The Dream of a Village: The Yeşil Yayla Festival and the Making of a World of Culture in the Town of Arhavi

  • Clémence Scalbert-Yücel


This chapter takes the Culture, Art, and Environment Yesṃil Yayla Festival as a locus of observation of the making of a world of culture around the town of Arhavi in the Eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey. The analysis pays specific attention to the movements of associations and the dynamics of transfer, importation, and circulations of models and ways of doing. The chapter shows that there is no strongly designed and implemented cultural policy: the world of culture is rather constituted through a variety of cultural actions and is shaped by interactions, negotiations, and contingences. It argues that the world of culture coalesces or stabilizes at this specific point in time around what can be termed “rural heritage”.


Laz Festival Arhavi Rurality Local cultural policies Nostalgia 


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  • Clémence Scalbert-Yücel
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  1. 1.Institute of Arab and İslamic Studies, University of ExeterExeterUK

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