Cleveland's Turkish community was well-represented at the 75th One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on August 29, 2021. They marched in the Parade of Flags and hosted music, food and cultural activities in the beautiful Turkish Cultural Garden.
Turkish Cultural Garden in Parade of Flags on One World Day 2021
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosted the 74th annual One World Day on August 25, 2019. Police estimates say that over 30,000 people visited the Gardens and attended One World Day. There was a lot of activity in the beautiful new Turkish Cultural Garden.
Turkish Community at International Cleveland Community Day
International Cleveland Community Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a celebration of the rich diversity of our regions multiethnic communities, featuring traditional music and dance performances, cultural displays, and ingallery experiences. During this vibrant afternoon, visitors enjoyed presentations from more than 50 community groups expressing the continued vitality of the global cultures and arts that enliven our city.
The Turkish community was represented by Mehmet Gencer singing a Turkish song. Click on the white arrow to watch the video.
Mehmet Gencer at Cleveland Museum of Art
One World Day 2018
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) hosted the 73rd annual One World Day on September 16, 2018. A highlight is the Parade of Flags where people in costumes of their heritage carry the flags. The Turkish Garden was well-represented in the Parade.
Cleveland American Middle East Organization 47th anniversary
The Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian political action organization established in 1970. They celebrated their 47th anniversary and induction of new officers at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center.
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and CAMEO Board
The Turkish American Society of Ohio-Cleveland (TASO) hosts a monthly Turkish Coffee Night in Cleveland to meet and share cultures. The topic of the February 28 event was Turkish food.
Seyma Gurer said that when dining in Turkey a small prayer (Bismillahirrahmanirrahim) is said before starting to eat and elder members start first. You should not leave any food on your plate and should use your right hand to eat. At the end of the meal people say Elhamdulillah, a short prayer of thanks.
When one serves the food they say Afiyet Olsun which is like bon appetite or enjoy your meal.
Turkish Fashion at Cleveland Multicultural Event
Representatives from the Cleveland Turkish community participated in the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio. They modeled Turkish costumes at the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.
Fashion of Turkey
Ayla Gencer also modeled a typical American outfit.
91st anniversary of the Republic of Turkey October 25, 2014
TASNO (Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio) celebrated the 91st anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. It would be hard for anyone to think of this momentous day with thinking of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the celebration took place in front of a huge banner of the first President of the Republic of Turkey.
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
May 28, 2014 The City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, led by Asian Liaison Chia-Min Chen, hosted an Asian Heritage Day Celebration on May 28, 2014 in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda.
Over 60 Asian community groups and organizations participated. Chia-Min Chen called them up to the stage one at a time and each gave an elevator speech explaining their organization.
This included the Turkish American Society of Ohio and Turkish American Society of Northeastern Ohio.
Turkish American Society of Northeastern Ohio
Turkish American Society of Northeastern Ohio (TASNO) mission is to create a community for Turkish-Americans and their families living in Northeastern Ohio and to promote and assist in understanding of Turkish heritage, culture and traditions by organizing and conducting educational, cultural, social and charitable events and other activities, as permitted by the laws for nonprofit organizations/corporations.
Turkish American Society of Ohio
The Turkish American Society of Ohio Cleveland (TASO-Cleveland) is dedicated to addressing the social and cultural needs of the Turkish American community living in the greater Cleveland area. http://www.tasocleveland.org.
The Turkish American Alliance is deeply distraught by the tragic mine collapse in western Turkey, which took place in the town of Soma, in the Manisa Province, on May 13, 2014. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of all of the miners who are still missing, and we continue to pray for the many injured, some critically.
We hope for their full and speedy recovery. Finally, we applaud the efforts of the rescue operation and workers for all of their dedication in searching for the missing miners, as well as for already rescuing hundreds of miners.
Together, we stand with Turkey during its three days of mourning. We also hope for a full and impartial investigation into the causes of, and the responsibility for, the collapse.
TASNO Turkish Music Choir
The TASNO (Turkish American Society of Northeastern Ohio) Turkish Music Choir performed at a Global Cleveland event in the Cleveland Convention Center. Here are some highlights.
Turkish American Society performance
Young people from the Turkish American Society performed a traditional Turkish dance at the 4th annual Worldwide Intercultural Network (WIN) holiday celebration of global diversity at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland Ohio. WIN board member Nada Martinovic introduced the group.
Turkish American Society dancers and Mayor Frank Jackson
Preview of the Turkish Cultural Garden - December 13, 2011
Cleveland Turkish Cultural Garden plans
Cleveland Council on World Affairs Rich Crepage and Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio's Suat Aricanli at Cleveland Cultural Garden meeting
Engin Ates, Vice-President of TASNO (Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio) demonstrates the Cura, a small version of the Turkish Baglama, the most common string folk instrument in Turkey at the TASNO picnic June 13, 2010.
Turkish American Society of Northeast Ohio (TASNO) President Derya Ferendeci and Mehmet Gencer help celebrate The Republic of Turkey's 86 Years of Independence
a. To create a community for Turkish-Americans and their families living in Northeastern Ohio.
b. To promote and assist in understanding of Turkish heritage, culture and traditions by organizing and conducting educational, cultural, social and charitable events and other activities, as permitted by the laws for nonprofit organizations/corporations.
c. To act as a liaison between the Turkish-American community and other organizations, offices or communities in accordance with the above-mentioned purposes.
d. To organize and operate for charitable, cultural, educational and scientific purposes as a nonprofit organization under the United States Code of Federal Regulations.
e. To raise funds for nonprofit activities or entities, consistent with the United States Code of Federal Regulations.
The Ottoman Empire at the height of its power (ca. 1680)
Turkish History and Culture
Tell us about the music, food, holidays, traditions, costumes, language and other qualities that make Turks so special.
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) is one of the most famous architectural legacies of the Ottoman Empire
Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa Kemal, who was later honored with the title Ataturk or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopted wide-ranging social, legal, and political reforms.
After a period of one-party rule, an experiment with multi-party politics led to the 1950 election victory of the opposition Democratic Party and the peaceful transfer of power. Since then, Turkish political parties have multiplied, but democracy has been fractured by periods of instability and intermittent military coups (1960, 1971, 1980), which in each case eventually resulted in a return of political power to civilians.
In 1997, the military again helped engineer the ouster - popularly dubbed a "post-modern coup" - of the then Islamic-oriented government. Turkey intervened militarily on Cyprus in 1974 to prevent a Greek takeover of the island and has since acted as patron state to the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," which only Turkey recognizes.
A separatist insurgency begun in 1984 by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - now known as the People's Congress of Kurdistan or Kongra-Gel (KGK) - has dominated the Turkish military's attention and claimed more than 30,000 lives.
After the capture of the group's leader in 1999, the insurgents largely withdrew from Turkey mainly to northern Iraq. In 2004, KGK announced an end to its ceasefire and attacks attributed to the KGK increased. Turkey joined the UN in 1945 and in 1952 it became a member of NATO.
In 1964, Turkey became an associate member of the European Community. Over the past decade, it has undertaken many reforms to strengthen its democracy and economy; it began accession membership talks with the European Union in 2005.