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Cairns Greek Fest a celebration of multiculturalism

A record number of people attended the festival this year

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30 June 2017

Cairns' Greek Festival attracted a record number of attendees this year, with 4,500 people at the event on Sunday.

Held at Redlynch since 2012, the annual event run by St John's Community Care was a chance to celebrate the area's Greek community and culture while also embracing its multiculturalism.

"It was about the whole community, and not just Greek people in Cairns," co-organiser Theo Bacalakis told Cairns Post.

"Many of the smaller groups don't get much of a chance to showcase their cultures."

On the day there were a plethora of delicious Greek food and drinks on offer. Attendees were kept entertained with traditional Greek music and dance performances, while Cypriot, Filipino, and Indian dance groups were amongst those mixing it up and showcasing their cultures on the day.

With event planning having commenced in February, to further ensure the event was a success this year 120 volunteers turned out to put in the hard yards.

"It gives you great satisfaction to see so many people enjoying themselves," Mr Bacalakis said.

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