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Hello Neighbour,

As you may by aware, on 24th + 25th February the Greek Community of Melbourne will be presenting its annual cultural event, Antipodes 2024 | the Lonsdale St. Greek Festival.

The award-winning Festival is the largest celebration of Greek culture outside of Greece and is presented in the historical Greek Quarter of Melbourne in the shadows of the Greek Centre (corner Lonsdale and Russel Streets).

The Festival in a cosmopolitan venture featuring family friendly entertainment across 3 stages, cooking demonstrations, dance, music, street theatre and children’s performances, competitions, and lots of community activities.

The Festival in 2024 will once again set up shop along Lonsdale Street between Swanston Streets through to Jones Lane – just west of Exhibition Street with the inclusion of the Golden Square Open Carpark. Russell Street is also closed between Little Lonsdale and Little Bourke Streets although access to both QV and the Wilson Parking car park at Mantra on Russell Street in open. Please note that we have applied for an event permit with the City of Melbourne and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), and we intend on meeting all the conditions and following all the requirements of the permit, including monitoring noise levels to be kept under 65dBA.

Festival Times and Dates

Bump in: 10pm on Friday 23rd February

Event Trading Hours::

  • 10am – 11pm Saturday 24th February
  • 10am – 10pm Sunday 25th February

Bump Out by 5am on Monday 26th February Bus routes will be diverted to nearby streets. You can find out more about individual routes at

Please see a site map overleaf that shows the significant street closure for the festival.

We are requesting that all businesses affected by the road closures, are asked to advise their customers of alternative access points.

Should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Antonia Tsamis at the Greek Community office on 9662 2722 or email More information on the Event is also available via our website

You can also contact Ana Martinez, Coordinator Events Operations at the City of Melbourne on 9658 9658 or email