Turkish American TV Open House

Promoting Youth Engagement in Media and TV Productions

by Gizem Mustu

Turkish American TV hosted an open house for students in Washington DC area last Sunday, February 22nd. I had a chance to join them, and I am very glad I did!
TATV is the longest running Turkish TV program in the United States. They’ve been serving as a community and volunteer TV show since 2005, and they have received several awards.

TATV Open House Participants Selfie by Gizem Mustu

The open house event was a great success. Turkish students from different schools had a great time while meeting with each other and TATV’s volunteer production crew. During a studio tour, we were able to see how a show is recorded. I have heard so much about the Turkish cooking shows that they produced a while ago.

As a Communication major student in the University Of Maryland College Park, the open house was a great opportunity for me and my fellow students. We have decided to help and be the future volunteer group.

Thanks a lot to Turkish American TV for this opportunity!

Gizem Mustu is a Senior, Majoring in Communication at University of Maryland

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ZulfiqaRenatuS Duo

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An interview with ZulfiqaRenatuS Duo:
Zulfugar Baghirov and Renato Diz

Music is a universal language that allows humans to connect irrespective of any perceived boundaries. This language is the very glue that binds two intriguing musicians in their harmonious brotherhood, note-to-note, sound-to-sound, and heart to heart.

Program Host Özgül Andıcan with Zulfugar Baghirov and Renoto Diz

The ZulfiqaRenatuS Duo is undoubtedly amazing. Zulfugar’s ancestry traces to Karabagh, which literally means “Black Garden” in Azerbaijani Turkish. Zulfugar carries the seeds of an impressive lineage of musicians who emerged from the Black Garden, most notably, his world-renown grandfathers Qara Qarayev and Zakir Baghirov. Though Zulfugar is heavily influenced by the significant musical contributions of both grandfathers, he is in no way a shadow, but  a highly-talented musician and visionary in his own right.

Complementing Zulfugar’s extraordinary musical talent, vision, and soul is Renato Diz. Renato is of Portuguese descent and was exposed to music from the time he was in his mother’s womb. Like Zulfugar, he became a musician in his childhood and was introduced to jazz in his teens. His immense appreciation for jazz led him to New York where he met Zulfugar. The two would then discover that they were indeed “Two bodies, one soul..Two instruments, one sound… and Two lives… one message.”

TATV is delighted to host ZulfiqaRenatuS Duo and learn more about their phenomenal bond and musical endeavors, such as their latest CD titled QaraBag. Their work pays homage to Azerbaijan’s rich musical legacy while infusing itself in contemporary sounds and avant-garde. This episode highlights their work and provides a glimpse into the profound underpinning of their message. Watch it to awaken your heart, mind, and soul!

For the broadcasting schedule, please check http://turkishamericantv.org/program

To watch this show on the Internet, please visit http://turkishamericantv.org/episode-102

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Celebrating 10th Season of Broadcasting

Award-winning Turkish-American TV Celebrates the 10th Season of Broadcasting and Community Outreach!

TATV-10th-yearTATV aired its first program on September 26, 2005 in Fairfax, VA. Produced by a group of dedicated and talented volunteers, Turkish-American TV programs received four community service awards for presenting Turkish life and culture through carefully selected interviews, music, art and dance performances, and historical and cultural documentaries. TATV also received a “Top Producer” award from Fairfax Public Access (FPA) and “Excellence in Media” award from the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA).

The TATV programs are aired by Community TVs in Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland. Turkish-American TV programs are also available on the Internet for world-wide viewers.

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An interview with “Hayali” Cliff Long

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An interview with “Hayali” Cliff Long
Founder of the Crescent Moon Karagoz Shadow Puppet Theater

For those of Turkish ancestry, Karagoz and Hacivat have remained with us since childhood. Which Turkish adult wouldn’t remember his/her childhood when the beloved shows would come to life on holidays, causing an eruption of laughter, joy and bewilderment at the duo’s constant bantering and jokes? Undoubtedly, Karagoz and Hacivat are timeless, yet who would have ever known that their quirks could appeal just as well to American audiences?

Cliif Long with TATV host Ozgul Andican

Cliif Long with TATV host Ozgul Andican

Cliff Long, Founder of the Crescent Moon Karagoz Shadow Puppet Theater, is the one to thank for reviving the spirit of the quirky pair in a land so far away from their original home. In this TATV episode, Cliff Long explains the psychology of the two and what makes them so similar and appealing to their audiences irrespective of the audience’s culture, his own personal story, as well as the thought-process behind the making and translation of the shows.

A real treat awaits the viewer towards the end of the episode when they will be able to watch Karagoz and Hacivat continuing their musings, but in English!

Whether one had seen Karagoz and Hacivat shows countless times in their childhood or is watching one for the first time, Cliff’s original spin on this timeless tradition is a delightfully spectacle in its own right that will leave audiences amused, intrigued, and laughing.

For the broadcasting schedule, please check http://turkishamericantv.org/program

To watch this show on the Internet, please visit http://turkishamericantv.org/episode-101

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Cem Yılmaz STANDARTCY USA Tour

Cem Yılmaz

STANDARTCY USA Tour 2014

Well-known Turkish stand-up comedian
actor and filmmaker and cartoonist

Cem Yılmaz STANDARTCY USA Tour

Sat, Oct 4 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ
Tue, Oct 7 Warner Theatre, Washington, DC
Fri, Oct 10 Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
Sun. Oct. 12 The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach, FL

For more information, please visit www.cmylmzshowusa.com

The Turkish American Television is a proud media sponsor of STANDARTCY USA Tour.

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September 2014: Turkish Heritage Month

The 3rd Annual Turkish Heritage Month is taking place this September in Washington DC!

September will be filled with a variety of events showcasing Turkish culture, fine arts, cuisine, fashion, and connections with the American people. The Turkish Heritage Month is organized by ATA-DC in partnership with Turkish Airlines, Tysons Corner Center, Turkish Culture and Tourism Counselor`s Office, DC Shorts Film Festival, Cultural Tourism DC, Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, Yeditepe University and Williams-Sonoma, and has been officially proclaimed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and DC Mayor Vincent Gray.

In partnership with Tysons Corner Center and Turkish Airlines, we are proud to announce the Turkish Heritage Weekend in McLean! The event will take place in the brand new, spectacular Tysons Corner Center Plaza with an exciting opening ceremony, live music and folk dancing, outdoor movie screenings, a traditional bazaar, Turkish cuisine, Turkish coffee & fortune telling and a special “Journey to Istanbul” fashion show.

Turkish Heritage Weekend is scheduled for September 12-14, 2014 and will take place at the Tysons Corner Center Plaza in McLean, VA.

Turkish Heritage Festival
The 12th Turkish Festival is scheduled for Sunday, September 28, 2014 and will take place from 11 AM to 7 PM on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 12th and 14th streets.

Turkish festival 2014

This September, thousands will attend these two festivals to savor and enjoy the rich Turkish culture. For the third year in a row, readers of the Washington City Paper named the 2013 Turkish Festival “Best Cultural Festival” in Washington DC.

To learn more about the upcoming activities, please visit turkishfestival.org

The Turkish American Television  is a proud media sponsor of the 3rd Turkish Heritage Month and the 12th Turkish Festival in Washington, DC

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Turkish Hand Gestures and a Tale from Kars

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An Interview with Tara Alisbah on Turkish Hand Gestures
and
“A Small Truth”, a Short Film by Emre Akay

Tara Alisbah explains her observations about Turkish hand gestures in her living room

Tara Alisbah explains her keen observations and demonstrates the Turkish hand gestures in her living room to the program host Ozgul Andican. Tara self-published a unique, friendly, fun and easy to read book titled, “Turkish Hands” which is appealing to Turks and Americans alike.

Tales from Kars: “A Small Truth”

“A Small Truth”, a short film by director Emre Akay, 2010. The narrator is seeking a truth from his family’s past and takes the viewer to 1940’s Kars. Celal Bey, nicknamed as the “The Athlete” strongly believes in the modernist values of his time; the story of how he acquired his nickname is cinematographically conveyed humorously.

For the broadcasting schedule, please check http://turkishamericantv.org/program

To watch this show on the Internet, please visit http://turkishamericantv.org/episode-100

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War Games with Miniature Ottoman Army & Ara Guler’s Anatolia

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War Games with Miniature Ottoman Army
&
“Ara Guler’s Anatolia” Exhibition at
the Smithsonian Arthur and Sackler Gallery

Ottoman cavalry
(from the collection of William C. Pegues, a Miniature Ottoman Army hobbiest)

In this episode, William C. Pegues, an Architectural Specifications Writer and Miniature Ottoman Army hobbiest, explains the history behind his beautiful collection, the detailed amount of work that he’s invested into its preservation and assembling, as well as the rules and procedures of the game in which these pieces are used.

“Ara Guler’s Anatolia” photo exhibit at the Smithsonian Arthur and Sackler Gallery

Followed by Pegues’ interesting explanation and interview is coverage of the Ara Guler exhibit at the Smithsonian Arthur and Sackler Gallery titled, “Ara Guler’s Anatolia.” Program specialist and co-curator, Zeynep Simavi, Nancy Micklewright, Head of Scholarly Programs and Publications who also serves as co-curator, as well as Gracie Golden, a John Hopkins University student and another co-curator, all provide their insight into how the photo exhibition materialized and the history behind Ara Guler and his work. The motive of the exhibition is to challenge Guler’s definition of himself as a “photojournalist, not an artist.”

For the broadcasting schedule, please check http://turkishamericantv.org/program

To watch this show on the Internet, please visit http://turkishamericantv.org/episode-99

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TASSA Special! 2012 Annual Conference

Turkish American Television Proudly Presents

TASSA 2012 Conference

The 2012 conference held by the Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association (TASSA) in Washington DC still bears much significance in 2014. Two years ago, the conference presented groundbreaking content by high-ranking scholars in the areas of social science, engineering, health, natural science, serving as a precursor for the organization’s upcoming conference on March 22-23, 2014 at the University of Maryland.

TASSA 2012 Annual Conference

TASSA 2012 Annual Conference, March 3-4, 2012
University of Maryland

TASSA’s 2012 conference hosted scholars from top institutions including MIT, Yale, and Harvard, world-renownq scientists, as well as representatives from venerable scientific institutions from USA and Turkey. Bruce Alberts, Editor-in-Chief of Science, USA Science Envoy,  Kemal Dervis Vice-President of Brookings Institute,  Gokhan Cetinsaya,  President of the Council of  Higher Education in Turkey, (YÖK), Davut Kavranoglu Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science, Industry, and Technology, and academicians and presidents of Turkish Universities were among the distinguished participants.

Many speakers shared the latest findings in their fields, providing the audience with the opportunity to be “in-the-know.”

In this episode, some of these speakers as well as past board members of TASSA share their thoughts on the conference, the organization’s history and its progress. The interviewees featured here express their delight at how TASSA has grown into a full-fledged and multi-faceted force.

TATV had the honor of covering this event and sharing witn our viewers research findings by the top scholars and representatives in their fields.

The Turkish American Television is a proud media sponsor of the 2012 TASSA Conference!

For the broadcasting schedule, please check http://turkishamericantv.org/program

To watch this show on the Internet, please visit http://turkishamericantv.org/episode-98

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Jeffrey Hall’s Ataturk Statue – Sci / Tech Corner

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Sculptor Jeff Hall’s Ataturk Statue
and
Engineering at MIT in Sci / Tech Corner

Jeffrey Hall's Ataturk Statue

Prof. Bulent Atalay, Goksin Carey and Jeff Hall

From a mound of clay arises a compelling statue of Ataturk, the inspiring statesman and Founder, standing gallantly in the nation’s capital. Ataturk’s unforgettable legacy was brilliantly conveyed by the renowned sculptor, Jeffrey Hall, who was commissioned by the  Ataturk Society of America and Embassy of Turkey. Audiences admire works of art, but the intricate thought-process involved in sculpting such beauty is an art-process in its own right that is often times forgotten as we’re mesmerized by the product. This episode however piques  Jeffrey’s brain as he shares with us his experience in reawakening Ataturk’s charisma. Additionally, Bulent Atalay, President of the Ataturk Society of America, shares his insight on the 6-month process, from its inception to its completion.

Engineering at MIT

Engineering at MIT

Sci / Tech Corner

In the true spirit of Ataturk’s advice: “Educate youth. Give them the positive ideas of knowledge and science. You will succeed in getting the enlightenment of the future for them…” this episode serves as testament to that sound wisdom. It follows three successful Turkish-American students in one of America’s most prestigious universities, MIT, renowned for its advancement in science and technology. Students Mehmet Onbasli, Meryem Ok, and Ali Can Soylemezoglu share their experiences and bring light to some of their achievements in science, technology, athletics, and the arts. Recently, Mehmet Onbasli was among the team of students representing the MIT School of Architecture and Planning that won “double awards in the Better Buildings Case Competition conducted at the White House by the U.S. Department of Energy.”

For the broadcasting schedule, please check http://turkishamericantv.org/program

To watch this show on the Internet, please visit http://turkishamericantv.org/episode-97

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