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'AN EVENING WITH DIMITRIS BASIS' | Saturday 12th May 2018

The Greek Orthodox Community of Wellington Inc presents from Greece, the one and only, Dimitris Basis, live in concert. Get ready for an unforgettable night with one of Greece’s most acclaimed artists featuring an array of top hits from his bright career, spanning over 20 years.

Dimitris Basis, live in concert for one and only performance at Mac’s Brewery, 4 Taranaki Street Wharf, Wellington on Saturday 12th May 2018. This is a Greek concert not to be missed!

Basis has performed with some of Greece’s premium musicians and is a regular vocalist with the “Mikis Theodorakis” Orchestra. With a diploma in Byzantine music, he started chanting the liturgy in the local church before taking his first steps in professional singing at the age of 20. Over the years, he has released many albums that have been a success in Greece and across Europe. You'll know him for his famous 'Psithiroi Kardias', 'H Zwh' and his amazing tributes to other singers such as Mitropanos. He has performed with many other well-known Greek singers and composers; Haris Alexiou, Yiannis Kotsiras, Themis Adamantidis, Pashalis Terzis, Mikis Theodorakis and Dimitri Mitropanos just to name a few.

Dimitris Basis has expressed his deep desire to tour New Zealand and play for the Greeks in the community. He is well aware of how small the community is in New Zealand and his vision is to enable small communities to enjoy cultural music in the same way that large cities who have larger Greek communities do. Basis himself is from a family who migrated to Germany, he was born in Stuttgart and understands the challenges and the difficulties that migrants face in keeping their language, culture and heritage alive in order to pass these down through the generations. This is why he travels regularly in remote cities in Europe, America and now New Zealand.

We aim to create the same atmosphere of the famous 'Stin Ygeia Mas' television show; it will be an intimate gathering and ticket numbers will be limited.

Ticket Price: $150 (including GST)
Please note: The bouzouki night will be presented in a cabaret setting in tables of 10. INDIVIDUAL TICKETS will be sold and seated automatically at random. Strictly 10 per table.

Doors open at 8pm | Show starts at 9pm | Show ends at 1am | Bar closes 1.30am
EFTPOS and Credit Card facilities are available.
Please bring ID with you, as you may be asked for this to purchase alcohol.
Strictly NO BYO.
Please note, tickets are not refundable.

Please use the contact form below to get in touch or email us at: basistour@greek.org.nz

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A few quick answers to your frequently asked questions:

What kind of event will this be and what genre will be played?
Basis’ set includes both modern and traditional music; zeimbekiko, laika, new wave, kalamatiana, nisiotika, tsiftetelia etc. There is something for all.

What are the ticket prices?
$150 (inc GST). Our intention with this event is to provide an unforgettable experience for all and to bring opportunities like this to New Zealand. Table location is given on a first come first served basis. Please note: There are no tiered categories as per the previous Tsalikis Tour event and tickets are not refundable.

What is included in the ticket price?
Your entry, various platters (each table will receive 4 platters to share throughout the evening) and the show. Everyone will have waited drink service. Please note: Drinks are not included in the price of the ticket.

Please bring ID with you, as you may be asked for this to purchase alcohol. Strictly NO BYO.

Will there be under 18/children tickets?
No, all tickets are one price and under 18s are most welcome to attend at full price with a parent or guardian.

How do I book individual tickets?
The bouzouki night will be presented in a cabaret setting in tables of 10. INDIVIDUAL TICKETS will be sold and seated automatically at random. However, we will try our best to accommodate any special seating requests. You can only be guaranteed to be SEATED AS A GROUP if you make a group booking. Group bookings must be made and paid for by one person, with tables being purchased in groups of 10. Please note: Seating will be placed on a first in first served policy.

Can additional food be purchased?
Yes, additional food can be purchased from the bar and a bar menu will be available during the night. EFTPOS and Credit Card facilities will be available.

Who is organising the event?
This event is being organised by a group of youth (who identify with various Greek and Cypriot associations), as a sub-committee under and on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Community of Wellington Inc.

Why is this event being organised?
Due to the success of our Tsalikis Tour, we couldn’t say no to this opportunity when it presented itself. We did not go looking for this and are proud to say that the offer has come to us, which shows that we have achieved two further goals of ours from our Tsalikis Tour event. We provided exposure of our little Greek community internationally and put our community on the map for these type of events.

Dimitris Basis, another exceptionally well-known Greek Singer has a deep desire to come and play for the people of New Zealand. Dimitri Basis really wants to give to Greeks that live far away from Greece; he is a boy from immigrants, born in Germany so he understands our struggles and diminishing culture.

The Greek culture in New Zealand is losing its identity due to the lack of events of this scale and the lack of visibility and exposure to all New Zealanders. We are striving to become a more prominent community in New Zealand adding to the diversity and the melting pot of New Zealand. Many groups and associations share the same goal of trying to revitalise our culture and when we became aware of this, we were thrilled to hear of this opportunity which will enable us to do so. The purpose of the event is to create an unforgettable Greek night, all while uniting Greeks and exposing other nationalities to an authentic cultural experience - injecting everyone with a burst of our vibrant culture!

What are you planning to do with the event proceeds?
We have based our ticket prices on the cost and significant operating budget of the event and have had to structure the event to ensure we don’t cost the supporting communities any money. Our focus from the beginning was to make this event possible ensuring we provide the community with something to never forget. Although making a profit is not expected, if this is the case, any proceeds will be held by the Greek Orthodox Community of Wellington Inc for the purpose of holding future events that will benefit the community.

Can we smoke?
The Waterfront Room has a perfect little balcony for smoking.

Is there lift access?
Yes, the venue has a lift which can be utilised.

Is parking available at the venue?
No parking is available at the venue. There are two car parking lots that are in close proximity on Cable Street, namely Te Papa and Wilson Parking.

Who is Dimitris Basis?
Dimitris Basis, is a Greek singer and musician. He is from the village of Cherso, near the city of Kilkis in Central Macedonia. Dimitris Basis was born in Stuttgart. His parents lived in Germany for some years. He came to Greece for the first time at the age of eight when his entire family returned to Herso.

  • At the age of nine, he started chanting the liturgy in the local church and three years later he began to study Byzantine music. He gained his diploma at the age of seventeen. At the same time he used to sing at many cultural celebrations.

  • When he was twenty years old just after his first steps in professional singing he was discovered by Stamatis Kraounakis and Warner Music company who immediately offered him a contract. For three continuous seasons he was singing with Alkistis Protopsalti, Stamatis Kraounakis and Lina Nikolakopoulou, and wrote history due to his musical performances under the music director Andreas Voutsinas. His professional debut began with his participation in two of Stamatis Kraounakis works: “Otan Erhonde I Fili mou” where he sang two songs and in the soundtrack of the T.V. series “To Trito Stefani” where he took part in one song. In 1996 he was discovered by Christos Nikolopoulos and he performed live. In 1997 his first album became a reality with the title “Me tin Fora tou Anemou” (music by Christos Nikolopoulos, Kostas Falkonis and lyrics by Christos Papadopoulos). Eight months later the soundtrack of T.V. series “Psithiri Kardias” was in music stores (music by Christos Nikolopoulos and lyrics by Eleni Giannatsoulia).

  • It was a tremendous success with over 120,000 sales. Dimitris Mpasis’ voice started to be heard not only in Greece but abroad as well. In the next season he worked with Dimitra Galani and Manolis Lidakis and by the end of 1998 his second personal album “Se Anihtous Ouranous” is ready (music by Christos Nikolopoulos and lyrics by Aris Davarakis, Eleni Giannatsoulia).

  • The winter period of 1998–99 was important to Dimitris Mpasis’ career because of his collaboration with Haris Alexiou. In the summer of 1999 he started a series of concerts all over Greece and Cyprus with Yiannis Kotsiras. That same summer he performed with Stavros Xarhakos in a series of concerts with K.O.E.M. (National Orchestra of Greek Music) both in Greece and abroad. Simultaneously he took part in a dedicated concert for Christos Nikolopoulos in the Athens Concert Hall. This concert was also performed again in the Herod Atticus Odeon. In October 1999 he gave a series of concerts in Australia with Irini Haridou. In the winter of 1999 and 2000, we saw him with Eleni Tsaligopoulou.

  • In 2000, his personal album “Milao Hronia” was in the stores (music by Vaso Alagianni and lyrics by Nikos Moraitis). The year 2001 was a decisive year in his career because he met the great Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis who proposed to revise and perform together one of his most important works: “To Tragoudi tou Nekrou Adelfou”. This particular work had been sung for first time in 1961 by Grigoris Mpithikotsis but was never completed as due to the political situation at that time some songs had been censored. For this work the great composer decided -after 17 years of absence from studios- to get back to work and lead “The Popular Orchestra Mikis Theodorakis”. Some months later a new Dimitris Mpasis’ album followed. Its title was “I Agapi Ine Fotia” and its songs were mostly remakes of Mikis Theodorakis love songs.

  • In December 2001 he started his appearances together with Yiannis Kotsiras in Athens and their success continued until March 2002 in Thessaloniki. This success presented them with the title of the most commercial music duet of the summer.

  • Next winter found Dimitris Mpasis in an “alliance” with Pashalis Terzis and Dimitris Mitropanos. This music shape was created at the same time as the announcement by the music company MINOS – EMI that a new album with the name “Dimitris Mpasis” was being released. It was a popular, artistic work from various creators. From the first date of its release it gained the acceptance of public and critics who admired Mpasis’ music personality one more time.

  • In the summer of 2003, he took part in a dedication to the poet Yiannis Ritsos –throughout Greece- with the “Mikis Theodorakis” Orchestra. The poems (“Epitaphios, Romiosini, Ta Dekaohto Lianotragouda tis Pikris Patridas, I Piites tou Kosmou) were composed by Mikis Theodorakis. In December 2003 he started a very successful collaboration with Manolis Lidakis in Thessaloniki which continued with additional appearances in Athens and in summer concerts all over Greece. At the same time he was working on his new CD with the title “Diskoli Kardia” (music by Nikos Antipas and lyrics by Lina Nikolakopoulou, Mirto Kontova) which was released in December 2004. In the summer of 2004 he gave some personal concerts with songs from his entire repertoire. He also sang alongside Maria Farantouri, songs of the great Mikis Theodorakis.

  • In the winter of 2004–2005, he started his appearances with Dimitris Mitropanos and Themis Adamantidis in Athens and Thessaloniki. Their work was a hymn to "Zeimbekiko" dance (in Greek culture, a man's dance). The cd of their live appearances in "Akti Pireos" released in April with the title "Iparhi ke to Zeimbekiko".

  • In May 2005, he took part in the celebrations in honour of the eightieth birthday of the famous composer Mikis Theodorakis. The titles of the songs which he sang were "The Songs of Passion and Love". These celebrations took place during the "Greek Festival" in Herod Atticus Odeon. In the same year's summer he departed for first time on a successful solo tour at selected cities around Greece.