Culture and Food Festival
Turquoise Harmony Institute hosted the first Turkish Culture and Food festival on 21 March 2010 in Johannesburg. The first of its kind in South Africa, the festival proved to be a successful event and enjoyed
by thousands attended.The event is also publicized in the media.
The program included music, cultural and traditional item displays and exhibitions and great variety of examples of Turkish cuisine. The kebabs and especially the Doner Kebab were the most popular.
The Ottoman Army Band performed at the event and was enjoyed by all. In addition Kemal Kutlu, a Turkish rock singer entertained the guests while Nasreddin Hodja added smiles to the program.
One of the most popular was, by no doubt, the EBRU art show. Ebru is the art of writing on water! The artist who travelled from Turkey to participate in the event demonstrated the art by drawing amazing figures on water and the copying it onto paper.
Young talents displaying their talents in Turkish language and singing competition added more color to the experience. The competition was the local selection leg of the international Turkish language Olympiad held in Turkey.
During the festival some of the institutions established by Turkish people introduced themselves as well as sponsors introducing their products.
The festival introduced certain aspects of Turkish culture to South Africans and also helped Turkish people in South Africa to feel in homeland for a day! Everyone agreed that the event has been long overdue and it was indeed a significant step in introducing cultures and initiate exchange of cultural experiences. We all look forward to next year’s festival which will definitely be bigger and better! Keep watching this space for news on this.