Festivals

Big Festivals In Big Cities


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Sarıgerme Kite Festival

Muğla, which hosts famous tourist destinations of Turkey like Bodrum and Marmaris, also has a less known beach, Sarıgerme, as dazzling as others, that offers an annual Kite Festival.


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Ankara International Film Festival

If you plan to be in Ankara in the spring months during your trip to Turkey, make sure to check the Ankara International Film Festival program while planning your trip. Local and foreign movies played in the festival halls of Ankara’s central district Kızılay, promise a feast for movie lovers and should not be missed.


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Camel wrestling

If you are planing to spend your Turkey trip in the western part of the country in winter months, you can attend a camel wrestling match, one of the traditional entertainment events in the region. Today, camel wrestling is practiced through major festivals and tournaments, attracting attention of both tourists and local people and drawing thousands of spectators.


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New Year Celebration

The New Year is greeted in Turkey with widespread and crowded celebrations and entertainments participated by millions. People send wishes of happiness and health to loved ones for the New Year, special arrangements are made for celebrations, customary meals are cooked, those who have means go to a short trip, important events of the past year is remembered and new year’s resolutions are made.


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Film Festivals

Turkey’s main festival is the Istanbul International Film Festival. This festival is organized by the Istanbul Cultural and Art Foundation (IKSV) every year in the month of April, in Istanbul’s sizable theaters. It is a presentation of international movies in diverse languages with subtitles. For the cinema lovers the festival is a big celebration where hundreds of movies are shown in various categories, and where international competition results in some of the world’s most prized awards being bestowed. If you are not able to attend the festival in Istanbul in the spring months there is always the autumn months you can attend where the Filmekimi film festival organized by the IKSV in the month of October. Known as the “Autumn Film Week” film festival is usually awaited with an excitement by the cinema lovers every year as new movies are premiered during this festival.


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Istanbul

Other festivals that take place in Istanbul, with the emphasis on the classical music is the Istanbul Music Festival were jazz, blues and rock genres offer are on Istanbul Opera Festival and Istanbul Dance Festival, in the spring and summer months. Furthermore, attractive for younger generation is the Rock’n Coke Festival and Fanta Youth Festival. For those interested in shopping, in the month of June Istanbul Shopping Festival. For those following modern art, the İstanbul Biennale is held twice a year. For enthusiasts of independent cinema, in February the Independent Film Festival is held.


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Ankara

There are also many important festivals in the capital city of Ankara. One such important festival is the Ankara International Film Festival. This May Turkey’s first women’s festival, supported by international cinema organizations, known as the Ankara Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival will show 133 movie performances. On the other hand, the Ankara Shopping Fest, Ankara Music Festival, Ankara Comedy Festival and Short Film Festival offer visitors different kinds of entertainment to suit any need.. To have a wonderful time in the capital city, you just have to stop by and visit one of these festivals.


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Antalya

If you are spending your holiday in Mediterranean’s most beautiful city, Antalya, you have to visit Aspendos International Opera and attend the Ballet Festival organized every summer in an antique Roman amphitheater. The festival, among a historical ruins, presents visitors with extraordinary opera and ballet performances from the world’s most famous countries. Organized since 1964, Antalya International Portakal Film Festival, is internationally a well respected film festival and is recognized as an important international film competition bestowing Altin Portakal awards for superior film performances.


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Zeytinli Rock Festival

However if you prefer a more active festival, you can choose the Zeytinli Rock Festival, organized in Baikesir on the Agean coast. This summer between 20-23 August Turkey’s most famous rock musicians and groups, such as Şebnem Ferah, Duman, Teoman, Feridun Düzağaç, Pentagram will perform at Zeytinli Dalyan Coast.


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Bodrum

If you are spending your holiday in Bodrum, throughout the summer you can choose among a wide range of festival programs such as Sunsplash Festival, filled with the dance and music, the International Ballet Festival, International Gümüşlük clasik Music Festival. İn Marmaris the choices such as International Short Film Festival, Photography festival and Marine and Spring Festival can be found. If you are planning to spend your holiday in Izmir and its surroundings, from the festival view, a rich variety of various possibilities is yours for the choosing.


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