Istanbul – Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a city where you can feel the mysticism of the East and the modernity of the West, the constant time travel between the past and the future, the balance of the traditional and the modern. Istanbul not only joins continents, but it also joins cultures and people.

General Rules

The International Festival of dance and song “Magical Istanbul” is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances and music performed by folkloric groups. At the festival may participate children and youth folklore dance groups, vocal groups, majorette
groups, instrumental groups, as well as groups and performers from other art styles. The age of the participants is not limited.

During the Festival each group will have one performance in the Istanbul city area. Groups should bring a flag and a sign with the name of the group for the Defile which will be organized only if government measures allow. Program activities and performances
will be held in the evening hours so every day is free for participants to explore the magical city or visit some of the tourist attractions.

Festival Program
Detailed Festival Program will be given to you 1 month before the start of the festival.

27.09 Monday
14:30 Arrival and Check-in in Hotel
20:30 Short description of the festival program by Organizational Team

28.09 Tuesday
08:00 Breakfast in the Hotel
09:00 Free Day (get the List of Excursions from your Folklore Buddy and explore Istanbul like never before!)

29.09 Wednesday
10:00 Free time (Apply for one of the festival excursions and make wonderful memories)
18:30 Defile if Government restrictions allow
19:00 Concert and awarding Diploma

30.09 Thursday
10:00 Check – out after breakfast
11:00 Departure to Festival in Antalya

Each group must send us their dancing music by email, 10 days before the festival starts.
The Organizer reserves the right to change the program, and the participants will be informed on time.
The copyright of all video materials and pictures is the ownership of the Organization of the Festival.

By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions.


By participating in this festival, you can use the opportunity to connect two festivals "Turkish Paradise" and "Magical Istanbul" and get a special discount, 3 Concerts in just 5 days and visit 2 amazing cities.

1. Istanbul (29.09.- 30.09.) – Antalya (01.10. – 04.10.) = 189 EUR per person 

2. Istanbul (29.09. – 30.09.) – Antalya (01.10. – 05.10.) = 225 EUR per person

The application deadline is August 27, 2021.


The Festival accommodation is in a 4**** Hotel (Hampton by Hilton) located few steps from Kazlicesme metro station. Olivium Outlet shopping mall and the Great Wall of Istanbul are 10 minutes' walk away. The iconic Blue Mosque and vibrant Grand Bazaar are less than 10 km from the hotel, an easy taxi, bus, or metro ride.

The Groups will be accommodated in rooms with 3 beds and 4 beds on a half-board basis. Only 2 double rooms are available per group which can be used for the Leaders and drivers.

Extra charge:

Double room: 5 euro per person / per day
Single room: 19 euro per person / per day
Extra night: 31 euro per person

Free Members:
Every 25 pax - 1 pax free


  • 27/09/2021 - 30/09/2021


27/09 - 30/09
  • 3 days (2 nights) = 70 € per person
  • 4 days (3 nights) = 99 € per person


How to get there

The participant group has to arrive in Istanbul on September 27th, 2021 (starting with dinner)
and leave on September 30th, 2021 after having breakfast and leave the rooms till 10:00h. The
groups should pay the travel expenses by themselves to Istanbul and back.

The groups coming by bus can use their own transport all the time during the festival and the small journeys around the city. Any expense caused by the usage of the bus (accident, robbing, breakdown, etc) should be covered by the vehicle’s insurance. Each member must have a travel insurance policy.

The Parking for the buses is paid for by the group at the rate set on the parking place.

The festival organizers will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Istanbul airport, during the festival days, and back to the same Istanbul airport. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed upon according to their number.

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