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Turkish Folk Culture

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Turkey's Folk Culture

Find out more about Turkish folk culture including folk music, folk dances, folk heroes and traditional Turkish theatre. From shadow puppetry to wandering minstrel, village dances to Ottoman military music, folk traditions pervade all areas and levels of Turkish life. Here is a very brief introduction to a rich cultural legacy that stretches back hundreds of years.

Turkish Folk Dances

Turkish Folk Dances

Turkish Folk Dances

Turkey has a very ancient folk dance tradition, which varies from region to region, each dance being colourful, rhythmic, elegant and stylish.

Turkish Folk Dances
Turkish Folk Heroes

Turkish Folk Heroes

Turkish Folk Heroes

Find out more about some of the most popular Turkish folk heroes; Nasreddin Hoca, Karagoz and Hacivat, Yunus Emre, Koroglu.

Turkish Folk Heroes
Turkish Folk Music

Turkish Folk Music

Turkish Folk Music

Turkish folk music combines the distinct cultural values of all civilisations which have lived in Anatolia and the Ottoman territories in Europe.

Turkish Folk Music
Traditional Turkish Theatre

Traditional Turkish Theatre

Traditional Turkish Theatre

The origin of Turkish theatre dates back hundreds of years. Traditional Turkish Theatre, a term referring to shows that were performed during the Ottoman Empire.

Traditional Turkish Theatre