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

Festival Program

April 22 - 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

April 23 - 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.

April 24 – Breakfast. A day dedicated to festival activities. Performance rehearsals. Sound checks. Opening of I International Folklore Festival in
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.

April 25 – Breakfast. Leaving the hotel. Free time or an optional Joyful Istanbul tour of the Miniaturk parkat the shoreof Golden Horn. The park featuresthe 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 GoldenHorn, 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!

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


The price for staying at hotels: Hotel Sorriso****, Hotel Sorriso Due****, Hotel Holiday Inn (Sisli) ***** is 85 euros per person.

The price for staying at hotels: Hotel Sahinler 3***, Hotel Golden Way Giyimkent ***** is 75 euros per person.

The arrangement includes:
- Accomodation in 3/4/5 star hotels like: Hotel Sahinler***, Hotel Golden Way Giyimkent ****, Hotel Sorisso****, Hotel Sorisso Due****, Hotel Holiday
Inn (Sisli)*****… for 3 nights with breakfast in triple and quad rooms (with the option to pay extra 5 euros per nihgtper person for a double room).
- diplomas
- Invitation letter

The arrangement does not include:
- The extra charge for dinner is7-8 € per person per night, depends of Hotel
- Optional tours (from 5 € tour of Istanbul depending on thenumber 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…


  • 22/04/2021 - 25/04/2021


22/04 - 25/04
  • 4 days (3 nights) = 75 € per person


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