Türkiye Cumhuriyeti

Sidney Başkonsolosluğu

Konuşma Metinleri

Anadolu Türk Festivali Açılış Konuşması, 27.05.2012

Good afternoon everybody

It is indeed a great pleasure and honour for me to be here today.

Before starting my speech I would like to acknowledge;

Mr. Rıdvan Manav, President of the Bayram Turkish Cultural Association,

The Honourable Laurie Fergusaon,

The Honourable Glenn Brooks,

Mr. Stephan Kerkheserian,

Mr. Nick Kaldas, (NSW Police Deputy Commissioner)

Councillor Shane Mallard,

I would like to begin by extending my sincere appreciation and congratulations to Mr. Rıdvan Manav and all the members of the Bayram Turkish Cultural Association who organize this wonderful event. I also would like to thank the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and City of Sydney for their invaluable support which made this event possible.

Distinguished guests,

Turkey and Australia have been enjoying a special relationship since the Gallipoli War in 1915. It is a unique friendship whose grounds were laid in the trenches of Gallipoli.

While we are leading the centenary of 1915, it is high time to move this unique friendship forward and consolidate it in many fields, including culture.

It is quite surprising that despite the special bond between the two peoples they know very little of each other. That is why I, personally, attach great importance to these kind of cultural events that make a great contribution to introducing and promoting Turkish culture to our Australian friends.

As you all know, the first Turkish migrant group came to Australia in 1968, after signing the Agreement, in 1967, on the residence and employment of Turkish citizens in Australia. Within 44 years, Australians of Turkish origin have made great contributions to the Australian economy and to the multicultural structure of Australian society. Today, 150.000 strong Turkish-Australians are continuing to serve and enjoy Australia.

However, the promotion of the Turkish culture in Australia, especially here in NSW, has always been far below the level expected from the Turkish community.

The first biggest Turkish Festival in Sydney was held in 2008 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the first Turkish migration to Turkey. And this one, the Anatolian Turkish Festival is the second biggest such event since then.

The Bayram Turkish Cultural Association has done a great job and organized a wonderful festival. It is providing a good taste of Turkish culture for those who have not yet had a chance to go to Turkey and an opportunity of recalling good memories for those who have already experienced the beauties of Turkey.

I am confident that the Anatolian Turkish Festival will be a resounding success and become an annual event, which the Sydneysiders look forward to experiencing each year. And the Turkish Consulate General will continue to be at our Australians friends’ disposal, who would like to have further information about Turkey and Turkish culture.

Thank you.