1 November 2021     Festivals 

The International Folklore Dance and Music Festival "BOSPHORUS" was held in the period 22-26 October 2021, welcoming 200 participants from Ukraine, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Greece and Turkey (different Turkish traditional folklore dance groups).

Director of the forum proudly announced that after the pandemic situation, the organizing team for the first time managed to arrange an international festival in Istanbul, Turkey. 

The first festival event was held at the Cultural Center "Baris Manco", Avcilar Municipality. After the official festival parade the groups enjoyed the welcome cocktail at the Municipalities entrance hall. At the closing ceremony of the same night awards was presented to the groups by Mayor of Avcilar Municipality - Mr. Turan Hançerli.

The second festival event within the frames of the musical festival was held at Esenyurt Municipality’s Cultural Center “Erol Olçok”. Participants had the opportunity to receive awards from the Municipality’s Mayor - Mr. Kemal Deniz Bozkurt.

Groups exchanged professional experience on the specially arranged gala evening as a workshop. Later, each group showed their traditional dances. As a closing, participants had a disco party until midnight.

Guests went back to their countries with great memories and wishes to come back again next year, but before leaving they had the opportunity to join different excursions such as Bosphorus Boat Trip, Visiting the old town of Istanbul, Taksim square and Ortakoy, Galata tower.