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Welcome to the 11th Annual Boston Turkish Festival: "Colors of Anatolia"

Boston Turkish Festival has come a long way as a month long cultural celebration since its inception in 1996 with many creative cultural and educational programs. We are delighted to see that we are leading the way and we have become an inspiration to many other festivals emerging in the U.S. This year as we leave a decade of programming behind us, we promise that we will continue to bring fine examples of Turkish arts and culture to Boston and share them with the Bostonians.

The Festival theme, "Colors of Anatolia", reflects the diversity and richness of Turkish culture, ranging from art exhibits, gastronomic events and concerts to Turkish cinema. This year, Boston Turkish Festival continues to expand its film offerings. We bring another "first" to the North America with the Documentary and Short Film Competition of the Boston Turkish Festival, which will be taking place from November 24th thru November 30th at the Harvard Film Archive and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

Audience in Boston will enjoy a rare opportunity to view documentaries and short films by Turkish directors who live around the world, as well as in Turkey. The Documentary and Short Film Competition will be the cutting edge of the Festival this year and in the upcoming years. We are confident that it will transform to a great tradition and Bostonians will be able to explore emerging directors of the Turkish cinema first hand through this competition. 

"Climates", the new feature film by director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who is known to cinema-lovers by his award-winning feature "Distant", has won the Fipresci prize for the best film at Cannes Film Festival 2006, and will be screened as a part of the festival at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on Sunday, November 26th at 7 p.m. 

There is another important milestone for the Festival. Alongside the MFA Film Program, we have also begun cooperation with the Department of Asia, Oceania and Africa of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. As a part of this collaboration, we have included in the Festival Program "A Night of Sufi Music" by high caliber Turkish and Indian musicians and a workshop on Turkish Art of Paper Marbling known as Ebrû with masters Niyazi Sayin, Feridun Özgören, Güliz Pamukoglu, and Ebru Özbekkaygan, at the MFA. We will continue to co-present programs with this department in the upcoming years. 

This year, we are also delighted to begin our cooperation with the Thurman Center of Boston University, and there, we will have "A Commemorative Photograph Exhibition: Remembering Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on the 125th Anniversary of His Birth". A lecture by Prof. Dr. Seçil Karal Akgün, Chair of the History Department, Middle East Technical University, will also take place at the Thurman Center. Prof. Karal Akgün will talk about M.Kemal Atatürk and the Development of Women's Rights in Turkey. 

Another highlight of this year's Festival is Yildiz Grodowski's art exhibit, "Cappadocia Reflections", inspired by the Cappadocia region in Anatolia - one of the earliest settlement areas in human history - displayed at the Kingston Gallery in Boston. 

In the gastronomic section of the Festival, you will be able to explore exquisite samples of Turkish wines produced from domestic grape varieties of Anatolia, which has a long tradition of making wine, alongside the dishes of award winning creative chef Ana Sortun at Oleana.

With this opportunity, we would like to thank our supporters, board members and co-presenters as well as individual, corporate and organizational sponsors whose commitments made this festival to become one of the great cultural traditions in Boston.

Enjoy the Festival!

Erkut Gömülü
Director and Founder