About the festival
Glendi is an annual festival that celebrates all things Hellenic.
Glendi’s origins date back to 1978. It was originally established as a fundraising event between the Lions Club of Adelaide Hellenic and West Torrens Football Club. It has grown in its history, developing into an acclaimed multicultural festival. It is arguably one of the original ‘food and wine’ festivals in South Australia.
Glendi continues to be the major project of Lions Club of Adelaide Hellenic. The Festival celebrates the contribution Hellenic migration has made to South Australia and the opportunities South Australia has provided migrants and their families. Glendi’s objective is to deliver a weekend of family fun; combining food, entertainment, art, culture and education for all the community to enjoy. In doing so, its aim is to raise funds and distribute back into the community.
2018 is a milestone year for Glendi as it will mark its 40th anniversary (1978 – 2018). To coincide with this milestone, a number of positive changes are planned. Glendi will be:
- moving to Victoria Square – Adelaide’s premier outdoor event space in the heart of the City
- evolving from a 2 day weekend event to a 2 1/2 day festival by adding Friday evening to the program
- shifting to a FREE event in 2018 (to mark the 40th anniversary milestone)
For more than 30 years of its 40 year history, Glendi was held in March – and as a ‘one-off’ Glendi will again feature in March to commemorate the 40th anniversary; Friday 23, Saturday, 24 and Sunday 25 March 2018 (with 25 March also coinciding with Greek Independence Day).
with local, interstate and international artists
with local and interstate dance groups
an opportunity for primary and secondary school students to exhibit their works
through partnerships with other Greek Associations in South Australia
by showcasing the skills of Greek-Australian artists and also individuals of non-Greek background, that produce works that are Hellenic influenced