Turkish American TV Presents
Two Coasts, Two Festivals: Washington, D.C. and Monterey, CA
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.
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.
California Turkish Arts & Culture Festival
The 15th annual California Turkish Festival was held in Monterey, CA on August 25-26 2012. The event had a multitude of musical and cultural events, as well as great Turkish food. Custom House Plaza hosted several tents where visitors could learn about Turkey, purchase jewelery, arts, clothing and food.
The festival was full of many activities like Turkish coffee and fortune reading, Kids tents, folkloric dances and music. Performers like Group Karmasik, Group Hadi Hadi, Horon Turkish Folk Ensemble, Yöre Folk Ensemble, Whirling Dervishes – Semazen Group, Imamyar Hasanov – The Kamancha of Azerbaijan and Davul – Zurna/Clarinet by George & Salih created a multicultural festival atmosphere for the visitors.
Turkish American TV covered the California Turkish Festival for the first time this year.
To watch the video of both festivals online, please visit: http://turkishamericantv.org/episode-86
For the broadcasting schedule, please check http://turkishamericantv.org/program