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.
"This is a city where you may struggle but you can succeed." -Olympia Dukakis, our guest of honor at tonight's Greek Independence Day event at Gracie Mansion. I couldn't have said it better myself. Happy Greek Independence Day! pic.twitter.com/crHEDGVKbj— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 21, 2018
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.
We're celebrating the 197th anniversary of Greek Independence at Gracie Mansion. Join us live. https://t.co/nn9EQOI3YT— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 20, 2018
We would like to acknowledge and thank our committed supporters of the Greek Independence Day Reception, without whom this event would not be possible: