THE BEST OF BURSA: HIGHLIGHTING THE BEST OF BURSA, TURKEY

      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.