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Rembetika: A Night of Greek Blues - Preview

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Factory Theatre
July 5, 2008

Greek BluesRembetika is a night of music and culture at The Factory Theatre featuring some of Sydney’s most talented Greek-Australian musicians.

The show, which includes music, dance and performance, aims to recreate the experience of being in a Rembetika hangout in Athens in the 1920s.

‘Rembetika has always had an air of danger about it,’ says organiser Frank Zervas. ‘It was the music and style of the Greek urban underground - jailhouses, taverns, brothels and drug dens - performed by quasi-criminal elements and frowned upon by mainstream society.’

‘For much of its history it was banned by the government, so a lot of myths have grown up around it, and there is still a lot of misunderstanding today.’