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Australian Leadership to Attend Greek Festival

festivalThe entire Australian political leadership will be attending the opening of the Greek festival of Melbourne. Both the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and the leader of the Federal Opposition, Bill Shorten confirmed that they will attend the opening of the festival on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Initially, during a recent meeting with the president of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Vasilis Papastergiadis and the leader of the Labor Party, Bill Shorten, noted that it would be difficult to attend the opening ceremony because of the repeat elections in the constituency of Queensland. However, Shorten’s office finally confirmed that he will attend the opening.

Papastergiadis expressed his delight that the opposition leader will attend Antipodes Festival opening and said that the Labor Party and the former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, always supported the Greek Festival.

The opening ceremony of Antipodes Festival will be attended by the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister of Victoria, Dennis Nafthain; the Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle; federal and state MPs; the bishop Ezekiel of Dervi and the bishop Iakovos of Militoupolis.

The annual Antipodes Festival in Melbourne was founded in 1987 by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne. It is widely known for the its Lonsdale Street “Glendi” (party),  Melbourne’s largest Greek themed street party. It includes children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, trader displays and a variety of food stalls.  Headlining this year’s event is popular Greek singer Kostas Makedonas.

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