The elementary school across the street had their end of year concert last night. The concert was actually supposed to take place a week ago however it was cancelled due to a man being stabbed behind the school who subsequently died. I guess that would make it a murder. Yep there was a murder across the street so the concert was cancelled as the school (and no doubt the Polis) were concerned that there would be retaliation (as the two boys charged were Kurdish not Turkish).
I have never really experienced any discrimination in my life. Women have always had rights and there was never really any racial slurring while I was growing up so for me witnessing the anger and blame being placed firmly on a group of people is a new and honestly, slightly terrifying, experience. The history between the Turkish people and the Kurdish is lengthy and full of acrimony on both sides. For me I watch the behaviour of levelheaded men in the village become completely irrational calling for the blood of the two boys who were charged with the murder. I understand from The Turk that Polis attended at the funeral each day to keep everyone in order and to ensure that there was no vigilante justice against the two boys who were charged since they were juveniles and were released on bail.
Surrounded by all this acrimony it was good to see the school press forward with the end of year concert once the mourning period had ended. Like schools all around the world the concert is a chance for the kids to show off their dancing skills and for raising some much needed funds for the next school year. The concert itself was a mix of modern music (and by modern I mean the Grease Mega-mix) as well as some traditional Turkish music. Living across the road from the school I have watched the youngsters practicing their dance steps for months, literally months. If I have to hear the Grease Mega-mix again I may throw myself off the balcony. My sister in law laughed and told me they do the same dances every year so no doubt I will be listening to it again over and over next year.
There was a lot of choice for food with stalls including Gozleme, Icel Kofte and Tantuni. I particularly like the fact that the Gozleme vendors set up cooking on the floor in the school hallway. You don’t see that every day for sure.
A raffle was also drawn with the winners getting a bike. This was a big drawcard and I understand the school and raised enough money to purchase a new computer and perhaps even to give the school a fresh coat of paint over the three month break.
A fun night was had by all as shown here by Daughter who decided to try her hand at the traditional dancing. Perhaps not.