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Thousands of guests danced the weekend away at Perth Glendi Greek Festival

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Last weekend was one of happy festivities as Greeks across Western Australia flocked to Perth to celebrate the annual Perth Glendi.  

Presented By LiveLighter, the Glendi Festival, held on February 27 and 28, promised to feature mouth-watering traditional food, with a host of other incredible performers.

Event organiser Despene Kalaf, said the event was “a great success” and the organising committee was overwhelmed with the turnout on the two days.

“We’ve received wonderful feedback from everyone that attended and it’s always nice to see the regulars there and some new faces enjoying the best of our culture,” Kalaf said to The Greek Herald. 

Committee members and volunteers of the Castellorizian Association of WA

“The variety of food went down like a treat. The dancing and the plate smashing was very much enjoyed by everyone as well.”

“We had a bit of audience participation, and that’s always very well received and there was plenty of atmosphere.”

In the weeks leading up to the festival, it was unknown whether restrictions in Western Australia would allow for audiences to dance along with the incredible performers. Luckily for guests, restrictions allowed for plenty of dancing, always with social distancing in place. 

“Obviously this year we had the new venue and we had restrictions, but everything seemed to fall into place and really smoothly,” Kalaf added. 

Photo (L): Mascot with Perth Glendi Committee Member, John and PHOTO (R): Opa dance group

“The audience were able to dance and we just had a bit of social distancing in place. So we didn’t have the dance floor cramped… we still had a large group, but it was not overly crowded.”

Thankful for the “beautiful weather” and with the event being held in a larger, new location, Kalaf said the Glendi was able to hold up to 7,000 guests, spread out across 4,000 on Saturday and 3,000 on Sunday. 

This was the fourth year of operation for the festival and will look to continue in the following years. 

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