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Goodwood Festival great success!
The Adelaide suburb of Goodwood showed its Hellenic character on Sunday 29th of April as one of the most popular cultural events in the area took place under perfect weather conditions.
Τhe 6th Goodwood Greek Festival opened its doors on Sunday morning, filling the area with the culinary aromas of Greek cuisine and the sounds of the Hellenic culture.
The Festival, an initiative of the Community Church of Sts Constantine & Hellen, gave local residents and Hellenes from around town a taste of Greece with favourite delicacies, popular sweets and Greek dancing as well as live music until late afternoon.
Among the official guests to attend the event and officiate the opening of the Festival were Hon David Pisoni MP, Minister for Industry & Skills, on behalf of the Premier of South Australia Hon Steven Marshall, the Hon Jing Lee, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs, Trade and Investment and Small Business, Ms Jayne Stinson MP, Member for Badcoe, Shadow Minister for Child Protection, Mrs Irene Pnevmatikos MLC, also representing the Federal Member for Hindmarsh Mr Steven Georganas, Peter Hughes, Mayor of Unley Council and Ms Gosia Skalban OAM member of SAMEAC.
Around 1.00pm, MC Mrs Betty Douflias opened the formal part, welcoming official guests and all who were attending.
In his speech, the Community’s President Mr Gonis said it was a great feeling to see the Goodwood festival going from strength to strength sharing the Hellenic traditions with the local community.
"This Festival, just like all our festivals, gives us the opportunity to share our rich culture with the our fellow South Australians," he said.
Minister Pisoni said that he has nothing but good memories from his 13-year long experience with the Greek culture as a Member for Unley.
"I feel so close to the Greek Community and I am so happy it contributes to the multicultural character of the area," he said.
Delivering her speech Ms Jing Lee said that multiculturalism is an indispensable part of South Australian life. "Today’s Festival perfectly represents the multicultural character of our State," Ms Lee said.
The official part continued with short speeches by His Eminence Bishop of South Australia Chrisostomos and the Chair of the Sts Constantine & Helen Church Fellowship Mrs Georgia Vlahos.
The Community’s Dance Academy offered yet again a spectacular show with its talented students performing routines from many parts of Greece.
Official guests and festival goers were mesmerised by their talent and dance skill.
But the Festival really took off with live band "Notes" playing popular Greek tunes until early evening creating a true Greek atmosphere as the culinary aromas combined with Greek dance music literally offered the best Greek experience, only 15.000kms from the homeland.
It’s worth mentioning that the Goodwood Greek Festival is held as part of the celebrations for the church’s name day which falls on May 21st but to avoid adverse weather conditions, the cultural Festival is held in April.
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