I N V I T A T I O N
With pleasure we INVITE (folk ensembles,choral groups and majorette teams) (children, youth and adult groups) to participate on XI International music& folk - dance festival “ ANTALYA FEST ” 06 - 11 October, SIDE, Antalya 2023
The intention of our invitation and the Festival light motive is to present the cultural tradition of different countries and to provide an opportunity for the members of groups to get together, to establish friendships and culture presentation trough dance and music.The idea of the Festival is to bring the music closer to the people and to present the music on the streets and the squares.The festival is open for folk and choir ensembles, as well as orchestras and majorettes regardless of the members gender and age.
ANTALYA is a Turkish resort city with a yacht-filled Old Harbor and beaches flanked by large hotels. It's a gateway to Turkey's southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters. Remnants remain from Antalya's time as a major Roman port. These include Hadrian’s Gate, built to honor the Roman emperor’s visit in 130 A.D and 2nd-century Hidirlik Tower, with harbor views. Having entered the scene in 150 BC as Attalia, named after its founder, Attalos II, king of Pergamon, Antalya has ever attracted a wide array of travellers, including Paul the Apostle, and Ibn Battuta among others. Antalya had replaced Phaselis—beautiful ruins of which now lie to south of the city, between Kemer and Olympos—as the main harbour of the surrounding region during the reign of Seljuks, in early 1200s, but the lack of a large hinterland (or, rather, lack of good connections with its mountainous hinterland) meant for much of its history eversince that it was a provincial coastal town, albeit with a multicultural community of Muslims, Christians, and Jews. As the centre of a region with beautiful beaches, verdant mountains, and a mindblowing number of ancient ruins, the tourism investments started in 1970s, which changed the fate of the city considerably. However, as most of the visitors (make no mistake—they are in the range of millions annually) to the region are actually on "all-inclusive" vacation packages nowadays, they are immediately taken from the airport to the huge resorts lining the coastline of hundreds of kilometres, where they stay until the end of their holidays except perhaps a raid or two to the nearest and the most popular attractions, so Antalya itself, especially the old town (Kaleiçi), is more of an independent traveller destination, where you will meet the other travellers of a similar mind, and the local.
General rules :
- is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances,orchestras, brass bands, modern dance, choir and vocal groups.
- Every Folklore, Choral group, modern dance, majorette Teams, orchestras has the right to participate. Children's ensembles , Youth ensembles Adult ensembles
- The number of participants is limited (only 3 groups from each country),
- Each group should consist of most 70 members including dancers, managers, musicians and family number,
- Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 dances, 12-15 minutes each with orchestra or USB. For choral groups should prepare free program about 15 minutes The performances will be in the evening hours so you can plan the day ahead and use it for visiting the historical part of the city and excursions.
- To send us short CV (5-6 sentences on English) and photos of the group,
- To have a flag of your country,
- Ensembles should have there own transport for arrival and departure,
02.10. Day 1
13.00.Arrivalin Antalia, hotel accommodation and free time (beach time)
14.00 – 16.00 Lunch in hotel – all inclusive
18.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel – all inclusiv
21.00 – 22.30 Meeting with director of the festival
03.10. Day 2
08.00 -10.00 Breakfast,
10.00 -16.00 Boat excursion in the blue waters with stop overs for swimming and lunch on the boat (optional)
13.00-15.00 Lunch in hotel (all inclusive)
19.00 - 21.00 Dinner in hotel – all inclusive
21.00 – 23.00 Presentation and Festival evening
04.10 Day 3
08.00 -10.00 Breakfast, (all inclusive)
11.00 Welcome reception with leader of the groups in Managvat municipality with Major of the city (presents from major)
13.00 Beach time or visiting Antalya (optional) or visiting Side (Antigue city)
14.00 Lunch in hotel – all inclusive
19.00 – 21.00 Dinner in hotel – all inclusive
21.00 – 23.00 Welcome speech officials
Ceremony of opening of the festival
Defile and Festival evening
05.10. Day 4
08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast - all inclusive
11.00 – 17.00 Beach time or Visiting Efesus (very famous historical place )(optional)
13.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel – all inclusive
19.00 – 21.00 Dinner (all inclusive)
21.00 Second festival evening in Side
06.10. Day 5
08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
11.00 Departure of the participants
OPTIONAL – If you stay more days…
08.00 -10.00 Breakfast ( all inclusive)
10.30 – 14.00 Beach time
13.00 – 15.00 Lunch in hotel ( all inclusive)
19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel ( all inclusive)
21.00. – 00.00 Beach party for goodbye
07.10. Day 6
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast,
09.00 – 14.00 Departure
- 144 Euro for 4 All per person ( 4 nights/5 days with 3 meals per day – all inclusive - with drinks)
- 179 Euro for 5 All per person ( 5 nights/6 days with 3 meals per day – all inclusive - with drinks)
It covers hotel accommodation in triple and quadruple rooms with 3 meals per day all inclusive service in SERENIS HOTEL 5* HOTEL in Side, Antalya in Side ..HOTEL LINK IS https://www.serenishotel.com/tr/(double rooms additional 20 euro per person per day, single room additional 36 euro per person per day).
You can see video from the festival last year on:
Festival organizers provide:
- for 25 dancers – one gratis,
- souvenir and gift for each group,
- Welcome reception with leaders of the group with welcome drink
- Certificate for attendance,
- tourist guides for sightseeing of the town,
- free parking
- advertising of the festival (press release, Social network promotion posters)
Personal responsibility and health insurance are within the other obligations of the groups. First Aid and Medical Hospital will be available, medical services must be covered by the group.
On your request, You can continue your stay in Antalya. Price will be 36 Euro per day per person FB (all inclusive) – price is special for the participants in festivals that we can provide.
The city tax is 1.5 euro per person per day additional
After Groups arrived in Hotel will be given detailed program of the festival and each group will have guide during festival.
After the festival finish organizers will send you LINK from the festival program for each group and photos.The copy right of all video materials and pictures are ownership of the Organization of the Festival.
The festival will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Antalya Airport . The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed according to their number.
By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions. All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.
On 2019 were participated over 400 participants and 11 ensembles from 7 EU countries..
NUMBER OF SEATS IS LIMITED on 400 participants and 10 ensembles!!
NEWS FROM THE FESTIVAL Published on 29.09.2019
WOFA FESTIVAL DAYS IN SIDE,ANTALYA CONTINUE.. ..
From 25 -29 September 2019 in antique city of Side was held International Folk - dance & Music festival "Antalya Fest" with great succes..
On the festival participated over 300 participants from Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, North Cyprus, Bulgaria,Lithuania..
On the welcome reception with the leaders of the groups on 25 september director of the festival Mr Zoran Strezovski wish them welcome in the beautifull city and explain detail program..
On 26 september was held parade on the main street and first festival evening on the stage of the antigue city of Side where all ensembles have their performances..
On 27 september was held the second festival evening and closing ceremony on the stage of the city where director of the festival give them certificates and presents..On 28 September was organized welcome reception to the major of the City of Manavgat where leaders receive presents from the major..
During the days they have organize sightseeing of the city of Side, enjoy on boat trip with foam party ,and swimming in very warm sea in Antalya..
Organizers of the festivals were WOFA - World Festival Association and Yessak Association of the festivals with support of Manvagat municipality....
Some moments from the festival on the link:
NEWS ABOUT THE FESTIVAL Published on 30.09 2018
SUCCESSFUL SECOND EDITION OF THE "ANTALIYA FEST"
Great festival in Alanya, Antalya,Turkey" - that's how the director of the International Music & Folk-Dance Festival "ANTALYA FESTIVAL DAYS" Mr. Zoran Strezovski defined the international event.
Second edition was held from 26th till 30th of September in the beautiful tourist place Alanya. 10 ensembles from Estonia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, UK, Romania and Slovenia with more than 300 participants took part in the event.
Leaders of the groups were on a meeting with the organizer of the festival where he presented them the program and wished them to have good luck.
On September 27 was organized a meeting between the groups leaders and the Mayor of Alanya, who also greeted them. The evening on the same day the groups had a parade in the town's center and official opening ceremony. During the ceremony the Deputy Mayor also greeted the participants. Groups received Diplomas for participation in the festival.
Second festival evening was held at the Amphitheater in the 5**** hotel where the groups were accommodated.
On September 29, all the groups enjoyed a boat trip and visited many cultural places, and also had a party on the boat.
Reviews from the groups:
This festival has review of 8 groups and average estimation is EXELLENT - 9,1/10