The music line up includes the Beskydy with their mix of folk, jazz music and modern dance; performances by Hakan and Co. with music that can best be described as Europe meets Turkey. Not forgetting the traditional, London-based London Turkish Radio classical Turkish Music chorus and orchestra performing makam music – this particular genre of music evolved over the centuries as the art music around the Ottoman Palace in Istanbul. A number of DJ’s will also be joining us to entertain while you rest and browse round the bazaar in between program performances.
Be enthralled by performances of Turkish folk dance by members of the London Turkish Schools Youth and Children’s Dance Group. There will also be Karadeniz and Diyerbakir regional folk dance performance by International Dance and Music Centre. Joining them is a number of modern and traditional Turkish dance groups including modern Turkish dance from Figen Felps and traditional belly dance by Hulya Baysan.
A number of artists and painters will show and sell their work including a collection of oil on canvas paintings by Fadime Yildirim, Nevin Borazan with acrylic on canvas figurines and fine art by Dogan Ors.
There will be Henna Tattoos and face painting, guaranteed to keep the little ones busy.
The South Bank riverside walkway is transformed into a Turkish Bazaar with stalls serving the best of Turkish food, drink, spices, music and crafts. The festival bazaar will include famous Turkish dishes, cheese and olives, traditionally eaten fruits and nuts along side traditional items like carpets, rugs, hand painted plates and more.
The event is part of Coin Street Festival and is organised by Turkish Forum UK (TFUK). TFUK aims to increase economical, social, cultural and educational links and work forces in both UK and Turkey for the mutual benefit of both countries.
Future Festival dates:
Capital Age, 20 August, 2-6pm
The Mayor’s Thames Festival, 16 & 17 September, noon-10pm