Yesterday morning, a group of local Albanian fruit growers and volunteers gave up their time to pack fruit at Shaholli Orchards. This pack day follows on from the success of last year’s two pack days, which saw over $20,000 raised for the Shepparton Albanian Society.
Part of this money was used to upgrade the front and back fences at the mosque, which was completed last year.
The Society also made a donation to GV Hospice Care.
Thank you to everyone involved in organising this community-driven fundraising effort! We hope to make some announcements on the projects that this funding will support soon.
We were blessed with amazing weather at our annual Harvest Festival on Sunday 20 March 2016. More than 3000 people enjoyed a day of music, dancing and food that celebrated Albanian culture.
Our president Enver Sabri said it was one of the bigger crowds we’ve had. “It’s the first year we’ve really advertised and opened it up to everyone.”
The festival was also attended by Kosovo ambassador Sabri Kicmari from Canberra, Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Dinny Adem, and members of the Albanian North Sunshine Eagles Soccer Team.
The event formed part of the Shepparton Festival and was proudly sponsored by Shepparton Show Me.
Check out the image gallery and videos to see how much fun we had!
On Sunday 13 March 2016, the Melbourne Albanian community organised a special concert in Melbourne with Albanian singers Poni, Ermal Fezullahu and Vaske Curri.
Over 1000 people packed the Croatian Centre in Sunshine. Opa!
With our Harvest Festival only weeks away the Shepparton Albanian Women’s Committee are busy preparing the traditional Albanian food for sale.
By far one of the most popular dishes is baklava – layers of pastry sweetened with syrup.
Check out this clip to appreciate the effort that goes into creating this masterpiece. It makes the few dollars you pay for a piece seem cheap in comparison!
On Saturday, 28 November 2015, the Shepparton Albanian Society celebrated the anniversary of Albania’s Declaration of Independence with a function at the GV Hotel, Shepparton, Australia.
As part of the celebrations, a group of local Albanian children performed a series of dances set to traditional music.
Led by teacher Aida Zeqo, opportunities such as these work to ensure the traditions of our culture are kept alive for the next generation of Australian Albanians.
Check out the highlights video below!