Annual Turkish Cultural Heritage Month


Patsy Jones, Chair, Festival Committee, ATA-DC,
Gizem Salcigil White, Co-Chair, Festival Committee, ATA-DC

Announcing the First Annual Turkish Cultural Heritage Month in Washington D.C.

“Celebration to Culminate in Tenth Annual Turkish Festival taking place
on September 30th”

Washington D.C. (August 27, 2012) – The American Turkish Association of Washington D.C. (ATA-DC) is proud to announce the first annual Turkish Cultural Heritage Month taking place this September in Washington D.C. The “Turkish Cultural Heritage Month” has been officially recognized by Mayor Vincent Gray and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.

The month will include an opening reception on Capitol Hill, a Turkish restaurant week, a “Mobile Turkish Coffee Truck” tour, special exhibitions at the Textile Museum and two-day symposium at the Smithsonian Institution. The month will culminate in the tenth annual Turkish Festival which will bring together more than 100 artists and 15,000 thousand visitors to create new friendships and explore the wonders of Turkey in Washington D.C.

“Our team of volunteers is working round the clock to make sure that this year’s festivities are the best yet. We are building on years of effort to promote the Turkish American community in Washington D.C. and this year we are excited to add a month of celebration to our annual Turkish festival,” said Patsy Jones, the festival chair.

The Turkish Festival is an annual event that brings tens of thousands of people to downtown D.C. to “experience the wonders of Turkey in Washington D.C.”  The Turkish Festival has become a staple of Washington’s fall calendar. In 2011, readers of the Washington City Paper named the Turkish Festival “Best Festival.”

“Our goal is to have fun and share our culture with our American friends. If we are able to bring people closer together and educate people while we are at it, we know we have been successful,” said Demet Cabbar, President of ATA-DC.

Today, over 500,000 Turkish Americans make the U.S. their home. Turkish Cultural Heritage Month seeks to build bridges and friendship between Turkish and American people and while recognizing the contributions of Turkish Americans to the American society.

Please see the schedule of events below:


1. September 1st-30thSelected Turkish markets & stores will be offering special deals and discounts

2. September 10th Opening Reception at the Capitol Hill

3. September 14th -23rd Turkish Restaurant and Cuisine Week

4. September 15th Hip & Alive Party – Turkish Festival Fundraiser

5. September 17th -30th “Mobile Turkish Coffee Truck” Tour in Washington DC

6. September 21st -March 10th Textile Museum: The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art

7. September 22nd-23rd – Smithsonian Institution: SUFIism – Searching for the Divine through the Art

8. September 27th – Textile Museum Happy Hour

9. September 30th 10th Annual Turkish Festival in Washington DC

To learn more and get the latest events schedule, please visit:


About ATA-DC: The American-Turkish Association of Washington DC, founded in 1965, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding between the Turkish and non-Turkish communities in the Washington DC area. For more information please visit:

Turkish American Television is a proud media sponsor of the Annual Turkish Cultural Heritage Month in Washington D.C.

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