East met West at the Erasta Aksin Cinema in Fethiye last weekend.
A Star Wars celebration
Students from Scotland and Turkey joined together to put on a display of “Cosplay” to celebrate the showing of the film “Solo – a Star Wars Story” with most of the Star Wars characters depicted in full costume.
Ten students, from various local schools and backgrounds, joined together to work on their outfits for this event.
The students, aged from 16 to 20, were Garreth Iain (Arif) Rous (Scotland),
Anıl Basat Birben (TR), Recep Ali Birben (TR), Eren Erdal (TR), Makbule Sultan Can (TR), Ata Aytekin (TR), Boran Avcı (TR), Erva Dündar (TR), Hakan Demirci (TR) and Sencer Soy (TR).
The purpose of this event was to spread inspiration in the youth of Fethiye and Muğla, and to be the spark to ignite the fire of creativity, a key component to the development of young minds.
Team founder, Garreth Iain (Arif) Rous, said “It has taken a long time and a lot of work but we got here. It all started at the previous Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, where I made my first costume for the film. I was met by a great many positive responses, so much so that several of my friends, who I frequently go to the cinema with, came to me and asked if they could also make costumes and join me for the next movie. From there it spread, with young people, from many different backgrounds, joining me in this project. After an 11 month process of costume making we arrived at Erasta Aksin Cinema and enjoyed the two days of madness, along with members of the public who couldn’t wait to get their photos taken with the Star Wars characters.”
Other members stated that it was two of the best days of their lives. This feeling was shared by families, teachers and tourists, as well as the local traders in the Erasta AVM, and plans are already underway for the next project!
If you would like more information about Cosplay, pease contact Garreth Iain (Arif) Rous at: email@example.com
All you need is an open mind and a determination to enjoy creativity.
This article was written for Fethiye Times by Garreth Rous with photographs by Norman Clark.