More than 10,000 people at the second Festi’Türk in Nantes

More than 10,000 people at the second Festi’Türk in Nantes
More than 10,000 people at the second Festi’Türk in Nantes

“I love the atmosphere. And especially the decor. » Behcet, 9 years old, disappears, caught up in the neighboring spectacle. He joins a hundred children crowded in front of Berrak, a Turkish-speaking actor who came from Germany specifically to host the afternoon. Grimé as Nasrettin Hoca, a mythical character, Turkish storyteller from the 13th centurye century, he distributes treats, gifts and tasty life lessons.

At the foot of the Osmanli mosque in Nantes, the second edition of Festi’Türk is orchestrated by the Turkish Cultural Association of Nantes (ACTN). “It reminds us of the country, smiles Ozcan Karakaya, 44 years old. And we come because it’s festive » , adds his friend Taner Altundag.

“For children, it allows them to keep the link with their origins,” Ozcan supports. And Mellek Altundag, wife of Taner, born from a small village nestled between Ankara and Cappadocia, confides: “There are a lot of emotions and nostalgia when you have both nationalities. »

Like them, more than 10,000 people flocked to attend the festivities, enjoy demonstrations by experienced artisans and feast on Anatolian culinary specialties.

Gastronomic journey

We work up an appetite cigarette ciga ball of bulgur and raw ground beef, kneaded by hand, or a yuck with cheese and parsley. We share gozleme Or lahmacun, Ottoman cousins ​​of pizza prepared since 6 a.m. by volunteers. We dream of being on the shores of the Black Sea while biting into a generous sardine sandwich, covered in corn breading and cooked over a wood fire.

Fatma Ozturk prepares sardines over a wood fire. | WEST FRANCE
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Fatma Ozturk prepares sardines over a wood fire. | WEST FRANCE

“All of Turkey is gathered here”, laughs Taner, pointing to the stands. For Ozcan, the event is also reunion time. “I grew up here, indicates Clissonnais. I know maybe a third of the festival attendees. » Nantes and its surroundings have nearly 12,000 people of Turkish origin and constitute a major place of convergence in the great West.

The day before, the event welcomed a succession of officials: from the Turkish vice-consul in Nantes to elected officials from Nantes metropolis. “MP Luc Geismar (Modem) gave me a medal from the National Assembly, opens Safer Altuntas, the dynamic president of ACTN. I was very moved. » Its first reward lies in the investment of nearly 200 volunteers for the event: “A real pride. »

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