32nd Lonsdale Street Greek Festival

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Melbourne’s biggest street party and longest-running Greek festival brings together some of the Australia’s most talented performers, dancers, chefs, cooks and competitors for a weekend of Greek-flavoured entertainment.

Headlining the event will be one of Greece’s most popular singing sensations, Eleonora Zouganeli, on her first Australian visit.


Since 1987, the festival (formally known as Antipodes) has taken over the historic Greek precinct in the heart of Melbourne to celebrate the best of Hellenic culture.

Over the years, thousands of performers and dancers have taken to the street to showcase the best in traditional and modern Greek dance, while hundreds of competitors have tested their endurance with Zorba ‘Til You Drop in the hopes to win a trip to Greece.

Some of the best in Greek entertainment, including Glykeria, Giannis Haroulis, Michalis Xatzigiannis, Alkinnos Ionnidis, and Pandelis Thalassinos, have kept the crowd dancing in the street into the early hours of the morning.

In 2018, the festival expanded, extending from Swanston St through to Exhibition St, offering three performance stages and more food and fun for people to enjoy.

Eleonora Zouganeli to headline the 32nd Lonsdale Street Festival

We are excited to announce that Greek singing sensation Eleonora Zouganeli will headline the 32nd Lonsdale St Greek Festival with a free outdoor concert on Saturday 23rd February 2019 on her first ever Australian visit.

Zouganeli’s contemporary and traditional songs and her versatile singing style will cater to audiences young and old – cementing her reputation as a household name.

Eleonora Zouganeli, the daughter of multi-talented entertainer Yannis Zouganelis and actress Isidora Sideri has performed next to many great Greek artists including Giorgos Dalaras, Dimitris Mitropanos, Michalis Hatzigiannis, Filippos Pliatsikas and Lavrendis Mahairitsas. With a unique ability to cater for a wide range of musical tastes, she has been entertaining audiences all over Greece and Cyprus for over a decade.

Lonsdale St Greek Festival Director, Jorge Menidis said “We are very excited to confirm Ms Zouganeli as our marquee act for our 2019 event. She is a worthy inclusion to the long line of stellar performers that have played on the corner of Russell & Lonsdale over the years.”

“I am looking forward to performing in Australia and in particular at the Antipodes Festival and the Greek Festival of Sydney” said Zouganeli from Athens.

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