Fethiye Events: Kayaköy Cultural Connections 2013

In our previous post, we said we were going to have a bit of a running theme on Kayaköy for this week. We started off by writing about one of our loves of life in Fethiye; kendin pişir, kendin ye. These are restaurants where you indulge in an array of meze before barbecuing your own meats. There are a few of these places in Kayaköy and our favourite one is Cin Bal.

So let’s get to the next post in the mini series:

Kayaköy Cultural Connections – 27th April to 3rd May 2013
If you read this blog a lot, you’ll probably know we have a Fethiye events calendar – well, it also has a few of the major Turkey events on there, too, but we’re mainly concentrating on the goings on in and around Fethiye. And it’s already turning out to be quite a busy calendar; it’s amazing how much there is going on once you sit down to make a note of it all.

Kayaköy, Fethiye, Turkey

Spring wildflowers carpet the ground in Kayaköy

One of those events is Kayaköy Cultural Connections which will run from 27th April to 3rd May; a great event for Kayaköy and for the area as a whole, and an event we hope to get to at least on one of the days, but we’ll see…that time of year has sprung itself upon us where our visiting friends and family seem to be constantly spilling through the Arrivals doors of Dalaman Airport. We learned many years previously not to bother making plans when this happens. Spontaneity is the order of the day.

But what would we be able to see and do if we were to head over to Kayaköy for the Cultural Connections Festival?
Çağan Irmak: Well, let’s be selfish and tell you first of all about the event that interested us most: On the first evening of the festival, film writer and director Çağan Irmak will be at Günay’s Garden. You can watch his film, Dedemin İnsanları (My Grandfather’s People), with English subtitles and speak to him afterwards. We watched a wonderful film of his, Babam ve Oğlum (My Father and My Son) last year and we’re now big Çağan Irmak fans. Unfortunately, this is one of the events we’ll definitely miss.

Louis de Bernieres: Not to worry. There’s all sorts going on throughout the few days of the festival. Well, how can there be a festival in Kayaköy without Birds Without Wings author Louis de Bernieres? He’s another favourite for us, and another one we’ll have to miss – but we did catch him at Fethiye’s Telmessos Theatre a couple of years back so we can live with that one. Louis de Bernieres is doing a guided walk through the ruins of Kayaköy, apparently, so that’s going to be interesting.

Kayaköy, Fethiye, Turkey


There are going to be lots of other talks by well known authors and historians, culinary events, dance and music performances and presentations going on throughout the festival, daytime and evening. Some of these will be at Günay’s Garden and some at Kaya village school. According to the timetable, there’s also a local food and craft fair at Kaya village square on the Sunday. This might have to be added to the essentials list for us, just to see what foods we can buy – you can never have too much nar ekşisi. Let’s hope we can get some there. Let’s hope we can get to some of the festival.

Kayaköy Cultural Connections – Useful Info:

  • The Kayaköy Cultural Connections Festival 2013 will run from 27th April to 3rd May
  • Some events are free to attend while others require a ticket and a fee of 20TL

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  1. Anne Mackle says

    This sounds lovely I wish I was going in May instead of Sept. Im off to Icmeler in May.

  2. I’m going to be there on Saturday and Sunday – it would be nice to say hello if you do go on Sunday.

  3. Oh, all these sounds amazing!! how I wished to be there – enjoy and I hope you get loads of nar eksisi!: )

  4. @ Anne Mackle: Oh, you’ll have to let us know how you find İçmeler as we don’t really know it. Sure Kayaköy will wait for you. 🙂

    @ BacktoBodrum: Well, we might try and get up there on the Sunday and just wander around the food stalls so will let you know if we do. 🙂

  5. @ Ozlem’s Turkish Table: Well, there are a few folks in Kaya who know how to make a good nar ekşisi so we’re hoping they’ll have a glut of the stuff and want to sell it to us. 🙂

  6. Andrew Graeme Gould says

    Sounds wonderful. Enjoy the festival!

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