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International Folk Dance & Music festival ISTANBUL FEST

Application Form Price: 130 € Date: 26 - 30 June, 2023
Location: ISTANBUL, Turkey
Director: Y.F.A.& WOFA
Application Deadline: 1 July, 2022
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

With pleasure we INVITE you (Folk and Choral groups, orchestras, majorette teams and other styles ..), (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on  “International Folk Dance and Music festival”ISTANBUL FEST" 26 – 30 June 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…

Festival program:

26 June

14.00 Arriving in Istanbul, hotel accommodation after the meeting with the festival representatives and free time

18.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00 Welcome reception with the leaders of the groups


27 June 

7.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

10.00 – 15.00 Istanbul sightseeing with organized local tour guides and Bosphorus boat tour (15euro per person)

17.30 – 18.30 Dinner in hotel

19.30 Ensemble parade

20.00 Official festival evening

Welcome Speech

Open air performance

Singing and dancing together


28 June

7.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

10.00 – 18.00 Visiting Galata Tower, Taksim Square and Uskudar – Maiden’s Tower (with own busses)

17.30 – 18.30 Dinner in hotel

20.0 Second festival evening


29 June

7.00 – 10.00 Breakfast

10.30 – 12.00 Excursion to Kadikoy, on the way back visiting Mall of Istanbul..

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in hotel

21.00 Closing ceremony of the festival, party with all groups, exchange presents between leaders of ensembles…


30 June

7.00 – 10.00 Breakfast


12.00 Departure


General Rulles:

1. Participants have to come İstanbul on 26 June Sunday check in time is 14.00 ‘ o

clock and leaving time is 30 June Tuesday ,check out time is 11.00 a.m

2.There is no limit for participiant number.

3. Participants can use USB or live music .

4.Participants will show their performance in place which is in accordance with the

festival committee’s decision.

5.Festival commitee will take care of weather conditions.

6.While festival,participants will prepare their performance MOST 8 minutes

longer.Groups have 2 performances.Choir groups also have performans 2 day.They

will prepare their performance MAXİMUM 10 MİNUTES LONGER.

7.Performance will showed in open area.Performances will showed in areas which

are 9 * 9 meter.

8.Festival committee will give a guide to all groups while festival.Festival language is


9. There will be historical and touristy trips for participiants in free times.

Participation fee:

  • 130 Euro for 4 HB per person (4 nights with 2 meals per day)
    • It covers hotel accommodation with  2 meals per day in 4* in HILTON GARDEN INN , and others like Kamburgaz Blu World hotel, World Point Reis hotel 4* and similar in   Büyükçekmece manicipality in Istanbul Turkey
    • Addition day can be booked for 30 euro/person/day with half board service
    • Groups of 25 persons: One group leader free of charge!

Participation fee includes:

  • Participation in the festival concerts,
  • Professional sound, stage and light equipment.
  • Accommodation in 4* Hotels (3 bedded rooms, supplement for a double room is 5€/person/day, supplement for single room is 10€/person/day),
  • Half Board hotel accommodation
  • Welcome cocktails with the leaders of the groups
  • Souvenir and gift for each group
  • Certificate for attendance
  • Drinks during the performance
  • Participation fee does not include:
    • Transport (for arrival and departure)
    • Optional Boat Tour Program
    • Insurance

    Invitation letter will be provided if needed.

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

"We build bridges from nation to nation"