Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait.
Its Old City reflects the 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
center 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.

General Rules

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.

At the festival can participate, folklore groups, orchestras, majorettes, modern dance groups, choirs, and music bands from all over the world.

Non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, choral groups, majorette teams, orchestras, brass bands festival.

Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 dances, 08-12 minutes each with USB or orchestra.

Folklore groups should take a flag of their country and a minimum of 4 gifts for the municipality visits and organizers.

Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form. All filled in and signed applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation.

The number of participants is limited (only 3 groups from each country).

Festival Program:

17 May 2021
14.00 Arriving in Istanbul, hotel accommodation after the meeting with the festival representatives and free time
18.00 – 20.00 Diner in the hotel
21.00 Welcome reception with the leaders of the groups


18 May 2021
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 Diner in the hotel
19.30 Ensemble parade
20.00 Official festival evening
- Welcome Speech
- Open-air performance
- Singing and dancing together


19 May 2021
7.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
10.00 – 18.00 Visiting Galata Tower, Taksim Square, and Uskudar – Maiden’s Tower
17.30 – 18.30 Diner in the hotel
20.00 Second festival evening in the square of the city


20 May 2021
7.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
10.30 – 12.00 Visiting Municipality of the city and reception at the Mayor of the city with representatives and leaders of each group. After this visit going on an excursion to Kadikoy, on the way back visiting Kapali Carsi or free time in some Mall…
19.00 – 20.00 Diner in the hotel

21.00 Closing ceremony of the festival – after the 3 rd festival event certificates and presents for ensembles by the organizer, exchange presents between leaders of


21 May 2021
7.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
12.00 Departure


119 Euro for 4 HB per person ( 4 nights with 2 meals per day) It covers hotel accommodation with  2 meals per day in 4* Hampton by Hilton HOTEL in Zeytinburnu, 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, a supplement for a double room is
5€/person/day, a supplement for a 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 Programs
What is not specified in the above mentioned “the fee includes”


  • 17/05/2021 - 21/05/2021


17/05 - 21/05
  • 5 days (4 nights) = 119 € per person


How to get there

Folklore groups should have their own transport for arrival and departure.

For the groups arriving by plane, the festival committee will arrange their airport and festival transfers free of charge.

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