The Greek Festival of Sydney broke attendance records on the weekend as thousands poured into Darling Harbour to experience a taste of Greece. The shores of Darling Harbour were a sea of blue and white as Greeks and Philhellenes celebrated with 2 days of music, food, dancing and the best of local and international live entertainment.
International superstar and highlight of the weekend’s entertainment Michalis Hatzigiannis delivered the ultimate performance and the crowd was not disappointed. It was easy to see why he is the best-selling artist of the decade in Greece, with more than 3.5 million albums sold, and with a faithful audience globally.
“One of the best festivals ever” said one festival goer, which seemed to reflect the consensus of the crowd as social media was flooded with congratulatory messages and images of Hatzigiannis and the thousands on Tumbalong Park.
Hatzigiannis may have been the highlight however there were no shortage of performances throughout the weekend. With cooking demos from last season’s favourite My Kitchen Rules contestants Helen and Steve, dancing from a dozen different dance groups, music from some of the best local talent, and even a life jacket fashion parade hosted by Fat Pizza’s Paul Fenech, there was plenty to keep the audience entertained.
“These results would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of everyone involved, from the sponsors, stallholders, volunteers, artists and everyone working behind the scenes to make this festival one of the most successful ever. It is a testament to the efforts of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW “said Festival Chair Nia Karteris
Officially launched by The Hon Tony Burke, the Darling Harbour festivities are only a part of what’s to come in the next 6 weeks of the Greek Festival cultural program.