For the Greek Community living in Australia, the Lonsdale Street Festival is a must-attend event that celebrates the rich culture and food of Greece. The festival brings together Greek Australians to share the very best of Greece’s culture: think food, competitions and fun activities for the kids. Delicious food is part and parcel of Greek’s amazing culture, so it is little wonder that an integral part of the festival is the various food stalls that dot the streets. Live entertainment is constituted of both local and international acts and the line-up changes each year. Lonsdale Street Festival has various activities in which kids to enjoy from arts, to face painting and balloon sculpting. Storytelling at the festival is also quite popular for the little ones who enjoy reading and there will also be rides.
When: Saturday, 25 to Sunday, 26 February from early till 12am
Where: 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC
THANOS PETRELIS IN CANBERRA
Due to popular demand Greek singing sensation Thanos Petrelis will be returning to Australia in February 2023. The laiko singer is set to entertain audiences in four states. Petrelis was born in Athens, Greece. He finished third in the first Greek reality show Fame Story in 2002, which launched his singing career.
With four successful albums, three of which went gold and one platinum status, several hit singles, his songs and shows continue to be crowd favourites. Since breaking out in the Greek music scene, Petrelis has remained on the airways, club DJ’s playlists and is frequently on tour in America, Canada, London and Australia. Get ready to start the new year in good spirits dancing and singing at a Thanos Petrelis concert.
When: Friday, 17 February 2023, doors open at 7.30pm
Where: Olympus Room, Hellenic Club Woden, Matilda Street, Woden, ACT
Bookings: $120 per person, including mezethes via bit.ly/3VWlGND
The Greek Festival of Sydney is back in January 2023 to celebrate all things Greek in Australia. Paniyiri will the the first major event of the year taking place in Marrickville on Thursday, 26 January. Free live music, Greek Food including Lamb on the Spit, Loukoumades, Children’s Activities. A typical Greek Feast of Dance and Food. All money raised will be donated to the Greek Community Home for the Aged.
When: Thursday, 26 January from 11am – 6pm
Where: Addison Rd, Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville
KAIROS @ SYDNEY FESTIVAL
In ancient Greek, Kairos is “the right or opportune moment for doing, a moment that cannot be scheduled”. That moment is now for director Meryl Tankard AO, composer Elena Kats-Chernin AO and visual artist Régis Lansac OAM, who have created a vibrant new dance work responding to these uncertain and challenging times in early 2023. Commissioned and produced by FORM Dance Projects and created by three world-renowned Australian artists and long-time collaborators, with the next generation of dance makers, this Sydney Festival world premiere will encompass a vast lexicon of human experience and human movement: the dark and challenging; the ugly and beautiful; the humorous and joyful.
When: Thursday, 19 & Saturday, 21 January 2023, 8pm
Where: Carriageworks – Bay 20, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh NSW
SUNSET IN SANTORINI DRAWING CLASS
Physically, you’re in a studio painting. Mentally, you are admiring the Sunset in Santorini listening to ABBA! Put on your Birkenstocks, dig into a Gyro, and pour yourself some Ouzo, Retsina or wine as you paint a postcard view of the Greek island. A Sunset in Santorini will be the perfect addition to your home gallery, and also have you booking your next trip to Greece! The $59 price per seat includes all the necessary equipment provided: 16ʹ x 20ʹ blank canvas, acrylic paints, brushes, table easel, a Pinot and Picasso apron and glassware for your beverages. All sessions include guidance from artists. This event is for 18+ and BYO drinks and nibbles.
When: Saturday, 23 January 2023, from 7pm-10pm
Where: Pinot & Picasso Camden, 8/1-15 Murray Street Camden, NSW
Direct from Athens, Greece, heavy psych rockers 1000mods make their triumphant return to Australian shores and debut in New Zealand for 11 electric live shows in February 2023 with support from Jack Harlon and the Dead Crows & Iron Blanket. As one of the top bands leading the forefront of the established Greek heavy music scene, 1000mods continue to tour relentlessly around the world and have their sights set on Australian & New Zealand fans early next year.
When: Thursday, 16 February, 7.30pm
Where: The Lansdowne Hotel Sydney, 2-6 City Rd, Chippendale NSW
GREEK FEST DARLING HARBOUR
This year’s program boasts an action-packed calendar, giving Sydneysiders a taste of the motherland like they’re holidaying on a Greek island. Darling Harbour’s Greek Fest on Sunday, 19 February showcasing free local and international talent, food and drinks, market stalls, dance performances and more. International act to be announced.
When: Sunday, February 2023 from 10am – 10pm
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
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