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  Anatolian Folklore Foundation Edirne Presidency

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Our foundation was founded in 2nd October 1981 in Ankara for the purpose of researching our sources of folk culture which has taken part in every stage of Turkish History for thouss of years, allowing our people to establish a strong bridge from the past to the future by processing the traditional, cultural values of our country, as well as serving the Turkish Republic in the field of folklore through the use of todayrsquo;s knowledge, science technology while paying attention to the sustenance of our basic values.p h3The Foundation of Edirne Presidencyh3 pAFV Edirne Presidency was founded in 1984. Starting the practices with Edirne region, our foundation exped its practices to Silifke, Artvin Elazığ regions in time. The foundation has attended many festivals both in the home country abroad, represented Edirne Turkey successfully achieved numerous awards.p h3Our Practicesh3 pThe Foundationrsquo;s first organization is the International Childrensrsquo; Festival in Edirne in 1985. Children Folklore Groups from Pol Romania attended this festival. Later in 2002 2003, the organization has resumed with Children Folklore Groups from Macedonia, Bulgaria Romania invited to participate. The guest children, being hosted by the Turkish families, have had the opportunity to present their own culture to Turkish children while contributing to international culture exchange by learning the Turkish music, dance culture which is considered an important step in the establishment of love friendship among worldrsquo;s children.p pThe Foundation has trained hundreds of dancers for the Turkish culture up to now. It has also contributed to the invitation of foreign folklore groups to our country, primarily Edirne, since the day it was founded. Under the European Union Cross Border Joint Small Project Fund 2007, the project ldquo;When The Wheel of Life Turnsrdquo; has been accomplished researches about the regional folk dances as well as the long ndash;needed dance music records have been done allowing these materials to be presented to the use of locals along with the interested researchers. The Foundation Edirne Presidency is still continueing its practices with 110 danccers the dances from Edirne, Silifke, Artvin, Elazığ, Trabzon, Canakkale,Gyps