Adelaide Gets a Taste of Athens’ Monastiraki for Greek Glendi Festival

Adelaide’s main square got a small transformation to remind us of Athens’ famous Monastiraki market, as part of the Greek Glendi Festival.

Over 40,000 people are expected at South Australia’s largest Greek festival at Victoria Square on the March 23-25 weekend.

“Victoria Square offers a magnificent setting in the heart of Adelaide making it accessible for everyone to come and enjoy Glendi. Being in the heart of the city is reminiscent of the large festivals that occur in Greece, which are always held in the ‘town square’,” says 2018 Glendi Greek Festival director, Mike Diakomichalis, told Neos Kosmos.

Even thought it is a two-day festival traditionally, for the first time in its history, Friday was added in the Greek Glendi Festival 2018. This was in order to celebrate the festival’s 40th anniversary.

To mark the occasion, for the first time in the event’s history, Glendi has free entry.

Festival attendees are treated to a wide range of activities including competitions, Greek-themed product tastings and cooking demonstrations, exhibitions, art displays and projects from students and local artists, live music by local Greek musicians, traditional and modern Greek cultural dance performances, a garden bar, an open-air outdoor cinema and a major lottery with first prize being two return business class airfares flying to any of Qatar Airways’ international destinations.

Greek singer Nikos Kourkoulis and his band from Greece will be performing in the main concert on both Saturday and Sunday nights.