Strong Plan Secures Estia Festival

Liberal Tasmania
  • Jeremy Rockliff Premier, Minister for State Development, Trade and the Antarctic, Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Member for Braddon
  • Simon Behrakis Member for Clark
  • Tasmania’s much-loved cultural events calendar will keep firing on all cylinders as part of the majority Liberal Government’s 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future.

    Premier Jeremy Rockliff has announced funding to secure the future of Hobart’s Estia Festival, which celebrates the culture of Tasmania’s vibrant Greek community, for the next four years.

    “We’ve been long-time supporters of Estia, which is a great chance for Tasmanians to participate in Greek culture including art, music, dance, lectures, and, of course, food and beverages, bringing people together to celebrate our great multicultural state,” Premier Rockliff said.

    “We’ll continue to support our successful events calendar, so that more people can experience all that our State has to offer.”

    Member for Clark and fellow Greek, Simon Behrakis, welcomed the package that secures the event for another four years.

    “Congratulations to the Tasmanian Greek community and the many volunteers who have worked hard over many years to make the Estia Greek Festival the great success that it is,” Mr Behrakis said.

    “As part of our 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future, we want Tasmania to continue to be an inclusive and respectful multicultural island where all Tasmanians feel like they belong and can contribute, achieve and succeed.

    “Our investment of a further $26,000 will now ensure funding for the Estia Festival through to 2027, with $13,000 a year for the 2026 and 2027 festivals.”

    According to the 2021 Census, 462 Tasmanians were born in Greece, 2602 Tasmanians are of Greek ancestry, and 1126 Tasmanians speak Greek at home.

    *The 2024 and 2025 events are fully funded from the roll-over of funds when the event was cancelled due to COVID.

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