By KEREM HASAN
The Cyprus Turkish Festival, under the slogan “The journey from one island to another”, is to be held at the Cyprus Turkish Islamic Community of Victoria premises, in Melbourne, on Sunday, March 4.
Organisers say it will be one of the biggest Turkish Cypriot festivals ever.
Association of Turkish Cypriots Abroad (Atca) Australia representative Serkan Hussein, who is on the organising committee, told Cyprus Today: “Although we are in planning stage, the event will see a colourful display of Turkish Cypriot culture, folk dancing shows, traditional foods and sweets, handicrafts and dozens of stands. We are planning on having funfair rides and activities for all ages, live musical performances throughout the day and . . . a fireworks display.
“The whole concept . . . is to celebrate the achievements of Turkish Cypriots in Australia and the arrival of the early settlers.
“There are 13 civil organisations backing this fantastic event [and] we are hoping to make this a memorable event in our history, to celebrate our solidarity as we work to preserve our Australian-Turkish Cypriot identity and culture. Its about celebrating our diversity; our integration to Australian society, but not assimilation.”
Mr Hussein said a first Turkish Cypriot festival, in 2007, had celebrated the 60th anniversary of settling in Australia.
In a separate announcement described as “another defining moment in the history of Turkish Cypriots of Australia”, the committee also announced plans to buy land to extend its community centre and appealed for donations “to help reduce the financial burden”.
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