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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 12 January 2019
10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 12 JANUARY 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek Festival hits Semaphore foreshore this weekend Taking place over two days, the community run event is an annual celebration of the long Greek presence in South Australia S outh Australia's biggest Greek festival is returning to the shores of Semaphore this weekend, with a twoday line up of events celebrating the sounds and flavours of Greece. Organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of Port Adelaide, this year's Delphi Bank Semaphore Greek Festival is particularly special as it marks its 40-year anniversary and is expected to attract over 35,000 visitors. As per tradition, the event will be run by local volunteers, adding to the family-friendly atmosphere. The program features a line-up of Greek music performances, dancing, food, and plenty of activities for both young and old, including a host of competitions and prizes to be won. After the positive reception last year, restaurateur and pastry chef George Diakomichalis together with journalist Theodora Maios will return as MC's. While Kyriakos Gold will host an engaging virtual event via the festival's social media channels using the hashtag #sema4greekfest. "Our festival has grown significantly and is now entering a new phase," said President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Port Adelaide, John Douvartzidis. "For our 40th anniversary we promise something for everyone and, as Greeks do best, creating a great party atmosphere." The Semaphore Greek Festival Epiphany celebrations in Melbourne Thousands attended church services and the Blessing of the Waters at Port Melbourne, Frankston and Rye Victoria Paneras, 17, retrieved the cross from the cold waters of Adelaide’s Glenelg beach. PHOTO: THEODORA MAIOU Special guests prepare to release doves M Blessing of the Waters at Rye with winning diver Kyriakos Konstantinidis. PHOTO: YIANNIS PAPADIMITRIOU elbourne's Greeks showed up in droves to participate in Theofania (Epiphany) celebrations across the city's piers, commemorating on January 6 the day of the revelation of God, the final major feast of the Christmas holiday. Benefiting from the warm weather and this year's religious observance falling on a Sunday, the Blessing of the Waters ceremonies with the highlight cross dive had an even more impressive than usual turnout. Young men prepare to dive for the cross at Port Melbourne’s chilly waters. is on from 12-13 January at Semaphore Beach. More information about the festival can be found at Semaphore Greek Festival's official website semaphoregreekfestival. com.au or their Facebook page 'Semaphore Greek Festival' and on Instagram @sema4greekfest. The ladies from Florina prepared a feast for the faithful at the Princes Pier, Port Melbourne.
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