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                            Turkish Festival in Manchester

                                   19th November 2011

Under the theme Turkey: a Bridge between Civilisations and Cultures, Turkish science,
culture, architecture, art and food are coming to Manchester. In what is probably the first of
its kind in the UK, on the 19th November 2011, Manchester will host one of the largest
displays of Turkey’s unique civilisation and culture, which enjoys strong resurgence, thanks
to the country’s emergence as a global economic and political power.

Led by the British Muslim Heritage Centre (BMHC) in Whalley Range, Manchester, UK, and
in partnership with theTurkish Embassy, Turkish Airlines and several public and private
agencies inthe UK and Turkey, the festival will include a range of exhibitions, workshops,
seminars and lectures guaranteed to inform and entertain all age groups andinterests.

During his recent visit to the BMHC, His Excellency Mr Ünal Çeviköz, The Turkish
Ambassador said “I welcome the opportunity of the Festival to increase awareness of Turkish
culture and the contribution Turkey is making to global economic, cultural and political
development. The Turkish Embassy will do all it can to make sure the Festival is a success”.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council also thanked the BMHC for planning
such as important festival in Manchester. He acknowledged its importance saying that “with
the Turkish economy now the 7th largest in Europe and 16th in the world, it is vital for us to
strengthen our relationship with Turkey and benefit from its economic growth. The festival
could not have come at a better time and I would encourage everyone to take part.”

Unique among the exhibits and for the first time in the UK will be the genius mechanical
engineer from southeast Turkey Al-Jazari’s 13th century musical boat as well as the 17th
Century scholar Katib Celebi’s exhibition. A workshop on the 12th Century Astrolabe, as well
as lectures by eminent Turkish and British scholars. Turkey’s unique art, food and costumes
will also enjoy prominent place in the festival.

The festival will be held on the grounds of the stunning grade II* listed BMHC on College
Road, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 8BP. For more information please call BMHC on
     0161 881 8062 or visit the Turkish festival website: or the
     BMHC website:

     Notes to the Editor:

1.   The BMHC aims to ‘promote Islam’s rich anddiverse heritage, inspiring all communities to embrace
     diversity and be instrumental in the shaping of a cohesive society’.

2. The BMHC is located within 8 acres of a prestigious grade II* listed building, formally home of the GMB
   National College, Whalley Range, Manchester.

3. The Festival day will start at 10.00am and close at 5.00pm. However, the exhibition will remain open for a
   further two months with opportunity for school groups and other people to visit.

4. The festival will include the following:

             ·   An exhibition of replicas of many Turkish inventions such as Al-Jazaris mechanical inventions
                 and the Astrolabe.

             ·   An extensive photographic exhibition covering key developments over the last 900 years.

             ·   A series of lectures delivered by Turkish and British scholars on many aspects of Turkey’s

             ·   A showcase of Turkish culture including traditional dress, food and art.

             ·   Films screenings and interactive workshops including calligraphy and Ottoman textiles.

             ·   Stalls and displays where you can sample and purchase many aspects of Turkish life and

5. For further details please call Saima Alvi on 07738301775, or by email


     Rahim Kawooya on 07875358910, or by email

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