West End Transforms for Paniyiri, Queensland’s Largest Greek Festival

West End is set to transform into a lively celebration of Greek culture as Queensland’s largest multicultural festival, Paniyiri Greek Festival, returns for its 48th year in 2024.

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Attracting over 50,000 people annually, this two-day extravaganza will take over Musgrave Park in West End and the Greek Club in South Brisbane on May 18 and 19.

Organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Paniyiri is not only Queensland’s longest-running Greek fest but also one of Australia’s most enduring celebrations of Hellenic culture. Visitors can expect an immersive experience that transports them to the heart of Greek culture. 

Photo credit: Paniyiri Greek Festival/Facebook 

From lively Zorba dancing and the traditional plate smashing to indulging in delectable honey puff eating competitions, the festival promises a true taste of Greek revelry.

Beyond the festivities, attendees can explore a pop-up Greek village, witness captivating cooking demonstrations, and savour a mouthwatering array of Greek culinary delights from food stalls and cafes.

Photo credit: Paniyiri Greek Festival/Facebook 

The festival’s significance extends far beyond its cultural offerings. As Minister for Multicultural Affairs and a second-generation child of Greek parents, Charis Mullen, proudly acknowledges Paniyiri’s immense importance on Queensland’s multicultural calendar. “Queensland is a proudly multicultural state,” Mullen states. 

Greek Festival
Photo credit: Paniyiri Greek Festival/Facebook 

“We speak hundreds of languages and come from all corners of the globe, and it’s festivals like this that bring us all together to proudly share our multicultural heritage.”

Echoing these sentiments, Chris Kazonis OAM, Chair of the Paniyiri Organizing Committee, emphasises the festival’s role in showcasing the Greek community’s rich culture. 

Greek Festival
Photo credit: Paniyiri Greek Festival/Facebook 

“This is one of the nation’s biggest festivals to showcase our food, music, and art, and Australia’s longest-running Greek festival,” he said. “It’s time to dine, dance, and party like a Greek.”

As the state embraces its multicultural tapestry, Paniyiri stands as a vibrant celebration of unity, diversity, and the enduring spirit of Queensland’s Greek community.

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Mark your calendars for this extraordinary event, where the flavours, sounds, and traditions of Greece will come alive in the heart of Brisbane. Visit https://paniyiri.com/ for more details.

Published 1-April-2024