The acclaimed Paniyiri Greek Festival will take over the city in a haze of flavour-filled BBQ smoke and the music of Zorba. Paniyiri Greek Festival will be held over May 20 and 21 and will this year celebrate the 40th anniversary of the famed Hellenic Dancers.
The highlights of this event will see the introduction of a Greek Village Experience, a Hellenic Dancers Showcase Program, further development of the acclaimed cooking program starring the faces and flavours of Greece and a line-up of authors, chefs, speakers and home cooks; as well as the dancers, stars and singers that will make this weekend taste, feel and sound extraordinary.
More than 20 hours of entertainment over the weekend includes the return of Greek Dancing with the Stars featuring special celebrity guests and judges, ZORBA-Til-You-Drop, Grape Stomping, Olive and Honey Puff Eating Competitions, Spaghetti eating, plate smashing, and the return of the Greek characters, Herc & Xena. More than 30 food stalls will showcase the tastes, recipes and secrets of food from all corners of Greece.
40 members of the Hellenic Dancers, aged from 70 years to just three years of age – and all in traditional costume – will gather to mark the official countdown. The Hellenic Dancers are a wonderful, colourful and character-full multi-generational celebration of Greek Australia.
Five year old Niko Kalligeros, son of long-time group member Manoli, is the face of this year’s Paniyiri Festival.
Over four decades Paniyiri has grown to become Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek and the state’s largest cultural festival as well as the country’s longest running Greek festival – an admirable success story for the celebration that started in 1976 when a group of passionate Greek Australians wanted to share their cultural traditions with Brisbane. Fast forward to 2017 and this kaleidoscopic cultural explosion is legendary. More than 60,000 are expected to celebrate over the weekend of May 20 & 21.
Paniyiri 2017 Fast Facts
Date: Saturday May 20 from 12noon AND Sunday May 21 from 10am
Location: Musgrave Park & The Greek Club, Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane
Info: www.paniyiri.com or 07 3844 1166
Tickets: $10 Adults (13+), $3 Pensioners, Children FREE