From Greece to Mar del Plata, values ​​that endure in “a very careful community” « Diario La Capital de Mar del Plata

Argentina Yes Greece they are “two cities quite similar – in the good as in the bad – that we prioritize work and family”, assured the political adviser (consul) of the Embassy of Greece, Fotis Filentas, who this weekend visited Mar del Plata for the first time and was “Pleasantly surprised” with the local community, “very careful, organized and with a rich history” by its founders and descendants, vital transmitters from generation to generation of the essence of Greek culture in the city and the country.

The city has a warm Hellenic community, whose headquarters are in the street felucca at 4400 was founded in 1952 by Greeks who they emigrated to the country and bet on the job in Mar del Plata. The entrance hall of the building is full of photographs that perpetuate history and memory. A few older people in Greece remain firmly connected to the space, while younger people are getting more involved.

The consul visited all the Greek communities in Argentina. Together with that of Mar del Plata, due to its well-preserved and developing facilities, the beauty of the St. George’s Orthodox Chapel (located on the first floor) and especially for its inhabitants, it was “asked” after the tour he made with the President of the Argentine Panhellenic Federation, Anastasius Kavata.

The Saint-Georges Orthodox chapel, on the first floor, one of the sectors which dazzled the political adviser of the Greek embassy.

“It’s the first time I’ve come to Mar del Plata, the truth is that I was very surprised. The building is really beautiful and there are people who are committed to transmitting the love we feel for Greece to future generations; it is a very well cared for and organized community, with a long and rich history,” Filentas said in a dialogue with LA CAPITAL.

The president of the Hellenic community of the city, Carlos Pilaftsidis, also known to be the owner of the campsite “Greek” and the parks “Aquópolis” Yes “Aeropolis” which he runs as a family, was the host of the meeting and was responsible for showing the Consul around the facilities and telling him some of the history of the institution in the city, accompanied by various members of the institution .

Carlos Pilafsidis, Anastasio Kavata and Fotis Filentas.

Carlos Pilafsidis, Anastasio Kavata and Fotis Filentas.

Pilaftsidis underlined that the space generates its own resources, for example with the gastronomic stand of the Greek community in the Community fair -with exquisite dishes such as Musaka and the gyro-but also raffles and some cultural events. “We believe in an entity accessible to all and we are proud of the connection we have with the community”, counted.

The political adviser of the Greek embassy pointed out that “the community is always a bridge”, in this case between Argentines and Greeks. And in each of them, like Mar del Plata, “there are little ambassadors of Greece in daily life, which helps a lot to bring the two peoples together, also united by a very important sympathy”.


The political adviser (consul) of the Greek Embassy, ​​Fotis Filentas, talks to LA CAPITAL.


The mission of the consul in Argentina was entrusted by the Greek government and aims to consolidate “a rapprochement” with the communities. “We came to listen to the problems, the requests and to see how we can help and facilitate the life of Greeks and descendants in Argentina”said Fotis Filentas.

Greece has “a very large diaspora and the Greeks abroad (between 8 and 9 million) are very important for us”, the consul said from the hall of the cultural center “Daphne”, at the local community headquarters, where large gatherings and events are usually held which, thanks to the popular cuisine of Musakabring together families and generations of Greeks and residents of the neighborhood surrounding the place.


“Here in Argentina we have had a presence of Greek immigration for about 150 years. The Greeks who came to Argentina have greatly supported the economy of this country, they have integrated and become part of Argentine society,” Filentas pointed out.

At the end of his visit, he underlined “the great effort” made by the members of the community to maintain and transmit the love for Greece. “We appreciate it very much”Detained.

“The majority in Argentina are third or fourth generation Greeks and although something is lost with each generation, there are people who maintain the love of Greece with its customs, dancing like the Greeks, cooking the same dishes or thinking in the same way, it comes to us with pride. The point of development, especially of culture and traditions, is always the family and we have noticed this in Mar del Plata and we are highlighting it”, Completed.


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