"Virtual Global Village" event where many countries including Turkey made presentations about different areas of culture and also made cultural exchange was held by New York University. Representing Turkey Yunus Emre Institute make presentations about culture, history, tourism. A special video was presented about Turkish coffee culture.
Yunus Emre Institute attended New York University’s Virtual Global Village. The Global Village festival is hosted by NYU’s School of Professional Studies in cooperation withStudent Council and Student Life. It is organized to allow students and community guests to share the customs of their home countries and family heritage. Yunus Emre Institute was invited to represent Turkey this year.
ORGANIZED ONLINE FOR THE FIRST TIME
This year was the first virtual Global Village due to the pandemic. Normally the program is hosted in a large open university hall with various countries hosting booths. Booths have a wide variety of cultural items like food, handicrafts, literature, and pictures. The event usually hosts live music and dance performances as well. This year the participants shared videos of their past travels and performed live demonstrations of music, dance, and food preparation over an online conference call. The event was also partnered with the World Food Kitchen to raise money for food-insecure communities. This year China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Guyana, Honduras, India, Italy, Japan, the Jewish Diaspora, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey were represented.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION FOR TURKISH HISTORY, CULTURE AND TOURISM
Yunus Emre Institute gave the participants a taste of Turkey through a brief travel video that showed them scenes from Turkey’s beautiful vacation destinations and an abbreviated version of the institute’s high demand Turkish Coffee Happy Hour.
The NYU community loved learning about Turkish coffee from Matt Holbrook, one of the institute’s Public Relations Assistants. The Global Village chat was flooded with positive feedback and excitement about someday trying Turkish coffee in person. The Yunus Emre Institute partnered with the Global Village program to raffle a Turkish coffee set to a lucky winner in the audience. The Yunus Emre Institute’s staff were happy to bring Turkey to NYU’s Global Village while their community waits out the pandemic safely. The institute was proud to support such a positive program that celebrates both NYU and the world's wonderfully diverse landscape.