German-Turkish Month 2019

(October 3rd 2019 - November 9th, 2019)

German-Turkish Month 2019 aims to raise awareness amongst the German public of the history and development of the German-Turkish Community and its contributions to German society, while celebrating the richness of German-Turkish culture.

With an estimated 3 million residents, the German-Turkish Community represents the largest minority of migrants in Germany. Throughout the last 50 years, this diverse community has become a vital component of German society. While the integration of the German-Turkish Community is a much discussed topic within Germany, there is little doubt that the Community is contributing to a positive image of a diverse Germany abroad. Imagine cosmopolitan Berlin without little Istanbul? Despite the challenges, people of Turkish background are present in German society on many levels today. This series represents the opportunity to recognize these individuals and consider their influence as role-models.

The main themes of the week will include the barriers overcome by people of Turkish background, the challenges that remain, the role of the German-Turkish Community in German society, and hopes for the future. The stories of key individuals from the fields of politics, business, media, civil society, academia, and the arts will provide insights into the past, present and future of the community.