Philomelion was probably a Pergamenian foundation on the great Graeco-Roman Highway from Ephesus to the east, and to its townsmen the Smyrniotes wrote the letter that describes the martyrdom of Polycarp. Cicero, on his way to Cilicia, dated some of his extant correspondence there; and the place played a considerable part in the frontier wars between the Byzantine emperors and the Sultanate of Rum. It became an important Seljuk town, and late in the 14th century passed into Ottoman hands. There Bayezit I of the Ottoman Empire is said by Ali of Yezd to have died after his defeat at the Battle of Ankara.
The town’s landmarks include the alleged tomb of Nasreddin Hoca, the tomb of Seydi Mahmut, the house used as headquarters by the Turkish Army during the last phase of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922), other monuments and old Turkish houses.
Between 5 July and 10 July each year, commemorations with concerts and other social activities are held to the memory of Akşehir’s famous resident, Nasreddin Hodja.
With its rich architectural heritage, Akşehir is a member of the Norwich-based European Association of Historic Towns and Regions.
CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION
1. Please, send this application form back by email with minimum 6 digital pictures and a short description of your group and videos or links and descriptions of your performances.
2.– The Groups will stay at hostel. 2 and 3 beds in a room and also WC.The number of participants must be 40 people with driver. Particpation fee 30 euro per person
3.– The groups are requested to arrive in Akşehir on 04. July 2019 – 12:00 and depart on 10 July .2019 – 12:00, after breakfast.
4.– Gifts provide for each person is an attendance certificate.
5.– Each group should bring flags of their countries with them.
6.– We will prefer for dance groups with live music but recorded music also acceptable.
7.– Pocket money will not be paid to the groups by Festival Committee. We will give 200 lt diesel.
8.– The groups will prepare 5-10 minutes programs. All groups have to prepare minimum 2 different performances.
9.-We request a book showing your country’s Folk Dance clothes and a local big doll model of your country symbol.
10.Contact persons of Festival Committee ;