Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Hopes for a record Zorba dance to help charity

    21/10/2016 12:00 PM
    • Thousands expected to visit Northbridge to celebrate with Greek music, food and dance on Sunday October 23, from 11am
    • Perth Glendi Greek Festival supported by the Liberal National Government

    Organisers are hoping to set a new record for the largest Zorba dance at this weekend's Perth Glendi Greek Festival, which will also feature souvlakia, live Greek music and plate smashing.


    More than 28,000 people attended last year's festival, which has become a highlight of Western Australia's vibrant cultural calendar.


    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the festival offered an opportunity to experience some of the best of Greek culture.


    "This day will be a mix of some of the best of timeless and modern Greek culture, with world-famous Greek dishes, Greek music and dancing, as well as market stalls and activities for family members of all ages," Dr Nahan said.


    "Events such as Glendi reflect the amazing diversity of Western Australia's population and give us one of the most exciting and varied community calendars in the world.


    "The Liberal National Government is proud to support this fantastic family event with funding of $10,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program."


    Perth's Glendi Greek is raising funds for the Ability Centre through its record-breaking Zorba dance event, which costs $2 to enter and starts about 4.40pm on Sunday October 23.


    More than 2,000 attendees joined in the dance in 2015 and the organisers are hoping to attract more this year.


    Fact File

    • Glendi means celebration or party, in Greek
    • Most Greek-born West Australians arrived during the 1950s and 1960s, although Greek people have lived in WA for more than 120 years
    • The 2011 Census indicated there were 13,822 West Australians with Greek ancestry
    • The festival is in Russell Square, Northbridge on Sunday October 23
    • More information about the OMI Community Grants Program is available at http://www.omi.wa.gov.au
    • For more information about the festival, visit http://www.perthglendi.com.au

    Minister's office - 6552 5700


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