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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tarkan and August Festivals

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Another August Festival for Tarkan?

With the news that Tarkan is scheduled to perform at a festival in Taşköprü situated in northern Turkey on 6 August, is the report of another festival preparing to welcome the Turkish megastar - this time in his paternal homestead of Rize in Turkey.

UPDATE: Tarkan at Ovit festival >>

Taking a report from paper Cumhuriyet, news portal Turktime writes about the previously reported claim that Tarkan is preparing to perform at his father's homestead of İkizdere, a town and district of the Rize Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey.

As in the previous article, the report mistakenly writes that it is the region where German-born Tarkan hails from, when in fact it is the singer's father's birthplace.

The 15th Ovit Yaylası Şenlikleri (Mountain Pastures Festivities) is set to be held between the dates of 6-8 August, and has seen crowds as large as 250,000 in past years, the article claims.

English-Turkish Folk Act and Tarkan

Screencap of reportMeanwhile, as the town of Taşköprü, famous for its garlic production, is gearing up to host its 24th annual festival this year with a Tarkan gig as its headline attraction, there comes the news of a unique folk dance group set to take the stage with the famous singer at the event.

The folk dancers are unique in that they are English senior citizens that have retired to Turkey. The Turkish folk group consists of five English ex-pats, whose ages range between 58 and 75 and reside in the small beach resort town of Ölüdeniz, south of Fethiye.

Founded three years ago, group members of the Ölüdeniz Yarens, David Groom (58), Stuart James (60), Jenny Kevington (60), Shirley Vaughan (75) and Margaret McAloon (68) have helped promote their little Turkish resort across the entire nation.

Founded three years ago, group members David Groom (58), Stuart James (60), Jenny Kevington (60), Shirley Vaughan (75) and Margaret McAloon (68) have helped promote their little Turkish resort across the entire nation

Speaking about the group, the head of arts for the Ölüdeniz Municipality, Coşkun Karabulut has spoken of his pride regarding his English residents.

"Our group is no longer a regional one, but a national one. Taking the same stage with Tarkan is proof of that," he is quoted as saying in the report.

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