The Foreign Residents in the TRNC – Tepebașı Tulip Festival


The Foreign Residents in the TRNC – TFR

9th Tepebașı Tulip Festival

by Ralph Kratzer

tulips-roadside-displayOn Sunday, 17th March 2013, I visited the 9th Tepebașı Tulip Festival together with my girlfriend Heidi.

Actually we wanted to watch the performance of the Phoenix Line Dancers at the festival, because Heidi is a member of the club, but unfortunately we had been half an hour too late (as always???)…. so we missed the display of their dancing.

But in the end this mishap wasn´t too sad. The weather was fine and the festival had a lot to offer of other impressions.

P1000307There were a lot of stalls with local crafts and traditional food and at midday the event was very well attended.

The stage installed in the village square was occupied by a large group of little children dancing to the latest hits, of course the inevitable “Gangnam Style” was presented as well.

We strolled around the grounds, bought delicious homemade olive bread and Hellim cheese and had a late lunch at one of the numerous snack stands.

The Tepebașı Tulip Festival is an annual event which first started in 2005 and usually lasts two days.

P1000310In addition to the selling of local specialities there are a lot of performances of traditional folk dancing and singing.

The area between the village of Tepebașı and the Maronite village of Koruçam is well known for its tulip fields, which should have started to bloom by now. So it’s worth visiting even without the festival.

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About tfrsecretary

Born in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany in 1957, I was educated at a Baccalaureate High School. Later completed Technical University with a degree in Economic Informatics. I served for 12 years in the German Army before joining a French computer company for another 10 years. Then ran my own motorcycle and gastronomy businesses before deciding to retire. I arrived in North Cyprus with my second wife in 2004 and since her sad loss in 2011, I have kept myself very busy trying to help others with similar problems and in 2012 became the Secretary of “The Foreign Residents in the TRNC” (TFR). I am very keen to see expat communities coming together and playing their part in helping North Cyprus, our adopted homeland.
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2 Responses to The Foreign Residents in the TRNC – Tepebașı Tulip Festival

  1. Günther Dippold says:

    Hallo, mein Name ist Günther Dippold, bin Deutscher Staatsbürger und lebe in der Schweiz.
    Vom 20.3 bis 3.4 besuche ich Zypern, die erste Woche Nord-, und dann den westl. Teil. Speziell über Korucam möchte ich gern mehr erfahren. außer wenn ich dort bin das ich nur hinfahre und mir die Kirche vor Ort anschaue. Meine Interessen sind vielseitig und vielleicht kann ich sogar helfen, wie auch immer.
    Die “Landflucht” dort und was man z.B. dagegen tun kann, vielleicht kleine finanzielle Hilfe der Öffentlichkeit (Kirche) oder Investitionsaufbau von wirtschaftlicher Seite.Ich hab da einige Vorstellungen und Ideen was man realisieren könnte, bei Bedarf?

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