Festival Faces

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Always fun to catch the faces during an event so when our little village has a ‘do’ one has to get out and try to capture it!

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Iznik, Turkey

Veterans of the Cyprus conflict marching with the Northern Cyprus folk dance group
Northern Cypriot dancer
Ukrainian dancers
daughters of Iznik
standard bearer for the Mehter

All photographs by delikızınyeri

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Stage Action

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It’s that time of year again – the annual Iznik International Dance and Pottery festival.  This year we had dance groups from 5 countries and from our own little town.  As usual trying to find an uncluttered shot of these events is more than challenging, but the exercise is good for practicing this craft!

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Iznik, Turkey
All photographs by delikızınyeri

Hoppin’ Hidrellez

I am breaking my self-imposed rule of 3 photos per blog for this fun Hidrellez event which is a celebration of the ending of winter and the beginning of summer.  (You can google it for a more involved explanation.)

First, the musicians who provide the beat….

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…for those who wish to dance….

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…and for those who just enjoy the festivities.

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Istanbul, Turkey
All photographs by delikızınyeri

Hidrellez

HDZ_491-EditHidrellez (May 5)  is a celebration of the coming of spring practiced throughout the Turkic world.   Jumping over a bonfire and planting wishes under a rose bush or floating them in the river are just two of the many rituals associated with the holiday. These shots are from the all night Romany (gypsy) celebration in Edirne, Turkey.

HDZ_749-EditHDZ_1049-EditAll photographs by delikızınyeri