The Semaphore Greek Festival, held on 13 and 14 January 2024 at Semaphore Foreshore, not only saw a record-breaking attendance of over 45,000 people but also made culinary history. The festival, staying true to its theme Semaphore Smiles (#sema4smiles), was a radiant display of joy and community spirit.
The festival offered a perfect blend of joy and community engagement. From family-friendly competitions to the record-setting sale of over 41,000 loukoumathes, the event was a testament to the theme’s celebration of unity and happiness.
“It’s something that matters. It is the sort of place where people can come together to celebrate Hellenic culture and, critically, ensure that language and culture are passed from one generation to the next” said the Premier.
Mr. John Douvartzidis, President of Greek Orthodox Community of Port Adelaide , acknowledged the irreplaceable role of over 340 volunteers, whose efforts were pivotal in realizing the festival’s vision. He aptly linked the festival’s success to its theme, emphasising that it is a celebration that bridges cultures and generations, all under the banner of Semaphore Smiles.
“This festival is a beacon of our Greek heritage and a testament to the vibrant multicultural fabric of South Australia, bringing together understanding and unity across all communities.”
The festival’s culinary achievement of selling over 41,000 loukoumathes, potentially setting a record, was a standout feature. This success, surpassing food sales projections, significantly boosted the festival’s fundraising efforts, reflecting the attendees’ love for Greek cuisine and the organisers’ efficient planning.
The festival was brimming with activities, perfectly aligning with its theme, Semaphore Smiles. The grand raffle, with Ryan Pullman winning two tickets to Greece, was a highlight, adding to the overall excitement.
Hosted by George Diakomichalis, and featuring performances like that of Georgia Rappou with the Enosis Band, the festival was a memorable affair. The Semaphore Greek Festival, synonymous with community, shared heritage, and cultural celebration, has once again proven to be a unifying force in South Australia.