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International Folk - Dance & Music Festival ISTANBUL FESTIVAL DAYS

Application Form Price: 95 € Date: 14 - 17 October, 2023
Location: ISTANBUL, Turkey
Director: D.P.. & WOFA
Application Deadline: 15 December, 2022
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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With pleasure we INVITE you  (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on III “International Folk Dance & Music festival”ISTANBUL FESTIVAL DAYS" 14 – 17 October 2023 Istanbul, Turkey.

This festival is the perfect occasion for different groups from various countries to gather together so that they could express their culture and nation through dances, music and interesting national costumes.

 Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.

Istanbul is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. While the majority of the population are Muslims, it's a mix of cultures and backgrounds fused together in one city. It has a mix of Jewish, Greek and Armenian populations.

Istanbul has an ancient and diverse history as a meeting point between East and West, Asia and Europe. Inhabited since the Neolithic period, it became the city of Byzantium after Greek settlement in the 7th century BCE. Renamed Constantinople in 330 CE, it was successively the capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. After the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, Ankara became the capital of Turkey, but Istanbul remains at the centre of Turkish economic and cultural life.

Today Istanbul is a megacity, with over 14 million residents, and is soon to become Europe’s most populous metropolitan area. Its population has grown explosively since the middle of the twentieth century, when it had less than 1 million residents. Most of this growth has been driven by internal migration from rural areas.

Istanbul has benefited from Turkey’s vibrant economy, one of the fastest growing in Europe. One of its major challenges is dealing with the consequences of that growth, developing the infrastructure to accommodate its new residents while retaining access to green space, water resources and a high quality of life.

Istanbul has numerous shopping centers, from the historic to the modern. The Grand Bazaar, in operation since 1461, is among the world's oldest and largest covered markets.

Istanbul has active nightlife and historic taverns, a signature characteristic of the city for centuries if not millennia. Along İstiklal Avenue is the Çiçek Pasajı, now home to winehouses (known as meyhanes), pubs, and restaurants.

All this beauties in Turkish Metropolitan city and lot of fun is waiting for you on our festival. Come and join the best festival experience ever. Travel and dance with us in Istanbul, Turkey…

Participating ensembles are coming from Israel, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Armenia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Slovenia, North Macedonia…


14.10. - Scheduled arrival in the Turkey’s biggest city – Istanbul. Upon arrival, there will be an optional city sightseeing tour (circular bus tour) that includes: the Golden Horn waterway, crossing over to Asia via the

Bosphorus Bridge, visiting Camlica - the most beautiful viewpoint in the city, Besiktas, Dolmabahçe Palace, Taksim and Beyoglu, Galata Bridge and Tower, the Historical Peninsula, the Sea of Marmara… Afterwards we will check into the hotel, have a meeting of group representatives and spend the night.

15.10. - Breakfast. After breakfast we will organize an optional sightseeing of Istanbul’s historic core with travel guides provided in group languages visiting: the pedestrian zone, the Grand Bazaar, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosk, Hagia Sophia (inside visit), Topkapi Palace – the former residence of the Ottoman emperors and now one of world’s richest museums, Gulhane Park. Free time for individual activities or shopping at the Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı). Return to the hotel. Spend the night at the hotel.

16.10. – Breakfast. A day dedicated to festival activities. Performance rehearsals. Sound checks. Openining of The International Folklore Festival in Istanbul !!!

Performances of the cultural-artistic ensembles. Diploma presentation. After the Festival there is an option to organize a final hangout in the evening for all Festival participants. Going back to the hotel for the overnight stay.

17.10. – Breakfast. Leaving the hotel. Free time or an optional Joyful Istanbul tour of the Miniaturk parkat the shoreof Golden Horn. The park features the models of 135 of the most iconic structures in Istanbul and Turkey, made in 1:25 scale. Afterwards we will cross to the other side of the Golden Horn, to the picturesque neighbourhood of Balat, known for its colourful facades, and the Fener neighbourhood, the home of The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. As the final partof the program, we will organize an optional afternoon tour which includes: Bosphoruscruise tour taking youon a boat trip between Europe and Asia with a tour guide provided. Departure from Istanbul is scheduled for the afternoon Leaving the hotel and unfortunately moving of all ensembles back to their arrival point of departure with another meeting next year !!!!!!.

Participation fee:

110 euro per person - staying at 4 star Hotels

95 euro per person - staying at 3 star Hotels

One free place for every 25 paying participants (24+1)

Participation fee includes:

Accomodation in 3 and 4 star hotels for 3 nights with breakfast in triple and quadruple rooms (with the option to pay extra 5 euros pernight per person for a double room).



Invitation letter

Participation fee does not include:

The extra charge for dinner isfrom 10 € per person per night, depends of Hotel

Optional tours (from 5 € tour of Istanbul depending on the number of applicants, the visit to Istanbul’s historic core: the Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome, Blue Mosk, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace (without the entry ticket) – from 10 €; Joyful Istanbul: Miniaturk (miniature Turkey) + Balat (colourful facades) and Fener (The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople) - from 10 € depending on the number of applicants, Bosphorus cruise between Europe and Asia – from 20 €.

Insurance, Travel costs, hotel parking, vignettes, tolls…

Note: all ensembles need to provide their own music, either by bringing an orchestra or a USB with their music. Each ensemble is required to prepare a 5-15 minute performance.

Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form.


Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.




he International Folklore Dance and Music Festival "ISTANBUL FEST" was held in the period 22-26 October 2021, welcoming 200 participants from Ukraine, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Greece and Turkey (different Turkish traditional folklore dance groups).

Director of the forum proudly announced that after the pandemic situation, the organizing team for the first time managed to arrange an international festival in Istanbul, Turkey. 

The first festival event was held at the Cultural Center "Baris Manco", Avcilar Municipality. After the official festival parade the groups enjoyed the welcome cocktail at the Municipalities entrance hall. At the closing ceremony of the same night awards was presented to the groups by Mayor of Avcilar Municipality - Mr. Turan Hançerli.

The second festival event within the frames of the musical festival was held at Esenyurt Municipality’s Cultural Center “Erol Olçok”. Participants had the opportunity to receive awards from the Municipality’s Mayor - Mr. Kemal Deniz Bozkurt.

Groups exchanged professional experience on the specially arranged gala evening as a workshop. Later, each group showed their traditional dances. As a closing, participants had a disco party until midnight.


Guests went back to their countries with great memories and wishes to come back again next year, but before leaving they had the opportunity to join different excursions such as Bosphorus Boat Trip, Visiting the old town of Istanbul, Taksim square and Ortakoy, Galata tower


Reviews from the groups: 

This festival has review of 7 groups and average estimation is  VERY GOOD- 8,3/10
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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