A Gathering of British writers on Greece, Kaya Connections 2013, in Southwest Turkey
Posted on: 19-03-2013 | Category: Events

Kaya Cultural Connections 2013


Louis de Bernières, Victoria Hislop, Jeremy Seal, Sofka Zinovieff


27th April-3rd May


Kaya Connections, a multicultural international festival of literature, music, art, food and culture, brought hundreds of people to Kaya village, near Fethiye, during a six-day program, from April 27 to May 3, that has been hailed a great success for the organizers, Rebecca Keskin and Jane Akatay.

The festival, described as a celebration of the literature, film, music and food that connects Turkey and Greece, brought together in the same place for the first time in Kayaköy British writers Louis de Bernières, Victoria Hislop and Jeremy Seal, who flew over from the UK, a British/Greek author, Sofka Zinovieff (whose heritage is Russian), Turkish filmmakers Çağan Irmak, Mustafa Oğuz and Yusuf Karabol, and San Fu Maltha from the Netherlands.

Organizer Jane Akatay said: “We live in a beautiful part of Turkey that has had strong ties with Greece for millennia. We are looking, in a totally positive and non-political way, at the many connections in literature, film, food and music. It is of course a work in progress and can evolve over time, but if we can attract sponsorship and support at local, national and international levels, we firmly believe that this international festival can become a significant annual event. We also hope to be able to take this event across the Aegean to Greece next year.”


Cultural Connections is an annual celebration of literature, film, art, music, dance and food… all the stuff of life that links humanity throughout the world. Both stimulating, challenging, occasionally provocative and always fun, Cultural Connections is an excitingly different and thought provoking way to explore the things that bring people together.


Victoria Hislop, Louis de Bernières and Sofka Zinovieff celebrating the last night of Kaya Connections 2013


                      Sofka’s presentation of The House on Paradise Street at Kaya Connections




 The ruined village of Kaya, abandoned by Christian Greeks in 1922


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