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A Sea Change

For thousands of years, the Greeks have enjoyed interaction and trade with neighbours around the Mediterranean and farther east to Asia. In a nod to this, the Festival will expand its offerings to include cuisines and displays from around Greece’s ‘neighbourhood’ ­
celebrating Townsville’s cultural diversity.

The exciting addition to the cultural experience at Greek Fest and potential for further expansion of the new narrative has culminated in a name change for the festival to ‘Glendi’. Glendi translates to festivity, revelry, merrymaking ­ a celebration.

The festival has always been and continues to be, a free event for over 25,000 attendees. This year the festival will be held over the long weekend in October. Festival goer’s senses will come alive with traditional music and dancing displays, delectable foods and cooking demonstrations from around the Mediterranean. There will also be a variety of children’s entertainment and fun­filled activities for the whole family to be involved in.

The festival is proud to offer the community an opportunity to reflect on the values and traditions that have helped shape our country and, more importantly, our region.

A Taste of the Mediterranean

A Feast for the Senses

A Feast for the Senses

A plethora of amazing Mediterranean cuisines will be offered over the weekend. Enjoy Greek, Italian, French, Egyptian and Turkish dishes.

Hone your culinary skills with Townsville’s best ethnic cooks during their intimate cooking classes.

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Cultural Music and Dance

Over the weekend enjoy Greek dancing by the Townsville Hellenic Dancers and the Sydney Academy of Greek dance and Culture. Scimitar Moon will bring a taste of the east to the stage with their various styles of belly dance.

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Marketplace

Take a taste of the Mediterranean home with you at the Market Place. Fresh fruit and vegetables and delicious dry ingredients waiting for your own creative cooking at home. Pick up a recipe card from one of the food stalls or cooking shows and put your skills to the test.

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Fun for the kids

The OCTONAUTS will be exploring Townsville over the long weekend. Come along and see the show!

There will be plenty of show rides and the wonderful animals at Melville’s Farm to keep the kids entertained for hours.

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Highlights at the Festival

Saturday September 30

All things Greek

12.00 – 12.30

Learn to Cook Greek 

Enjoy the delights of cooking Hellenic cuisine with the amazing cooks from the Greek Community of Townsville

13:00 – 13:30

Plate Smashing

Enjoy some traditional plate smashing in our ever popular competition

17:15 – 18:15

Learn to Greek Dance

Join the Sydney Academy of Greek Dance and Culture to learn our favourite Greek Dances

 

Senior Hellenic Dancers of Townsville

Enjoy traditional dances from the region of Thrace

Sunday 1st October

A Taste of the Mediterranean

10.30 – 11.30

Octonauts

A team of undersea explorers is always ready to dive into action to explore new underwater worlds, rescue amazing sea creatures and protect the ocean

12.00 – 12.30

Learn to Cook Italian

Highly regarded for their language and cooking classes, The Dante Alighieri Society of Townsville will tempt your taste buds with their classic Italian fare

15:30 – 16:00

Scimitar Moon Belly Dancers

Enjoy the exotic allure of Scimitar Moon as they perform their Egyptian Oriental dance routine.

19.15 Onwards

NRL Game Live

Come down with the family, set up a picnic rug and enjoy the NRL game live. All of your favourite Mediterranean cuisines will be waiting for you. 

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Monday 2nd October

Fun for the Family

11.00 – 11.30

Enjoy a mix of traditional and modern Greek dance with the Sydney Academy of Greek Dance and Culture

13:00 – 13.30

Learn to Cook French

Alliance Française de Townsville will teach you a little French while you learn some of their joyous French recipes

17:30 – 19:00

Major Prize Draw

Win a return trip for 2 with Singapore Airlines to any of their 15 destinations

Who's on Show

Sydney Academy of Greek Dance and Culture

Scimitar Moon Belly Belly Dance

The Hellenic Dancers of Townsville

Government Partners

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