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CAIR-LA Welcomes 2nd Annual Anatolian Festival to Southern California


CAIR-LA Welcomes 2nd Annual Anatolian Festival to Southern California
Group's Rep Participates in Festival's Opening Ceremony

(ANAHEIM, CA, 5/6/10) - The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today welcomed the 2nd Annual Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival to the Southern California region.

The festival, which begins today, celebrates the diverse history, food and traditional music of this vibrant region in Turkey. This year's interesting highlights include a replica of Istanbul's historic Topkapi Palace, a traditional coffee house and an arch featuring the statues of Nemrut Mountain. There will additionally be 120 stands with authentic fare, reminiscent of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

[Photo: CAIR-LA Exec. Director Hussam Ayloush with Turkish Consul General R. Hakan Tekin]

The festival will highlight the great civilizations that thrived in Anatolia, dating back to the Trojans, Romans and Ottomans. The "Paths of Anatolia" ushers visitors through a series of 14 arches dedicated to them, with costumed individuals bringing it all to life.

Today's festival opening ceremony featured many interfaith, elected, multi-faith and civic leaders, including CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi (Chairman, Fiqh Council of North America), Dafer Dakhil (Director, Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation), and Jihad Turk (Director of Religious Affairs, Islamic Center of Southern California).

"The festival provides a joyful atmosphere for children and families as it transports them back to the grand Islamic and Turkish civilizations, cultural traditions and delicious fare," Ayloush said.

The festival begins today, May 6 and will run through May 9, 2010 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. Tickets can be purchased at the festival's website: http://www.anatolianfestival.org/.

The festival is hosted by the Pacifica Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering multi-cultural dialogue.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area Communications Manager Munira Syeda, 714-776-1847, E-mail: info@losangeles.cair.com