Many Australian politicians attended the two-day Paniyiri Greek Festival, an event that hosted over 50,000 people, the vast majority of whom were non-Greeks, and stood as the best advertisement for Greece.
The Premier of Queensland, Campbell Newman, served the guests donuts, while former Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, was shown how to make Greek souvlaki.
It is a festival that combines Greek with Australian culture and traditions and managed to be integrated within the wider Australian community.
The Greek Club, with the entertainment space, the Greek school, the Community’s offices and the beautiful temple of St. George, is located just opposite the famous Musgrave Park. There, the Greek Fest took place with a variety of culinary flavors from Cyprus, Crete and other regions of Greece.
In the presence of many Australians, the Greek Club also hosted lectures by academics and slide show films of Ancient Greece and the Parthenon sculptures, along with exhibits of traditional costumes and photographs, with information in English relating to Asia Minor and Istanbul, cooking demonstrations and Greek product exhibitions.
Many Australian TV stars attended the event as well to admire several dance groups that filled the air with Greek folk music and traditional dancing.