Greek Precinct, Melbourne

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The Greek Precinct, Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, is a Greek cultural area centred on the eastern end of Lonsdale Street in the Melbourne city centre.[1][2] The area runs adjacent to Melbourne Chinatown on Little Bourke Street.

According to the 2001 Australian census, Melbourne has the largest Greek Australian population in Australia (151,785 or around 47%),[3] and the largest Greek population of any city in the World - outside of Greece.[2] Economic bilateral relations between Australia and Greece are worth over A$140 million.[4]

Melbourne is also a sister city to Thessaloniki,[5] Greece’s second-largest city.

The Precinct[edit]

The Greek Precinct is located between Swanston Street and Russell Street, along Lonsdale Street, in the Melbourne city centre. It is home to a many Greek restaurants and Greek cultural shops. Located on the corner of Lonsdale Street and Russell Street is the Greek Community Centre of Melbourne,[6] and at 209 Lonsdale Street is the Sam Papasavas Building - the home of the Australia-Greek Learning and Resource Centre of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).[7]

Located nearby, on the corner of La Trobe Street and William Street, is the Hellenic Foundation for Culture's centre and the Hellenic Museum of Melbourne.[8] Both the centre and museum are housed in the historic former Melbourne Mint, and is contiguous with the National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research of La Trobe University.[9]

In March 2009, the Government of Victoria and the City of Melbourne announced that the Greek Precinct would receive a A$3.5 million rejuvenation.[10]

Antipodes Festival[edit]

The annual Melbourne Antipodes Festival is held on Lonsdale Street over a week in March, and has been held since 1987. The festival is renowned for its Lonsdale Street "Glendi" (Greek for "party") - a weekend-long event that is held to coincide with the Greek National Day (25 March).[11]

The annual Greek Film Festival is held in Melbourne over two weeks in September, and has been held since 1990.[12]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ That's Me!lbourne - City of Melbourne tourism. "Greek precinct". Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  2. ^ a b City of Melbourne. "Greek precinct". Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  3. ^ Lazzaro, Vince (11 February 2003). "Melbourne 2001 Census" (PDF). 2001 Australian Census (Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australian Bureau of Statistics) 1 (2030.2): 92. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "Bilateral relations between Greece and Australia". Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  5. ^ City of Melbourne. "International relations - Thessaloniki". Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria homepage". Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  7. ^ Collections Australia Network. "Australian-Greek Resource and Learning Centre, RMIT". Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  8. ^ Hellenic Foundation for Culture. "Centres: Melbourne". Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  9. ^ La Trobe University. "National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research". Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  10. ^ Office of the Premier of Victoria. "$3.5m boost for Melbourne's Lonsdale Street Greek Precinct". Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  11. ^ Melbourne Antipodes Festival. "Lonsdale Street Glendi". Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  12. ^ Melbourne Antipodes Festival. "Greek Film Festival". Retrieved 2009-08-07. 

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