İstanbul's strategic location has attracted many marauding armies over the centuries. The Greeks, Romans and Venetians took turns ruling before the Ottomans stormed into town and decided to stay – physical reminders of their various tenures are found across the city. The fact that the city straddles two continents wasn't its only drawcard – it was the final stage on the legendary Silk Road linking Asia with Europe, and many merchants who came here liked it so much that they, too, decided to stay. In so doing, they gave the city a cultural diversity that it retains to this day.

But what about the food?' we hear you say. We're happy to report that the city's cuisine is as diverse as its heritage, and delicious to boot. Locals take their eating and drinking seriously – the restaurants here are the best in the country. You can eat aromatic Asian dishes or Italian classics if you so choose, but most visitors prefer to sample the succulent kebaps, flavoursome mezes and freshly caught fish that are the city's signature dishes, washing them down with the national drink, rakı (aniseed brandy), or a glass or two of locally produced wine.

General Rules

International Folklore festival Moonlight in Istanbul
No limit on the number of the participants.
No age limit.
Available one program per group, with the maximum timing of 15 minutes per group. Number
of the choreographies is not limited within the time limit of 15 minutes.

Festival Program
1 Day 24.07.
14:00 Arrival to Istanbul. Accommodation in the selected
accommodation unit.
19:00 Dinner
Free time for the individual activities.
2 Day 25.07.
07:30 Breakfast
10:00 Briefing with the organizers and other participating ensembles.
Free time for the individual activities.
17:30 Dinner
19:00 Gathering of the groups. Defile.
19:30 Opening ceremony of the the festival. Performances of the
(The detailed program and the order of appearances will be submitted
to the groups on their arrival)
Closing and award ceremony of the festival.
3 Day 26.07.
07:30 Breakfast
10:00 Optional excursion, visit of Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace, Blue
Mosque, and Grand Bazaar, city sightseeing. Optional boat ride.
19:00 Dinner
4 Day 27.07.
07:30 Breakfast
11:00 Departure of the groups. End of service.


Price includes:
Accommodation in the hotel in base HB / breakfast and dinner /
Participation on the festival
Plaques, Souvenirs, diploma, photo, DVD.
Companion during the festival

Price does not include:
Optional excursions, night outs, parties, sightseeing, bus parking fee (where
required), foreigner city tax (where required, for the participants above 14. Y.o.
excluded the group leaders and drivers)
Insurance for passengers. Other individual costs of the participants.

Supplement extension of stay: 35€ per day per person
Hotel Supplement for the double room 5€ per day/per person
Supplement for the single room 22€ Per day/Per person


  • 24/06/2020 - 27/06/2020


24/06 - 27/06
  • 4 days (3 nights) = 109 € per person


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