22nd edition of Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival has concluded on December 15th. The solo art exhibition, “If You Don’t Exist”, by Lütfi Karaaslan at Boston University has been extended until January 10, 2018.

The exhibition is co-presented by the Boston University Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground and the Turkish American Cultural Society of New England (TACS-NE) with support by Turkish Airlines.

The canvas is a performative stage on which artist Lütfi Karaaslan explores the relationship between the real and the fictional, as well as the memories and reflections of newly created pasts and practiced traditions. The artist attempts to develop shared cultural forms and narratives based on themes of history, memory, collective consciousness, belief, inactivity, control, power, submission, acceptance, exclusion and excess.

Katherine Kennedy, Director of Boston University Howard Thurman Center said, “We are thrilled to once again collaborate with Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival on another visual art exhibit, film competition, concert and dance. The Howard Thurman Center regularly organizes events and programs on national and international issues, and we love the ability to delve into global issues through art, film, music and dance. That’s what makes this event and this collaboration so enduring and so powerful.” 

Boston Turkish Festival, which aims to present contemporary Turkey and its arts and culture in the U.S., once again this year brought a diverse program of high caliber events under the theme of “Colors of Anatolia”, including exhibitions, workshops, concerts, culinary events, and a documentary and short film competition.

Festival organizers emphasized that they were delighted by the interest shown by the Bostonians every year and that the festival has become a tradition in the city.  Festival organizers also expressed that they were delighted by the attention and positive feedback received from the attendees.

It is announced that the 23rd Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival will take place from October 29th thru December 15th, 2018.

More information about the festival program may be found at the festival web site: http://www.bostonturkishfestival.org/