The Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria is sticking to the February dates for the Lonsdale Street Festival and will once again host the festival on February 14 and 15.
Moving away from the late March, early April dates, GOCMV has taken a liking to the new dates as it enables those who would like to fast during the Easter months a chance to get their souvlaki fix in February and bask in the last rays of summer sun.
While the festival initially became synonymous with the Greek Independence Day celebrations on March 25, the new dates allow for a less busy event calendar in the city to compete with and more favourable weather conditions.
The warm weekend is expected to once again welcome local and international performers in the heart of the Greek precinct, but no word yet on who will be booked for the headlining act. In this year’s festival Greek Australians braved the rain to see Greek popstar Mihalis Hatzigiannis, who only recently came back to play with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Cooking demonstrations, zorba till you drop competitions, karaoke and a non-stop program of traditional dancing and music will be just some of the events on offer next year.
The Lonsdale Greek Festival is arguably one of the largest festivals of the Greek diaspora, which celebrates all things Greek.
The GOCMV has put a call out for volunteers to register their interest now in the build-up to the event.
Stall holders who would like to participate and performers keen to sign up to perform will be asked to sign up shortly, and should visit the festival’s official page in the next couple of weeks for more information.
To volunteer for the 2015 Lonsdale Street Festival visit this link and fill out the application form www.surveymonkey.com/s/lsf15volunteer
For more information visit www.antipodesfestival.com.au/2014-lonsdale-street-festival