Turkish Folklore Club, the longest-established and the largest club of METU, has become the place introducing all fields of folklore to me. I joined Trabzon, Trakya, Artvin, Aydın, Rize, Antep, Uşak, Üsküp, and Hakkari dance teams and participated in folk dance theatre crews and executive committees.
When I was a senior, I became a member of the board of management. With other board members, we tried to re-create an organizational culture that embraces all types of folkloric elements in Anatolia and making use of previous generations’ experiences without getting stick to old-fashioned approaches.
While attending master program, I kept my administrative role, started folk theatre trainings, worked for 50th anniversary events, danced in Bulgaria within the scope of an EU project, and founded a new “Publicity” committee to improve and systemize publicty activities.
As a TFC member, I have done exercises with fun. I’ve produced and connected with other creative and conscious people. Now, I have a better understanding of local cultures and ways of living. I still have a part in the management TFC Alumni, to keep these beautiful and precious practices going.