The Greek Festival of Sydney had a triumphant return to Brighton-Le-Sands, with thousands flooding the area once again after 21 years in a true Hellenic celebration.

The Greek Fest, organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW as part of this year’s Festival calendar, took over Brighton-Le-Sands’ Bay St on Sunday with an all-day fair filled with numerous stalls, dance groups, music and more.

A chief attraction was the concert from Greek singer Dimitris Basis, whose performance provided the finishing touch to a full day’s worth of celebration.

The initiative marked a return to the area that many years ago served as the location of the Greek Festival of Sydney’s launch event, which now takes place at Darling Harbour.

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The festivities also featured the talents of the band, IHO NYX, as well as the School Band of St Spyridon College as one of the earlier acts on the main stage.

The event included performances from numerous dancing groups spread throughout the day, and was well attended by notable political representatives who also took part in the official ceremony.

Among those who greeted the crowd during proceedings included the GOC NSW President, Harris Danalis, Greek Festival Chair, Nia Karteris, Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Ioannis Mallikourtis, the NSW Minister for Multiculturalism and local MP, Steve Kamper (Σταύρος Καμπερογιάννης), Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney, NSW Opposition leader Mark Speakman, the shadow Minister for Multiculturalism, Mark Coure, and Bayside Council Mayor Bill Saravinovski.

The master of ceremonies for the day were Artemis Theodoris-Papoutsis and Costas Apoifis, with Stavros Tsilimos coordinating the official ceremony.

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Dimitris Basis on stage. Photo: Supplied
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