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Macedonians in Australia gathered in celebration of their cultural heritage and to support unity

23 April, 20:10
Macedonians in Australia gathered in celebration of their cultural heritage and to support unity

Macedonians from around the country  had gathered today  in Tumbalong Par, Darling Harbour in Sydney to celebrate their culture language and tradition.

Given the current political situation in their native Macedonia ,Macedonians had voiced the rejection of the infamous "Tirana Platform" imposed on the citizen of Macedonia by the  Prime Minister of the neighboring Albania

This blatant blackmail prompted many Macedonians around the world to voice their opinion with   the one in Sydney being the largest of all so far in the Diaspora with attendance  with numbers between 3000 to 5000 people .

Organized by the World Macedonian Congress for Australia and the Ilinden Cultural and Artistic Society and many others helping, Macedonians put a great display of red and yellow colors.

 

Event commenced  with Acknowledgement of Country  with Mr. Brett Grogan Aboriginal Man from Yarrabah in Cairns, North Queensland & former Newcastle Knight giving his presentation

The ceremony was opened by Milica Kiprovska and  Blagojce Petrov performing the national anthems of Commonwealth of Australia and the Republic of Macedonia

 

The MC ; for the day Mr. Joshua Sherman & Mr. Stephen Karanfilovski World Macedonian Congress – Australia Inc.

 

Some of the the key note speakers on the day

Mr. Jim Stefanovski National Executive Co-Chairman & Branch President NSW & ACT – World Macedonian Congress – Australia  greeted the audience

Mr. Joshua Sherman and Mr. Stephen Karanfilovski presented  the Telegram from H.E. President Gjorge Ivanov, President of the Republic of Macedonia and a Telegram from Mr. Todor Petrov the pr4esident of the World Macedonian Congress

 

Mr. Craig Kelly, MP – Federal Member for Hughes, NSW adressed the audience and gave full support to the macedonian cause and the right for self-determination of the Macedonians

The Hon. David Clarke, MLC 5 gave a speach with support of Macedonia , Reverend Father Dimce Voinovski St. Mary’s Macedonian Orthodox Church, Liverpool Statement on behalf of Macedonian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia & New Zealand , Mr. Ljupco Stefanovski – President of Macedonian Orthodox Community of Wollongong “St. Dimitrija Solunski” & Vice-President of the Macedonian Orthodox Diocese of Australia – Sydney Statement on behalf of Macedonian Orthodox Diocese of Australia – Sydney

Mr. Dushan Ristevski – Macedonian Literary Society Macedonian Theatre Group

Rendition of Macedonian folk poetry - Predavnici Mr. Dushan Ristevski Macedonian Theatre Group , Mr. Peter Kominovski – Secretary of MKUD Ilinden Sydney Statement on behalf of all Macedonian Cultural and Artistic Associations of NSW ,  Mr. Cane Gjurovski, Representative of the Demir Hisar Association Statement on behalf of all Macedonian social clubs and pensioner associations in NSW ,Mr. Zac Gulevski – President of Bankstown City Lions Football Club Statement on behalf of all Macedonian sporting associations in NSW

Rendition of Macedonian folk poetry – Serdarot Mr. Dushan Ristevski Macedonian Theatre Group ,Mr. Victor Bivell – Macedonian Human Rights Activist & Founder, Pollitecon Publications ,Mrs. Ljubica Pavlova-Shopova

Mr. Peter Ristevski, Former Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool City Council & Macedonian Businessman Statement on behalf of the Macedonian business community of NSW

Mr. Ace Shapkarovski Branch President Western Australia – World Macedonian Congress – Australia Inc. & President of the Ancient Macedonians Motorcycle Club  

Closing Remarks / Presentation of Declaration Mr. Jim Stefanovski National Executive Co-Chairmain & Branch President NSW & ACT – World Macedonian Congress – Australia Inc

 

H. E. Mr. Vele Trpevski Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia  has accepted  the Declaration of the event organizers

 

Macedonian patriotic songs and Dances by Ilinden  were performed throughout the day

Photo: Courtesy of VJ Sliki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: Шило

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