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September 2014 Newsletter
Upcoming events for 2014

> Timeless Cities study tour to Turkey (September)
> Luncheon with 
Adam Bandt MP and Ramesh Kumar (October)
> Australia-Turkey Dialogue Platform with La Trobe University (October)
> Love is a Verb screening (December)
> Anatolian Culture and Arts Festival (December)
> Shebi Arus Program with whirling dervishes (December)

Past events:

> Lord Mayor of Melbourne Luncheon 
> Ramadan iftar dinners with:
--- State Parliament 
--- African communities 

--- the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne-Sunrise
--- Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association
--- Deakin University 
--- La Trobe University
--- home iftars with local families  
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Luncheon Series (15 October)

"Employment among people of refugee backgrounds"

Wednesday 15 October 11:45am - 1:45pm

Presented by the Australians Greens Party Deputy Leader and Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt.

Facilitated by Ramesh Kumar, General Manager of Settlement and Asylum Seeker Programs at AMES.

For more information, please visit the event page

RSVP essential: RSVP online by 9 October. 

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Timeless Cities Study Tour (6-20 September)
Turkey is the bridging country between East and West, making it an ideal country to see how various cultures and civilisations made together and what they left behind. 

6-20 September 2014. To see the trip itinerary in PDF, click 
here. Visited cities include: 
  • Urfa, the birthplace of Abraham and the location of the pool of sacred fish
  • Nevsehir, which includes Cappadocia and a complimentary hot air balloon trip 
  • Nigde, home of the underground Byzantine cave monastery,
  • Konya, the final home of one of the most well-known poets and mystics, Rumi
  • Antalya, Turkish largest sea resort and among the most visited cities in the world
  • Istanbul
If you would like to join the 2015 Timeless Cities tour, please contact us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).
Guests from over 70 organisations attended this luncheon to hear the Lord Mayor of Melbourne the Hon Robert Doyle talk about the five priorities of Melbourne as a "City for People".  

Visit the event page to find out why the Lord Mayor mentioned the street sweeper and how he answered a guest's question on housing affordability.
Ramadan Iftar Dinners
(click on photos below for more info)
7th Annual State Parliament Iftar Dinner
African Communities Iftar Dinner
Rotary Club of Central Melbourne-Sunrise Iftar Dinner
Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association Iftar Dinner
Deakin University Iftar Dinner
6th Annual La Trobe University Iftar Dinner
Home iftars with local families (29 families hosted dinners)
The Australian Intercultural Society respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we stand. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.
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Lord Mayor Discusses Melbourne's 5 Priorities during AIS Luncheon

Australian Intercultural Society Luncheon Series
Lord Mayor of Melbourne the Rt Hon Robert Doyle
25 August 2014

The Right Hon Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, spoke about “the five priorities of Melbourne as a City for People” in an event moderated by 2013 Melburnian of the Year, Salvation Army’s Major Brendan Nottle.


Nearly 100 people attended this event, from small and large businesses, banking, schools, universities, not-for-profits, local councils, police, as well as religious and ethnic group leaders.

The Lord Mayor outlined five priorities for Melbourne to remain as “a City for People”, a city that is the envy of the world as it has kept the title of Most Liveable City four years in a row, surpassing 139 cities to becoming first on the list the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Survey.

“With 207 ancestries, 230 languages and dialects and 120 faiths, Melbourne’s defining characteristic, besides its coffee, is its people,” the Lord Mayor said. 

Melbourne’s top five priorities are:


Upcoming Events

Wed Oct 15, 2014 @11:45AM - 01:45PM
Luncheon with Adam Bandt, Green Party Deputy Leader
Wed Oct 29, 2014 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Australia-Turkey Dialogue Platform
Sat Dec 06, 2014 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
2014 Anatolian Culture and Arts Festival VIP Program
Tue Dec 09, 2014 @ 6:00PM - 08:30PM
"Love is a Verb" Documentary
Wed Dec 17, 2014 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Whirling Dervishes 2014
Mon Jun 22, 2015 @12:00AM
2015 Victorian State Parliament Iftar Dinner
Wed Jun 24, 2015 @12:00AM
Balkan Communities Iftar Dinner

Past Events, Photos and Videos

Sat Sep 20, 2014 @12:00AM
Timeless Cities Study Tour to Turkey 2014
Mon Aug 25, 2014 @11:45AM - 01:45PM
Luncheon with the Lord Mayor of Melbourne
Thu Jul 24, 2014 @ 5:00PM -
La Trobe University Iftar Dinner 2014
Tue Jul 22, 2014 @ 5:00PM - 07:30PM
Deakin University Iftar Dinner 2014
Mon Jul 21, 2014 @ 5:00PM -
Commonwealth Bank Iftar Dinner
Fri Jul 18, 2014 @ 4:45PM -
Buddhist Iftar Dinner 2014
Tue Jul 15, 2014 @ 4:30PM -
Rotary Club Iftar Dinner 2014
Thu Jul 10, 2014 @ 4:30AM -
African Communities Iftar Dinner 2014
Mon Jun 30, 2014 @ 4:30PM -
Victorian State Parliament Iftar Dinner 2014
Wed Jun 04, 2014 @11:45AM - 01:45PM
AIS Luncheon Series Presented by Jon Faine
Wed May 28, 2014 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
ACU Interfaith Conference - Luncheon 28 May 2014
Sat May 03, 2014 @ 8:00AM - 12:00AM
ANZAC Spirit Study Tour to Turkey 2014
Tue Apr 15, 2014 @ 7:00PM -
Glimpses of Turkey Night 2014
Mon Apr 14, 2014 @12:30PM - 03:00PM
Panel Discussion with Prof. Ihsan Yilmaz and Prof. Greg Barton - 2014
Sat Mar 22, 2014 @ 3:00PM -
Saturday BBQ 22 March
Sat Mar 15, 2014 @ 3:00PM -
Saturday BBQ 15 March
Wed Mar 05, 2014 @12:00PM - 01:45PM
Luncheon with the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Prof. Emeritus Gillian Triggs
Sat Feb 22, 2014 @ 3:00PM - 08:00PM
Saturday BBQ 22 Feb
Sat Feb 15, 2014 @ 3:00PM - 08:00PM
Saturday BBQ 15 Feb
Thu Feb 13, 2014 @11:45AM - 01:45PM
Hon Daniel Andrews Luncheon 13 Feb 2014

Intercultural Study Tours

The AIS is organising several projects for 2014 and 2015 which include a ANZAC Spirit Study Tour. For more information on Study Tour registration and itinerary, please contact the AIS. Read more...

Ramadan Iftars

Iftar dinner programs will commence with the beginning of Ramadan. Read more...

Luncheon Forums

Luncheon forums are designed to cultivate friendship, celebrate multiculturalism, promote dialogue, social harmony and social inclusiveness and deepen intercultural awareness among the many diverse cultures of Australia. Read more...


Australian Intercultural Society organises several intercultural conferences aimed to benefit relationships between different communities. Read more...

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