Competition on the uplands of Trabzon: dance overview of the upland festivals of the Black Sea region

Ünlü Ö. B.

27th Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Study Group on Ethnochoreology 2012, Limerick, Ireland, 22 - 29 July 2012, pp.287-290

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Limerick
  • Country: Ireland
  • Page Numbers: pp.287-290


Originally, the Upland Festival was migration of villagers who lived in the eastern Black Sea region to pasture their animals during summertime. It also served as an open market. Today, as a result of the efforts shown by various public corporations and local societies to preserve the culture, it has become a festival. Horon dances are the focal point of the festival. Horon is the characteristic dance of the eastern Black Sea region and is a must-have for the festival. There are dance masters who lead the dances. These masters are people who played a role in the revival of the horon dances. The rivalry among the followers/students of these masters and the groups they train for the folk dance contests has been transferred to the Upland Festival and has become a hidden competition. This work explain this competition focusing on the Trabzon case.