Greek Independence Day Reception

Greek Independence Day Reception

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March 20, 2018

In honor of Greek culture and the thriving Greek community here in New York City, the Mayor welcomed community leaders to Gracie Mansion in celebration of Greek Independence Day. The program featured remarks by Mayor Bill de Blasio, an invocation by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, and a proclamation recognizing the achievements of actress and activist Olympia Dukakis.

Dukakis is the daughter of Greek immigrants and has been a strong advocate of women's rights and environmental causes. Dukakis has also been recognized for her prolific acting career with an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her performance in Moonstruck and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The event also featured musical guests Mavrothi Konstanis on the oud and Megan Gould on the violin. Kontanis is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and teacher who has studied and performed with many of the world's top players. Gould is one of New York City’s most versatile performers of Middle Eastern, Greek and popular music. Her comfort within a wide range of styles, her responsiveness to other musicians on stage, and a soulful improvisational style make Megan a sought-after element in many musical projects.

Media

Video description: Watch the full program from the Greek Independence Day Reception, featuring remarks by Mayor Bill de Blasio, an invocation by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, and a proclamation recognizing the achievements of actress and activist Olympia Dukakis.

Read the transcript of the Mayor's remarks here

In the News

The Pappas Post: New York City Designates March 20 as 'Olympia Dukakis Day'

Greek Reporter: NYC Mayor Hosts Greek Independence Day Reception (video)

Sponsors

We would like to acknowledge and thank our committed supporters of the Greek Independence Day Reception, without whom this event would not be possible:

  • Onassis Foundation USA

Past Events

Watch the 2017 Greek Independence Reception Video

Read the 2016 Greek Independence Reception transcript

Watch the 2016 Greek Independence Reception Video