Celebrating 20 years of Greek Fest at Sydney’s Darling Harbour


Having evolved into one of the most significant cultural events in Australia the last 42 years, the Greek Festival of Sydney has announced its celebrations for its 20th anniversary edition of the Greek Fest @ Darling Harbour, taking place on February 24 and 25.

Tumbalong Park, the picturesque venue for the celebrations, will come alive with numerous dance performances by traditional and modern Greek and Cypriot dancers, multiple children entertainment options like magic shows, colouring and face painting, the 1st Rap Competition in Greek and a plethora of international and local performers. 

The famous Greek Australian band IHO NYX will perform ‘under the Darling Stars’ on Saturday 24 February at 7:00pm while international Greek vocalist Melina Aslanidou will take on the stage on Sunday 25 February at 7:00pm. 

An array of Greek delicacies will be served by food vendors during the weekend celebrations. From classic to modern twists on Greek snacks and sweets, attendees can savour the flavours of souvlakia, haloumi, loukoumades, and more. 

Beyond the singing, dancing and traditional food tasting, multiple stalls of cultural advocates and Greek product retailers will make the visit to the heart of Sydney a celebration of embracing the Greek culture as an evolving part into Australia’s multicultural modern society. 

The 20th edition of the Greek Fest @ Darling Harbour will be honoured to have: 

  • The Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Ioannis Mallikourtis;
  • Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Linda Burney MP;
  • Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman MP;
  • Premier of NSW, Chris Minns MP;
  • Leader of NSW Opposition, Mark Speakman SC MP;
  • The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore OA;
  • Minister for Small Business, Lands and Property, Multiculturalism, and Sport, Steve Kamper MP;
  • and many other members of the Parliament, officials and dignitaries participating on its official opening ceremony at Tumbalong Park on Sunday, 25 February at 6:00pm.  

President of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW (GOCNSW), Harry Danalis, expressed excitement about celebrating 20 years of Greek Fest @ Darling Harbour, stating, “We are thrilled and proud to have our presence as Greek Community in the heart of Sydney’s CBD embraced for the last 20 years not only by the Greek Australians but by the extended Australian community. We know this is an event that the public looks forward to, and we are prepared to do everything in our power to make it memorable.”

Chair of the Greek Festival of Sydney, Nia Karteris, also gave her insights on the very much anticipated event.

“Greek Fest @ Darling Harbour is not just an average Festival event; its an event statement for our Community, a weekend of cultural elevation and expression and this year we will take it even further; we want to celebrate our 20 years at Darling Harbour by changing the way we offer celebrations to our community, we want to have our youth engaged more, we advocate for a Greek Youth that will showcase their identity and evolve more in the fabulous and multicultural Australian society,” Ms Karteris said.

The Greek Fest Darling Harbour is a cornerstone of the fifteen-week-long Greek Festival of Sydney, featuring over 30 events in this year’s quality program lineup. Organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW, the festival invites all Sydneysiders to explore and celebrate the beauty of Greek culture through the arts, history, entertainment, and food.

Event Details:

  • WHAT: Celebrating 20 years Greek Festival @ Darling Harbour
  • WHEN: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 February 2024, 10 am -10 pm
  • WHERE: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney

Welcome to one of Australia’s leading multicultural festivals, where everyone is invited to celebrate and explore the beauty of Greek culture through the arts, history, entertainment, and food.

For more information on the programme and to book tickets to selected events, please visit www.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au




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