The 2016 London Greek Lyceum’s annual Christmas spectacular

Anniversaries, Charity, Events, HR — By on December 11, 2016 at 10:26 PM

A group of the Lyceum’s dancers in action

Off, once again – following the Tsavliris Group Christmas party last Thursday, to the Royal Thames Yacht Club (RTYC) in Knightsbridge for the London Lyceum’s of Greek Women annual Christmas lunch earlier on today to honour a worthy patriotic charity cause.

The event attracts a great number of the Hellenic Diaspora in the United Kingdom, mainly from London with the majority being members of the London Greek Shipping Fraternity – some come from as far as Bristol! John Faraclas was there with his camera:

Nicoletta Skyllas with Skinitis’ – Dimitris, Constantinos and Nicholas

Members, friends and their guests gathered for a champaigne reception at the Britannia Room in the ground floor before getting upstairs in the Coffee Room with its magnificent views of Hyde Park for the traditional Christmas lunch .

Pighi N. Skinitis, the president of the Lyceum gave a short welcome speech.  Thanks to her and the events team supported by all the Lyceum governing body ladies who produced once again a memorable event for all present, young and old!

Penelope and John Yiakoumis, The Greek Ambassador H.E Dimitris Karamitsos-Tziras and Anny Zade at the drinks reception

We were entertained, as always, by folk supremo George Michalisles, one of the very few musicians who really knows how to excite Greeks and non-Greeks on such occasions with his guitar and tranquil voice performing greek songs for all tastes and age-groups from the 30’s to day – this is what I call quality music!

After an excellent Christmas meal – a super seafood starter with tian of king prawn and avocado, an excellent cooked breast of Gressingham duck, one of the best we ever had for the occasion – don’t mention the dessert, the folklore Greek dances* begun with songs from Eastern Rumelia** .

l to r:The Greek Ambassador, Nicholas Skinitis, the wife of the Greek Ambassador Mrs. Margarita Mavromichalis, Dimitris Skinitis, Mrs. Mavromichalis, Pigi Skinitis and Constantine Skinitis

At a point and when many reached …high spirits, dancers and guests created a long dancing chain swirling between and around the tables.

Congratulations to Anita Williams and the other ladies involved in the many learning dance classes of the Lycee, for the great work done as well as to all dancers – some old familiar faces still there, but also many newcomers proving the good job done in these dance-classes over the years! A worthwhile cause for enhancing Hellenic culture in the United Kingdom!

Table no. 3 with Mrs. Julia Konstantinidi, her husband Commander (HN) Michail Paraskevopoulos, Iris Liaskoni, Anny Zade, John Faraclas, Dr. Georgina Tsangas and her brother Markos, the Paraskevopoulos children and Mrs. Dina Paraskevopoulou

Present from the diplomatic corps where the new Greek Ambassador in the court of St. James, Mr. Dimitrios Karamitsos-Tziras and his wife Mrs. Margarita Mavromichalis, as well as the wife of the Cyprus High Commissioner  Mrs Nassia Evriviadou,  many members from the Greek Shipping Fraternity, as well as guests and supporters of the Lyceum from the United Kingdom, Greece, and Cyprus!

Table no.5 on a l to r: Despinia D. Skinitis, Nia G. Lemos, Katerina Jeffrey, Chryssa Deligiannidi, Agatha Kalisperas, Edmee Leventis, Doulla Phyrillas, Tessy Porfyrios and Chrysanthi Lemos

Good to see Captain Michael Kounoupas and his wife Anne, Panagiotis Voudris and his wife Marilyn, Dimitris Skyllas with his wife and their daughter Nicoleta, the ever present Theo Moraitis with his wife Soula and children – both great dancers from a very young age and witness a rare moment when all went on / stood up leading the dancers and guests through the room!

Did I hear you say Raffle; Christmas Raffles with holiday …flavour?  Nearly a dozen of excellent surprise prizes including weekend and two night stay at St. George Lycabettus in Athens and Spetses Hotel respectively…

Iris Liaskoni from Seascape with Anny Zade

The Lykion, as it is known, was founded back in the previous… century in 1979 for the purpose of preserving and disseminating Greek Culture and has successfully achieved its goals and today its existence is widely recognised, not only among the Greek Community in the United kingdom, but also within the British Society.

Through a rich, multi-faceted programme of activities and events, such as lectures, educational trips, the publication of a desk diary, the Christams Bazzar – please read the announcement for this year’s bazzar towards the end of this reporting, all of which are organised by permanent committees, the Lykion continually seeks to promote the study and appreciation of Greek arts, customs and traditions.

.Table no. 7 on a l to r: Kiki Hellinikaki, Sophy Niotis, Stavroula Xanthakou, Lydia Pateras, John Yiakoumis and his wife Penelope, Koula Kulukundis; standing is george Mihalisles playing his quittar and Katerina Jeffrey

An important feature of the Lykion’s programme has been the teaching of Greek folkloric dances. Several groups, varying in age and ability, receive regular instruction by professional qualified teachers.

Each year, dressed in authentic regional costumes from the Lykion’s valuable collection, they give several performances of dances representing the various regions of Greece and their unique customs.

Worth mentioning the Programme catalogue with useful information and many adverts from individuals and A1 s companies, particularly shipping ones!

Worth mentioning also their 2017 Diary with excellent photographs of Seascapes; bravo to Doula Phyrillas!

Interested parties can email and find about events but also register for classes. So “Dance with us” as one of their mottos says, and see you next year dancing with the Lycee!

Don’t forget the next event being the Christmas Bazaar which takes place next Friday at the Hellenic Centre from 13:00 to 17:00; a great chance to choose your Christmas gifts from the many stands there.

**Eastern Rumelia was an autonomous territory in the Ottoman Empire, created in 1878 by the Treaty of Berlin and de facto ended in 1885, when it was united with the principality of Bulgaria, also under Ottoman suzerainty. Eastern Rumelia has always been a very Greek region and it is worth reading its Hellenic History over the Millennia!

* Viewers can watch this special Eastern Roumeli folklore dance live in the video herebelow:


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