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GREEK MUSIC AND DANCING

Live Greek bands will be performing both days.
Traditional Greek dancing by local dance groups and top local DJ’s will all keep you entertained.

TRADITIONAL GREEK FOOD

The Loukoumades are so good, just try to stop at one, plate that is.
There will also be Loukoumades eating competitions so you don’t miss out on the fun.

In 2017, the festival celebrates 38 years of Greek community involvement and celebration at the Semaphore foreshore. One of the premier Greek cultural festivals in Australia, this is also now one of the largest of its kind in Australia.Enjoy amazing traditional Greek food, music and dancing while relaxing in a family friendly atmosphere.

The festival showcases and celebrates Greek culture and heritage within South Australia’s broader multicultural context. Many generations of local volunteers, including grandparents, parents and children, dedicate endless hours to make the festival a success from the initial planning to cooking traditional Greek food and sweets to serving hundreds of visitors attending the event. It is this community and family spirit that underpins the essence of the festival.

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

11:00 GATES OPEN / DJ APOSTAL
12:00 NEW LIFE FITNESS GREEK DANCE WORKSHOP
12:30 DJ APOSTAL
1:00 CORINTHIAN MEATS YIROS EATING COMPETITION
1:30 OMEGA FOODS OLIVE EATING COMPETITION
1:45 KRYSTAL FUNCTION CENTRE GREEK DANCE WORKSHOP
2:15 DJ APOSTAL
2:45 KALYMNOS PASTRIES LOUKOUMATHES EATING COMPETITION
3:00 LADIES AUXILIARY CHOIR
3:15 OMEGA YOUNG & THE RESTLESS BAKE OFF
3:45 FINDON FRESH FRUIT BARN CORN EATING COMPETITION
4:00 ST GEORGE COLLEGE DANCE GROUP
4:10 AXIA LIVE – LIVE GREEK BAND
5:30 OPA-CISE GREEK DANCE FITNESS CLASS
6:00 HELLENIC DANCE GROUP OF SA
6:15 PONTIAN BROTHERHOOD DANCE GROUP OF SA
6:30 OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY/PORT ADELAIDE GREEK SCHOOL DANCE GROUPS
7:45 ENOSIS – LIVE GREEK BAND
9:00 GOYPA DANCE
9:20 ENOSIS – LIVE GREEK BAND (till late)

11:00 GATES OPEN / DJ STELIO
12:00 NEW LIFE FITNESS GREEK DANCE WORKSHOP
12:30 DJ STELIO
1:00 CORINTHIAN MEATS YIROS EATING COMPETITION
1:30 THE SPORTING HOUR
2:00 FINDON FRESH FRUIT BARN CORN EATING COMPETITION
2:15 THE SPORTING HOUR
2:45 KALYMNOS PASTRIES LOUKOUMATHES EATING COMPETITION
3:15 ENIGMA LIVE – LIVE GREEK BAND
4:00 NAYIMA HASSAN’S BELLY DANCE ACADEMY
4:15 GREEK LYCEUM OF SA SCHOOL OF GREEK DANCE & CULTURE
4:30 ENIGMA LIVE – LIVE GREEK BAND
6:00 DJ STELIO
6:30 LEMNOS DANCE GROUP OF SA
6:45 QATAR AIRWAYS RAFFLE DRAW
7:00 PORT ADELAIDE GREEK SCHOOL DANCE GROUP
7:30 ZEUS – LIVE GREEK BAND
9:00 GOYPA DANCE
9:20 KRYSTAL FUNCTION CENTRE LET’S ZORBA COMPETITION
9:30 ZEUS – LIVE GREEK BAND (till late)

Why not download the Festival Program so you don’t miss a thing.

Sunset on the Esplanade.

Traditional dance and beautiful costumes.

The Semaphore Summer Carnival and other Semaphore attractions are just walking distance away.

We believe that our success is simple - our volunteers, dedicated parents, grandparents and children, give selflessly and share a weekend with the general public.

The Greek Community at Port Adelaide and environs was formally established in 1959 with the first Saturday morning Greek school operational in 1960. It attracted a handful of young Greek Australians who were provided with the opportunity to learn, study and expand their knowledge of the Greek language and associated customs their ‘migrant parents’ deemed important to ‘pass on’ in their new country. The Port Adelaide Greek school has flourished over time and with significant ‘family volunteer support’ classes starting from Reception to Year 12 through our current SACE system have been maintained.

In 1961, the first Greek Festival of Epiphany or ‘The Blessing of the Waters’ was conducted at the Port River. The Epiphany festival originated in the Eastern Orthodox Church and recognised as the anniversary of the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Western churches. This tradition has been maintained and every year, the first Sunday in January the Greek community march from The Nativity of Christ Church in keeping with this important Orthodox tradition.

By 1962 the first “Philoptochos Auxilary Ladies” was formed with a sole purpose of assisting individuals in the community who endured difficult times. Over the years significant financial and emotional support have been provided to both Greek and non-Greek members of our community as well as to numerous community based charities.
In 1977 the Port Adelaide Council initiated a one-day multicultural festival that aimed to attract a community celebration along the beachfront at Semaphore and a number of ethnic communities were approached and invited to ‘set up a tent’ and displayed a variety of their foods and sweets that were available to the general public.

Our Greek Orthodox Community Church, the Nativity of Christ, accepted the invitation to represent the ‘Greek contribution to the western suburbs’ and attended the event that was hailed as a significant achievement in multiculturalism.
The following year in 1978 only the ‘Greek and Italian’ communities through their volunteers participated in the one-day festival.

The festival was promoted again in 1979 and our Greek Orthodox Community at Port Adelaide attended as the ‘sole ethnic community’ and provided a festive environment to the general public. It continued thereafter and the ongoing yearly festival became affectionately referred to as “Greek Day at Semaphore”.
Greek cuisine, music, general entertainment and community participation remained high and its growing success led to it evolving into a two-day festival in 1985.

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