The sister city relationship with Thessaloniki was formalised on 19 March 1984.
Hosting the largest Greek-speaking population outside of Europe, it is appropriate that Melbourne should have a strong and vibrant sister city relationship with a suitable Greek partner.
The city has been prominent since Alexandrian times. Over the years it has been occupied by Romans, Crusaders and Turks – Thessaloniki was, in turn, the co-reigning city of the Roman, Byzantine and Turkish empires.
Today it is still the second most important city in Greece. It is an administrative, political, economical, spiritual and cultural centre, has one of the largest ports in the Mediterranean and an industrial area that is the second largest in Greece.
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Thessaloniki is represented by the ‘White Tower’. The function of the Tower, which dates back to the 15th century, has changed many times and now houses Thessaloniki’s Byzantine museum.
For more information on the Thessaloniki Association visit www.thessaloniki.org.au
The Thessaloniki Association was created to bridge the distance between the two sister port cities. The association aims to foster greater cultural bonds between the city of their forefathers and the city where they now live.
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30th Anniversary Celebrations
2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Melbourne Thessaloniki sister city relationship. To celebrate this achievement the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Mr Yannis Boutaris will also be in Melbourne as part of the celebrations. So too will the Minister for Makedonia – Thrace Mr George Orfanos.
The gala festival will be held at Federation Square on Sunday 23 November. For more information visit Thessaloniki Association.
European Youth Capital 2014
As part of the Hamer Hall Digital Art Projection for the World AIDS Conference the City of Melbourne asked their sister cities to contribute to the project. Images were provided by Thessaloniki to promote the 30th anniversary of the sister city relationship and Thessaloniki being the European Youth Capital 2014.
The projection was organised by YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS), Australia’s only youth led HIV and sexual health promotion organisation and entitled ‘Honouring the Past & Hope for the Future: An AIDS Free Generation'.