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Date
Saturday, October 08, 2022
Time
11:00 a.m.
Place
Armory Food & Event Hall
Cost
Free Event

Turkfest is part of the Seattle Center Festál series and produced in partnership with Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington (TACAWA).

In 2022, Seattle Center Festál is celebrating 25 years of stories and traditions. The theme, "Where the World Gathers" links together the series of 24 free festivals presented throughout the year, each with a unique cultural focus, identity, and range of engaging activities.

COVID-19 Protocols:
In terms of COVID requirements, Seattle Center is a City of Seattle department. Thus, we are following the guidance from the City of Seattle as well as King County Public Health. Learn about Seattle Center's health and safety protocols at our events. To protect the public, City staff and contractors are asked to be fully vaccinated.

The festival takes place in-person: Saturday, October 8, 11am-6pm & Sunday, October 9, 11am-5pm at the Armory Food & Event Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Turkfest is an annual cultural festival in Seattle, whose mission is to foster friendship, understanding, and cooperation throughout the greater community by organizing educational, entertaining, and engaging cultural programs that celebrate Turkish culture and heritage.

The festival boasts an increasing variety of traditional and contemporary performances, art and textile exhibitions, documentaries, youth activities, cuisine, workshops and genuine Turkish products vendors. The festival takes place in October every year as a part of Turkish Heritage Month celebrations as proclaimed by the Washington State Governor that also covers the celebration of the founding of the Republic of Türkiye on October 29, Seattle Turkish Film Festival and commemoration of the founding father of Türkiye, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, October 8, 11am-6pm

TIME PERFORMANCE/ACTIVITY ARTIST/SPEAKER
12:00pm Welcome to Turkfest MC
12:10PM Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams
12:30pm Folk Dance Troupe du Soleil
12:50pm Intro MC
1:00pm Music Defne-Gurdal
1:20pm Folk Dance - Turkish Line Dance & Spoon Dance Karavans Dance Troupe
1:30pm Folk Dance Troupe du Soleil
1:50pm Folk Dance - Turkish Line Dance & Spoon Dance Karavans Dance Troupe
2:00pm Intro / Setup Time MC
2:20pm Music Nazli, Kyriakos & Mithat
3:20pm Intro / Setup Time MC
3:45pm Music Sehr-i Seattle
4:45pm Intro / Setup Time MC
5:00pm Music Ahmet Serkan
6:00pm Closing & Thank You MC

Sunday, October 9, 11am-5pm

TIME PERFORMANCE/ACTIVITY ARTIST/SPEAKER
12:00pm Welcome to Turkfest & Setup Time MC
12:20pm Music - Kids American Turkish Academy of Washington (ATA-WA)
12:40pm Intro: Recap of Yesterday MC
12:45pm Presentation Henry Matthews
1:20pm Music Seattle Turkish Music Choir
1:55pm Music Evrim Bilgin
2:55pm Intro MC
3:00pm Dance + Dance Workshop Emiko & Dance Troupe
3:45pm Rap Music House Rat
4:00pm Music Workshop & Presentation Izumi Fairbanks
5:00pm Closing & Thank You MC
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