Boston Turkish Festival (BTF), which was founded in 1996, is a unique festival which lasts more than a month and it is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. The festival theme, “Colors of Anatolia”, reflects the diversity and richness of Turkish culture, ranging from fine arts, dance, music, film to culinary arts.

Highlights of this year’s festival are as follows:

Opening of the 22nd Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival will take place on October 29th at the Government Center with a flag raising.

Documentary and Short Film Competition of the BTF, the first of its kind in North America, celebrating its 12th anniversary this year, has become an annual cinematic tradition in Boston. BTF is proud to be supporting documentary and short film makers with a program which has more than 40 film screenings, taking place from November 2nd thru November 12th at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Boston University. Film enthusiasts in Boston will enjoy this rare opportunity to explore new generation of filmmakers. The Competition opens on November 2nd with the screening of a film on Turkish cuisine, “The Turkish Way” with introductory remarks by Ana Sortun, acclaimed chef and owner of Oleana and Sarma Restaurants, and Sofra Bakery and Café.  A live performance by internationally acclaimed Antakya Civilizations Choir and a reception will follow film screening.

Prominent artist Lütfi Karaaslan’s solo artworks will be on display in our exhibition titled “If You Don’t Exist” at the Boston University Howard Thurman Center, on view from November 3rd thru December 15th.

In the culinary section of the Festival, “Flavors of Anatolia”, attendees will explore exquisite samples of Turkish wines produced from domestic grape varieties of Anatolia, which has a long tradition of wine making. Turkish wines will pair the dishes presented by Cara Chigazola-Tobin, Chef-Owner of Honey Road in Burlington, Vermont. The event will take place on November 16th at the Boston University Food and Wine Program.

In the music section of the Festival, “Lines”, will be presented by gifted guitarist and composer Alper Tuzcu and his Berklee colleagues on November 17th at the Boston University. Audience will have a chance to enjoy music inspired from Latin American and Mediterranean cultures.

Dance enthusiasts will also have a rare opportunity to learn Anatolian folk dances from internationally acclaimed choreographer, performer and dance teacher Ahmet Lüleci at the “Colors of Anatolia Dance Workshop” on December 10th at Boston University.

Event details, directions and ticket information may be found at the festival web site: