The Theme of the 2012 7th Annual Green Yayla Culture, Arts and Environment Festival in the Kaçkar Mountains is Traditional Fruits
This year’s program for the 2012 7th Green Yayla Culture, Arts and Environment Festival organized annually around a different theme by Gola Culture, Arts and Ecology NGO is full of surprises.
The festival with the theme of traditional fruits will take place on August 31st and September 1st-2nd in Arhavi, Findikli, Yolgeçen (Lome) and Cennet (Ç’ennet’i) villages in Rize and Artvin provinces. Gola’s theme this year is based on a new project of creating a database of local fruit varieties and documenting stories of sustainable living in the Eastern Black Sea region. A wealth of events are centered around the local fruit varieties including the Black Sea Woman’s Stage; a concert by Ross Daly, a world music maestro from Crete, accompanied by Kelly Thoma and Periklis Papapetropoulos, and a concert by Birol Topaloğlu, well known for promoting the Laz music internationally. In addition, performances by local musicians and horon dancers, workshops and visual art projects, environmental talks and discussions about this year’s theme will also be part of the festival. Traditionally hosting women musicians from the Caucasus region and internationally, the festival this year will feature multi-instrumentalist Bajsa Arifovska, an outstanding musician from Macedonia; from the Kardeş Türküler music group, Fehmiye Çelik, and the talented singer and the percussionist Duygu Aydın, will participate. Also performing together on the Black Sea Women’s Stage will be Mine Kalaycı, Güler Topaloğlu, and a kemancha player İlknur Yakupoğlu…
To savor the taste and the smell of disappearing fruits please join us at this colorful garden!
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