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A Real 
Romany Experience
 in Turkey!
1-7 May 2016
HIDRELLEZ FESTIVAL in  
ISTANBUL
and
EDIRNE

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.


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Teachers:

Learn the technique and the spirit of Romany Dance during intense workshops with ...

Artemis Mourat

Serap Su

Reyhan Tuzsuz

Program:

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!

It's a perfect opportunity to take a private class from one of Oriental Istanbul teachers, pay a visit to Grand Bazaar and shop until you drop, or enjoy a traditional Turkish Bath treat.

Optional Field Trip 1: Tonight, you have the option of joining us for a dinner at Kervansaray Restaurant and watch some of the best Turkish belly dancers and Turkish Folk dancers in town including our teacher Serap Su and Asena.


May 3, Tuesday

Our day starts with another 2-hour workshop with Artemis Mourat.

10:00 - 12:00 Workshop with Artemis Mourat

This afternoon is free at your leisure. Why not join our optional class with Gigi Dilsah?

Optional Class: 12:30 - 14:30 Workshop withGigi Dilsah

Optional Field Trip 2: Watch a breathtaking Turkish dance show inside the magical atmosphere of a historical Turkish Bath, Hodjapasha Cultural Center. Amongst the dancers is our beloved teacher Gigi Dilsah.

Evening is free at your leisure for dinner and getting ready for big day tomorrow.


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

12:30 - 14:30 Workshop with Serap Su

After our class, we will be on our way to Edirne. Our trip will take 3 hours and upon arrival and check in to the hotel, the evening is free to explore the town and taste the famous meatballs of the town.


May 5, Thursday

This is the big day!

Our day starts with another 2-hour workshop with Artemis Mourat.

10:00 - 12:00 Workshop with Artemis Mourat

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.

Afternoon is at your leisure in Edirne. Unless you want to explore the rest of the town, we have 2 great optional activities for you:

Option 1: 10:30 - 12:30 Enjoy a 2-hour folklore dance class with a local teacher from Edirne.

Option 2: 13:30 - 15:30 Edirne is also famous with its quality vineyards. Today’s lunch is at one of the nicest vineyards of the region, Arda Vineyards. Enjoy a barbeque lunch with handmade meze dishes followed by a tour of the winery and wine tasting.


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.


Hotels:

Lady Diana Hotel
Our hotel in Istanbul is a pretty, boutique property in Sultanahmet, located in the heart of the old city.

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Edirne Palace Hotel
One of the newest hotels in town. You will enjoy a nice stay and it's central location is definitely a plus, especially when you want to go to bed late at night after the street parties.

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Tour Price:

PP in DBL: € 890
Single Sup: € 240

Companion Price (without workshops): € 590

Extra Night in Istanbul:
PP in DBL: € 55
Single Sup: € 40


PAYMENT IS SIMPLE WITH CREDIT CARD OR PAY PAL!


Price Includes:

  • 3 nights BB accommodation in Special Class Lady Diana Hotel in Istanbul
  • 3 nights BB accommodation in 4* Edirne Palace Hotel in Edirne
  • Round trip airport transfers and all transport in air-conditioned, deluxe vehicles
  • 8 hours Romany Dance class (introduction, technique and choreo) by master teacher Artemis Mourat
  • 2 hours Romany Dance class by Reyhan Tuzsuz
  • 2 hours Romany & Turkish Oriental fusion class by Serap Su
  • Use of a modern studio with mirrors during the classes
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 welcome dinner, 1 dinner with in Edirne Festival area
  • Hidrellez Festival experience with Gypsy community in Edirne
  • Service charges, parking fees, 18% VAT
Please Note: Workshop subjects may be changed.

Price does not Include:

  • International flights
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses and purchases


and don't miss out to be a part of the only tour
combining Romany Dance, Istanbul and Edirne together.

 

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