The Greek Community of Melbourne’s Antipodes | Lonsdale St Greek Festival takes over the historic Lonsdale St Greek Precinct. Melbourne’s largest Greek cultural celebration with over 90 stalls, three free entertainment stages and roving performers, children’s rides and activities, as well as multiple bars and an array of mouthwatering Greek culinary delights, there will be something for the entire family to enjoy!
The festival will feature some of Melbourne’s most talented performers, musicians, dancers, chefs, cooks and competitors for a weekend of Greek-flavoured fun.
Over 500 local and interstate dancers and musicians will perform a range of traditional and modern pieces.
The infamous Zorba Til You Drop, a test of endurance where the last one standing win a return flight to Greece and the popular Magic Mic singing contest which invites amateur performers to sing a song in Greek or by a Greek composer.
Cooking competitions where judges will award the best Greek dish which in 2020 was the ‘pass the pastitsio’ competition.
Wine and Dine
Food lovers are in for a treat as there will be plenty to indulge in. In addition to Lonsdale St Greek icons Stalactites, Tsindos and International Cakes who will extend their trade, there will also be over 20 food stalls and trucks cooking up a storm.
ANTIPODES 2020, A HUGE SUCCESS!
Over the weekend, 100,000 people descended onto Lonsdale Street for Australia’s largest Greek Street party and celebration of all things Greek, the 2020 Antipodes Festival.
Organised by the Greek Community of Melbourne, the Festival featured a record number (over 90) of food, retail and community stalls, over 40 hours of free live entertainment programmed across three stages, children’s rides and attractions as well as plethora of delicious authentic food offerings.
The event was a huge success and still regarded as the largest celebration of all things Greek outside of Greece, attracting a good mix of intergenerational first-time and regular attendees from all works of life.
The Victorian Premier, Dan Andrews officially opened the Festival and acknowledged the contribution of the Greek Community to Victoria and the importance of multiculturalism. The President of the Greek Community, Bill Papastergiadis also addressed the audience and introduced former Greek National Soccer captain and 2004 Euro championship player Giorgos Karagounis.
Across the weekend there was an abundance of vibrant, passionate performances including two from the audience favourites at Delphi Bank Stage, the Opening and Closing Night Feature Acts Giota Negka and Sifis Tsourdalakis.
Other stand outs included the DJ set debut by Kosmos Events which embraced the next generation of Greek Aussies with their highly anticipated dance party tunes and the Xylouris Brothers who were joined by Giorgos Frantzeskakis and Giorgos Stratakis delighting the audience with their unique style of Cretan music that had party goers dancing in the street.
The 2020 Antipodes Festival showcased the best of Greek arts and culture, entertainment and food for another year, living up to its’ reputation as one of the highlights of Melbourne’s cultural calendar.
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