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Turkish Cultural Heritage Month

September 01, 2013 - September 30, 2013 (12:00 AM)


“Eleventh Annual Turkish Festival is a Premier Cultural Event“

Washington D.C. (August 2, 2013) – The American Turkish Association of Washington D.C. (ATA-DC) is proud to announce the second annual Turkish Cultural Heritage Month taking place this September in Washington D.C in partnership with the Meridian International Center, the Goethe Institut and Cultural Tourism DC. The month-long celebration will highlight the rich Turkish culture, arts, world-famous cuisine and the shared history with the American people. The Turkish Heritage Month has been also officially recognized by Mayor Vincent Gray and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.


The Turkish Cultural Heritage Month will culminate in the eleventh annual Turkish Festival which will bring together more than 100 artists and 20,000 visitors to create new friendships and explore the wonders of Turkey in Washington D.C. The Turkish Festival has become a staple of Washington’s fall calendar. In 2012, readers of the Washington City Paper named the Turkish Festival “Best Cultural Festival” 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.

“Turkish Cultural Heritage Month” events will include:

• September 9: Opening Reception at the U.S. Congress

• September 5/12/16/26: Turkish Movie Screenings - International Student House (5th), Goethe Institut (12th), Italian Cultural Institute (16th) and Turkish House (26th)

• September 13-23: Turkish Restaurant and Cuisine Week

• September 17-29: Turkish Coffee Truck touring the DC area for two weeks

• September 15/22: Fortune Telling Workshop with Turkish Coffee Ladies at Divan Cafe

• September 23-29: Turkish Youth Jazz Ensemble concerts in partnership with the Meridian International Center

• September 29: The 11th Annual Turkish Festival


“We bring the fascinating Turkish heritage to our city. Our goal is to share our culture with Americans and build new friendships.” said Gizem Salcigil White, 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.



About ATA-DC:


ATA-DC is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to promote understanding between Turkish and non-Turkish communities through cultural, social and educational programs. ATA-DC, incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1965, is managed by a 20 member all-volunteer board. ATA-DC’s mission is to promote better understanding and to foster friendship between the peoples of Turkey and the United States of America; to raise the public knowledge level and understanding of the Turkish culture and history in the community; and to help Turkish Americans preserve their culture in the Unites States. For more information please visit:


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