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Turkish culture to be introduced with music, dance


Turkish language students learn Turkish folk dancing during the 2016 IU Summer Language Workshop. Folk dances are performed by local dance troupes and are a popular activity at wedding receptions, family and community gatherings in Turkey. Courtesy Photo Buy Photos

Turkish Culture Night, presented by IU Turkish Flagship, will introduce IU students to Turkish culture Tuesday night, according to a press release.

The event, at 6 p.m. in the Hutton Honors College Great Room, will feature traditional Turkish folk dancing, music, food, tea and information about study abroad and scholarship opportunities available through the flagship and the honors college.

According to its website, the flagship was founded in 2011 by a grant from the Language Flagship. The Turkish Flagship offers intensive language and cultural instruction as part of the Language Flagship’s initiative to change the way Americans learn languages.

Syrian refugees, numerically estimated to be in the millions, have been displaced to Turkey, according to the release, which has brought Turkey into the global news spotlight.

This event, however, is highlighting lesser known, more positive facts about the country, like that Turkey has one of the largest economies in the Middle East and Turkish is spoken by almost 80 million people worldwide.

The culture night will serve as a way for IU students to discover Turkey, according to the release.

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