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Songs from Smyrne

Hellenic Museum presents Estudiantina of Melbourne performing music from Greece

Songs from Smyrne

6:30pm, Thu 11 April, 2024
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Songs from Smyrne - Live at Brunswick Ballroom

This live concert tribute will focus on compositions that emerged after the population exchange, including the songs that gained prominence through gramophone recordings thereafter.

The concert aims to celebrate cultural diversity through its music, focusing on the composers who relocated to mainland Greece and their profound effect on the musical landscape. The music from Smyrne was significantly affected by the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in the 1920s, leading to a dispersion of diverse musical traditions and their preservation and evolution in different regions.

Today, elements of Smyrneika music can still be heard in various contemporary musical compositions, traditional ensembles, and even in the works of modern artists who draw inspiration from the rich musical legacy of this historically vibrant city.

Smyrne, now known as Izmir in Turkey, holds a significant place in the history of Greek and Turkish musical traditions. It was a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, influencing its music with a blend of Greek, Turkish, Jewish, and Armenian elements. Characterized by a distinctive sound, Smyrneika incorporates various instruments such as the oud, bouzouki, violin, kanun, and guitar, among others. It often features emotional and melancholic melodies, reflecting the experiences and sentiments of the diverse population living in Smyrne.

Bringing together a unique ensemble of Melbourne musicians this concert will not disappoint.

Musicians from this newly formed ensemble "Estudiantina of Melbourne"

Maria Antaras-Dalamagas - Accordion/Vocals

Vagelis Ginis - Vocals

Camille El Feghali - Qanun

Jenny Dixon - Violin

Alex Petropoulos - Guitar

Paul Karalis - Bouzouki

Con Kalamaras - Bouzouki/Vocals

This event is a co-present with Con Kalamaras, Brunswick Ballroom, The Hellenic Museum Melbourne, The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria & Multicultural Arts Victoria


Please have a digital or printed copy of your ticket ready on arrival along with a valid photo ID. Acceptable ID includes a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence, State Approved ‘Proof of Age’ card or Passport.

The Brunswick Ballroom strives to improve our practices when it comes to sustainability and to reduce our carbon footprint. We don’t sell or provide plastic water bottles.


The kitchen will be serving The Ballroom Menu for this show.

You can view the delicious offerings available by clicking here.

The Brunswick Ballroom is Accessible.
The Brunswick Ballroom has made significant improvements to accessibility by installing an 
Acorn Chairlift. (Model: New Acorn Indoor 180 Curved Stairlift.)

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