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.


Price of registration fee is : 135 euro per person.

The arrangement includes:
- Accommodation in 3*** hotels like: : Gran Oral Hotel Istanbul ***, Hotel Diana ***, Hotel City Port Hotel ***… for 3 nights with breakfast in triple and quad rooms (with the option to pay extra 5 euros per night per person for a double room).
- Diplomas & Plaquas
- Invitation letter

The arrangement does not include:
- The extra charge for dinner is 10-15€ per person per night, depending of Hotel
- Optional tours (from 5 -10€ tour of Istanbul depending on the number 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…


  • 18/04/2024 - 21/04/2024


18/04 - 21/04
  • 4 days (3 nights) = 135 € per person


Participating ensembles are coming from Israel, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Armenia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Slovenia, North Macedonia…

Festival Program

1st day - 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 night.

2nd day - 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.

3rd day  – Breakfast. A day dedicated to festival activities. Performance rehearsals. Sound checks. Opening of II International Folklore Festival in Istanbul!
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.

4th day – Breakfast. Leaving the hotel. Free time or an optional Joyful Istanbul tour of the Miniaturk parkat the shoreof Golden Horn. The park features models of 135 of the most iconic structures in Istanbul and Turkey, made in 1:25 scale. Afterward, we will cross to the other side of the GoldenHorn, to the picturesque neighborhood of Balat, known for its colorful facades, and the Fener neighborhood, the home of The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. As the final part of the program, we will organize an optional afternoon tour which includes: a Bosphorus cruise tour taking you on 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 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.

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