Paniyiri Festival dances its way back to Brisbane

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is encouraging residents to take a step into vibrant Greek culture as part of Queensland’s signature Paniyiri celebrations this weekend.

Cr Quirk said the flagship multicultural festival would return to South Brisbane on 20 and 21 May, celebrating 41 years in the local community.

“Paniyiri is the state’s longest running Greek festival, beginning in 1976 with a group of passionate Greek Australians who wanted to share their traditions with the people of Brisbane,” Cr Quirk said.

“Over the years, the festival has grown to become a much anticipated event in Brisbane’s calendar, featuring an array of food, entertainment and cultural activities exploring all corners of Greek culture.

“Last year’s event attracted 56,000 people, and Council has continued to support the Paniyiri Greek Festival in our community, investing $30,000 into the event this year alone.”

Cr Quirk said the Paniyiri Greek Festival was an opportunity for Brisbane residents and visitors to delight their tastebuds with delicious Greek foods like souvlaki, dolmades, haloumi and much more.

“More than 20 hours of entertainment will also be on offer over the weekend, from traditional Greek dancing and music, through to children’s entertainment, as well as cooking demonstrations and traditional performances,” he said.

“Council is proud of Brisbane’s multicultural identity, and to ensure we continue to celebrate our city’s identity, we are investing $3.8 million this year into community festivals.

“I encourage everyone to head along to the event this weekend, and explore the vibrancy of Greek culture.”

The Paniyiri Greek Festival will be held on 20-21 May at Musgrave Park and the Greek Club, Edmondstone St, South Brisbane from 12 noon to 10pm on Saturday and 10am-7pm on Sunday.

Entry is $12 for adults and $5 for pensioners. Children under 13 years of age can enter for free.

For more information on Paniyiri Greek Festival visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] 17 MAY, 2017