Following the tragic mining accident in Soma, Manisa, earlier this week, Turkish Day in London has been postponed until further notice.

In an official statement, organisers of Turkish Day in London say, “Turkey is continuing to suffer with the tragedy of the mining accident in Soma, having lost hundreds of brave miners while the situation continues to develop. Families, friends and colleagues of those that have passed away are experiencing unimaginable grief and suffering at this time.

We therefore cannot justify celebrating at Turkish Day in London so soon after this catastrophic event. Turkish Day in London is thus postponed until further notice.

Our thoughts are with the survivors and all those that have lost loved ones.”


A open-air festival celebrating Turkey – Turkish Day in London – will be held this year on Saturday 17 May in Trafalgar Square, between 12pm and 8.30pm.

The Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism, is one of this free event’s sponsors, and the famous Square will play host to celebrations and a day packed with activities for all ages.

Turkish Day London

The Turkish Day in London will showcase the rich mix of the traditional and modern features of Turkish culture, with performances by an Ottoman ‘mehter’ (marching) band, a folk dance troupe and belly dancers, as well as by contemporary musicians such as Turkey’s 2012 Eurovision representative Can Bonomo and music groups She’koyoh and Sudden Exit.


Traditional Turkish food and sweets such as kebabs, baklava and Turkish ice cream will also be available to sample and purchase.

More Information

For more information and the event programme, please visit