Mar 19, 2014

Wake


Wake up!
The smell of beauty is wonderful
The Good is tasty and fulfilling
Wake up, open your windows, the smell of beauty can come in.

Clean out your heart, your head: make space.
Get rid off all this noise and nonsense.

I say it all the time, I’ll say it again.
Stop being silly
Open the door, open the windows, come outside.
Repent.

Seek to be with the Good. No matter what, seek to be with the Good. When evil comes to sweep up and collect don’t let it count you as one of its.
When darkness comes be a light.
When death spills in, be a wall that protects an entire garden.

Make space in your life for Joy.
Clear the way for Goodness.

Cast your eyes upon the Beautiful.
Thereon incline your ears and heart.


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My inspiration for writing is the beauty and struggle of life. We work and we have hope; the hope makes joy; the joy makes labor a delight; and the rhythm of life become poetry. The air and the light embracing our neighborhoods becomes wonderful, and the myriad details of my life become worth knowing, and worth writing about. God our Creator made the world in an indescribable act of Poetry. Each corner and each moment is an act of Poetry.

How else could I respond to it? How else can I know the creation and engage with it? Is there any other way to participate? This is why I write. Because God made everything GOOD and I deeply desire to see it.

Thalia Zeniou – Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain


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Mar 11, 2014

The Life & Love of the Woman

Performance by Christiana Aloneftis & Konrad Olszewski
 
Young Greek-Cypriot Australian soprano, Christiana Aloneftis, debuts for the first time at fortyfivedownstairs with concert pianist Konrad Olszewski.

Featuring music by Bellini, Piazzolla, Tchaikovsky and Gerswin with the centrepieces of the evening including Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and the Australian premiere of Manos Hatzidakis song cycle, Magnus Eroticus Op. 30 (1972).

The dynamic duo will take you on an eclectic journey through various repertoire which celebrate and define the woman, with particular attention paid to the rarely-performed and melancholic sounds of Greek Classical Art Song. Catch Christiana Aloneftis before she leaves our shores to study at the internationally-renowned La Scala in Milan.


Date: Thursday 27 March @ 7.30pm
Duration: approx. 75 mins (incl. interval)
Admission:
    • Full $30
    • Concession $25

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Mar 5, 2014

The Moving Icon: Episode 2 – Brian Whirledge


In this podcast, host Chris Vlahonasios speaks with Brain Whirledge, iconographer and artist, about his upbringing and the inspirations behind his artworks. Brian also discusses what lead him to Orthodoxy and how his Faith has shaped his artistic direction.


Brian is not only a talented iconographer, but a ceramic artist, high-school teacher and psaltis at his local church.



To listen to this podcast, click the show’s logo:

http://myocn.net/moving-icon-brian-whirledge/ 



To learn more about Brian’s iconography, go to www.facebook.com/WhirledgeIcons


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Mar 4, 2014

Byzanfest 2014: Winning Films



Byzanfest, an initiative of OFA blog, would like to congratulate the following filmmakers:

Audience Favourite (St Constantine & St Helen Award)
HOLY FIRE & PASCHA
Justin Daniel
USA

 
Best Screenplay (St Matthew Award)
POWER OF DOGS
Joachim Vesely
Czech Republic

 
Best Director (St Gregory Palamas Award)
BEVRETI
David Kemkhadze
Georgia
 
Best Youth Film (3 Holy Youths Award)
The Last Stonegrinder
Madalin Butiurca
Romania
 

Best Film (Holy Trinity Award)
POWER OF DOGS
Joachim Vesely
Czech Republic


Byzanfest would also like to congratulate the remaining finalists as their films were of very high quality; however, competition was incredibly fierce and tough choices had to be made. Everyone should feel incredibly proud and deserve the admiration of the entire global Orthodox Family.

Byzanfest 2014 screening program will still be available to view on the Orthodox Filmmakers & Artists YouTube Channel.


To view pictures & videos of Awards Night + White Night After Party, go to OFA’s Facebook page and check out the ‘Byzanfest 2014 Awards Night’ photo album.
 

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