The 30th International Golden Karagöz Folk Dance Competition was held in July on stages throughout Bursa. Internationally renowned, the competitive festival aims to promote intercultural friendship through folk dance. This year’s event drew dance ensembles from 23 countries scattered throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. The 30th Golden Karagöz award went to the troupe from Serpay Folklore Ethnographic Studio in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

The cultures, colors, sounds, and dances displayed at such an internationally flavored competition are a sight to behold. Local photographer Özgür Altınkaynak spent some time at the festival capturing many of the dance groups on film. Here are a few of his photos from this year’s competition.

International Golden Karagöz Dance Competition

Bafochi Folkloric Ballet of Chile, Santiago, Chile

International Golden Karagöz Dance Competition

Artistic Ensemble of Songs and Dances, Mitrovica, Kosovo

International Golden Karagöz Dance Competition

Tunisian National Popular Art Troupe, Tunis, Tunisia

International Golden Karagöz Dance Competition

Esimde, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

International Golden Karagöz Dance Competition

Merani, Tblisi, Georgia

International Golden Karagöz Dance Competition

Le Pount Djibouti Folk Dance Ensemble, Djibouti

International Golden Karagöz Dance Competition

State Republican Korean Theater of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan

International Golden Karagöz Dance Competition

The winning ensemble: Serpay Folklore Ethnographic Studio, Asbgabat, Turkmenistan

International Golden Karagöz Dance Competition

Cultures, colors, and international friendship through folk dance

 

Please see Özgür’s other contributions to The Best of Bursa: Village Scenes, Natural Bursa, and Muradiye from Two Perspectives.