Kalymnos - Greece

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The Power of Language

Recipients of the English language scholarships awarded last December in Kalymnos were asked to write a report to City of Darwin outlining how the prize has assisted their studies and to tell us their favourite English word.  Words such as love, family and play are listed as favourite words, but perhaps our favourite is the response by 12 year old Maria who tells us why she likes the word 'peace'. Read some other heart-warming responses below.

Yasou, this is Kalymnos Calling

Skype link with KalymnosAlderman George Lambrinidis, Kalymnos Sister City Community Committee Chair Tony Miaoudis and Senior Community Development Officer - Liveability Hayley Barich attended a presentation of English language scholarships to students in Kalymnos 21 December 2013.  Whilst the Darwin representatives weren't physically there, a skype link up enabled them to address the students and applaud the winners.  Council and Mr John Anictomatis sponsored awards for 40 students studying English at a middle school level in public schools in Kalymnos.

Visiting Kalymnos

Meeting with the Mayor of KalymnosSenior Community Development Officer - Liveability, Hayley Barich, visited the Mayor of Kalymnos in August 2013. The Mayor of Kalymnos was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss the upcoming projects between Darwin and Kalymnos including the Book Exchange and English Language Scholarships program. Miss Barich was pleased to connect with Sister City partners and now appreciates the extent of the networks. During her time in the Dodecanese if she mentioned she was from Darwin the locals naturally assumed she was Kalymnian

Past Projects

Volunteers at GlentiCouncil hosted an information stall and interactive display at Glenti 8 – 9 June 2013. Darwin’s biggest celebration of Greek culture attracted many visitors who expressed interest in Darwin’s oldest Sister City relationship.  Chair of the Kalymnos Sister City Community Committee, Tony Miaoudis, was on hand to answer questions, give away samples of Kalymnian herbal tea and honey and even did a live cross to Kalymnos TV.  Watch this edition of The Scoop to see coverage of our stall.

Kalymnos delegation in DarwinKalymnos is Darwin's oldest Sister City and in 2012 we celebrated 30 years of friendship by hosting a delegation from Kalymnos.  Deputy Mayor of Kalymnos Mrs Semiramis Psaroba, His Eminence Bishop Paisios and Vice President of Tourism Mr Padelis Koutroulis were guests of honour at a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor to celebrate the 30 year union.  Former Lord Mayor Mr Cecil Black, and Honorary Consul-General to Greece Mr John Anictomatis, who were both present at the signing of the original agreement spoke about their experiences with the Sister City.  Guests were entertained by the Greek Traditional Dancing Group.  See photos of the event here.

Oceania Pan Hellenic Games 2011The Greek Orthodox Community of North Australia successfully hosted the 2011 Oceania Pan Hellenic Games September 28 – October 2.  Over 295 interstate athletes, 80 local athletes, 60 officials and many other visitors enjoyed competitions in both men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, swimming, tennis and track and field.  Council was proud to be the Games medal sponsor and the five day event concluded with singing and dancing at the multicultural closing ceremony.  See photos of the event here.

Oceania Pan Hellenic Games 2011In celebration of International Sister Cities Day, City of Darwin's Sister City program hosted a fundraising night at Deckchair Cinema on June 30 2011.  Patrons watched RANGO whilst sampling international food and drink.  Three lucky people who entered our raffle took home international prize packs. See photos of the event here.  Thanks to all Committee members who loaned a much appreciated hand on the night.

The Kalymnos Sister City Community Committee is currently investigating possible involvement in a Kalymnian museum in the Greek Orthodox Community Hall.

Background and History

Pothia Harbour KalymnosKalymnos and Darwin established a close relationship due to the significant number of Kalymnian residents in Darwin (around 5000 at the time of forming a Sister City relationship).  Moves to formally recognise the links between the communities were strongly supported by the then Chief Minister, Paul Everingham and the NT Government.

Kalymnos HarbourIn previous years Darwin streets have been named after places in Kalymnos and a statue of a Kalymnian Lady Water Carrier, donated by the City of Kalymnos, was erected in the Darwin Mall signifying the importance of the relationship.

In 2003 the Kalymnos Sister City Community Committee facilitated a project to donate a computer to a school in Kalymnos in preparation for Darwin and Kalymnian students to establish on-line collaborative projects and ‘virtual’ exchanges.

Triciclo in Pothia - KalymnosA large number of visits, both at the community level and official Mayoral and Territory Government delegations have taken place over the years, with the most recent being a Sister City Community Committee Member, who presented gifts to the Mayor of Kalymnos on behalf of the Sister Cities Program in 2003.

Currently, the Kalymnos Sister City Community Committee have a number of projects in development including support for a local Kalymnian Museum collection.