Saturday, 27 September 2014

American capital gets ready to party Turkish style!


On Sunday, the third annual Turkish Cultural Heritage Month concludes with a massive street party in the heart of the American capital. Organised by the American Turkish Association of Washington D.C. (ATA-DC), the 12th Annual Turkish Festival will take place from 11 AM to 7 PM on Pennsylvania Avenue – just two blocks away from the White House.

Named “Best Cultural Festival” three years on the trot by readers of the Washington City Paper, the annual Turkish Festival draws thousands of Washingtonians eager to sample Turkish culture. Party-goers can enjoy delicious Turkish food and traditional Turkish coffee, pick-up some traditional and contemporary treasures from the Turkish Bazaar, get their fortunes told, and shimmy along to lively stage performances by top Turkish musicians and dancers. This year’s festival will also reflect the wider Turkic cultural history that stretches from the Balkans, through to Central Asia and the Middle East.

Turkic dance culture
The festival’s diverse entertainment includes the award-winning Silk Road Dance Company, the percussive Turku Nomads, Istanbul’s renowned Yeditepe University Folklore Club (YUFOLK), Oriental band Ishtar, Kardelen Turkish Dance Ensemble, and mixes from DJ Turk whose blend of commercial R&B, dance and Turkish music can be heard on numerous national radio stations. There is a Kid’s Tent and a special fashion show called, 'A Journey to Istanbul'. See online for the full line-up, performance times, and food and bazaar vendors.

Cool T-shirt designs

Festival date: Sunday 28 September 2014
Address:  Pennsylvania Avenue NW (between 12th and 14th streets), Washington D.C., USA
Start & end times: 11am - 7pm
Entry: Free

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