It has long been a mission of TAASNY (www.taasny.org) to expand the scope of Karagöz Shadow Theater, which is recognized by UNESCO as the intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009.
A group of Karagöz Shadow Theater lovers started "Karagöz Everywhere" project in 2016 with the idea of exposing the 700 year friendship of Karagöz and Hacivat to audiences around the world. With this mission in mind, we have been collaborating with artists and cultural institutions who have been touched by and enchanted with the Karagöz characters.
Collaborating with the Yunus Emre Institute, our Karagoz team had two shows at Washington D.C. Public Schools. The first show was at Wheatley Education Campus, and the second at HD Cooke Elementary School. Over 200 children attended, and met Karagoz and his friends for the first time.