Turkish Heritage Night at Little Caesars Arena


On January 9, Turkish Michiganders rocked the Little Caesar’s Arena with the Turkish Heritage Night. Volunteer dancers, many of whom are TACAM past and present board members, first performed the Damat Halayı with plenty of cheers from the crowd. Then Irem and Chris performed a couples dance with “Istanbul, not Constantinople” by They Might Be Giants. The entire arena was filled with the lyrics “Turkish delight, Turks, and Istanbul”. The dance performance ended with Turkish and American flags saluting the spectators. We received congratulatory remarks by the Pistons staff for the two amazing performances and the uniform red T-shirts with TACAM logo.

Thursday, January 9, 2020
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Little Caesars Arena
2645 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

The Pistons game against Cavaliers was a thriller too. Cavaliers won the game in overtime with Cedi Osman in starting lineup with 11 points.

Approximately 100 Turkish Michiganders met with Cedi Osman in a post game meet-up. TACAM presented flowers to him and wished him success in his NBA career. He kindly answered many questions from us and agreed to take a group picture.

Overall, the night is one of those memorial ones and we plan on repeating it next year, hopefully on a weekend this time so that more friends, especially kids and youth can join.

The entire TACAM team including the dancers Mehmet Erdem Yaya, Nilüfer Esen, Tayfun Bilgin, Tunc Kulaksız, Mine Tascı Özalp, İrem Meyer, Cem Tekeşin, Oya Tekeşin, İrem Yörük, Christopher Glasow, Aynur Yeni, İlayda Yeni, Kerim Ali Yılmaz would like to thank everyone who came and enjoyed the night.