1st International Colossae Folk Dance Festival
Denizli District-Turkey
 
Denizli is an industrial city in the southwestern part of Anatolia Peninsula and in the southeast of the Aegean Region. Denizli is a gateway between the Aegean and Mediterranean Regions. Denizli also has territory on both regions. The province lies between 28°30’ and 29°30’ east longitude and 37°12’ and 38°12’ of north latitude. Denizli is bordered by Muğla, Aydın, Manisa, Uşak, Afyon and Burdur provinces. Denizli’s total land area is 11.692 km2 and is 428 m above sea level. It is very famous with textile and industrial productions and rooster.
Thermal Waters
Karahayıt Thermal Water: This Thermal is the one branch of Pamukkale Thermal Water system. It’s located 5 km. north of Pamukkale in Karahayıt town and could eliminate Neurological illness, Very useful for Heart-Arteriosclerosis, Hypertensions, Rheumatism-Sciatic, Skin, Lumbago treatments and also helps to eliminate scabies, pustule and pruritus.
Pamukkale Thermal Waters: It’s 18 km. away from Province center and located in Hierapolis Ancient City. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals are left by the flowing water.
Pamukkale Travertines
Travertine is a rock formed by the deposition of chemical reaction in various causes and conditions. Geological events constituting Pamukkale thermal waters affected a wide area. There are 17 hot water springs with temperatures ranging from 35 to 100C. Pamukkale thermal springs is a unit within the regional potential and have been used since ancient times.
The water’s temperature from the source is 35.6 C. The water includes calcium hydro carbonate in large quantities. When calcium hydro carbonate comes into contact with oxigen, carbon dioxide and carbonmonoxide escapes, calcium carbonate is precipitated and forms the travertine. The sediment looks like a gel in the first stage.
Hierapolis Ancient City
City is located 18 km north of Denizli. In archaeological literature Hierapolis called as a “Holy City” due to many temples and religious buildings. Hierapolis is located among various historical areas. According to Strabon and Ptolemaios who were the ancient geographers, Hierapolis was Frigya city near Laodikeia and Tripolis cities, which was in Karia’s border. From ancient sources there is no information about Hierapolis name before the Hellenistic Era. But is known that the city had a life before due to the Mother GoddessCult.
Rooster of Denizli
Denizli rooster is the symbol of Denizli. Rooster has been raised in Denizli since ancient times. Rooster’s color and body structure is harmonious with it long and beautiful crowing.

Conditions for participation:

  • I. International Colossus Folk Dance Festival- Turkey will be held between 30 June – 04 July 2024 in Denizli Turkey.
  • Participating groups will bring their own artistic materials which will be used in 5-10 and 20 minutes shows.
  • The dancers and musicians of the participating groups should not be under the age of 16.
  • Participating groups will include a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 people.
  • There is no age restriction for the participation.
  • Participating groups can use CDs or live music in their performances.
  • When groups come to the festival, they must bring a full set of costume to be exhibited in the museum.
  • Participating groups will cover the costs of illness, emergency clinical and resting expenses through their health insurance. The validity period of the health insurance of the participating groups will be between the arrival and departure dates of the groups.
  • PARTICIPATING GROUPS WHICH WİLL COME WITH THEIR OWN BUSES WILL USE THEIR OWN BUSES DURING THE FESTIVAL AND 120 LITERS OF FUEL WILL BE FILLED BY THE FESTIVAL COMMITTEE.
  • PARTICIPATING GROUPS WHICH WILL COME TO THE FESTIVAL BY PLANE SHOULD CHOOSE Denizli Airport.OUR COMMITTEE WILL ARRANGE THE TRANSFER OF THE GROUPS FROM THE AIRPORT. For the groups who chose Istanbul Airport. We have separate package for these groups that includes domestic flight tickets from Istanbul to Denizli and back.
  • Participating groups will send the materials which they will present (CDs, posters, brochures and photographs) and the promotional CD of their country with their application form or via mail until the deadline for the festival as explained below.
  • IF MORE THAN ONE GROUP FROM THE SAME COUNTRY APPLY TO THE FESTIVAL, THE FESTIVAL COMMITTEE WILL DECIDE WHICH GROUP WİLL PARTICIPATE TO THE FESTİVAL.
  • Participating groups will bring their country's flags (the flags should be 1.00 meters x 1.50 meters with their masts) themselves.
  • The deadline for application to the festival is 1 March 2024. Until this date, groups should apply to our festival committee. Applications after this date will not be considered.
  • The groups which is invited to the festival will be informed until 15 march 2024 and they will have to deposit 50% of the fee by 1st April. Rest they can deposit on the 1 week before of arrival date on 24 June 2024 / Monday.
  • The association will issue invoices for each group. And both the deposit and the remaining payment will be made to the Association Bank Account, which will be notified after the groups are confirmed, and the receipts will be sent by e-mail, specifying the group name.
  • Participating groups will obey the conditions of participation and sign the application form.
  • The groups will arrive Denizli on 30 June 2024 and all groups will leave after breakfast on 4th July 2024.
  • For participant groups we can arrange Hierapolis & Pamukkale local tour + Istanbul, Antalya, Cappadocia sightseeing tours with an additional cost. For which groups can discuss separately.

Responsibilities of festival committee:

  • Provides breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Lunches during the festival period
  • Accommodation in 3* Hotels for participating groups.
  • Provides transportation of groups which are traveling by plane from Denizli Airport to related places.
  • Covers a certain amount of fuel costs of groups which are traveling by bus from the beginning of the festival to the end date.
  • Provides technical equipment and a 10 x 12 m2 presentation area for the participating groups.

Festival activities:

  • Shows and cortege in the open area of Denizli District.
  • Indoor and outdoor shows in Denizli and other regions.
  • One-night competition will be held at the 03 JULY Gala Night. The categories will be;
  • Choreography 1., 2., 3; The best music; The best authentic women & men costume; The best festival group; Miss festival and Mr. Festival.
  • Meeting of Group leaders with the Mayor of Denizli Municipality & Governor of the city

Participation fee:

OPTION A - Basic Package
  • 190 Euro per person, For those who will arrive directly to Denizli By their own Bus
Includes
  • 4 Overnights on HB basis at 3 * hotels ( breakfast & dinner )
  • One SGL room Free of Charge for group leader
  • Room tax %10
  • Lunches during the festival period
  • One Gala Dinner at outside restaurant
  • 120 lt fuel support for each bus ( during the festival period )
  • Festival stage Simultaneous translation services
  • English speaking assistants during the festival period ( day & night )
  • All festival technical arrangements ( Sound system & Setup during the festival period )
  • Gifts by SUA ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS CULTURE AND ART ASSOCIATION / UDBHAV INDIA
Excludes
  • Bus transportation ( by their own )
  • Day Tour to Hierapolis with lunch ( 50 € ) inc.guiding + museum enrence fee ( bus by their own ) - or Cappadocia / Istanbul / Antalya sightseeing ( prize will be discussed seperately depending upon the number of group members)
  • All personal expenses & room extras

OPTION BSilver Package
  • 365 Euro per person, For those who will arrive Istanbul Airport (domestic flight by their own)
Includes
  • Arrival & Departure transfers with our AC class coaches
  • 4 Overnights on Half Board basis at 3 * hotels
  • Room taxes at hotels %10
  • One SGL room Free of Charge for Group Leader
  • Lunches during the festival itinerary
  • Daily transfers during the festival program with our buses
  • English speaking staff during the mentioned festival program
  • Festival stage Simultaneous translation services
  • Sound system & Setup during the festival period
  • Gala dinner at outside Turkish Restaurant
  • Gifts by SUA ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS CULTURE AND ART ASSOCIATION / UDBHAV INDIA
Excludes
  • International flights
  • Istanbul > Denizli > Istanbul roundtrip domestic flight
  • All personal expenses & room extras at hotels
  • VISA FEE (BREAS TOURISM & SUA ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS CULTURE AND ART ASSOCIATION will send a visa request letter to the Turkish Embassies in the participating countries according to the name / passport lists of the participants)
  • Day Tour to Hierapolis with lunch ( 50 € ) inc.guiding + museum enrence fee ( bus by their own ) - or Cappadocia / Istanbul / Antalya sightseeing ( prize will be discussed seperately depending upon the number of group members)
OPTION C - Gold Package
  • 399 Euro per person, including domestic flight İstanbul-Denizli-Istanbul
Includes
  • Istanbul > Denizli > Istanbul roundtrip domestic flight
  • Arrival & Departure transfers with our AC class coaches
  • 4 Overnights on Half Board basis at 3 * hotels
  • Room taxes at hotels %10
  • One SGL room Free of Charge for Group Leader
  • Lunches during the festival itinerary
  • Daily transfers during the festival program with our buses
  • English speaking staff during the mentioned festival program
  • Festival stage Simultaneous translation services
  • Sound system & Setup during the festival period
  • Gala dinner at outside Turkish Restaurant
  • Gifts by SUA ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS CULTURE AND ART ASSOCIATION / UDBHAV INDIA
Excludes
  • International flights
  • All personal expenses & room extras at hotels
  • VISA FEE ( BREAS TOURISM & SUA ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS CULTURE AND ART ASSOCIATION will send a visa request letter to the Turkish Embassies in the participating countries according to the name / passport lists of the participants )
  • Day Tour to Hierapolis with lunch (50 € ) inc.guiding + museum enrence fee ( bus by their own ) - or Cappadocia / Istanbul / Antalya sightseeing ( prize will be discussed seperately depending upon the number of group members)
Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form.
Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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