By Heidi Trautmann
It is a confirmed rumour that only Bavarians know how
to make continuously successful festivals but now we know better: Catalkoy just
as well knows what people like: That is music, dance, art and theatre, in-between
many goodies to eat from the street stalls. Competitions in cooking traditional
dishes and famous Cypriot street games to watch were on the 2-day-programme.
For two full days the main square of Çatalköy became
the living room for villagers, friends and guests, neighbouring houses opened
their doors and windows and offered homemade food and handicraft. Chairs were
provided for people to sit along the street, grandma cooked pancakes on the
traditional special cooker, families brought out their preserves and honey
pots, freshly baked bread and cakes were offered on stalls.
The stage was just as enormous as the years before, the
venue for dance groups, award ceremonies for the cooking competition and on the
first evening we could see a very special theatre show by the theatre group
Tiyatro SU from Çatalköy and on the second day, as the concluding event, an amazing fashion show, just as last year,
with the famous Turkish Cypriot fashion designer Abdullah Öztoprak who had also
designed the costumes for the Cypriot film ‘Codename Venus’.
There were two photo exhibitions very much worthy to
see, the one at the ‘Café Monteo’ where you have a fantastic view over the
coastline and the other one opposite in a municipal room with Celal Demililer
and two young ladies, all three amateur photographers who take their hobby very
seriously, and when I asked Celal what his motivation is he said to me, with
very wise and touching words: I try to catch the presence for the future and I
am happy to share these moments with the public, I don’t sell the photos. Also
the young ladies had praiseworthy work done, they also have learnt how to
discover the beauty that for others is often hidden.
It was a festival with a difference. A big thank you
to Mehmet Hulusioğlu, the mayor, and Derman Atık, the cultural director, for
arranging the event.