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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. Scimitar Moon will bring a taste of the east to the stage with their various styles of belly dance. Alliance Française de Townsville and The Carina Dancers will show off French and Italian dance.

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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

Join Poppy and Branch from the DreamWorks movie Trolls  – Poppy the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious Branch set off on a journey to rescue their friends. 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

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Saturday September 30

All things Greek

11.30 – 12.00

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

18:30 – 19:00

Aboriginal & Greek Cultural Fusion

Join Nix Live & Ashley from the Wulgurukaba Walkabout Dancers for an amazing show


19:30 & 20:30

Greek Dance

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


Senior Hellenic Dancers of Townsville

Enjoy a modern Greek dance spectacular  

Sunday 1st October

A Taste of the Mediterranean

10.30 – 11.30


Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious,  Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps.


14.00 – 14.30

Learn to do Italian Dance

Highly regarded for their language and dancing, The Carina Dancers of Townsville will amaze with their classic Italian flare

15:30 – 15:45

Scimitar Moon Belly Dancers

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

18.15 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. (Kick off 6.15pm Qld time)

Monday 2nd October

Fun for the Family

11.00 – 11.15

Sydney Academy of Greek Dance

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

15:00 – 15:15

I Cantati Italiani

Listen to some Italian favourites by this lovely  singing group

15:15 – 15:30

Major Prize Draw

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

Who's on Show

The Hellenic Dancers of Townsville

Scimitar Moon Belly Belly Dance

Sydney Academy of Greek Dance and Culture

Carina Dancers

I Cantanti Italiani

Sol y Sombra – Gipsy Flamenco

Government Partners

Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Friends of the Festival