Melbourne’s largest Greek event organised by the Greek Community of Melbourne is back again, as the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival takes place this weekend on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of February, with plenty of Greek food, music, dance, and fun for all the family!
For the 32nd year in a row, the historical Lonsdale Street Greek Precinct will play host to Melbourne’s largest street party, with thousands expected to attend the two-day celebration of Greek culture.
Headlining the event will be one of Greece’s most popular singing sensations, Eleonora Zouganeli, on her first Australian visit.
Festival co-chairs Leo Vlahakis and Jim Bossinakis said the festival continues to grow, not only in footprint but in its ability to engage and entertain all Melbournians.
“The Lonsdale Street Greek Festival may have started as a small community event, but it has now grown to become a highlight in Melbourne’s event calendar. Each year, we see familiar and new face exploring and enjoying the range of Greek food and entertainment that is on offer,” said Jim Bossinakis.
“The festival has also been the site for performances by some of Greece’s leading talent and we are pleased to continue this tradition and play host to Eleonora Zouganeli’s first Australian outdoor concert.
“I invite all Melbournian’s to come on down, grab a souvlaki and join in on all the fun,” adds Vlahakis.
With over 600 performers from across Australia set to perform over the weekend, the Delphi Bank Stage will be in the centre of all the fun, playing host to a diverse range of traditional and modern Greek dance performances. A highlight will be the emotional Anatolian Awakenings performance, which will celebrate the connection between the Pontian, Armenian and Assyrian communities.
There will also be plenty of street food available, including dishes prepared by The Cypriot Kitchen, St. Gerry’s, Ilias The Greek, Greek Trojan Yiros, Cypriot Street Grill, To Nostimo and Honey Dee Loukoumades back to feed the mass.
Lonsdale Street Greek Precinct legends Stalactites, Tsindos and International Cakes are not ones to miss a good party and will extend their trading out onto the street.
And there is no shortage of entertainment and activities for the younger members of the family. The Lonsdale Street Greek Festival Kids Corner will be a place of fun, offering face painting, arts and craft, and a giant Kiddiepillar that will have the kids climbing, sliding and laughing all weekend.
For the older kids, they can have fun at the festival’s sideshow alley. There they can take a thrill-seeking ride, test their luck with the laughing clowns or pick up a show bag.