Victoria’s Greek Community Delighted Fairfield Amphitheater to Receive Heritage Listing

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In exciting news for Victoria’s Greek community, the Fairfield Amphitheater will be placed on the Victorian Heritage Register after the Heritage Council determined the site was of state-level cultural heritage significance.

The move comes after months of hard work by local advocates, politicians, supporters and the wider Greek community, who have called on the Heritage Board to halt Yarra Town Council’s plan to redevelop the ancient amphitheater of Greek style with 480 seats.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the Council planned to separate part of the pavilion adjoining the amphitheater to accommodate a larger storage shed for paddlers Ivanhoe and Northcote Canoe Club Yarra.

But the Victorians fought back and among those pushing for heritage listing were Helen Madden of the Stork Theater who originally created the amphitheater, Kat Theophanous MP, Lee Tarlamis MP, Ged Kearney MP, the Melbourne Greek Community and NUGAS, as well as so many others.

A petition set up on change.org even collected more than 2,200 signatures.

In a Facebook post, Ms Theophanous said she was so glad everyone pushed for the amphitheater “to be recognized and preserved for both its history and multicultural significance, but also for what it means. for our creative industries to have this space to work and perform”.

“I am so happy that this spectacular cultural asset and celebration of our diverse and creative community in the Far North is recognized, preserved and protected – may it thrive for generations to come,” she said.

The Fairfield Amphitheater was built in 1985 on the banks of the River Yarra, after Ms Madden and the local Greek community worked with the then Northcote Council to secure funding to design and build it. The seats also use the original bluestone from the streets of Northcote.

Since then, the amphitheater has hosted hundreds of outdoor performances, including plays in Greek and the first series of bilingual professional theater events in Australia. It also benefits from the support of the Greek Ministry of Culture in Athens.

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