The music may have stopped, but the memories from the biggest and best Lonsdale Street Greek Festival will last a lifetime.
With the sun shining over the weekend, close to 150 000 people visited the historical Lonsdale Street Greek Precinct to enjoy the best in Greek music, dance, food and fun.
Hellenes – and philhellenes alike – enjoyed exploring the range of Greek products on offer, as well as learning more about Greek culture from a range of community groups During the opening ceremony on Saturday night, the President of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Paperstergiadis said the festival continues to grow in strength thanks to a dedicated team of organisers and even more enthusiastic volunteers.
He also thanked the representatives of all levels of Government that continue to show their support - not only for the Lonsdale Street Festival but the Greek community in general.
The festival’s reach has grown beyond Melbourne’s borders, with more than 800,000 people engaging with the festival’s social media content over the course of the campaign. Just over 400,000 people tuned into the livestream content over the weekend, with viewers from as far Europe and the USA able to participate in the fun.
The highlight on the street – and online – was Greek singing sensation Eleonora Zounganelli’s first Australian outdoor concert. Her melodic voice had the crowd dancing till late on Saturday night.