A Turkish cultural event, the Sofra Festival will transform the Immigration Museum - 400 Flinders St, Melbourne, on Sunday 16 September 2018 from 11am to 4pm to a vibrant space of all things Turkish. A Sofra is a traditional small round table generally laden with food and coffee, ready for family and friends to gather around, to share time and stories. This festival will bring all this culture together, along with the colours, sounds, food, and arts and crafts of Turkey to the Festival.
A free event, this festival has a day long program of entertainment that includes the colourful Australian Ottoman Mehter Band, the first of its kind outside Turkey since 1994. Ottoman military bands are thought to be the oldest variety of military marching bands in the world, and this one boasts over 30 members, who've performed across Australia at both cultural and social events.
Join in the workshops and lectures that'll give you information about traditional arts and foods, along with cultural displays. Most Melburnians are already familiar with the tastes of gözleme, Turkish delight and baklava, which will be available for you to enjoy. You'll also be privy to an authentic Turkish coffee being prepared on a hotbed of sand. While you're there, you might enjoy the Kimlik Exhibition running from 16 Sep 2018 to 17 Feb 2019 for the cost of $15 museum entry. An exhibition developed by the Moreland Turkish Association it explores Turkish identity and how it is expressed through contemporary community and cultural experiences.