Paniyiri Greek Festival to Go Ahead Amidst Musgrave Park’s Rough Sleepers

It’s all systems go for the annual Paniyiri Greek Festival, which has attracted over 60,000 people in recent years, amidst fears of a cancellation due to the presence of rough sleepers at Musgrave Park. 

The biggest cultural event in Brisbane will take place as planned on 20 and 21 May 2023 to showcase the rich history of the Greek community. 

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner confirmed that the 47-year-old festival will not be cancelled but they have taken measures to ensure that the homeless people temporarily setting up camp in Musgrave Park will not be displaced.

Speaking with Neil Breen at 4B, the mayor acknowledges the challenging conundrum of keeping the festival enjoyable for the attendees but also safe for the rough sleepers. 

A section of the park will be cordoned off to allow the homeless to stay. The Council’s team has been discussing with people in the park for a number of weeks leading up to the Greek community’s event to move them to a different section of the park. 

“[We have been] working with Paniyiri and the State Government to make sure that the event can go ahead but also to make sure that people aren’t being displaced,” said Mr Schrinner.

“We’ve come up with what we believe is a good workable solution. So, no one is going to be evicted from the park. That’s certainly not what we want to see happen. But we’re working with the State Government to make sure housing options are provided to the people that are living in Musgrave Park. There are 15 accommodation options and we’re working through there.”

The mayor also acknowledges that the number of homeless is growing progressively due to the cost of living crisis and the housing crisis. Many renters are now forced to sleep in their cars, under bridges, or in tents in parks like Musgrave Park because landlords stockpile housing for financial gain.

Mr Schrinner has been pushing to open the Pinkenba facility for the homeless. 

Meanwhile, the organisers of the Paniyiri Greek Festival have also released this statement to confirm that the event will not be cancelled: 

“For Paniyiri 2023, GOC St George has been in contact with all levels of Government to chart a path forward with the running of the Festival.  Brisbane City Council has worked closely in support of both Paniyiri Greek Festival and those living in the Park to ensure the Festival can continue in a co-ordinated and cohesive way.  Our planning with Brisbane City Council puts the needs of those living in the Park as a key consideration for the Festival and a range of community initiatives will support the welfare of all involved.”

Published 9-May-2023

Coming Together at the ‘Paniyiri Greek Festival 2022’ in South Brisbane

After being postponed due to severe weather events earlier in the year, the much-loved Paniyiri Greek Festival is finally happening, just in time for some serious spring-summer fun in Musgrave Park, South Brisbane!

And just like how it’s done every year, ‘Paniyiri,’ which means ‘coming together’ in Greek, will see friends and family taking over Musgrave Park for a weekend of music, dancing, and loads of food.

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Cultural presentations

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The Paniyiri Festival started in 1976 when a group of Greek-Australians decided to share their culture and cooking with the wider community. 

Pretty soon, other Greek-Australian groups joined the annual celebrations, bringing not just food, but also a healthy dose of music, entertainment, and Greek culture into the mix.

Brisbane’s first Hellenic dance club was formed in 1978 and has participated at every Paniyiri Festival since. The dance club showcases traditional dance in costumes from the various regions of Greece.

Live performances

Photo credit: Paniyiri Greek Festival/Facebook

The main stage will be filled with live performances and competitions throughout the two-day party, courtesy of The Coffee Club, which is one of the sponsors of the festival.

Food and Cooking Demos

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There will be multiple food stalls that will represent the different regions of Greece. One of the dishes you’re sure to find here is Souvlaki, which is grilled meat served on a skewer, best served with soft pita bread and zesty tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber dip).

A Greek foodie experience is not complete without seafood, so grab the chance to taste some grilled octopus! There’s also something to satisfy all dessert lovers, such as the festival’s iconic sweet and fluffy honey puffs.

Food lovers surely wouldn’t want to miss the cooking demonstrations, to be presented by The Greek Club.

A Taste of Greece

Paniyiri Greek Festival
Nostimo (Photo credit: Paniyiri Greek Festival/Facebook)

Ticket-holders will also have a chance to win a private dining experience with up to nine of their friends at Greek restaurant Nostimo restaurant. Prizes includes food and drinks with a maximum spend of $1500.

Mark Your Calendars!

WhatPaniyiri Festival 2022
WhereMusgrave Park, South Brisbane
WhenSaturday, Oct 15 2022 (12pm – 10pm) – Sunday, Oct 16 (10:00 am – 7pm)

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To learn more about the upcoming event, visit 

Sweet As Brisbane Dessert Festival Returns for Year 2 at Musgrave Park

You can forget about your diet this coming weekend as the Sweet As Brisbane Dessert Festival is back for a second year at the Musgrave Park in West End! Indulge in everything sweet at this delightful event happening on Saturday and Sunday, the 14th and 15th of Sept 2019. 

Open from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., go ahead and enjoy brunch, lunch or an afternoon snack of cupcakes, gelatos, meringues, ice creams, chocolates, waffles and every sweet treat you can imagine. There’ll be no judgment if you decide to skip a healthy diet for this two-day fest because everyone else will also be satisfying their sweet cravings.

Featuring Queensland’s best dessert makers, this year’s lineup will include special dessert selections without nuts, gluten or lactose. There will be vegan desserts for those with specific dietary needs, too!

Photo Credit: The World Food Markets/Facebook

Don’t have a sweet tooth? Not a problem! Some savoury selections will also be offered at the Sweet As Brisbane Dessert Festival. There will be heaps of options for street food and food truck gourmands.

Whilst you’re enjoying your treats, live music, competitions and activities will be going on throughout the two-day event. It’s guaranteed to be a veritable feast for your senses.

Follow The World Food Markets for the list of dessert makers, food trucks and performers you can expect at the second Sweet As Brisbane Dessert Festival.

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Guests are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and cups for refilling at the water station as this is an eco-friendly party. This is also a family-friendly and pet-friendly event so bring the whole family to experience the sugar rush! 

Score tickets here but kids under 15 years old may enter for free.