The main concept behind Ekol School of Arts is the meeting of civilisations where hundreds of folkdance figures and music from different regions of Turkey meet. Founded and produced by Hacer and Ozcan Yildirim, Ekol School of Arts aims to introduce to Australia, the finest, ancient mosaic of cultural history and peace of Anatolia.
In 2007, after developing a bridge between Australia and Turkey, Hacer and Ozcan Yildirim established a dance school which provided the Turkish-Australian community in Melbourne, a first ever Turkish cultural dance experience. The main objective of opening the dance school was to build a bridge between other cultures and to carry our culture via art; Introducing the rich Turkish culture to our generations to come. Within this objective, we as Ekol, wish to have all forms of art under the same roof preserving and maintaining our culture.
For many years Ekol presented Australia with traditional Turkish dances from all regions of Turkey. In order to show that dance, just like art, evolves, Ekol strives for constant innovation which guides and continues to lead to our present success. After a long desired dream for the Turkish community of Australia, Ekol School of Arts has taken traditional Anatolian dances and fused them with a mix of contemporary, modern dance and ballet.
“In order to know where we are going, we must never forget from where we came”