The 24th annual Houston Turkish Festival took place at the Jones Plaza on Saturday and Sunday November 14th and 15th, 2015.
Azerbaijan Center and HBSCA took part in the Turkish Festival. This year’s Festival differed from previous ones. This year various countries of the world took part in the Festival activities including arrangement of information booths, folk fashion shows, musical performances. Visitors of Azerbaijan booth got acquainted with the traditional food, cultural peculiarities, national art and history of the country. By tradition a ceramics artist Saida Hagverdi had a workshop where she demonstrated the sculpturing technique to the visitors of her booth. Azerbaijan National Dress fashion show has been presented by Mehriban, Kamran and Baby Orhan. Musical Band “Autesh” performed beautiful songs of Azerbaijani composers, solo by Kamiyar.
Overall there was a wonderful and friendly environment at the Festival uniting different nations who live in Houston. Everyone enjoyed Delicious Turkish Foods and Pastries; took a sip of Turkish coffee and had their coffee cup fortune read; learned about and took part in Traditional Turkish Arts & Crafts and oriental dances performed by the world famous Turkish folk band, TUANA; dedicated children’s activity area with fun filled activities from balloon clowns, face painting to a magic show and storytelling; listen to live Turkish music performances; enjoyed a traditional attire fashion show and perused the Grand Bazaar offering modern and traditional arts and crafts from various lands.
The Kids venue had a dedicated children’s corner that will be filled will fun activities.
Cultural events included lectures on a wide variety of topics from history of Sufism and Rumi to Christian sites of Turkey, from ecological and biological treasures of Turkey to its economic role in the Eurasia region, and concerts of various artists, cultural exhibitions as well a very colorful Grand Bazaar
Great thanks going to the volunteers who helped to promote Azerbaijan culture at the Festival and provided support during the Festival.