CEFTUS 6th Anniversary Gala: come celebrate the achievements of the Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot community


Next month, CEFTUS will be hosting its sixth anniversary gala dinner and awards evening. Taking place in the swanky ballroom at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in central London, the evening will recognise the achievements of the UK’s diverse Turkish-speaking communities, awarding successful role models, companies and associations for their exceptional work in politics, business, arts and culture, and community and charity.

Last year, man-of-the-moment Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attended and spoke at the dinner attended by 900 guests. Turkish music icon Zülfü Livaneli also performed a live set to the delight of the glammed-up audience. It’s not clear who will be providing the entertainment or keynote speeches for the 2017 event – but it is sure to be a memorable night.

All proceeds go towards funding CEFTUS, which stands for Centre for Turkey Studies. Launched in 2011, this independent think tank aims to build bridges between Turkey and Britain. The non-partisan organisation does not receive any funding other than from the public and has no political affiliation. It produces analysis and briefing papers. It also runs regular speaker events and roundtable discussions at Westminster, and academic and policy institutions, focussing on political developments in Turkey, seen through the eyes of regional and global experts, who illuminate on both current events and future political trends.

Alongside its policy work, CEFTUS has also been at the forefront of championing the Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot communities. The organisation’s founder İbrahim Doğuş has worked tirelessly to draw national media and political attention to this growing and thriving minority group, bound by their common heritage.

Over 900 people attended the CEFTUS 5th Anniversary Gala on 9 Oct. 2016

Senior politicians from each of the major British parties regularly address CEFTUS’s gala events or send messages recognising the achievements of the tripartite community. As a result, issues affecting the community locally or back in their ethnic homelands of Turkey and North Cyprus have risen up the political agenda.

To support their excellent work, but yourself a ticket or even better, a table’s worth, or sponsor CEFTUS. See below for full event details.

CEFTUS 6th Anniversary Gala details

Date: Sunday 8th October 2017#

Times: Reception, 18:00 – 19:00; Dinner & awards, 19:00 – 23:00.

Venue: Westminster Park Plaza Hotel, 200 Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7UT

Dress Code: lounge suit / cocktail dress

Tickets: buy online from here

Info and enquiries: to info@ceftus.org