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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, and Spanish dishes.

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Cultural Music and Dance

Over the weekend enjoy Greek dancing by the Townsville Hellenic Dancers and the Brisbane Hellenic Dancers. Scimitar Moon will bring a taste of the east to the stage with their various styles of belly dance and The Carina Dancers will show off  Italian 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

Get the pups ready for a live-action adventure! Do you have what it takes to be a PAW Patrol Trainee? Join Ryder, Chase and Marshall as they answer Mayor Goodway’s call for help to save the “Adventure Bay Talent Show”. Get Ready for Action and warm up as Ryder and the Pups take you through all the moves for the Pup, Pup Boogie and make this the best rescue mission ever!

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Highlights at the Festival

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Saturday 13th October

European Odyssey

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 Hellenic Dancers of St. George Brisbane and later the Senior Hellenic Dancers of Townsville for a Greek dance spectacular

Sunday 14th October

Fun for the Family

11.00 – 11.15

The Hellenic Dancers of St. George Brisbane

Enjoy a mix of traditional and modern Greek dance with the Hellenic Dancers of Brisbane

14:00 – 14:30

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

The Carina Dancers

Enjoy and also participate in traditional Italian Dances

15:00

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

Sol y Sombra – Gipsy Flamenco

Government Partners

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Friends of the Festival