Seattle Center Festál TurkFest will offer entertainment, exploration and insights into the culture of Turkey. This Festal will be held October 15 – 16, from 12 noon – 7 p.m., in Center House. Savor a cup of Turkish tea or coffee and taste Turkish cuisine, while you experience how the Ottoman culture influenced Balkan food, music, dance, customs and language. This enriching and engaging festival of friendship celebrates the multiple cultures that link modern Turkey to the East and West.
Some of performers this year include:
• Ahmet Erdogdular Ensemble (Ahmet Erdogdular, Ömer Erdogdular, Münir Nurettin Beken,
Feridun Özgören), preserving the classical singing style of the Ottoman Turkish musical tradition
• Karavans Dance Troupe
• Emiko Noor, specializing in Persian, Turkish and East-Indian Devotional, Classical and Folk
• Sehr-i Seattle, focusing on traditional and modern Turkish music
• Anadolu Folk Dancers, founded in 1979 to present authentic Turkish folk dances from the
Aegean, Thrace, Black Sea, Southern, and Southeastern regions of Turkey
• Anadolu Youth Dancers
• Anar Dana, Helene Eriksen’s Traditional Dance Theater
The 21 Seattle Center Festál cultural celebrations highlight the common forms of tradition and expression among ethnic communities in the Pacific Northwest, while underscoring their unique creative contributions, customs, foods and ideals. Each event offers moving entertainment and fascinating insight into a different culture of the world.
Seattle Center Festál: TurkFest is presented by Seattle Center in partnership with the TurkFest Steering Committee. TurkFest, founded in 2001, is a Turkish Cultural Festival presented by local and international volunteers from diverse communities.For a full event schedule, visit www.turkfest.org, and for more information on this cultural series and other Seattle Center programming, click on www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200.
Seattle Center Festál, a series of 21 world festivals presented at Seattle Center throughout 2011, highlights the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Wells Fargo, Verizon Wireless and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by Seattle Center Foundation and the City of Seattle.
Information kindly provided by Seattle Center and the City of Seattle