|Taste the Colors of Türkiye
The Toronto Turkish Festival celebrates Turkish culture through music, exhibitions, arts, crafts, dance, shows and delicious food. Organized by the Canadian Turkish Friendship Community, the Festival invites you to a delightful two days, during which you can taste the colors of Türkiye!
Join us on Friday, August 24th from 11am to 7pm at Nathan Phillips Square and, Saturday and Sunday, August 25th and 26th, 2012, from 11am to 9pm at the David Pecaut Square, in the heart of downtown Toronto. The festival is open to the public, entrance is free. This year, like last, the Festival will be alive with the sights, sounds and aromas of Türkiye! Visitors are encouraged not to come to the festival alone, but to bring their family, friends, and neighbours!.
This festival is the forth-Turkish festival in Canada’s history, and an important contribution to the celebration of multiculturalism in Toronto. The first one was successfully held, as over 40,000 people participated in the festivities on August 5, 2006. David Miller, Mayor of Toronto, visited the Turkish community during the Festival and congratulated everyone for joining the City’s “Live with Culture” project. CTFC was in a way forced to extend it to a two-days festival by Miller. And in 4-5 August 2007 and in 2-3 August 2008 CTFC once more successfully organized the Turkish Festival. Almost hundred thousand people from Canadian-Turkish community and from many other communities and cultures around GTA and neighbouring cities, provinces and U.S states, have visited the festival.
Canadian Turkish Friendship Community
The Toronto Turkish Festival is organized by the Canadian Turkish Friendship Community (CTFC), in which is devoted to the promotion of Turkish Culture and Language in Toronto and Canada as a non-profit and charitable organization since its beginning in the year of 2005. One of its objectives is to contribute to Ontario’s society in terms of promoting intercultural events, and another is to support educational and cultural activities open to the public. Within this framework, the Toronto Turkish Festival serves to instil and strengthen intercultural bridges by reaching out towards a greater community within Ontario, and even beyond its borders. It is also very unique, unparalleled, and especially important for the Turkish community living in Toronto.