Australian PM Julia Gillard, and leader of the main opposition party, Tony Abbott, will attend the major “Greek Glenti” of the Greek-Australian ‘Antipodes’ Festival on Saturday, February 25.
The news was confirmed by the President of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Vasilis Papastergiadis, who noted that the presence of the Australian leadership (including many other federal and political representatives) proves the respect the Greek Community has gained in Australia and its indisputable presence in the country’s political life.
Mr. Papastergiadis also noted that such initiatives and festivals are organized to boost the sentiment of national pride in the young Greek-born people of Australia, and express the support of the Community towards debt-ridden Greece.
The Greek Community has already organized a series of initiatives that aim at coordinating the aid to be sent to Greece and its people. The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria and the Greek-Australian Social Services have called the different businesses and individuals in Australia to get together and help the incoming Greek migrants to Australia driven away from the Greek debt crisis.
The “Greek Glenti” of ‘Antipodes’ Festival has been organized by the Greek Community of Melbourne since the mid 80’s and is the biggest national festival in the continent. This year among others, the two-days long Glenti will also host the popular Greek singer Pantelis Thalassinos.