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International Folk Dance and Music Festival “DANCING IN ANTALYA ” 12 – 17 October 2020 Antalya, Turkey – IAFF.EU

International Folk Dance and Music Festival “DANCING IN ANTALYA ” 12 – 17 October 2020 Antalya, Turkey

IAFF is a non-profit organization (NGO) situated in Ohrid City, Macedonia, which is organizing different kind of folk dance and music festivals. The aim is connecting people through festivals of folk, dance and art from all over the world.

With pleasure we INVITE you (Folk and Choral groups, orchestras, majorette teams), (children, youth and adults groups) to participate on II International music & folk – dance festival “DANCING IN ANTALYA ” 12 – 17 October, Antalya 2020.

This festival is the perfect occasion for different groups from various countries to gather together so that they could express their culture and nation through dances, music and interesting national costumes.

ANTALYA is a Turkish resort city with a yacht-filled Old Harbor and beaches flanked by large hotels. It’s a gateway to Turkey’s southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters. Remnants remain from Antalya’s time as a major Roman port. These include Hadrian’s Gate, built to honor the Roman emperor’s visit in 130 A.D and 2nd-century Hidirlik Tower, with harbor views. Having entered the scene in 150 BC as Attalia, named after its founder, Attalos II, king of Pergamon,

Antalya has ever attracted a wide array of travellers, including Paul the Apostle, and Ibn Battuta among others. Antalya had replaced Phaselis—beautiful ruins of which now lie to south of the city, between Kemer and Olympos—as the main harbour of the surrounding region during the reign of Seljuks, in early 1200s, but the lack of a large hinterland (or, rather, lack of good connections with its mountainous hinterland) meant for much of its history eversince that it was a provincial coastal town, albeit with a multicultural community of Muslims, Christians, and Jews. As the centre of a region with beautiful beaches, verdant mountains, and a mindblowing number of ancient ruins, the tourism investments started in 1970s, which changed the fate of the city considerably.

However, as most of the visitors (make no mistake—they are in the range of millions annually) to the region are actually on “all-inclusive” vacation packages nowadays, they are immediately taken from the airport to the huge resorts lining the coastline of hundreds of kilometres, where they stay until the end of their holidays except perhaps a raid or two to the nearest and the most popular attractions, so Antalya itself, especially the old town (Kaleiçi), is more of an independent traveller destination, where you will meet the other travellers of a similar mind, and the local.

Festival Program:

12 October 2020

  • 14.00 Arriving in Antalya, hotel accommodation after the meeting with the festival representatives and free time (beach time)

  • 14.00 – 16.00 Lunch in hotel

  • 18.00 – 20.00 Diner in hotel

  • 21.00 Welcome reception with the leaders of the groups

13 October 2020

  • 7.30 – 10.00 Breakfast

  • 10.00 – 15.00 Side and Manavgat sightseeing with organized local tour guides (optional) or free time in the beach

  • 14.00 – 16.00 Lunch in hotel

  • 17.30 – 18.30 Diner in hotel

  • 19.00 Ensemble parade and Official festival evening in the square of the city

14 October 2020

  • 7.30 – 10.00 Breakfast

  • 10.00 – 15.00 Visiting Ephesus (very famous historical place) or free beach time (optional)

  • 14.00 – 16.00 Lunch in hotel

  • 17.30 – 18.30 Diner in hotel

  • 19.30 Second festival evening

15 October 2020

  • 7.30 – 10.00 Breakfast

  • 10.00 – 16.00 Boat excursion in the blue waters  with stop overs for swimming and lunch on the boat (optional)

  • 14.00 – 16.00 Lunch in hotel

  • 19.00 – 20.00 Diner in hotel

  • 21.00 Closing ceremony of the festival – certificates and presents for ensembles by organizer, exchange presents between leaders of ensembles and final party with all participants, discotheque with all the festival participants

  • 16 October 2020

    • 7.30 – 10.00 Breakfast

    • 10.00 – 16.00 Free time

    • 14.00 – 16.00 Lunch in hotel

    • 19.00 – 20.00 Diner in hotel

17 October 2020

  • 7.30 – 10.00 Breakfast

  • 12.00 Departure

General rules for participation:

  • Non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances, choral groups, majorette teams, orchestras, brass bands.

  • In the festival can participate folklore groups, orchestras, majorettes, modern dance groups, choirs, music bands from all over the world.

  • Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form. All filled in and signed applications will mean acceptance of the terms laid by the present regulation. The application is guaranteed by the advance payment amounting to 30% of the overall cost. This amount will not be refunded in the event of renunciation of participation.

  • The number of the participants are limited (only 3 groups from each country).

  • Ensemble should have prepared at least 2 dances, 10-15 minutes each with USB or orchestra. The performances will be in the evening hours so you can plan the day ahead and use it for visiting the historical part of the city.

  • To send us short CV and 2 – 3 photos of the group by e-mail.

  • Until 10th of April 2019 each group should send the list of participants, name/surname, sex, date of birth and passport number.

  • To take a flag of the country.

  • Folklore groups should have there own transport for arrival and departure.

Participation Fee:

  • 130 Euro for 5 FB per person ( 5 nights all inclusive)

  • 156 Euro for 6 FB per person( 6 nights all inclusive)
  • It covers hotel accommodation (leaders and drivers in 2 double rooms and others in triple and quadruple rooms) with  3 meals per day in 5* HOTEL in  Antalya, Turkey
  • Double room price is 34 Euro per day per person
  • Single room price is 42 euro per day
  • Groups of 25 persons: One group leader free of charge!

Participation Fee Includes:

  • Participation in the festival concerts,

  • Accommodation in 5* Hotels (3-4 bedded rooms, supplement for a double room is 5€/person/day, supplement for single room is 15 €/person/day),

  • All inclusive hotel accommodation

  • Welcome cocktails with the leaders of the groups

  • Souvenir and gift for each group

  • Certificate for attendance

  • Drinks during the performance

Participation Fee does not include:

  • Transport

  • Optional Programs

  • Insurance

  • What is not specified in the above mentioned “the fee includes”

Groups arriving by plane will be transported from the hotels with organized buses and will be accompanied to their departure in the same conditions. The transfer from the airport to the hotel and back is paid additionally.

By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions. All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations.

On your request you can stay longer in Antalya, Turkey. Every day of stay longer before or after festival has to be paid 38 euro/per person for accommodation in 5***** hotel…

Invitation letter will be provided if needed

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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