Adored songstress Glykeria returns to Melbourne and to the Festival stage for the 30th anniversary of the Lonsdale St Greek Festival (Antipodes). Glykeria will perform her greatest hits on the Delphi Bank Stage on Saturday 25 February, making this her third performance at Melbourne’s largest celebration of all things Greek.
The Lonsdale St Greek Festival has attracted many acclaimed artists over the years, including Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Haris Alexiou, Dimitra Galani, Alkistis Protopsaltis, Mihalis Hatzigiannis and Alkinoos Ioannides.
Also taking part in this year’s special 30th Anniversary celebrations are the Stratakis Brothers – from Crete – who are certain to woo audiences with their incredible vocal and lyre talents. They’ll be joined by an equally talented four-piece band on Sunday 26 February.
The event takes over Lonsdale Street with free entertainment across three stages, Greek street food, pop-up bars, cooking demonstrations, competitions, children’s activities and much more.
Glykeria is Greece’s most important female singer who has carved a significant career not only in Greece but Israel, France, Turkey and England. Her career has spanned over 30 years and is marked by multi gold and platinum releases.
Glykeria began in 1974 in the Athens’ Plaka boites (nightclubs, cabarets) where she distinguished herself by adding a unique interpretation to songs by composers like Hadjidakis, Theodorakis and Loizos. She released her first album alongside another rising artist Giorgos Gerolymatos called “Min Kaneis Oneira” in 1978. She released her first solo album, Ta Smyrneika, traditional songs from Asia Minor in the 1980s which caused a stir in the industry, showcasing Glykeria’s unique voice to the nation. Glykeria gained momentum and fans and in 1982 represented Greece in the Europalia ’82 festival in Brussels, together with Sotiria Bellou, George Dalaras and Margarita Zorbala. She became the most loved Greek singer in Israel and a major part of Israel’s cultural scene in the 90s. Her special style full of depth, melancholy and endless emotion captured the heart of the Israelis, and her songs, both in Hebrew (with perfect pronunciation) and Greek became all-time classics.
The rest is history and Glykeria is now a musical superstar performing across Europe, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Cyprus, Israel and Turkey.
The 30th Lonsdale St Greek Festival is a Greek Community of Melbourne event.