Greek Australians Prepare for 31st Lonsdale St Festival

Thousands attended 2017 festival

Melbourne’s largest Greek street party will paint the city blue and white with a bumper weekend of food, music, dancing and culture, February 10-11.

This year’s Festival will be larger than ever, extending further down Lonsdale Street from Swanston Street right through to Exhibition Street.

The event takes over Melbourne’s historic Greek Precinct with free entertainment across three stages, mountains of Greek street food, pop-up bars, cooking demonstrations, competitions (new and old favourites), kids activities and much more.

“We are very proud of the shape the Greek Community of Melbourne’s Lonsdale Street Greek Festival has taken in recent years, and we encourage all Melburnians to experience some of the best Greek-inspired flavours our community has to offer’, Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Community of Melbourne.

Panoramic view of the crowds at the 2017 festival in Melbourne

Kids activities and the Procal Greek Kitchen will be given dedicated spaces along Lonsdale Street (close to Exhibition Street), the Festival Bar at the corner of Lonsdale & Russell Street will have direct viewing access of the Delphi Bank Stage and the AA Holdings Stage will bookend the Festival at Swanston Street.

As previously announced, the event will be headlined by international folk musician Giannis Haroulis. A Cretan native, Haroulis is currently one of the most successful artists in Greece. Psychedelic rock and folk musician Konstantis Pistiolis (Villagers of Ioannina City) will be joining Haroulis, guaranteeing a show packed with frenetic energy.