Ahiska Turks Friendship Festival

70 years ago, on November 15, 1944, 115000 Ahiska (Meskhetian) Turks living in Ahiska region of Georgia in the former Sorvet Union, 15 km from the northeastern border of Turkey, were deported to Central Asia. Due to riots against them in Uzbekistan in 1989, the Ahiska Turks fled to Krasnodar, where they were undocumented for years.

In 2005, more than 12000 Ahiska Turks from Krasnodar Russia were granted asylum in the U.S.  Hundreds of families have settled in the south end of Washington State and are now living in peace and prosperity.


On November 30th, 2014, the Ahiska and Turkish American communities of the Pacific Northwest invite you to join them in celebration of their friendship and solidarity at a special event sponsored by the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington.  Scroll down for the program!

All events are free and open to the public from 12 noon – 5:30 pm.  For the evening dinner and entertainment program after 5:30, tickets are on sale by clicking here and at the door ($10).


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 Festival highlights:

12 noon – 5:30 pm


Ahiska and Turkish Food Preparation Demos

Paper-Marbling Workshop

Anatolian Youth and Adult Folk Dances

Turkish Music

Ahiska Folk Dances

Uzbek & Georgian Folk Dances

Anatolian and Ahiska Folk Dance Workshops

Erden Eruc Presentation: “Changing the Face of Global Adventure” (see details below)

**Long-time Seattle resident, Erden Eruç is the leading ocean rower in the world today.  He is the recipient of the 2013 Citation of Merit from the prestigious Explorers Club, and one of the 2013 Adventurers of the Year – “nine individuals changing the face of global adventure” selected by the Outside Magazine.  Erden is the founder of the Seattle based 501(c)(3) nonprofit Around-n-Over with a mission to educate and inspire children. Human powered journeys are the source of their dispatches from the field. To date, Around-n-Over has raised and applied over $100k toward educational projects.**

Evening Program:

5:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Ahiska/Turkish dinner – dressy/festive attire requested.


Who are the Ahiska People? Community members share their stories.

Ahiska toy & Anatolian “kina” henna night celebration

Dancing to Live Ahiska/Turkish music

Group Truva Concert, from Vancouver BC

**Group Truva is a Turkish folk music band that was formed in 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia. For the last six years, Group Truva has been performing at cultural music shows, festivals, events and concerts to “introduce and raise awareness about the Turkish Folk Music throughout North America.**


Erman Yavuz (Guitar, Vocal)

Erdal Kun (Saz/Baglama)

Safak Karaca (Guitar, Vocal)

Lisa Ronald (Flute, Clarinet, Irish Whistle)

Khashayar Mahboubian (Percussion)


8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Turkish film screening (Film TBA)


For the evening dinner and entertainment program beginning at 5:30 pm, tickets are on sale by clicking here and at the door.