Turkish Days in New York is a series of festivals that showcase Turkish culture to New Yorkers. It is organized by the Turkish Cultural Center New York and features a performing arts festival, a street festival, and a movie festival.
The Performing Arts Festival will take place at the Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station on September 16th and 17th. Whirling Dervishes and Turkic-Balkan folk dancers will perform at a stage designed to represent the Blue Mosque. Visitors will also enjoy “Turkish Classical Music, Sufi Music, Anatolian Folk Dance Group, Kazakstan Music, Bosnian Folk dance group, Kanun Recital, and more” according to the official website.
The Street Festival will take place in Times Square on Sunday, September 19th from 9am until 6pm. There will be a bazaar on 41st Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue. You will be able to shop at arts and crafts booths, enjoy various food options, and visit cultural and educational exhibitions. You can also see how a çarık, a traditional shoe type, is manufactured, experience an illumination show, enjoy a miniature painting, and meet famous Turkish figures in traditional costumes.
The Movie Festival will take place at the New York Film Academy at their Union Square location (100 E. 17th Street). The festival dates are 20, 21, and 22 September. Movies, Listen From the Nay: Separations (Dinle Neyden), Esrefpasalilar, and Wrong Rosary (Uzak İhtimal), will be screened at 7pm each day. Each session will be followed by a discussion with the director and/or actors and actresses.
Turkish Days in New York attracted more than 200,000 visitors in 2009. New Yorkers: Go enjoy this rich combination of events while the Washingtonians are indulging in Turkish food at the Turkish Restaurant Week!