vasilis Panayi; Stage Manager-Assistant Director Katerina Barotsaki; and Music by Stalo Georgiou.

Translated into English by the playwright; English text edited by Helen Stavrou.

Tickets: £14.50 | Concs £12.50

Box Office: 020 8807 6680
Tickets available: dugdale.co.uk

Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road, Enfield Town, EN2 6DS


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Mixalis is one of our UK Cypriot talents…

On Saturday 16th June 2018, Mixalis Theodosiou will be releasing his brand new single ‘Apousia’, penned and composed by Andreas Mbesiris.

At The Cypriot Community Centre, Earlham Grove, Wood Green, N22 5HJ.

Live Bouzoukia until 2 am with Mixalis Theodosiou and his 5 Piece Band.

Tickets £15 in advance only, £20 front tables (limited availability) available by calling 07951 717 418.

Doors open at 9 pm.

Source: Evagoras Mandrides Photography

(featured picture)


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Hear the songs of the LEGENDS Grigoris Bithikotsis, Giannis Parios and Stratos Dionysiou sung by their own sons at this exclusive event produced by Privé Productions! Enjoy an evening with the songs and music that form the pillars of Greek music and entertainment today. Join us to sing, dance, drink and celebrate the epic all-time classics that have been sung by these three legends, brought to you by their own flesh and blood – its the next best thing to seeing the legends live – which alas can now never happen.

DON’T MISS THIS!

Sunday 17th June 2018, 19:00pm-02:00am

The Hippodrome Casino, Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7JH

Tickets at hippodromecasino.com


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London Greek Radio is pleased to announce that we will be joining thousands at this year’s Cypriot Wine Festival and Business Expo on Sunday 27th and Bank Holiday Monday 28th May.

The Cypriot extravaganza is estimated to have over 12,000 people attending over the two days. Parikiaki Newspaper hosts its second year at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, a modern spacious venue where companies, organisations, Cypriot produce and Cypriot wine will be exhibiting for the event’s 36th annual outing.

The excitement is steadily building, with hashtag #CyWineFest and #CyWineFest2018 trending as the event attracts all ages and backgrounds.

This year’s headlining act is sensational singer Konstantinos Argiros in his live London debut, hitting the stage in the evening. Supporting him is one of our own, British Cypriot singer Kyriacos Georgiou, recording artist and live performer in Greece and other countries.

Adding to the dynamic schedule are talented acts, Elizabeth Chapman, performing her latest offering, ‘Irthes Esi’, along with Tony Panayi and George Nicolaou.

LGR will be present on both days at our exhibition stand where you can find us, facing the stage, near the entrance.

Come and meet your favourite radio personalities, take part in our prize draws, and we’ll also have some giveaways! We are looking forward to seeing you there. Come and say hello!

Doors open at the slightly later time of midday and close at 11.00 pm on Sunday 27th and 11:30 am to 10.00 pm on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2018.

The address is at Lee Valley Leisure Complex, 61 Meridian Way, N9 0AR; you can purchase your tickets directly for the evening concert seating area, by visiting cypriotwinefestival.com

See you there!


Article written by London Greek Radio

London Greek Radio is pleased to announce that we will be joining thousands at this year’s Cypriot Wine Festival and Business Expo on Sunday 27th and Bank Holiday Monday 28th May.

The Cypriot extravaganza is estimated to have over 12,000 people attending over the two days. Parikiaki Newspaper hosts its second year at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, a modern spacious venue where companies, organisations, Cypriot produce and Cypriot wine will be exhibiting for the event’s 36th annual outing.

The excitement is steadily building, with hashtag #CyWineFest and #CyWineFest2018 trending as the event attracts all ages and backgrounds.

This year’s headlining act is sensational singer Konstantinos Argiros in his live London debut, hitting the stage in the evening. Supporting him is one of our own, British Cypriot singer Kyriacos Georgiou, recording artist and live performer in Greece and other countries.

Adding to the dynamic schedule are talented acts, Elizabeth Chapman, performing her latest offering, ‘Irthes Esi’, along with Tony Panayi and George Nicolaou.

LGR will be present on both days at our exhibition stand where you can find us, facing the stage, near the entrance.

Come and meet your favourite radio personalities, take part in our prize draws, and we’ll also have some giveaways! We are looking forward to seeing you there. Come and say hello!

Doors open at the slightly later time of midday and close at 11.00 pm on Sunday 27th and 11:30 am to 10.00 pm on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2018.

The address is at Lee Valley Leisure Complex, 61 Meridian Way, N9 0AR; you can purchase your tickets for the evening concert seating area, by visiting cypriotwinefestival.com

See you there!

Konstantinos Argiros, Kyriacos Georgiou

Tony Panayi, Elizabeth Chapman, George Nicolaou

 


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LGR presents popular singing sensation, Plastikes Karekles on Tuesday, 22nd May, at The Village Greek Restaurant in New Barnet from 7 pm.

Plastikes Karekles live performance

Plastikes Karekles consist of Marina Deligianni (vocals), Spiros Bolovinos (vocals, bouzouki), Pavlos Carvalho (bouzouki), Maria Tsirodimitri (guitar), Lydian Dhami (double bass)

Join us to enjoy some amazing Greek music & for a night to remember!

Tickets only £12.

Plastikes Karekles at The Village Greek Restaurant, 24 Lytton Road, New Barnet, EN5 5BY.

For more information & for tickets, call LGR on 0208 349 6950.

This event has been kindly sponsored by Andrews Shipping & Forwarding, Evalena Beach Hotel Protaras, Hellenic Gourmet (Myddleton Road), World of Satellite, Drainman 24/7, This is IT Dental (Harley Street), & 90 On The Green (Aldermans Hill)


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Tonight, Cyprus competes at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, starting at 8 pm BST, with its performance scheduled to be 25th out of the 26 countries, comprising of the Eurovision’s final line-up.

Eleni Foureira sings ‘Fuego‘; an up-tempo track with catchy beats and clarinet riffs adding a backbone to the stomping number, hoping to firmly put our small Mediterranean island on the Eurovision map.

Cyprus is currently the odds-on favourite to win the contest and crossing our fingers, toes… just about everything really, one of LGR’s presenters, Tony Neophytou, says, “Eurovision is our World Cup moment – it’s created so much buzz and excitement; it’s already a ‘winning song’ in that sense.”

Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) Director, Michael Maratheftis said, “We would be delighted, willing and able to host Eurovision if it came to it”.

Eleni was overcome with emotion as Cyprus was announced as a qualifier in the first semi-final on Tuesday night.

The track, 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 pop hits have definitely made her one of the most prominent artists on the station’s track-listings.

Her team comprises Lovisa Bengtsson, Marlene Lindahl, and a backing-vocalist Teddy Sky (”off-stage”).

Eleni was born in Fier, Albania and is a Greek artist of Albanian origin. She has lived in Greece from a very young age when her family settled in Kallithea, Athens.

Eleni has always desired to be at Eurovision, revealing that it has always been a childhood dream of hers.  She’s previously come close to flying with the Greek colours at Eurovision – becoming runner-up in Greece’s 2010 ”Ethniko Teliko”, however, it did not diminish her Eurovision goal, which is lucky for Cyprus as she’s been handed a “killer track.”

Cyprus has never won Eurovision in its 35 years of participation; their best placing is 5th, with Anna Vissi (1982) Hara and Andros Constantinou (1997) and Lisa Andreas (2004). Other popular Cypriot singers have included Michalis Hatzigiannis, Constantinos Christoforou, Evridiki, Alexia, Ivi Adamou- all of whom have flown the nation’s flag.

Although Eleni is a Greek pop-star flying the Cypriot colours this year, conversely, it has worked the other way around with Cyprus’ Anna Vissi, Sarbel, Loukas Giorkas, Maria-Elena Kyriakou, all who have previously sung for Greece. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since the majority of our current wave of Greek music is made there.

The CyBC officials selected Eleni earlier this year because of her ‘skill-set’ as a charismatic performance-singer; she’s very likeable, which helps sell this upbeat song. The singer acknowledges ”all of the positivity” about her entry admitting she will do her best to achieve a ”historic milestone” in Cyprus’ Eurovision history.

The three-minute performance is incredibly well-staged with very slick, brilliantly choreographed energy. The dancing, given a boost by the visual effects and ”fires” shooting-up on either side of Eleni, will surely impress the worldwide audience.

The points are made up of 50% of music experts in all 43 countries, with the other being 50% from public televoting.

Her Cypriot entry is penned by composer Alex Papaconstantinou, or Alex P, a Greek-Swedish producer, well-known in Eurovision circles. He collaborates on the tune with Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Anderz Wrethov and Didrick.

The Eurovision Song Contest Final takes place on Saturday 12th May, being broadcast by the BBC. London Greek Radio sincerely wishes Eleni Foureira the very best of luck in the competition.

Eleni Foureira To Represent Cyprus in Eurovision 2018 with Song ‘Fuego’


Article written by Tony Neophytou

It’s Eurovision week and Tuesday night sees both Cyprus and Greece compete in the first semi-final, with Greece performing 14th in the running order and Cyprus, 19th.

Greece’s Yianna Terzi, will be singing ‘Oniro Mou‘, (My Dream), and Cyprus’s Eleni Foureira, will perform ‘Fuego‘, (Fire), in Lisbon’s Altice Arena on Tuesday 8th May, live on BBC Four at 8 pm BST.

Yianna’s catchy atmospheric song, which she sings in Greek is an imagined dialogue between ‘motherland’ and its Greek people; a beautiful, haunting melody with an incredible Greek bridge, along with drums and clarinet riffs add to the song’s sound.

The music and lyrics were co-written by Yianna, along with Aris Kalimeris, Mixalis Papathanasiou, and Dimitris Stamatiou. It’s an intensely passionate, patriotic song that plays on ideas of self-belonging and loyalty.

The minimalist staging will focus on Yianna who we will see in a white outfit. It’s the look of a ‘Greek goddess’, alone on stage emphasising the song’s somewhat slightly introspective ‘soulful’, spiritual feel.

The act also comprises of four backing-vocalists (‘off-stage’); Giannis Lafis, Eugenia (Nia) Balafa, Irini Psihrami and Viktoria Halkiti. Yianna was born in Thessaloniki and is the daughter of legendary Greek singer Paschalis Terzis.

Five songs later, and we’ll see Cyprus’s entry by Eleni Foureia – last in the running order, considered by many as one of the preferred positions in the competition. ‘Fuego’ is an up-tempo number with very useful clarinet riffs adding a feel of ethnicity to this catchy Cypriot tune.

Cyprus (as of this morning, 8th May), are odds-on favourites to win the Eurovision Final on Saturday 12th May, which would make it the nation’s first ever victory.

In our opinion, the track is a brilliant, slick performance which compliments Eleni’s assets as a charismatic singer. It was penned by composer Alex Papaconstantinou, or Alex P, a Greek-Swedish producer, well-known in Eurovision circles. He collaborates on the tune with Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Anderz Wrethov and Didrick.

The First Eurovision Semi-Final airs on Tuesday 8th May, at 8pm on BBC 4. The UK will be tele-voting in the semi-heat.

The points will be determined with 50% already sown-up by the jury dress-rehearsal on Monday night; the other 50% by tele-voting during the live Tuesday evening contest.

The Eurovision Final takes place on Saturday 12th May, on BBC One.

London Greek Radio wishes Yianna Terzi and Eleni Foureira the very best of luck in the competition.


Article written by Tony Neophytou