William Jolly Bridge got lit up last night with one amazing projection for this weekend’s Paniyiri Festival.
The artwork is by acclaimed artist and proud Greek, Michael Zavros, in a collaboration with by Brisbane City Council’s Urban Design Team.

‘Caryatid was made to coincide with Brisbane’s Paniyiri festival and projected onto the bridge over a weekend celebrating all things ‘Greek’. It is temporary and ephemeral but references something permanent, something ‘set in stone’. The work is a collage of images of my children enacting classical Greek iconography and mythology. The repeated portrait is of my daughter Phoebe holding an Ionic capital aloft and references Caryatid sculptures in ancient Grecian architecture. My children are central to my broader practice, the subject matter of several recent portraits. The projection is also a reference to my Greek Australian heritage and my interest in the commodification and appropriation of classical iconography in popular culture.’ Michael Zavros

Brisbane – it’s the week we Go Greek!
Paniyiri Greek Festival to celebrate authentic Greek flavours, faces & culture – THIS WEEKEND, May 19 and 20

It’s Greek Week Brisbane – just five days until Paniyiri Greek Festival takes over the city in a haze of haloumi-flavoured smoke and Zorba-inspired high kicks!! And this year, all ticket holders can travel free on public transport to and from the event! Tickets are online at!


EAT: There’s more than 30 authentic Greek food stalls selling Honey Puffs, Haloumi, Dolmades, Yiros/Gyros, Souvlaki, Spanakopita, Keftedes, Moussaka, Yemista, Tzatziki, Calamari, Baklava and more!

The Plateia or traditional Greek village returns and is home to The Kafenio (traditional Greek coffee, frappe, freddocino and freddospresso), Zaharoplasteio (sweet shop of loukoumades aka, Honey Puffs, with amazing toppings), Psaro Taverna (Seafood Taverna), O Streidas (the Oyster Man), Ouzeri (Wine Bar), Traditional Taverna with lamb, pork and chicken cooked over the coals and a Fourno (Greek pie shop).

DANCE: Hit Brisbane’s biggest dance floor for the famous Zorba, Sirto, Kalamatiano, Sousta and more.

LISTEN: Paniyiri stars a soundtrack of traditional and modern music starring the bouzouki, tarabuka, lira and laouto.
One of Australia’s leading bouzouki players in Nick Paras will perform, and the Kids Bouzouki Group will wow!

COOK: two AMAZING days of cooking demonstrations – upstairs on level 1 at The Greek Club and all FREE.
Some of the country’s best Greek cooks and chefs including the acclaimed Godmother of Greek cooking, Kathy Tsaples; Brisbane-based sisters Bernie Papagiannis and Annette Little from Spinach Leaf; local flavour-makers from The Fish Factory; Sam Demetriou from Cheeky Poke Bar; Brisbane-based siblings Danielle and George Diacos from Gertrude & Mabel and Little G; Lisa Peterson and Desi Carlos authors of Mediterranean Eating; and Helen Zeniou from Helen’s European Cuisine. PLUS this year we have Go Greek Cooking Workshops.

LOOK & LEARN SOME PRETTY INTERESTING STUFF: Works from acclaimed Greek-Australian painter and installation artist, Andrew Arnaoutopoulos, will be on display as part of the Cultural program.

TAKE A QUIET MOMENT: Explore the famed Greek Orthodox Church of St George – tours feature the traditions and ceremony of the Church with Byzantine chanting and Orthodox liturgy.

PLAY: The kids can get creative in the FREE Kids Zone area with art, craft and games as well as dance lessons with the Junior Hellenic Dancers Group. There will also be a reading of Melpomene and Andonis written by Greek Australian barrister Michele Kiosoglous and academic Phillippa Adgemis. PLUS, there’s a soccer workshop!

DANCE WITH THE STARS: Witness a great Greek dance-off with Channel Seven and Hit105 stars taking to the stage to compete for Paniyiri’s coveted title of Greek Dancing with the Stars.

MEET THE STARS: Home & Away stars Sophie Dillman and Patrick O’Connor, Issa Schultz from The Chase and Maryborough brothers, Josh and Brandon Jarius from House Rules will all make their Paniyiri debut cooking and coffee making, grape stomping, plate smashing, and Greek Dancing with the Stars.

EXPLORE: Most importantly, explore all corners of Paniyiri – you never know what you might find!

TRELLA: The Official Paniyiri After Party will pump with sounds from DJ Kossi as well as guest DJs at The Greek Club.

In the 41 years of Paniyiri, almost two million festival-goers have devoured well over five million honey puffs, rivers of thick sweet coffees, over four million Souvlaki, 25 tonnes Haloumi and countless calamari and Dolmades. Only Zeus knows how many high kicks have been performed! Brisbane’s love of its famous Greek Festival knows few bounds! In 2018, festival goers are expected to down some 300,000 Honey Puffs, more than 100,000 Souvlakia, almost 12,000 Dolmades, 20,000 coffees, 1,600 kilograms of grilled Haloumi, 10,000 Shiftalies (Greek Cypriot sausage) and 1,000 kilograms of calamari.
Paniyiri is a community initiative of the 25,000-strong Greek community of South East Queensland. Funds raised are channelled back into the community via the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Brisbane. It is Brisbane’s oldest Greek community established in the 1920s.

Paniyiri 2018 Fast Facts

Date: Saturday May 19 from 12noon AND Sunday May 20 from 10am
Location: Musgrave Park & The Greek Club, Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane
Info: or 07 3844 1166
See Paniyiri on Facebook for all up to date information
Tickets: $12 Adults (13+), $5 all Pensioners, Children FREE. Available online and at the gate.
Transport: ***Travel free with a pre-purchased Paniyiri Greek Festival ticket to the event on all regular network-wide Brisbane City Council buses and Queensland Rail City Network trains (excludes Brisbane City Council ferries, the G: and Airtrain service).
Plan ahead at or call 13 12 30.

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