Date: 22 December
Time: 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Festival Hall
Address: 300 Dudley St, West Melbourne
Cost: All are welcome to attend and entrance is free
Refreshments: Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase at the Hall.
Concert Presentation Programme: A variety of traditional Christmas Carols in Greek, English and other languages for all ages. This is a combined Christmas celebration for all Parishes and Communities in Melbourne.
Sponsor: Delphi Bank
Brief Commentary about Event
For the 30th year running, the Second Archdiocesan District of Victoria and Tasmania of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia is convening once again the Orthodox Christmas Carols Concert at Festival Hall in West Melbourne. Over the years this event has grown, developed, and in more recent times, slowly become a Pan Orthodox Christian event involving differing Eastern and some Oriental Orthodox cultural traditions. For many, this event has become a welcome respite and counter-cultural event to the usual commercialised and secularised Christmas carols that one is bombarded with in Australia around the time of Christmas. Many of the carols that are usually on offer to the wider public are steeped in emotional sentimentality or de-christianised content, that do not express true Christian thought or spirituality regarding the import of the Faith or the feast to which people are gathering to celebrate. For the Orthodox, the frustration is given greater weight since Christmas within the Australian context only revolves around the Feast of the Nativity or the worldly New Year, while ignoring the other 11 days of Christmas, especially the all important feast of Theophany. Within Orthodox Christian lands there are carols and dances that are specific to the various days of the feast of “Dodecaimeron” (the 12 Days of Christmas), varying in expressions according to regional customs. The Orthodox Christmas carols concert at Festival Hall often showcases these differing songs and dances that revolve around “Dodecaimeron”, which are often accompanied by liturgical hymns from the Church services of the 12 day feast.