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Coming soon to a beach club near you: Outdoor film nights PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 August 2017

Indigo Beach ClubA long time ago in a galaxy far far away someone invented the cinema - it may have been Pearl and Dean, we're not sure. 

Anyway it's taken a while to reach us here in Kalkan but we are about to discover the joy of moving images with a new pop-up "silver screen" in an amazing location down at Indigo Beach Club.

If you're fanatical about film and fanatical about Kalkan it's a perfect combination.

Coming soon to a beach club near you, will be a number of feature length films.  Below we explain how it all works and tell you about the first film which will be screened next week.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 August 2017
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Kalkan Jandarma and crime report PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 August 2017

Kalkan JandarmaIt’s been a while since we wrote about crime in Kalkan and the work of the Jandarma.  Our last articles were in May and June.

We have just had a meeting with our new Jandarma chief in Kalkan and his commanding officer from Kaş and in this report we write about what has been keeping them all busy.

Some people think of Kalkan as a bubble - a perfect paradise where everything is sweetness and light.  The truth is that we live in the real world and whilst most of the time we are fortunate to have a carefree life, sometimes bad things happen.  We need local law enforcement here as much as you need it wherever you live.

Welcome to our new chief
Every four years or so we get a new Jandarma chief.  The previous one left in June and we have had a temporary person in charge over recent weeks.  Our new commander Ali Örnek took up his post this week.  He and his wife and two children have moved to Kalkan from his previous post in Mardin, in the east of Turkey.

Yesterday we met with our new chief to wish him well in his new role and to discuss a number of issues of interest to people in Kalkan.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 August 2017
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Public holidays - Victory Day and Kurban Bayram 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 August 2017

Kurban BayramComing up soon are a couple of Turkish national holidays.  In view of the fact that tourism in Turkey has not been doing so well the government has decided to effectively combine Zafer Bayram (Victory Day) celebrations with an extended Kurban Bayram, also known as Eid al Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice).

This is the third consecutive year that the Turkish government has extended public holidays in an attempt to boost the tourism economy.  It is reported that the benefit may be worth over one billion Turkish lira.

The government has decreed that Eid al Adha will begin on Monday 28th August and end on Monday 4th September, with people returning to work on 5th September.  If you include weekends this takes the break to 10 days.  This is for the public sector only (various government departments) but does not apply to the private sector, e.g. banks.  See details below.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 August 2017
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Tourism in Kalkan: The year so far - August 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Kalkan beach 2017Time to reflect on the tourism season so far.  How is tourism in Kalkan going and what can we expect for the rest of the year?

Apart from our own observations from walking around town we have spoken with a number of business people and those who work in tourism, property owners who rent out villas and apartments, plus a few local bank managers to get their overview. 

This year feels quite different for a number of reasons.  Kalkan started this tourism year against the backdrop of a disappointing 2016 and a very quiet winter.  Back in April/May there was a mixture of apprehension and also a determination to carry on because frankly what else is there to do.

Despite these challenging conditions for tourism we saw businesses pick themselves up, dust themselves down and get ready to provide the warm welcome visitors expect.  And as usual we saw that hope springs eternal with a number of new businesses opening in Kalkan.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 August 2017
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Book signing and film fundraising event at Indigo Beach Club PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 August 2017

Jeremy StrongOn Thursdy 17th August, at Indigo Beach Club, best selling children's author Jeremy Strong will be signing copies of his new book "My Famous Brother's Bottom Makes A Splash", which is set in Kalkan.

Nicholas and his family are off on holiday to Turkey! But rest and relaxation are not on the cards!

The book also references the work of KAPSA so the evening will include a screening of the international hit documentry film Kedi, featuring famous street cats of Istanbul, in Turkish with English subtitles.

All profits from the sale of Jeremy's books will be shared between KAPSA and the Culture House together with 15TL from the per head price - see below.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 August 2017
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Culture House art exhibition opens Tuesday 15th August PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 August 2017

Kalkan Culture House

The Kalkan Culture House is hosting another art exhibition.  This time they are featuring the work of the celebrated Turkish artist Celal Günaydın, who is renowned for his watercolours.

The exhibition opens tomorrow, Tuesday 15th August and continues until Friday 25th August.  Canapes and light refreshments will be provided at the official opening tomorrow at 19.30.   Why not pop along if you are in Kalkan.   Entrance is free.

The Culture House is on Atatürk Caddesi, opposite Salt and Pepper restaurant.  KTLC: KY15 C1Location quick Link: http://ktln.it/NqimqG

Last Updated on Monday, 14 August 2017
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Report on the Lycian Food Festival 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 August 2017

Lycian Food Festival in Kalkan

The Lycian Food Festival made a comeback this year after a break in 2016.  It took place on 8th July so we are a bit late in bringing you photos (we were in England on holiday) but better late than never, here are a few photos we managed to obtain from the big day.

The main event was preceded by a walk through the old town to the harbour.  There was a good crowd down there to sample the food and drink on offer from a number of stalls, but some commented on how exceptionally hot it was and this meant that people tended not to stick around for too long as they went looking for shade in nearby establishments.

The crowd was entertained by local dancers and musicians in the daytime, plus in the evening there was an impressive harbour-side concert.

The serious business of the day (if you can call it that) was the competition between a number of Kalkan chefs aiming to impress the judges with their culinary skills.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 August 2017
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