7-8 MARCH 2020

Moreland Turkish Association is pleased to announce that the thirteenth Turkish Pazar Festival will be held at Queen Victoria Market on 7 and 8 March 2020. We are working to make this Festival bigger and better than ever. As we plan the Festival, we are remembering the excitement and colourful atmosphere of past years. We have prepared this short video as a reminder of the dates of the 2020 Festival.Please share this with your family and friends. Please follow us on Facebook for announcements about the program and attractions at the Turkish Pazar Festival.

Message from our President

The Moreland Turkish Association has been active in the Moreland (Brunswick, Coburg, Pascoe Vale and Fawkner) community for almost 40 years. Moreland is one the most multicultural areas in Melbourne, one of the most harmonious and multicultural cities in the world. We initially established the Association to support recently arrived Turkish migrants to better understand and navigate Australian society. We ran many community events including classes and seminars, sporting events, concerts and celebrations of important national days and also managed a longstanding Saturday Turkish school.

Over time, we saw the community integrate into the local community and as we developed our confidence and skills we saw opportunities to focus outward and build relationships with other communities in the area. Our most recent activities focus on sharing our proud Turkish culture and traditions with other community groups and institutions. As we organise festivals, breaking of the fast meals, concerts and exhibitions we have a commitment to making a difference, to build relationships and also leave behind us a legacy so that our grandchildren and great grand children know where they have come from. We are all Australians now but if we know who we are and where we have come from we will be better placed to contribute to building multicultural Australian society.

They cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking.

Cemal Akdeniz OAM
President

Supporting Our Work

As a small voluntary organisation, our projects and activities are funded by grants, sponsorship and other forms of support. Our activities have been supported by agencies and businesses including the Victorian Government and the Victorian Multicultural Commission, the City of Melbourne, the Commonwealth Government and the Turkish Government as well as Multicultural Arts Victoria and Vic Health. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Grand Foods have been long term sponsors of the Queen Victoria Market Turkish Pazar Festival. SBS, the Islamic Council of Victoria are among other sponsors of events organised by the Association at different times.

Membership of the Association is open to anyone who shares our aims.

In addition, each event relies on many hours of work by our many volunteers. If you would like more information about becoming a sponsor or volunteering with Moreland Turkish Association please contact us here.

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