Cultural events to revive Kaya Valley
During the six-day festival, participants will have a chance to attend various events including exhibitions, film screenings and talks on novels.
The Kaya Valley near the Aegean province of Muğla’s Fethiye district is to host Louis de Bernières, Victoria Hislop, Sofka Zinovieff and Jeremy Seal during the Cultural Connections Festival, from April 27 to May 3.
Several events will be organized during the six-day event, including the chance to watch acclaimed film “Dedemin İnsanları” (My Grandfather’s People) and to discuss it with its writer and director, Çağan Irmak and its producer, Mustafa Oğuz. At the event, Hislop will be discussing “The Thread,” her novel set in Thessaloniki. Seal will be talking about his latest book, “Meander: East to West along a Turkish River,” and his journey along the historic river now known as the Büyük Menderes. Sofka Zinovieff is a British writer of Russian heritage. Her novel “The House on Paradise Street” is set in Athens and covers a time period spanning from before the Second World War up to the present day.
A free concert will also showcase an eclectic range of musical entertainment: Turkish folkloric musical instrument “bağlama” player Hasan Kal, “saz” player Ahmet Eraslan, British and German duo Mazaj, who play Middle Eastern music, a popular Greek band, French swing and Rebetika from Café Aman, and dance and theater performances by Fethiye students.
A craft and produce fair will give Kayaköy and local residents the chance to display and promote their handicrafts and skills. Later in the week there will be photography and art exhibitions by Dutch artist Isabelle Cordes and the Fethiye Photography Club. For further information, please visit: www.culturalconnectionsfestival.com