C. Scalbert-Yücel "The Dream of a Village: The Yeşil Yayla Festival and the Making of a World of Culture in the Town of Arhavi"

C. Scalbert-Yücel, "The Dream of a Village: The Yeşil Yayla Festival and the Making of a World of Culture in the Town of Arhavi", in Girard M., Polo JF., Scalbert-Yücel C. (eds) Turkish Cultural Policies in a Global World. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 181-207. lien

Accompanied by a tulum player wearing a wedding gown and carrying a basket full of fruits, a stilt-walker from Istanbul leads a procession on the main road of the small town of Arhavi. The procession is colourful and diverse, comprising young middle-class Istanbul or Ankara dwellers, including youth and families; foreigners interested in local music and dance; festival workers and volunteers from the region but who have come from Western cities, sometimes accompanied by some family members or friends based locally or spending their summer holidays in their hometown. Passers-by stop to watch the procession that reaches the town square on which are deployed the banners of the 7th edition of the Yeşil Yayla Festival.