THE annual Greek Glendi festival is celebrating its 40th year with change in venue, moving from the suburbs to Victoria Square for a three-day party this weekend.

The first Thai Festival is also being held this weekend.

Glendi festival director Mike Diakomichalis says the event is a great opportunity to showcase Greek culture, as well as celebrate Hellenism in South Australia. “

Throughout its 40-year history it has continued to evolve by the addition of new activities that are both in keeping with Greek culture and also relevant to what people expect and want,” Mr Diakomichalis says.

“While the festival continues to evolve, we are very proud that it has retained its strong Greek identity and, for the very first time in its history, it will be free to attend.

“Victoria Square offers a beautiful setting in the heart of the city, making it accessible for everyone to come and enjoy Glendi.”

The festival is expected to attract more than 40,000 people across Friday night (4pm-midnight), Saturday (noon-midnight) and Sunday (noon-10.30pm).

media_cameraRita Stephens and Wanida Raksakaew are looking forward to the Thai Festival. Picture: AAP/Roy VanDerVegt

Meanwhile, the music, food, fashion — and even TV reality stars — of Thailand will colour a cultural festival being held in Torrensville on Saturday.

The inaugural Thai Festival 2018 promises to transport locals to the South-East Asian country for the day.

It will feature more than 30 stalls cooking traditional Thai food, dancers, a boxing demonstration and a beauty contest.

Jitsamon Shattrakom, a finalist on the Thai version of TV singing show The Voice, is flying in from Thailand to sing traditional and modern music.

Everyone who attends the free event will be in the running to win two return airfares to Thailand.

Princy Diaosurin, Thai-Australian Association of SA’s spokeswoman and a transgender activist, says this is the group’s first community event.

“This will give people the experience of going to Thailand for the day while they are still in Adelaide — so a quick getaway for one day,” Ms Diaosurin says.

Association chairman Supattra Hom-on says she is “so thrilled that the Thai community in South Australia will present and celebrate the best of Thailand”.

The festival is on from 10.30am to 4pm, at Kings Reserve in Ashwin Pde, Torrensville.

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