Romany Experiencein Turkey!
1-7 May 2016
HIDRELLEZ FESTIVAL in
Are you ready to experience a glimpse of the Romani culture in Turkey? Oriental Istanbul is taking you to a wonderful and unique journey in Turkey where you will enjoy a great week full of Romani dance, culture and street parties.
You will be taught the technique and style of the Romany dance from master teachers Artemis Mourat, Serap Su and Reyhan Tuzsuz. After going through an intense course in Istanbul, we will travel to Edirne, the heart of the Gypsy community in Turkey to celebrate Hidrellez together with the locals in town.
Enjoy dinner with a local Gypsy band in the festival field in Edirne!
What is Hidrellez and how is it celebrated?
Hidrellez is the traditional early spring festival, celebrating the awakening of the nature, every year throughout Anatolia. It is believed that every wish you make tonight will be accepted, as tonight prophet Hizir comes to give help to those who need it.
Hidrellez is a very important day for Romanys and is celebrated all through the night with street parties. The streets bustle with Gypsy music bands and crowds dancing to the 9/8 rhythm. The tradition is to jump over a fire and make a wish. You can also write or draw your wish and bury it under a plant or tie it on a tree branch. Also in Edirne, the Romany people have the tradition to go by the river very early in the morning to take a ritual dip in the cold water.
Learn the technique and the spirit of Romany Dance during intense workshops with ...
May 1, Sunday
Welcome to Istanbul. Upon your arrival, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Tonight we will enjoy a welcome dinner in famous fish restaurant district of Istanbul, Kumkapi. You will meet your teachers and the rest of the group tonight as well as enjoying a lovely dinner and live music from Gypsy musicians.
May 2, Monday
Today we will begin our classes, learning techniques and styles of Romany dance. You will be transferred to our modern and large studio to spend most of the day dancing, dancing and dancing..
10:00 - 12:00 Workshop with Reyhan Tuzsuz
12:30 - 14:30 Workshop with Artemis Mourat
Turkish Romany is a street dance in dance. Experience authentic Roman dance that people actually dance at weddings and parties!
After the class, we go back to the hotel and the rest of the day is your free time!
May 3, Tuesday
Our day starts with another 2-hour workshop with Artemis Mourat.
May 4, Wednesday
A morning full of dancing. After breakfast and check out, we will leave our hotel and head to studio.
10:00 - 12:00 Workshop with Artemis Mourat
May 5, Thursday
This is the big day!
Free time in the the afternoon. A great chance to visit Selimiye Mosque, the masterpiece of Architect Sinan and many historical bazaars in the town. Make sure to taste the famous cheese dessert of Edirne.
16:00 We’re meeting at the hotel and heading to the festival area to be there for the ignition of the famous Hidrellez fire. Jump over the fire 3 times and your wish will come true! This is the real thing! You will spend tonight amongst the Romany locals of Edirne dancing, having fun and celebrating the major event of the year, Hidrellez.
Our dinner will be prepared at the festival site, and we are throwing our own party with our very own local Gypsy band. The locals of the town will also join us for fun.
May 6, Friday
We are rising very early this morning as one of the most important rituals of all Gypsy communities takes place. Just before the sunrise, we will arrive by the river to witness the purity ceremony. Young Gypsy girls come along with their wedding dresses and young Gypsy boys dip in the cold river. Write your wish on a piece of white paper and throw it in the flowing river to make sure it comes true.
May 7, Saturday
This morning, according to the flight times of the passengers, we will leave Edirne and drive back to Istanbul. Those who are leaving today, will be transferred to the airport. If you want to extend your stay, you can book extra accommodation for tonight.
IMPORTANT: Please book an afternoon flight, preferably after 4 pm if you are returning on the 7th of May. If you are not able to book an earlier flight, then please arrange your stay until 8th May.
How did we plan our program?
Romany dance is a street dance so people usually learn it by watching others dancing from childhood, but for us adults ( AND foreigners! ) it is not easy to master in a short time.
So, we have Artemis Mourat who can breakdown basics and techniques in English and in her own style, then, we have Reyhan's' lesson to experience authentic dance while we can implement what we have learned in previous lessons. Serap Su will show combinations of Romani and Turkish Oriental.
Not enough dancing? We can also arrange private/semi private lessons for you.
Lady Diana Hotel
Edirne Palace Hotel
PP in DBL: € 890
Extra Night in Istanbul:
PAYMENT IS SIMPLE WITH CREDIT CARD OR PAY PAL!
Price does not Include: