Message from the Director
Dear Members and Friends of the Hellenic Centre
I hope that you and your families are all well and healthy.
It is six months now since the Centre had to close during these unprecedented times. I contacted you in April with the forward-looking hope that at this time you would be receiving our Diary of Events with the list of our autumn events. Unfortunately, this is not the case this year: the nature of the Centre means that an effective reopening of live events remains dependent on directions from the UK government.
In the meantime, we remain present through our Website, Facebook and other Social Media. I am pleased that many of you are following us there, as these will remain important channels for communication even after the Centre reopens. If there is one thing that this period has reinforced, it is the importance of technology in addition to the irreplaceable nature of social interaction, and I encourage our members who are less familiar with technology to take the opportunity to interact with us there.
We have a programme of virtual events for this autumn. Many are already on our website but soon there will be more, amongst them lectures from academics, presentations on Greek language, literature, health, archaeology, philosophy, concerts and exhibitions.
The Centre is an independent charity. Contrary to what many people believe we have no major funding from governments or institutions. Historically we have relied primarily on our corporate venue hire in order to fund a rich and diverse cultural programme. The Centre is presently suffering financially and our income has dropped by more than 90% this year. It is therefore urgent and important that you can support us at this difficult time. We are thankful for the continued financial support from those of you who have been able to help and we hope that many more of you will consider doing so in the future.
The Trustees of the Hellenic Community Trust are doing their best to support both the staff and the building so that we are ready to resume our activities as soon as this is allowed.
We have been welcoming you to our events for 25 years and we are confident that we will overcome this terrible situation and that the Centre will once again be full of events and people.
Please stay connected with us, enjoy our virtual events and we look forward to the time when we will welcome you to our building again.
Director of the Hellenic Centre
Dear Members and Friends
I hope you and your families and friends are all healthy and well.
For many of us Easter is one of the most important days of the calendar with all of the traditions it brings together. This Easter – the Western Easter this Sunday 12th April and the Orthodox Easter next Sunday 19th April – will be different of course, and our thoughts are with all of those who are away from family during these challenging times.
All our events from the middle of March until the end of May have been cancelled and the building is empty but we are going to reschedule the events at a later stage. When this time comes, we are looking forward to bringing the Hellenic Centre back to its vibrant old self and renew the foundations on which the Hellenic Centre was built.
And as many of you know, the Hellenic Centre celebrated its 25th Anniversary last year. A commemorative book was printed in January which we started posting but unfortunately due to the virus situation we have not managed to post it to all our Members. Until we are able to do so, you can all see an electronic version of our work over the 25 years on this link here.
We thank you very much for your continued support, for renewing your membership and for your donations and look forward to welcoming you at the Centre.
With my best wishes
Director of the Hellenic Centre
Your donations are pivotal to the continuation of our cultural events programme, with over 60 cultural events per year, your support is valuable.
Explore our library of virtual events – listen to a range of lectures and short stories, watch a performance, or revisit a previous exhibition.
Celebrating 25 Years
Last year we celebrated our 25th Anniversary, and published this commemorative book to mark the occasion.