The 29th Lonsdale Street Festival and Sydney’s 34th Greek Festival in Darling Harbour gathered thousands of visitors of various ethnicities, who gather every year to celebrate along with the Greek expatriates the Hellenism of Australia. Organizers of the event were the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria and the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales.
The Greek Festival offers free entertainment on two stages, delicious Greek street food, a pop-up bar, traditional performances and much more to delight the Greek as well as the broader community. In addition, the festival hosts an international performer each year for a free concert in the evening to mark the end of the Festival.
This year’s highlight of the events, was the spectacular performance of Alkinoos Ioannidis, on Saturday in Melbourne and on Sunday in Sydney. The two free concerts of the Greek-Cypriot artist were accompanied by a plethora of top colleagues who enchanted and moved the tens of thousands in the audience, filling the atmosphere with music.
Quoting the newspaper “Neos Kosmos,” Ioannidis said “I’m honoured to be invited to perform at this huge Greek festival and can’t wait to get back to Australia, although it will be my first time visiting Sydney. It’s heartening to see how popular Greek culture is in a country more than 8,000 miles from Europe; the Greek Community should be proud of its role in this achievement.”