While almost all eyes were on the Antipodes Festival on Lonsdale Street in Melbourne this weekend, another festival took place on Sunday that had a bit of Greek representation.

The 2024 Bentleigh Festival took place on Sunday February 25, and it saw an entire kilometre stretch of Centre Road closed off for the festivities.

From 11am to 5pm, the community in Bentleigh and its visitors were welcomed to entertainment in the form of rides, food and drinks, performances and more fun for the kids like face painting.

All the local shops were also open and saw plenty of people wander in to see what was on offer.

As mentioned, with Antipodes on, a majority of Greek dance groups were performing there.

However, Manasis School of Greek Dance and Culture felt that it was important to have cultural representation across other events in Melbourne.

So they participated in the event, wowing audiences with traditional Greek dancing and costumes.

With a significant portion of the local demographic being of Greek ancestry, the Manasis students, their costumes and performances were all welcomed and applauded.

At the conclusion of dance presentations, members of the audience were also all given the opportunity to join for an ‘all-in’ Zorba dance.

Bentleigh MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs Nick Staikos was also in attendance for the festival.

Manasis School of Greek Dance and Culture. Photo: Supplied
Manasis School of Greek Dance and Culture students. Photo: Supplied
Manasis Dance School students take photo with MP Nick Staikos. Photo: Supplied