By Kerem Hasan
Crowds were treated to colourful entertainment including folk dancing, music and an Ottoman band, as well as carnival rides and nearly 50 stalls selling Turkish and Turkish Cypriot handicrafts and traditional foods.
Organised by a committee headed by Serkan Hussein and Janev Aziz, the Cyprus Turkish Festival — under the slogan, “The journey from one island to another” — was held on March 6, beside the mosque in the district of Sunshine, and backed by 10 civil organisations.
MC Ahmet Ali provided an overview of the community’s 70- year history to festival guests who included a representative of the indigenous group of Brimbank, the district that includes Sunshine, and several Australian politicians.
The latter included Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge; local federal MP Tim Watts; Victoria Legislative Assembly minister Marlene Kairouz and member Natalie Süleyman; Brimbank Deputy Mayor Daniel Allan, and Helen Kapalos, head of the state’s Multicultural Commission.
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