Festival of fun in Federal Street

THE Estia Greek Festival once again dazzled patrons with a colourful spectacle of music, dance, arts, crafts, fine cuisine and beverages when it returned to its traditional home in Federal Street, North Hobart.

Now in its 24th year, the Greek-themed street festival remains a popular community event, attracting around 10,000 people annually.

The 2011 census revealed that Greece is the country of birth of 476 members of the Tasmanian population, with 1,462 Tasmanians having at least one parent born in Greece.

Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer said the event provided an opportunity for all Tasmanians to celebrate the Greek language and culture.

“The Tasmanian Government has been a proud supporter of the Estia Greek Festival for many years and we are again delighted to support the 2017 celebrations,” she said.

“Events like this are an important part of community life and allow us all to celebrate our shared stories and history.”

Ms Archer said the Zorba dance and plate breaking once again had everyone on their feet for a “smashing” good time.

“My congratulations to the Estia Greek Festival organising committee, the Greek Community of Hobart and all the volunteers who help to make such a vibrant street festival which is a highlight on Hobart’s events calendar,” she said.

“I’m sure the 25th anniversary event in 2018 is going to be even bigger.”

Caption: Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer meets dancing students at the Estia Greek Festival.