Selçuk Festival

Selçuk festival takes place every year at the beginning of September.  Dates are variable and it’s often very difficult to find out precisely when the festival is going to take place until pretty close to the last moment.  This year we thought we would miss most of it as we were off on a roadtrip (of which more later) right at the beginning of the months, but we were in luck and the festival didn’t actually start till after we got back.

There are stalls selling crafts (traditional and modern) and various other goods all over town and concerts at various locations.  There was a film show running more or less constantly under the aqueduct.  We took our longest wander round on the Friday night and the town centre was packed with people strolling around and enjoying themselves.  There were camels!  I think they were young camels.  They were not wearing their finery.

There are cookery demonstrations and competitions and some very interesting demonstrations of local craftsmen and women.  There was a tinner and people making the decorations you see on the camels in wrestling season.

There was a music programme and we heard some of the concerts were very good though we didn’t actually catch any of them.  There was also a lot of music on the streets and some of that was very good indeed.

We did do some shopping.  We bought a couple of beautifully made stools – turned wood with woven string seats.  They are comfortable and look very smart on the back terrace.

We didn’t get any good photos of the festival, despite having returned on a second occasion specifically to take them.   The living statues, however, were standing very still….

Festival-living-statues

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6 responses to “Selçuk Festival

  1. . . every town has one every year and some are just wonderful and some are just . . . indescribable, hilariously indescribable!

  2. Is any of the festival allowed to take place in Efes ?

    • I don’t think so, not at the moment. Though they did have several concerts there over the summer (those that interested us were at times we couldn’t make). The first one this year was in the big theatre, which was, apparently, very spectacular.

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