Since its formation in 1985, the Moreland Turkish Association has participated actively in both the lives of the Turkish community and the broader community in the Moreland area. Its aim is to provide information about Turkish culture and Turkish history and promote friendship and understanding between Australia and Turkey. The activities organised by the Association have been funded by agencies including the Victorian Government & Victorian Multicultural Commission, the City of Melbourne, Multicultural Arts Victoria, the Australian Multicultural Foundation, Vic Health, the Commonwealth Government and the Turkish Government. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, SBS, the Islamic Council of Victoria, Grand Foods and Western Union are among other sponsors of events organised by the Association. This summary of the Association’s activities, which leaves much out, shows the scope of its involvement in the Moreland and broader Melbourne community.
Festivals, Celebrations and Concerts
Organised the Queen Victoria Market Turkish Pazar (Bazaar) with the Queen Victoria market and the City of Melbourne. In its first nine years, the Pazar was regularly attended by approximately 30,000 people. In 2017, in celebration of the Festival’s 10th anniversary, the Pazar took place over two days. In 2019, over the two days, more than 94,000 people are estimated to have visited the Queen Victoria Market.
Participated in the Piers Festival held organised by Multicultural Arts Victoria to celebrate the stories of those migrants who arrived in Australia at Port Melbourne piers. On this day, we served Turkish coffee and talked to people about Turkish culture and the Turkish community in Victoria.
Participated in the multicultural Coffee Fest held at the Immigration Museum on 14 June. This included participation in the Steering Committee and as a stallholder providing a Turkish coffee experience on the day.
Participated in the activities of the Australian Football League promoting its multicultural round.
Turkish Multicultural Concert featuring Turgay Çoṣkun, Hasan Öztürk and Hamdiye Mutlu supported by an ensemble group from the Ankara National Folk Music Choir, Group Babutsa (from Cyprus) and the Okyanusya Band There was a capacity audience of 550 people at the Clock Tower Centre, Moonee Ponds.
Turkish Multicultural Concert featuring Cem and Çiḡdem Gurdal supported by the Ankara National Folk Music Choir and Grup Mozaiq to a capacity audience at the Clock Tower Centre, Moonee Ponds.
Concert featuring Mihriban Türkmen Güzel and Sıtkı Akın with the Ankara National Folk Music Choir, at the Clock Tower Centre, Moonee Ponds, to a capacity crowd.
A free Multicultural Concert featuring Seyhan Çek and Zafer Albayrak with the Ankara National Folk Music Choir, at the Clock Tower Centre, Moonee Ponds, to a capacity crowd.
A free Multicultural Concert featuring Latife Eraslan and Zafer Albayrak with the Ankara National Folk Music Choir, at the Clock Tower Centre, Moonee Ponds, to a capacity crowd.
Organised a concert featuring the Ankara National Folk Music Choir, at the Collingwood Town Hall attended by approximately 1,000 people.
Concert at Melba Hall featuring Zuhal Olcay, a vocalist from Turkey. In addition, the Association worked with the Consul-General to stage the Republic Day Ball, where Zuhal Olcay also performed.
Organised a concert featuring the Ankara National Folk Music Choir, at the Dallas Brooks Hall attended by more than 1,000 people.
Auspiced the 40th Anniversary Celebration Committee program of 40 activities, which included festivals, concerts featuring overseas performers, exhibitions and seminars.
Members participated in the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.
Participated in Australia Day Celebration (annually since 2001)
Cultural Exhibition, Turkish Festival at Federation Square.
Prepared a float commemorating Gallipoli in the Centenary of Federation parade.
Participated in the Ballarat Centenary of Federation parade.
Exhibitions and Performances
Sofra Festival, held at the Immigration Museum to celebrate the launch of the Kimlik exhibition. The Kimlik exhibition was on display between September 2018 and February 2019. It has also been toured around Turkey by the Australian Ambassador H. E. Marc Innes-Brown,
A Taste of Turkey: Turkish Arts and Crafts Victoria, a mixed-media exhibition at the Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery from 3 November to 22 December, Queen Street, Melbourne.
Organised a cultural display at the Royal Melbourne Show
Theatrical Performance Anatolian Weddings – Past to Present 10 October, Brunswick.
Exhibition of work by Turkish artists and display of traditional arts and crafts.
Display of traditional art, craft and tapestry – Co.As.It Conference Centre
Performed traditional Turkish dances at the Moreland Ethnic Community Showcase at the Crown Showroom.
Display of traditional arts and crafts at the Discover Turkey at Como Festival.
Contemporary Turkish Paintings Exhibition.
A photographic exhibition commemorating the life and achievements of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
Cultural Awareness and Information Sharing
Partnered with Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Eritrean Jeberti Community of Australia to provide Iftar, a free breaking of the fast meal for 200 people representing Melbourne’s multicultural communities.
Provided Iftar, a free breaking of the fast meal for 70 people including association members and supporters, at Coburg Town Hall.
Organised an open forum for members of the Turkish community to meet the new Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Ms Helen Kapalos. More than 30 community organisations were represented at this meeting.
Visit Lake Condah Aboriginal Mission near Heywood for a weekend of cultural interaction and sharing with the Gunditjmara Traditional Owners.
The Spirit of Ramazan Iftar, a free breaking of the fast meal was provided for 200 people including asylum seekers and refugees and participants in the AIDS 2014 conference. This event was included in the cultural program associated with the conference.
A Traditional Turkish Breakfast was held as an activity of the Queen Victoria Market Turkish Pazar.
A Taste of Turkey a cooking school held in conjunction with the Queen Victoria Market Turkish Pazar.
2012 and 2013
Organised an open forum for members of the Turkish community to meet the Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Mr Chin Tan.
Participant in a pilot project, Multicultural Communities Collections, run by Museums Australia (Victoria) to document and assess the needs of multicultural communities with significant heritage collections.
Organised a meeting/seminar for members of the Turkish community to meet the newly appointed Australian Ambassador to Turkey, Mr Ian Biggs.
Australian launch of the book Tekler Mangasi: Gelibolu, by Erkan Isfendiyaroḡlu, at Coburg Library.
Established a course for women on traditional ceramics and handcrafts and how to prepare for exhibitions.
Members participated in courses during International Volunteers Week.
Organised a visit with Melbourne Water at Dandenong to visit a recycling plant and raise members’ awareness of water conservation issues.
An information session about tax law and the obligation of citizens.
Seminar – Communication with Youth, targeted at parents.
- Seminars on health issues and the aged for community members.
Six-week course on Turkish tapestry for Turkish women.
Seminar on Turkish youth and their concerns.
2018 Kimlik, Expressions of Turkish Identity in Australia, catalogue of the Kimlik exhibition held at the Immigration Museum between September 2018 and February 2019.
2015 Turkish Coffee, an information booklet about the history of Turkish coffee, prepared for the Coffee Fest event held at the Immigration Museum on 14 June 2015.
2013 A Taste of Turkey: Turkish Cuisine, an information booklet prepared for the Grand Foods Turkish Cooking School, held at Queen Victoria Market on 17 March 2013.
2011 Türkiye to Australia: Turkish Settlement in Victoria, written by Christine Inglis in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary Committee, launched at the Immigration Museum, December 2011. Launched in Canberra at Parliament House in 2012. Reprinted by the Turkish Government for distribution (free of charge) in Turkey.
Victorian Turkish Community, a history of the Turkish community in Victoria
1997 Moreland Turkish Education and Social Affairs Centre
From 1981 to 2006, the Centre operated the North Brunswick Turkish School every Saturday morning. The School is now being operated by the Victorian School of Languages.