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Giota Negka headlines Melbourne Antipodes Festival as thousands of Greeks flock to Lonsdale

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International star Giota Negka will be headlining Melbourne’s biggest street party and longest-running Greek festival, bringing together thousands of Greeks for a weekend of Greek-flavoured entertainment and activities.

Since 1987, the Antipodes festival has taken over the historic Greek precinct of Lonsdale in the heart of Melbourne to celebrate the best of Hellenic culture.

The festival will feature a plethora of 90 stalls, three free entertainment stages and roving performers, children’s rides and activities, as well as multiple bars and an array of mouthwatering Greek culinary delights.

Over the years, thousands of performers and dancers have taken to the street to showcase the best in traditional and modern Greek dance. Hundreds of competitors have tested their endurance with Zorba ‘Til You Drop, in the hopes to win a trip to Greece.

Some of the best in Greek entertainment, including Glykeria, Giannis Haroulis, Michalis Xatzigiannis, Alkinnos Ionnidis, and Pandelis Thalassinos, have kept the crowd dancing in the street into the early hours of the morning.

This year, Giota Negka – who was placed amongst the country’s top representatives of contemporary laiko and entehno genres – will perform live on Melbourne’s Lonsdale Street on Saturday 29 February.

The performance will the Athens-born singers first ever show in Melbourne, promising a lively atmosphere of dancing and celebration.

It is expected that over 150,000 people will show up to the Antipodes festival, with Lonsdale Street to be filled to the brim of Greeks eating loukoumades and dancing the Zorba.

Last year saw the festival reach beyond Melbourne’s borders, with more than 800,000 people engaging with the festival’s social media content over the course of the festival.

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