D.C. Festival Showcases Turkish Culture, Cuisine (photos)

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Murat Gunaydin of Ankara fronts a portrait of Kemal Atatürk, father of modern Turkey, at the D.C. Turkish Festival. Photo by Jeff Malet.

On Sunday, Sept. 29, the 17th annual Turkish Festival in Washington, D.C., took place on Pennsylvania Avenue near Freedom Plaza in perfect weather. The event featured Turkish dance and stage performances, Turkish cuisine, an authentic Turkish bazaar and children’s activities.

The well-attended event was sponsored by the American Turkish Association of Washington, D.C. The association’s primary mission is to promote understanding between Turkish and non-Turkish communities through cultural, social and educational programs.

This year’s theme was “Antioch: Mosaic of Cultures, Land of Tolerance.” The city of Antakya in southern Turkey, known as Antioch in ancient times, has long been a place where Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities have peacefully coexisted.

View Jeff Malet’s photos from the D.C. Turkish Festival by clicking on the photo icons below.

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