Cretan Brotherhood at the 2019 Lonsdale Street Greek Festival!

Over the weekend of February 23rd and 24th, Melbourne held its 32nd annual Lonsdale Street Greek Festival. With what some would say was our biggest presentation yet, the Cretan Brotherhood brought its four dance groups – 97 performers – some as young as s 3 years old to 30 – to the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

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Our Junior group began the festivities with their performance on Saturday morning, showing that it’s never too soon to start learning your first Cretan steps. With a brief interview with a few of our little ones to preface their performance, it was heartwarming to see our youngest generation representing Hellenic dance, culture and tradition.

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Later in the day, the main Delphi Bank stage hosted our show-stopping Senior group. With a dramatic performance that told the story from a traditional Cretan taverna, our Seniors incorporated theatrics into their performance and charmed the crowd. Additionally, we were excited to see a video of our Seniors dancing at the festival go viral on Facebook’s Greeks Worldwide page – with over 38,000 views at time of writing!

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With the heat on Sunday, we have to applaud our Intermediates and Pre-Seniors, who put their whole hearts into performing despite the 33 degree weather. Not only did both groups put on an incredible show to the admiration of festivalgoers, but also had the fantastic opportunity to meet Leader of the Federal Opposition Party Bill Shorten. Neos Kosmos published a fantastic photo of our Pre-Senior dance group posing in their traditional costumes with Bill!

We’d like to thanks all dancers, teachers, volunteers and attendees for another amazing Lonsdale Street Greek Festival!

Ellie Nikakis (PR, Cretan Brotherhood Youth of Melbourne and Victoria)