Member for Oatley Mark Coure, Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams and Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced $50,000 in funding for the biggest celebration of the Greek Australian community in NSW, which was held last weekend.
On Sunday, 18th February, Mr Coure, Mr Williams and Ms Berejiklian attended the official ceremony of the Greek Festival of Sydney, marking its 36th year.
Mr Williams said the Festival is one of Australia’s longest-running annual cultural events, showcasing top Greek Australian and Greek artists.
“Since 1980, the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW has delivered this spectacular celebration for all members of our community”, Mr Williams said.
“The NSW Government is proud to support the festival and values the Greek community’s positive contributions to the State.”
Mr Coure congratulated the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW on successfully running the Festival for the past 36 years.
“The Festival attracts more than 30,000 people annually in an inclusive celebration of the rich culture of Greece and Greek Australians,” Mr Coure said.
There are more than 130,000 people with Greek ancestry in NSW and more than 80,000 people speak Greek at home.
President of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW Harry Danalis said the organisation was delighted to receive the additional funding.
“This additional funding will support our efforts to promote the Festival as far as we possibly can, and is a testament of the NSW Government’s support for the Greek community.”
“The Greek Festival of Sydney is the most anticipated event for the Australian Greek community of the year, and with the support of the NSW Government will be bigger and better than ever each year.”