Photo: Mualla Erdil
NSW Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello addressed an audience of thirty-five thousand about the importance of Turkish Festivals and Multicultural March. At the second Anatolian Turkish Festival held at Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park on the 3rd of March, Minister Dominello underlined the success Bayram Cultural Association had in bringing the rich Anatolian history to the heart of Sydney. “This festival has been holding a significant role in the government’s agenda, and is by far the most prominent
of the cultural festivities I have taken part in.”
Taking notice of the vast variety of food and cultural artwork offered by the two-hundred stalls present, Dominello advised the attendees that such events were necessary “for a strong and on-going relationship between the two countries destined for this ninety-eight years ago.” He also mentioned that 2015 would be Turkey’s year in Australia to mark the hundredth year of history. Voices from the crowd seemed to agree with his words. A participant, Gerald Sertdemir, said “this is really a chance that I have to somewhat explore Turkey because I have never been there, even though my father is Turkish. It really does mean a lot to me and I was prepared to come even if it were raining today.” Reminding the eager audience that it was only the beginning of a promising Multicultural March, Minister Dominello said “Australia is the only country which enables you to do a world tour in a matter of a few days by attending the cultural events organised by our different communities.” The event was further highlighted by the famous Turkish pop star Rafet El- Roman. Bringing the day to a close, his persistent audience made Tumbalong Park a sea of umbrellas under the uncompromising rain. Other appearances made throughout the event included traditional ‘mehter’ bands, professional taekwondo groups, folk dancers and local singers....