S.F. Composer Revives Festival Bringing Music and Circus Arts to Displaced Children in Turkey

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

Andrew Gilbert on October 1, 2021

The brainchild of San Francisco composer Sahba Aminikia, the festival brings music and circus arts to a southeastern region of Turkey crowded with families displaced by war and repression in nearby Syria, Iraq and Turkey’s decades-long campaign against its own Kurdish separatists. While COVID-19 forced Aminikia to cancel last year’s activities, Flying Carpet is set for liftoff again Friday, Oct. 1, as a slimmed-down movable production presenting workshops, classes and performances through Oct. 10, in cities and villages around the Mardin region.


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