2015 Turkish Heritage Month


Patsy Jones, Chair, Festival Committee, ATA-DC, festival@atadc.org, 1-888-282-3236
Gizem Salcigil White, President, ATA-DC, festival@atadc.org, 202-492-4429

2015 Turkish Heritage Month Brings the Ancient City of Cappadocia to Washington D.C. this September

Turkish Heritage Month will connect cultures through music, film, cuisine and art

Washington D.C. (August 24, 2015) – Celebrating its 50th anniversary, The American Turkish Association of Washington D.C. (ATA-DC) is proud to announce the 4th Annual Turkish Heritage Month taking place this September in Washington D.C. Renowned for organizing the Annual Turkish Festival in the heart of the nation’s capital for 13 years, ATA-DC will take Washingtonians on a magical tour of Turkey with a variety of events showcasing Turkish culture, traditional arts, cuisine and movies.

This year, Turkish Heritage Month will highlight one of the regions of Turkey for the first time: Ancient City of Cappadocia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. Located in central Anatolia, the ancient city is home to one of the world’s most spectacular landforms such as deep valleys and pinnacles known as “fairy chimneys.” The fantastic landscape is matched by a history dating back to 3000 B.C with centuries-old, massive underground cities and the intact Christian sanctuaries and cave churches built as early as the 4th century. Cappadocia, which means “land of beautiful horses” in Persian, has been a hub for many civilizations for more than two millennia and a gigantic shelter and center for Christians, who fled from the Roman Empire during the Hittite period. Today, the city is one of the favorite destinations of tourists in Turkey, which offers a fairytale experience through iconic hot air balloon rides, luxurious cave hotels and lunarscape panoramas.

Visitors will have a chance to get a glimpse of Cappadocia at the Thirteenth Annual DC Turkish Festival on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Every year the award-winning festival brings together numerous Turkish-style artists, artisans and authentic vendors along with more than 20,000 attendees. Tens of thousands of Washingtonians will attend the Annual Turkish Festival to savor and enjoy the rich Turkish culture and cuisine.

In addition to the Annual DC Turkish Festival, the Turkish Heritage Month calendar will feature the following events:

Sep 9: Opening Reception at the U.S. Congress – A celebration of Turkish Historic City Cappadocia, Turkey
(Open to press)
Sep. 12-20: Turkish Restaurant Week
Sep 12: Sep 13: Turkish Cuisine Tales & Turkish Coffee Workshop – Traditional Cappadocian Cooking
Sep 18-20: Turkish Film Festival at the Smithsonian Freer Sackler Gallery: Featuring Turkish Filmmaker Cagan Irmak
Sep 20-27: Music, Motion and Faith Concert Series
Sep 27: Annual Turkish Festival at Freedom Plaza – – A Magical Journey to Cappadocia, Turkey

Turkish Festival Chair Patsy Jones, festival performers and vendors will be available to speak about the Turkish Heritage Month and the Annual Turkish Festival. For more information, please visit our website at: www.turkishfestival.org

About ATA-DC:

Established in 1965, ATA-DC is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to promote Turkish culture in the U.S. and build friendship between Turkish and American people while fostering a stronger Turkish American community in the Washington DC metro area through educational, social and cultural activities. For more information please visit: www.atadc.org

The Turkish American Television is a proud media sponsor of the 4rd Turkish Heritage Month in Washington, DC.

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