In 2021 the 45th Paniyiri Greek Festival will be celebrated over the weekend of May 22 and 23 within The Greek Club precinct and online; the program a combination of real, virtual and livestreamed experiences that will deliver the essence of Queensland’s favourite cultural celebration in a COVID-safe way.  Prelude events begin from Wednesday May 19.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • While most events are FREE to attend, registration is required for COVID-safe operations.
  • All detail is included below.
  • Due to capacity restrictions, tickets guarantee you access to The Greek Club only between the times booked. You may be required to vacate the venue outside of these sessions times.
  • If you wish to attend multiple sessions, please register your attendance to each session individually.

Alex Kondos Memorial Lecture: Women of the revolution and revolutionary women

Wednesday 19 May, 2021
7.30pm
Ballroom, The Greek Club, South Brisbane
Tickets: Free but bookings required
Bookings: elleni@gocstgeorge.com.au or michelle@gocstgeorge.com.au

It’s the 200-year anniversary of Greek independence from the Ottoman empire, so what better subject to dive deep into this year than women of the revolution and revolutionary women.

Melbourne lawyer, writer, journalist and poet Dean Kalimniou will speak about the role that Greek women played in the War of Independence and how these brave heroines helped shape Greece’s fight for freedom in 1821.

Then, local historian Helen Gregory will speak about modern revolutionary women. The author, curator and regular ABC Radio guest has been researching the Greek Orthodox Community of St George Brisbane. Her talk will cover three remarkable local women who chose to challenge the unfamiliar in their daily and professional lives – Presvitera Roula Sakellariou (wife of Father Gregory Sakellariou) from a local perspective, Professor Maria Kavallaris on the national scene, and Maria Callas internationally.

Vocalists Christina Lignou, Katerini Manolatos and Pana Kalatzis will also sing a selection of modern Greek songs composed or written by Greek women, including an aria made famous by Maria Callas.

This lecture is an annual Paniyiri Greek Festival event and honours the memory of Alex Kondos, a long-serving Councillor of the Greek Orthodox Community of St George Brisbane and one who had a passion for the community’s cultural activities.

To book a free seat email elleni@gocstgeorge.com.au or michelle@gocstgeorge.com.au


Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Thursday 20 May, 2021
10AM – 12PM
The Greek Club, South Brisbane
Tickets: $25 per person
Bookings: Call Desley 0418 989 917 or Theodora 0418 884 464

The Greek Orthodox Community of St George Ladies Auxiliary proudly presents Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Bring along your interpretation of the style of baking for celebrating 200 years of Greek Independence. All proceeds from the morning will go towards helping the Cancer Council QLD.


Ambrosia at Nostimo Restaurant – an evening of Greek flavours hosted by chef-in-residence Alex Xinis

Thursday 20 May, 2021
6:30pm arrival for 7pm
Nostimo Restaurant, The Greek Club, South Brisbane
Tickets: $80 per person (includes drink on arrival)
Bookings: The Greek Club (07) 3844 1166 or via www.nostimorestaurant.com.au/reservations
Tickets must be purchased in the same transaction to guarantee you are seated with family & friends.

In Greek mythology, ambrosia is the food or drink of the ancient Greek gods. At this special evening you will feast on a banquet fit for Zeus with octopus, taramosalata, grilled local fish, lamb shoulder, galaktoboureko and more as you hear about food, life and culture in conversation with Nostimo chef-in-residence Alex Xinis.

Growing up in Brisbane, it was Alex’s Greek grandparents who ignited his love of food and cooking. He has worked at Hellenic Republic Kew and now runs Hellenic Mastic. He originally studied Applied Science at the University of Queensland before taking the leap into cooking.

Back in 2008 his apprenticeship at the award-winning Isis Brasserie in Brisbane began his culinary career before he moved to Greece. When he wasn’t working the pans at two-star Michelin restaurant Funky Gourmet in Athens, he travelled the country deepening his understanding of culture and food. His favourite Greek island is Ithaca, where is Grandfather is from and where the white pebbles and azure blue sea make it unforgettable.

When Alex returned to Australia in 2013 he joined George Calombaris’ flagship restaurant The Press Club, before moving over to Hellenic Republic Kew.

Don’t miss incredible whirlwind culinary journey to Greece through an evening of food, music and conversation with chef-in-residence Alex Xinis.

MENU:
Pita – grilled pita bread
Taramosalata – white taramosalata with avgotaraho (fava for dietaries)
Toursi – cucumber toursi
Oktapodi krasato – octopus cooked in red wine
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Psari – grilled local fish, ladolemono
Ladera – beans, onion and tomato
Feta – oven-baked feta
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Arni – lamb shoulder
Briam – oven-baked vegetables
Tzatziki – cucumber and yogurt dip
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Galaktoboureko – semolina milk pie
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All dishes can be matched with Greek wines.


Pasarella Fashion Parade

Friday 21 May, 2021
Doors open 7pm
The Greek Club Ballroom
Tickets: $30pp plus booking fee, includes drink on arrival
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/BQZXA

Expect a kaleidoscope of colour, draping and Grecian glamour to hit the pasarella in this showcase of Greek-inspired fashion, presented by Goya.

Greek-Australian models will take to the runway dressed head-to-toe in incredible pieces created by local Australian designers, celebrating the season’s latest trends from local retailers. This evening of fashion, fun and fabulous faces kickstarts the official Paniyiri Greek Festival weekend. The event will also feature a bazaar with an array of offerings from deli goods to jewellery.

Doors open 7pm, parade begins 7.30pm


TRELLA 21 – Official Greek Night of the Paniyiri

Friday 21 May, 2021
Doors open 9:30pm
The Warehouse // Family Night Club, Fortitude Valley
Tickets: $25pp plus booking fee, includes drink on arrival
Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/154122409275

Hosted by GOYA and CYB; the Official Greek Night of the Paniyiri Festival is back in 2021! Featuring DJ Jordy Gee, DJ Oscar & DJ Kossi playing the latest in modern Greek, Euro House, Sexy RnB; this is an event not to be missed. Paid entry will be permitted at door but due to capacity MAKE SURE to secure your entry by buying your ticket online TODAY. Experience the night at TRELLA 21.


Taste of Greece Cooking Demonstrations

The Terrace, Level 1, The Greek Club
Tickets: Free but bookings required
Bookings: https://paniyiri-cooking-demonstrations.eventbrite.com.au

Saturday 22 May, 2021
Session 1: 12noon to 1pm
Session 2: 2pm to 3pm

Sunday 23 May, 2021
Session 3: 12noon to 1pm
Session 4: 2pm to 3pm

The famous Paniyiri Cooking Program will take place at The Greek Club over both days of the weekend, with two sessions each day. The sessions are FREE, but bookings are needed to reserve seats!

So long as you don’t overindulge in honey puffs, science says that eating Greek food can help you live a longer, healthier life. So, over this weekend, learn how to cook your favourite authentic, traditional Greek dishes live, hosted by Paniyiri’s famous cooks. Greek cuisine – big on seafood, fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and olive oil – has been transported around the world, but no one does it better than the Greeks themselves. Here’s how you can watch first hand … and uncover those special ingredient secrets that only cooks keep!

All cooking demonstrations are free to attend, but registration via Eventbrite is mandatory. Limited spaces available due to COVID-19 capacity rules.


Paniyiri Cultural Program

Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23, 2021
The Greek Club
Tickets: Free but bookings required
Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/paniyiri-cultural-program-tickets-152468039009

This program of four sessions promises to educate, inspire and entertain, in this the 200th year of Greek independence.

Saturday 22 May, 2021

  • Session 1: 1.30pm – Screening documentary “Triumph over Time” (1947). A look at the Corinth region from an archaeological and contemporary perspective presented by Dr. Amelia Brown (UQ).
  • Session 2: 3.30pm – In conversation with two outstanding  Queensland Hellenic Women Associates in Antiopi Varelias from the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Dr. Sia Athanasas, Research Manager Burns Trauma and Critical Care Research Centre (UQ).

Sunday 23 May, 2021

  • Session 1: 1.30pm – Warriors, Weapons and Wild Women: The Amazons in Greek Art, A presentation by Dr. Roslynne Bell Honorary Research Fellow University of Melbourne.
  • Session 2: 3.30pm – Musical recital featuring Brisbane Hellenic singers Christina Lignou, Katerini Manolatos and Pana Kalatzis.

Traditional Taverna Night with Greek Singers

Saturday 22 May, 2021
Doors open 6.30pm
The Greek Club Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $80 per adult (plus booking fee), $30 per child (plus booking fee)
Bookings: The Greek Club – 07 3844 1166 or https://www.trybooking.com/BRADV
Tickets must be purchased in the same transaction to guarantee you are seated with family & friends.
Tables of 16 can be booked.

It’s the traditional Greek night of food, wines, warmth, dancing and music that only happens once a year at The Greek Club during Paniyiri! Be transported to a warm summer evening in a small Greek village. Imagine wandering into the local square where the food, song and conversation flow as freely as the wine. This is the Taverna Night. Join us!

This special event will transport you to the motherland with a celebration of food and culture, complete with blue-and-white check tablecloths while Nostimo chef-in-residence Alex Xinis will serve a three-course traditional dinner – pita bread, olives, tzatziki and fava, a platter of grilled octopus, keftedakia with herbed yogurt and baked feta to start, then oven-baked lamb and potatoes plus chicken gyros, horiatiki salad and horta before finishing with Greek yogurt with quince and halva. Greek singers and music will of course, accompany all night! OPA!


Paniyiri Honeypuff Pop-Up

Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23, 2021
12noon to 4pm
Greek Orthodox Church of St George Carpark
Entry off Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane

For the first time, Paniyiri Greek Festival will stage a Honeypuff Pop-Up to make sure Brisbane to celebrate everyone’s favourite Greek dessert over the Paniyiri festival weekend.

Walk up only (no vehicles/ drive thru).


Sunday Paniyiri Dance Program

Sunday 23 May, 2021
From 11.45am
Upstairs at The Greek Club
Free event, no bookings required
Lunch, sweets and coffee available to purchase

Opa! Opa! Dance is an important part of Greek culture as it brings the community together in celebration. Across Greece it is easy to find more than 4000 traditional dances from all regions, islands and towns across the country.

Paniyiri Greek Festival gives Brisbane the chance to dance! Join the Greek Orthodox Community for a big day of toe-tapping on Sunday 23 May.

11.45am West End State School
Kicking off the Sunday Paniyiri Dance Program is West End State School. The local school offers Greek Dancing to all students interested, and you can witness the dedication of this wonderful new generation.

1.15pm Hellenic Dancers Modern Performance
Established in 1979, the Hellenic Dancers of Brisbane have been wowing Paniyiri audiences with the famous Zorba, Sirto, Kalamatiano and more ever since. Don’t miss this performance by a group of dedicated young dancers.

1.30pm Hellenic Dancing Academy
The Hellenic Dancing Academy teaches students from tiny to teems the art of traditional Greek dance. Every Friday night the Academy gathers to practice and learn new dances from different regions of Greece. One not to miss!

1.45pm Greek School of St George
Since 1927 the Greek Ethnic School has been teaching Greek language and culture to students, which of course includes dancing. The senior Greek School dance group rehearses once a week during class time and after Greek school. Watch the results of their efforts.