Turkish culture celebrated at State Fairgrounds

Posted April 19, 2009

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— Organizers expected about 6,000 people to celebrate Turkish culture at one of the state's premier cultural festivals Sunday.

The North Carolina Turkish Festival runs until 9 p.m. in the Exposition Center at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

The four-year-old festival showcases "one of the world’s most ancient and colorful civilizations," according to the event Web site.

There will be folk dances, Ebru water marbling, calligraphy displays, children's entertainment and a one-man circus from the Fritzy Brothers. Festival-goers can also dress like sultans, sample Turkish cuisine and browse through a Turkish bazaar.

More than 100 volunteers with the Divan Cultural Center put on the annual event.


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  • serdartulu Apr 22, 2009

    Obviously, you have not been to Turkish Festival because you are saying such words. Have you been to Turkey? I think you should have a Turkish friend. You would understand how welcoming they are.

  • bankaya Apr 22, 2009

    Armenian or Muslim, constitute genocide, utilize Ottoman and WWI historians as expert witnesses, and secure absolute access to the archives of the relevant parties, particularly those of the Armenian Republic and Armenian Revolutionary Federation who carried out the Armenian Revolt.

  • bankaya Apr 22, 2009

    The Armenian Diaspora claim of genocide is a one-sided assessment of the inter-communal war between Ottoman Armenians and Ottoman Muslims in 1915, and it prejudices Turkish and Armenian rapprochement. Over 1.1 million Ottoman Muslims perished as the Armenian Revolt (1885-1919) and inter-communal attacks aimed to carve out an ethnically and politically pure Armenian state from the eastern Ottoman Empire, even though demographically they were a minority.

    To recognize this Muslim suffering is not to diminish Armenian suffering, but to respect all tragedies regardless of the race, ethnicity or religion of the victims, and to place the Armenian tragedy in its proper context of a violent independence movement that failed at a tremendous human cost to Ottoman Armenians and Muslims alike.

    TCA supports United States foreign policy to encourage Armenia to accept Turkey's proposal to establish a historical truth commission, which would address the legal issue of whether either of the tragedies,

  • purplepat777 Apr 20, 2009

    Does any journalist with WRAL want to do a feature story on the Armenian Genocide carried out by the Ottoman Turks in the early 20th centry? This "Turkish culture celebration" is akin to having a celebration of Nazi culture, to me. They've never admitted to what they did much less apologize for it.