Turkish American Association of Alabama supports and assists the Birmingham International Center on "Spotlight on Turkey" project in between September,2010 - May,2011.

Spotlight on Turkey


Latif Bolat, a well-known Turkish musician and folk music singer in the United States, was invited to perform in UAB’s Hulsey Hall by the Birmingham International Center (BIC) as an event for Spotlight on Turkey. Free to everyone, the event took place on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Mr. Bolat sang and played the Saz, a century old Turkish instrument, and the piano, introduced the audience to a reading of Turkish poetry, which he often translated. His wonderful performance led to a pleading audience for an encore. After the concert, a reception, catered by the TAAA, was held for the attendants.

Visit Latif Bolat official website at: http://www.latifbolat.com/




This past September, the Birmingham International Center (BIC) held a kickoff reception for Spotlight on Turkey 2010-11. Chairman of Spotlight on Turkey, Orrin Ford, opened the reception with a speech addressed to the more than 150 guests attending the event. The ATAA President, Gunay Evinch, and the TAAA also attended. Spotlight on Turkey’s honorary guest of the evening was the Consul General Akil Oktem from the Turkish Embassy in Houston, Texas. Tony Petelos, mayor of Hoover, and Birmingham Mayor, William Bell, both presented the Consul with keys to the cities. The president of the ATAA (Assembly of Turkish American Associations), Gunay Evinch, also attended.

Spotlight on Turkey aims to educate teachers, students, and the community about Turkish history, cuisine, culture, and art. The program runs from September 2010 until the summer of 2011.