The first International Dance Festival in Bodrum was in the year 2000. I was a fortnight away from our move to the UK and busy with the logistics of leaving our home of 18 years and finding accommodation and a job in England, so missed the celebrations. Our proposed three years stay in GB stretched to 12 years and although we made a kesin dönüs (definite return) in January 2012, each late May from then on saw me in the Scottish Highlands on a shooting estate, so I still missed the Dance Festival each year. But 2016 is turning into the year of unexpected change and unwelcome though these changes are, I have for the first time witnessed the parade of young dancers through Bodrum and the enthusiasm of these youngsters was very uplifting.
Jake enjoyed the attention and if we are in Bodrum for the 18th annual festival, I think he might have to dress up too.