Saturday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
World Culture Afternoon
Visitors are invited to an afternoon of pure Turkish delight! The event features Turkish dancing and music, talks on ancient and modern Turkey, an authentic cuisine demonstration, crafts, and more. This GlobalPhilly 2013 event is sponsored by the Turkish American Friendship Society of the United States, the Middle East Center of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Turkish Cultural Foundation. The event is FREE with Museum admission.
Penn student dance group Penn Yalla promises to shake things up—with an open Belly Dance Workshop at 1:30 pm. At 1:00 pm and again at 3:30 pm, the Turquoise Turkish Folk Dance Group from Penn State University performs traditional Turkish dances—and invites the audience to join in.
Dr. C. Brian Rose, Penn Museum curator and excavation director at the famous archaeological site of Gordion, Turkey—where Alexander the Great is said to have cut the Gordion knot, and King Midas to have met his end—is just back from a 2013 season at the site. He will share what he and his colleagues have recently learned at a 2:00 pm talk. Mr. Halil Demirdelen, Deputy Director of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara, offers an interactive table to explore more about the rich archaeology of Turkey, throughout the afternoon.
At 2:45 pm, Dr. Mehmet Darakcioglu, Associated Director of Penn’s Middle East Center, and Wharton senior Naz Özbek offer insights and perspective at a short panel discussion that focuses on “Democracy in Turkey Today.”
Kids of all ages can stop by at an open crafts table, where they can create a whirling Turkish dancer—using paper plates, marshmallows and craft sticks—to play with and take home.
Turkish food is yet another delight included in the day. The Museum’s Pepper Mill Café features Turkish cuisine on its menu, as well as other family-friendly foods and snacks.
One more delight! Visitors can try a free sample of Turkish delight, a popular sweet enjoyed in Turkey and around the world—while supplies last!
Images (top to bottom): Student dance group Penn Yalla performs at 1:30 pm during the Penn Museum's "Turkish Delight" World Culture Afternoon (photo by Penn Yalla); Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge of the Penn Museum’s Mediterranean Section, helps to remove a wooden beam from the roof of the burial chamber of Tumulus MM at Gordion, Turkey. Dr. Rose discusses his recent work at this famed archaeological site during a lecture at the Penn Museum on Saturday, September 28 at 2:00 pm as part of the “Turkish Delight” celebration (Photo courtesy C. Brian Rose).