Cliff's Links

Included here are some links to websites associated with Turkish shadow puppet theater or Turkish culture in general. I expect the entries on this page to grow, and I hope that you will investigate and enjoy some of the sites currently listed.  If you have a website that you think might be directly related to either of these two topics please email me, Cliff Long, and if appropriate we will trade links.

Crescent Moon Karagoz Shadow Puppet Theater on Turkish American TV!

Cliff Long and Crescent Moon Karagoz Shadow Puppet Theater were very pleased to have been invited to appear on Turkish American TV this year!  Join Cliff and host Ozgul Andican on The Turkish American Hour as we explore the history and significance of Karagoz shadow theater, and also offer a traditional shadow puppet performance.  The show concludes with shadow puppets Karagoz and Hacivat introducing some of the other characters that can offer be seen in traditional Turkish shadow theater.  Here is the link.  Please check it out!  Show running time: 30 minutes.


Hacivat Karagoz Neden Olduruldu

Who Killed Hacivat and Karagoz/Who Killed the Shadows: A full length feature film directed by Ezel Akay detailing the lives of the two men who were the inspiration for the founding of Turkish shadow puppet theater during the early Ottoman Empire. A mix of history and legend, this film is a wonderful "what if" introduction to the events leading up to the birth of Turkish shadow puppet theater in medieval Anatolia. Running time 134 minutes.  (2006).




  • 2006 Adana Golden Boll International Film Festival: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction
  • 2006 Ankara International Film Festival: Best Actor (Haluk Bilginer), Best Art Direction, Best Music
  •  Puppet Organizations:   The North American Chapter of Union Internationale de la Marionette. UNIMA was first founded in 1929 in Prague, Czechloslovakia and represented puppeteers from over 14 countries. The US Chapter became UNIMA-USA, Inc. in 1966 with Jim Henson as the first chairman.  The website offers resources and information on festivals, puppet shows and puppetry.  

    Cultural Organizations:

    1. Turkish Cultural Foundation
    1025 Connecticut Avenue NW---Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036

    2.American Turkish Association (ATA-DC)
    1526 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036

    3.Middle East Institute
    1761 N St. NW, Washington DC20036,
    Phone: (202) 785-0183

    4.Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies
    10517 Braddock Road, Patriot Square, Suite 1700, Fairfax, VA22030
    Phone:(703) 993-5230

    An extraordinary exhibit of Ottoman textiles and ceramics dating from the 16th century at The Textile Museum, 2320 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20008.  For further information contact the museum at 202-667-0441 or online at WWW.TEXTILEMUSEUM.ORG.  The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  Closed Mondays.  The exhibit will continue to be on display until March 10, 2013.  ***NOTE: A PORTION OF THE SULTAN'S GARDEN: THE BLOSSOMING OF OTTOMAN ART HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 14TH!  Check the Textile Museum's website for details.***

    Turkish Festival, Washington, DC

    Voted best ethnic festival in Washington, DC. Normally held during the first weekend in October on Pennsylvania Avenue. Check the website for current details.

    1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization
    Exhibit at the National Geographic Museum, Washington, DC until February 3, 2012. The exhibit has now closed and is in preparation to move to the next venue.  Please visit the title link directly above for 1001 Inventions for more details on this exhibit and its remarkable progress.

    After concluding a very successful run at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC, 1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization will begin a three year tour of Malaysia in early 2013.  If you live in Malaysia or are planning a visit to that part of the world near a venue hosting this amazing exhibit, don't miss it! 

    Magazines and Publications

    1. Bonbon Magazine

    The only bi-lingual Turkish/English magazine designed for children (ages 6 to 14).

    2. Cornucopia Magazine

    Filled with beautiful images and well-written articles about Turkey. Each issue also features some recipes from the region.

    3. Saudi-Aramco World

    Published  with the intent to broaden knowledge of the cultures, history and geography of the Arab and Muslim worlds and their connections to the West. The September/October 2012 issue features the history of the Mehter Musicians of the Ottoman Empire.


    Karavan: Treasures from Turkey

    Excellent Turkish and Oriental rug collection as well as a fine selection of Turkish gift items. Located at 902 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland.  The high quality stock is always changing, and owner and carpet expert Max Ondar is a consummate host.

    Ark of Crafts  

    An amazingly wonderful  shop dedicated to both traditional and contemporary Turkish arts and artisans, based in Istanbul.  Their website is well worth visiting.  You won't be disappointed.

    Middle East Collectibles

    An outstanding offering of unusual and hard to get items from Persia, Central Asia and surrounding areas of the Middle East.  Excellent selection of Islamic jewelry and related collectibles.  Fast and reliable overseas shipment.   


    Crescent Moon Karagoz Shadow Puppet T-shirts and other merchandise available at CafePress. Come visit our store at Cafe Press!


    Sustainable Entrepreneurship:

    Introducing an exciting and inspirational feature to my links page!

    Organizations and individuals listed here, whether or not engaged in the art of Turkish shadow puppetry, offer sustainable and socially responsible products that benefit the entire world in an empowering and inspiring way. Please check out what they have to offer.

    Launched by Article 22 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and their affiliates, the peaceBOMB Project supports Laotian farmers and villagers who are melting down scrap metal from bombs dropped in Laos during the Vietnam War.  This recovered ordnance is then turned into wearable art.  Each purchase also provides funds to clear Laotian farmland of still deadly UXB's (unexploded bombs).


    About Cliff

    Appearances & Schedule

    Karagoz & Hacivat

    Caravan of Cultures

    Instructions -how to make a shadow puppet - Under construction

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    Last updated  11/7/2017