The Turkish Festival in Washington, DC

The 10th Turkish Festival in Washington, DC

The Turkish Festival in Washington, DC celebrated its 10th year on Sunday September 30, 2012 at Freedom Plaza! This festival, held every year in the beginning of the Autumn season, showcases the many facets of Turkey including: culture, history, entertainment, food, fashion, and much more. Several tents are set up along Freedom Plaza where visitors may learn more about Turkey; purchase jewelry, clothing, household goods, and food; and meet with organizations that serve to provide knowledge of the Turkish culture.

Washington DC Turkish Folk Dance Children’s Troupe

The festival is filled with many activities as well, including a Kid’s Tent, Turkish coffee fortune readings, and a wonderful show of folkloric dancing and music from all areas of Turkey. The show consisted of several different dances from Turkic Lands performed by Kardelen Turkish Dance Ensemble, Washington DC Turkish Folk Dance Children’s Troupe, Yeditepe University Folk Dance Club (YUFOLK), Nomad Dancers, and Silk Road Dance Company. The music was also a treat for the ears thanks to the stylings of Ishtar Band, Barrio Andalusi, and the Amir Vahab Ensemble.

The turnout for the festival this year was outstanding. People of all nationalities and all walks of life came together to enjoy a day of Turkish culture. The diversity that the festival drew to the streets of Washington, DC was evident. It was a great success and we hope to see everyone again next year!

Turkish American TV is a proud media sponsor of 2012 Turkish Festival in DC.

To watch the festival video online, please visit:

© 2012 Ugur Aybar

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