The University of Wollongong (UOW) together with the Affinity Intercultural Foundation Wollongong (AIFW) co-hosted their fourth annual Iftar dinner, at the Terrace Restaurant, Wollongong campus on Thursday 16 June 2016.


UOW and AIFW were pleased to welcome many distinguished guests from across the community, business, education and religious organisations to share a meal and the spirit of the occasion.


Associate Professor SalihYucel, course Director and Lecturer at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University delivered a thought provoking and humorous keynote address. Associate Professor Yucel reflected on his varied international career providing insights and sharing one of his favourite quotes “hospitality comes before hostility”.


The musical performances of the evening provided a sample of the rich cultural diversity of our community. Ivan Morris provided an amazing digeridoo performance and TufanCamurtay, Art Teacher, Amity College shared the hypnotising sound of the Ney (Turkish Flute).


Dr Melissa Thompson, UOW’s Community Engagement Manager said that UOW are proud to continue to host an annual on campus Iftar dinner to together with AIFW. “This is an important opportunity to celebrate diversity, encourage social harmony, create joint understanding, extend hospitality and strengthen friendships.” Dr Thompson said.