Çanakkale, with its natural wonders and historical riches, is one of the unique cities in the world where the ancient city of Troy was destroyed and rebuilt many times. Alxandria Troas, the largest ancient city in Anatolia, accepted as the capital of his empire by Emperor Constantine; Assos, where Aristotle, one of the most important philosophers of history, spent a part of his life; Apollo Smintheus Sanctuary; Parion near Biga Kemer; Neandreia, where the Aiolia Temple was once located; The Zeus Altar, which Homer mentions in the world-famous Iliad; Babakale, Çimenlik and Kilitbahir castles; The Gallipoli Peninsula was one of the bloodiest battles of the 20th century; historic Gallipoli town; Turkey's largest island of Gokceada; Bayramiç Ayazma with its natural beauty; Bozcaada, famous for its crystal waters and its wines, which are among the 10 best islands of authentic Europe.

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.


The festival fee is 265 euros per person for 2 nights in Çanakkale and 4 nights in Istanbul.

The accommodation from 17th -19th August is in a Hotel in Çanakkale on a Half Board basis and accommodation from 19th till 23rd August is in Hotel on a Bed and Breakfast basis.

The Groups will be accommodated in rooms with 2 beds, 3 beds, and 4 beds.


  • 17/08/2023 - 23/08/2023


17/08 - 23/08
  • 7 days (6 nights) = 265 € per person


The International Festival of dance and song “Turkish Experience” 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 Çanakkale. 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.

The participant group has to arrive in Çanakkale on August 17th, 2023 (starting with dinner) and leave from Istanbul on August 23rd, 2023 after having breakfast and leave the rooms till 10:00h. The groups should pay the travel expenses by themselves to the festival destinations.

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, rob, 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 at 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.

The festival organizers will provide a guide for each group during the festival and 24/7 team support.

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

1st day - 17.08
14:30 Arrival and Check-in in Hotel
20:30 Short description of the festival program by the Organizational Team

2nd day - 18.08
08:00 Breakfast in the Hotel
09:00 Free Day (get the List of Excursions from your Folklore Buddy and explore Çanakkale like never before!)
19:00 Concert and awarding of Diploma

3rd day - 19.08.
10:00 Breakfast and Check-out from the hotel in Çanakkale
14:00 Check-in in the Hotel Pulman 5* in Istanbul

4th day - 20.08.
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!)

5th day - 20.08.
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!)

6th day - 20.08.
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!)

7th day - 21.08.
08:00- 10:00 Breakfast and Check-out from the hotel in Istanbul

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.

Things to do

Explore Istanbul Like Never Before!

1. Marvel at the lofty dome of HAGIA SOPHIA

The Hagia Sophia is among Istanbul's most popular and iconic historic sites. Completed in the 6th century on the orders of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, Hagia Sophia is considered to be an architectural marvel even today. Before being converted into a mosque in the 15th century and later into a museum in 1935, Hagia Sophia served as the center of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

2. Wander inside TOPKAPI PALACE

Looming over the point where the Golden Horn meets the Marmara Sea, Topkapı Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for more than four centuries. Topkapı Palace is a beautiful spot offering beautiful views of Istanbul. Every room is covered in exquisite tile of work and in the springtime the gardens are filled with tulips and hyacinths.

3. Admire the blooming tulips at GÜLHANE PARK

Located next to the Topkapı Palace on the tip of Istanbul's historic peninsula, Gülhane Park is one of the city's biggest and most beautiful parks. Thousands of tulips bloom in the park during springtime.

4. Be mesmerized by the tiles inside BLUE MOSQUE

Among the city's most famous landmarks, the Blue Mosque's interior walls are adorned with over 20.000 hand-painted blue tiles, which are bathed in natural light filtering in from more than 200 windows, a dazzling sight to behold. This historic mosque was built in the early 17th century during the reign of Ahmed I.

5. Travel back in time to Byzantium at BASILICA CISTERN

Descend underground Istanbul to one of the city’s ancient reservoirs. The Basilica Cistern is dark, chilly and mysterious featuring hundreds of ancient Ionic and Corinthian columns, the cistern is a relic of the Byzantine Empire's water system.


The Galata Tower was built in the mid 14 th century and was used as a fire tower, barracks and a dungeon. From the top of the tower you can get the best views of Istanbul

7. Get a full body scrub at KILIÇ ALI PAŞA HAMAMI

The work of the renowned Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı was built in between 1578-1583 to serve the marine forces in the Ottoman navy and was reopened to the public in 2012 after a major restoration. The hammam ritual is an unmissable experience for anyone visiting Istanbul and there's no better place to do it than inside this architectural masterpiece dating back half a millennium.


A dinner cruise on the Bosphorus provides evening views of Istanbul for a different perspective of the city. As you travel along this waterway that leads to the Black Sea, you'll enjoy food, drinks, and a live show on board.

9. STREET FOOD TOUR with local guide

Istanbul’s street life is deeply interwoven with the city’s food culture. While you explore historical places, you can also discover the best Turkish street food in Istanbul and turn your culture trip into a gourmet tour. Istanbul boasts hundreds of dishes and rich food culture.

10. Put your bargaining hat on at GRAND BAZAAR

Among the world's oldest and largest covered markets, the Grand Bazaar features thousands of shops spread across dozens of streets. With its kaleidoscope of colorful lanterns, its friendly people and its maze of hallways the Grand Bazaar is a joy to explore.

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