Archive for the ‘Announcements’ Category

Turkish Oriental Bellydance with a touch of SEDADANCE at the Tulip Festival

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Seda Jurin
Seda will be doing the following workshops at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival – Turkish Weekend on 19-20 Sept 2009: (more…)

Connecting Turkish and Korean Traditions

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

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Joint Concert – Building Musical Bridges among two Nations

BMW Edge @ Federation Square

Saturday, August 8 2009, 7:30PM


Yıldız İbrahimova’s Melbourne Concert

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

ATCP presents the voice of Europe ….

Grand-damе of Bulgarian and Turkish jazz, renowned vocalist Yıldız İbrahimova will visit Australia for the first time to bring you this series of very special intimate performances. (more…)

Gift of Light @ Fed Square

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

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Gift of Light: Türkiye – @ Fed. Square on June 20

Friday, June 5th, 2009

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The Light in Winter, a new light-based event will bring together artists, designers and communities to explore their ideas of light, enlightenment and hope. (more…)

Harry Blackley launched his latest novel

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Korean Rose

Over one hundred invited guests attended the book launch of Korean Rose at the residence of Consul General Aydin Nurhan on 19 April. Author Harry Blackley launched his latest novel at the poolside on a beautiful autumn day in Melbourne. (more…)

Harry Blackley’s new novel KOREAN ROSE is now available

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Harry Blackley

Korean Rose – Foreword:

I was delighted when I learned that author Harry Blackley (Love & Death in Cyprus), told me that he was planning another novel, this time set in Australia and the Korean War, especially the contribution of the Turkish Brigade in that “forgotten war”.
Like any good storyteller he has blended fiction with some little known facts.
Korean Rose is a great story that I found hard to put down. Call me sentimental but I found the story of Rose McDonald, the Australian nurse, and Kemal Hasol, the Turkish Lieutenant, really moving.
The battle scenes and the conditions endured by medical people are brilliantly portrayed.
I think this novel will make people sit up and realize how the Turks fought so bravely along side the Australia and New Zealand contingent in a war as bloody as any in history.
In recognition of their courage under fire, I was instrumental in the formation of the Victorian Returned Services League Turkish Sub-Branch.
It is with pleasure that I recommend people read Korean Rose. You won’t be disappointed.

Bruce Ruxton AM OBE
President of the Victorian Branch of the RSL 1978-2001

Korean Rose

Korean Rose is the fictional historical story of Lieutenant Kemal Hasol and the 1st Turkish Brigade in the Korean War.
It is a love story, a story of the heroism and sacrifice of the Turks in a war as bloody as any in history.

RoseMcDonald, a theatre nurse, joins the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps and volunteers to serve in Korea in October 1950.

At the same time, Lieutenant Kemal Hasol arrives in Korea with the 1st Turkish Brigade to fight under the flag of the United Nations.

Two people from far away countries and vastly different cultures, but there is an immediate attraction.

Their love deepens. Will it survive the separation of war and distance?

A Peace Treaty has never been signed following the armistice in July 1953.

Korean Rose will make you laugh and cry and wonder at man’s inhumanity to man.

The Korean War was a bloody war with over one million South Korean civilians killed. Over two million UN, South Korean and Communist troops were killed, wounded or reported missing.

All wars end. The dead, wounded and mentally scarred are forgotten. The Generals write their memories.

Korean Rose is for those story is never heard.

Korean Rose

Book is also available now on and .

As a special offer, people here in Australia can purchase a signed copy for $20 plus $5.50 postage by sending
a cheque or Post Office Money Order to:

Harry Blackley
2/20 Hewat Dr
Highton VIC 3216

Turkish and Korean Women Artists Exhibition

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Australian Turkish Cultural Platform
Korean Artist Associations Melbourne

Joint Art Exhibition

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Connecting Turkish and Korean Traditions in Australia  (more…)

Connecting Turkish and Korean Traditions

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Message from Australian Turkish Cultural Platform:

Hilkat Ozgun

A memorial in Seoul commemorates the sacrifice of the Turkish Armed forces in the defence of South Korea during the Korean War 1950-1953. The bravery and heavy loss of life suffered by the Turkish Brigade created a bond between the two countries. “CONNECTIONS” aims to cement this bond of friendship between Turks and Koreans that has lasted over fifty years.

The Australian Turkish Cultural Platform and the Melbourne Korean Artists Association have come together to extend to the hand of friendship. Through a shared cultural event we are showcasing to all Australians the contribution of women to peace and harmony. We aim to achieve this through time-honoured female skills such as music, art, craft and fashion. It is important that these traditional skills are preserved for future generations. Another aspect of this commemoration is the sharing of traditional foods. Food has long been significant in binding families and extending hospitality to people from other cultures. (more…)

Artists who took part in the “Connections”

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

We would like to thank all of the artists who took part in the “Connections”

(Listed in alphabetical order according to their surnames)

Turkish Artists       


Korean Artists