Darwin GleNTi 2023 impresses with food, music and traditional Greek dances

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Τhousands of visitors came together over the long weekend for the 2023 Greek GleNTi on the Darwin Esplanade in the Northern Territory.

The festivities included live Greek music, delicious food, traditional Greek dancing performances, and three-on-three basketball games, while this year’s theme was the Dodecanese Islands.

In its 33rd year, the festival has established itself as a major multicultural event in the NT and proved it again this year.

The President of the Greek Orthodox Community of North Australia (GOCNA), Nick Poniris, told The Herald Sun that GleNTi brought the experience of Greece to the foreshore of Darwin Harbour.

More than 40.000 visitors were expected at the festival

“The food is done traditionally as it has been done generations before us,” Mr Poniris said. “It’s all family fun and affordable and is a great event for locals and interstate guests.”

“This really is one of the premier events in the Greek calendar Australia-wide.”

Each food stall represented a traditional part of Greek food that’s prepared and delivered how it used to be in the old country. In fact, more than 10 tonnes of food were prepared for the event.

Profits from the community-run festival go back to the GOCNA to help support soccer clubs and other community groups.

*All photos copyright Gina Tsogas.

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