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Paniyiri 2017 Greek Festival Brisbane

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
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Crete at the heart of Paniyiri

The annual Paniyiri will soon be upon us. Many hours have been spent in the preparation of an exciting programme. Groups of industrious Cypriot women have prepared all the Cypriot delicacies which will be available on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of May 2017. There will be so many food stalls, you will be hard pressed to know where to start. Mark your diaries and make sure you are hungry!

For those of you seeking some intellectual food, let me serve up some tasters. This year's special theme is Crete. Crete is the biggest and most populous of the Greek islands in the Mediterranean and it has attracts lots of visitors. Beaches in abundance, wild mountains and gorges, fabulous food and ancient civilisations, like Knossos, which have stunned the world.

It is also the birthplace of many famous Greeks - El Greco came from Crete, author and acclaimed poet Odysseus Elytis, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature, Nikos Kazantzakis, famous for his story of Zorba the Greek, musician and singer Nana Mouskouri, Mikis Theodorakis and Xylouris both very talented Greek musicians and unbelievably Jennifer Aniston, whose father Giannis Anastasakis (John Aniston) moved to America and Anglicised his name.

There will be events and activities leading up to the weekend.

May 17th The Alex Kondos Memorial Lecture which is a free Paniyiri event. Come and hear the wonderfully knowledgeable Bob Milns talking about "Ancient Crete - inspiration for poets and musicians.

Visit the Greek Club from 12 noon on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday for a programme of talks and presentations, as well as cooking demonstrations.

Presentations on Nikos Kazantzakis a Cretan born author.

Presentations on the Battle of Crete and the brave Anzacs who fought in the War.

Readings from Cretan Literature.

Antiquities from The University of Queensland.

The celebration of 40 years of Hellenic Dancers.

A book stall with Cretan fiction and non-fiction.

Cooking demonstrations with Cretan Cooks.
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Why? Greek culture and food in abundance
When: 17th to the 21st of May
Phone: 07 3844 3669
Where: Musgrave Park & The Greek Club Edmondstone St South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Cost: Some events free others with ticket.
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