Could Sydney be the most multiracial city on earth? Plenty of cities could vie for this title. But it seems that almost every country has its day. Tonight, the stage clearly belonged to Turkey, who showcased themselves far beyond the pide and gozleme that become a staple outside most community events and the occasional food joint in the suburbs. When the city gives you not only the stall, but the whole park, it’s always a chance to go well beyond the stereotypes, the surface, and show the rest of the world what you’re really about.
And it’s as real as it gets. Everything there is spoken in Turkish, although they understand English. They didn’t select some high-flying cultural ambassador – people of all age groups get involved. It’s not about the image; it’s about the participation.