Welcome to the 15th Boston Turkish Festival: "Colors of Anatolia"
October 29 - December 8, 2010

Since its inception in 1996, this unique festival lasts more than a month and it is
one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. The Festival theme, “Colors of Anatolia”,
reflects the diversity and richness of Turkish culture, ranging from art exhibits,
workshops, gastronomic presentations and concerts to Turkish cinema. The festival
program also includes screenings of the Boston Turki
sh Festival International
Documentary and Short Film Competition.

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Friday, October 29, 2010, 12:30 p.m.
Festival Opening

City Hall Plaza, Boston


Celebration of the 87th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey and opening of the 14th Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival next



Saturday, October 30, 2010, 8 p.m.
Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street, Boston

Concert: LISTENING TO ISTANBUL: An Encounter with Turkish Contemporary Music
by Seda Röder, piano

“I am listening to Istanbul, intent, with my eyes closed.” This is how Orhan Veli, the great Turkish poet of the 20th Century, began his most celebrated poem about Istanbul. What Veli heard more than half a century ago was a romanticized soundscape of the oriental city at the Bosphorus: the bells of water carriers, the busy sounds of the Grand Bazaar, pigeons in the yard of a mosque, fishing nets drawn out of the water, and banging hammers of workers in the docks. Today, Turkish pianist Seda Röder listens to Istanbul once more; intently, with open ears and eyes for an emerging new era.



November 1 - 19, 2010
The Howard Thurman Center at Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Photography Exhibition:

by A. Cemal Ekin

"I had the extraordinary privilege to view the Great Church, Hagia Sophia, from the vantage point of its dome. Being so close to the original work and inside the dome was truly thrilling. As I touched the center of the dome, its ceiling, and the gold mosaics in and around the dome windows, I felt a tremendous sense ofoneness with the people who laid them over 1500 years ago. I want to share with you my heightened emotional state when I was up in the dome, the sense of awe I felt emanating from the structure, the space, and the art that covers its walls." -- A. Cemal Ekin

Reception with the Artist: Friday, November 12, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Visiting Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday closed



Friday, November 5, 2010, 6 p.m.
The Howard Thurman Center at Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Lecture and Presentation:
by Andria Post Ergun

"Following the conquest of Istanbul in 1453, the Ottomans continued to tend many of the gardens and farms they found in the former Byzantine capital and outlying lands. Over time, as new palaces and pleasure grounds were created, a new design and experience of the landscape emerged." -- Andria Post Ergun



Monday, November 8, 2010, 7 p.m.
Boston University
College of Arts and Sciences, Room 313
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

by Serif Yenen

"Imagine what the Ottoman sultans' lives were like behind the massive gates of Istanbul's Topkapi Palace, a city within a city, with dozens of buildings whose walls are sheathed in patterns of intricately patterned tiles, surrounded by lavish gardens and pools. Step back in time to see the fabled hidden harem and areas used for only one purpose -- such as the courtyard of the eunuchs."



Thursday, December 2, 2010, 6 p.m.
Boston University Food and Wine Program
Thank you for your kind interest. This event is SOLD OUT


with Ana Sortun and Ihsan Gurdal

Chef Ana Sortun of "Oleana Restaurant" and "Sofra Bakery and Café" in Cambridge teams up with the "cheesemeister" Ihsan Gurdal, owner of Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, South End and New York City, to present an evening of exquisite food, accompanied by distinctive wines of Kavaklidere winery from Anatolia.



December 3 - 7, 2010


Opening Reception: Friday, December 3, 2010; following film screenings (see program for details)

Enjoy this rare opportunity to view films of the competition, the first of its kind organized in North America. The competition has already transformed to a great tradition where Bostonians are able to explore works of the emerging filmmakers first hand.



Wednesday, December 8 , 2010, 8 p.m.
GSU Auditorium, Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston


Group Taxim Square is founded in 2009 in Boston. The Band’s members are Turkish and they are all from Berklee College. Each musician at the band has different backgrounds from classic music to jazz; composing to arrangement. The group’s repertoire includes different styles of Turkish and Mediterranean music and features folk, pop and jazz styles.