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Turkish Folk Dance
 
Saturday, 3rd November 2012 at 6:30 pm
 
Turkish Folk Dance
 Presented by the Silivri Folk Dancers - Aslihan Seda Sezen Solmaz; Remzi Tatlicioğlu; Yaşar Gurur Eşen; Dilara Karagöz; Hakan Demirel; Gözde ĺpek; Neslihan Gϋşalaci; and Emrah Maşalaci
 
(Collaboration: Embassy of Turkey)
Venue: Rose Garden
 
Turkish Folk Dances
Turkey, located at the intersection of Europe and the Middle East, facing three seas, and straddling important trade routes, has an ancient and complex culture, which is reflected in the rich variety of its dance forms. Divided into six cultural regions each with a distinctive dance style - Trakya (European Turkey), Marmara (on the coast of the Sea of Marmara), Karadeniz (North-central, on the coast of the Black Sea), Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia, and Southeastern Anatolia. But the dance traditions as a whole are largely dominated by the influence of the Ottoman Empire. Costumes worn by the dancers often represent the mood of the dance depicted with very colorful clothes representing happiness, those of somber colours, slow and sad dances.
 
Traditional Turkish folk dances include Bar - performed largely in the eastern part of Anatolia (Erzurum, Bayburt, Agri, Kars, Artvin and Erzincan provinces); Halay - performed in the Eastern, South- Eastern and Central Anatolia, one of the most striking dance forms. Horon,a folk dance from the coastal areas of the Black Sea and its interiors; and Zeybek, the folk dance of Western Anatolia.
 
 
Silivri, 67 km from the city centre of Istanbul, is a popular summer resort for many Istanbulis. A city and district in Istanbul Province along the Sea of Marmara, Silivri, in ancient Greek was Selymbria or Selybria.
 

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