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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 4 March 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 MARCH 2017 3 NEWS All community officials on stage. Young dancers in the moment. The Nugas group. Glykeria performs live. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES. and AA Holdings stage were packed with local, interstate and international acts, along with fun, interactive activities such as the Zorba 'til you Drop dancing competition and the Magic Mic singing competition for amateur performers. On Saturday evening, festival-goers attended in particularly large numbers to see Greek songstress Glykeria. Down Under to perform for Second and third generation Greek women in traditional costumes. her fans at the festival for the third time, the 63-yearold talent proved that she's still as relevant as ever, performing for two hours to an intergenerational crowd, before leaving the stage with tears streaming down her face from the crowd's overwhelming response. Glykeria was also joined by Gerasimos Andreatos, who was quite obviously awestruck by the engagement of the crowd to their peformance. Meanwhile, guest DJ Sotiri Stav spun the turntables in what was quite a party atmosphere late into the night at the AA Holdings stage. Other favourites included the Larissa music school choir and Pontian dancers accompanied by a Georgian choir, before the Stratakis Brothers brought the event to an epic close on Sunday evening, impressing with their mesmerising vocals and lyre talents. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, festival director Jorge Menidis said he was very pleased with the overall turnout and success of the event. "We're very, very happy; it went very well," Mr Menidis said. "The event is a great cosmopolitan, multicultural event; it's a Greek festival, but the faces in the crowd were from all over the world, and we're Dancers of all ages. excited that it is what it is − a great celebration of Melbourne." It wasn't just in person that people engaged with the festival, however, but also online, with numbers reaching the hundreds of thousands. The event's Facebook profile alone had a reach of 317,187, with post engagements at 412,857, while its videos had been watched 191,879 times, with the already impressive numbers only accounting for postings using the festival's official handle #lovelonsdale. All in all, in excess of half a million people around the world engaged with the festival, all of whom bore witness to a thriving community taking over a Melbourne city block in celebration of the city's Greek heritage, once again cementing its position as the preeminent event of its type in the world. The Pontian dancing group. Bill Papasteriadis and Glykeria John Tripidakis’ stall.
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