Visit Kayaköy on any other day of the year and you’ll find a sleepy village, watched over by abandoned crumbling buildings, a reminder of a life gone by.

The eerie air of stillness that hangs over the deserted village was replaced by the sounds of music, dance, laughter and fun on Saturday when residents and local businesses held the Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği).

Hundreds of people flocked to enjoy the atmosphere and a packed day of entertainment.

In photos: Kayaköy Festival – music, dance and much more

Thank you to Nichola Chapman and Steve Parsley for sharing their wonderful photos with us.

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To see more of Nichola’s work, please visit Nichola Chapman Photography

In photos: Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği) - music, dance and much more
“The Kardelen Turkish Music Society was founded in 2016. Group members are retirees, housewives and employees who have contributed to Turkish music. The group performs between September and June, giving 4 concerts in the period. The Kardelen Art Association was established and became legal in April 2018. Chorus conductor Şule Bozok is a retired music teacher.” – Gülşen Yeğen
In photos: Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği) - music, dance and much more
Photo Credit: Steve Parsley
In photos: Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği) - music, dance and much more
Photo Credit: Steve Parsley
In photos: Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği) - music, dance and much more
Photo Credit: Steve Parsley
In photos: Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği) - music, dance and much more
Photo Credit: Steve Parsley
In photos: Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği) - music, dance and much more
Photo Credit: Steve Parsley
In photos: Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği) - music, dance and much more
Photo Credit: Steve Parsley
In photos: Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği) - music, dance and much more
Photo Credit: Steve Parsley
In photos: Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği) - music, dance and much more
Photo Credit: Steve Parsley
In photos: Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği) - music, dance and much more
Photo Credit: Steve Parsley
In photos: Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği) - music, dance and much more
Photo Credit: Steve Parsley
In photos: Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği) - music, dance and much more
Photo Credit: Steve Parsley
In photos: Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği) - music, dance and much more
Photo Credit: Steve Parsley

What a really lovely day…

Later, walking back along a road lined with lifeless houses, the wind rustling through the shrubbery in the sightless windows could almost have been a sigh of longing for days gone by…

In photos: Kayaköy Festival (Şenliği) - music, dance and much more

2 COMMENTS

  1. Beautiful, stunning and evocative photos that really capture the atmosphere, culture and mood. One word fantastic.

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