This year again, Zenon Education made a point of taking part in the Annual Sister-Cities Anniversary Festival between Melbourne and Thessaloniki at Federation Square. There was plenty of food, plenty of fun and a large number of dancing groups taking part from the Greek community. As it can be seen from the photos, students who attended had a smile on their face in every photo and danced on stage to the music organised by their dancing instructor Maria Tsilfoglou.
It was encouraging to see the young generation enjoying this event which marked 33 Years since the agreement was signed between the City of Melbourne and the City of Thessaloniki. A number of government and opposition Members of Parliament attended and promised stronger cultural and trade ties between Australia and Greece.
The day did not start very well weather wise, but in the end it was a glorious sunshine which pleased all those who attended. Zenon students first gathered in front of the Melbourne Town Hall at 1.00 pm with a band of musicians dancing their way along Swanston Street, towards Federation Square. When they all arrived, accompanied by live music the Festival commenced on the big stage. Parents, grandparents and Melburnians who attended clapped and encouraged the school children all along.
All in all, it was a wonderful day for our students, since they engaged with the Greek culture once more and took part in another Zenon school’s activity, placing them on the path of developing and enriching their identity.
Zenon Education would like to thank all parents who braved the early rainy weather and came along. We’re sure they were not disappointed. We’re sure that children will remember the day, full of positive cultural experiences. We hope you enjoy the photos below.