Antalya was founded in 158-138 BC by Attalus II, King of Pergamon, who named the city Attaleiaafter himself. Having been inhabited continuously since then, it was encircled by strong protective walls in Roman times. The Byzantines and Seljuks successively occupied the city before it came under Ottoman rule.
“Antalya is situated at the end of a gulf, the namesake of the city, and extends over a green plateau that lies parallel to the sea. With its blue sea, luminous sky, the ever-changing colour of its mountains and lush green vegetation, the city is a festival of colours.”
Today it is one of the world’s best-loved tourist resorts, with numerous five-star hotels, holiday villages and entertainment establishments. Besides the chances Antalya offers for skiing on the mountains and then descending to the shore for a swim, the proximity of a great number of archaeological sites and ruins enhances its appeal. There are great works of art from different civilizations at every corner of the city. In the picturesque old quarter of Kaleiçi, narrow, winding streets and old wooden houses abut the ancient city walls. When Emperor Hadrian visited Phaselis in Antalya in 130 AD, a beautifully-decorated three arched gate with Corinthian columns was built into the city walls in his honour. It was the only entrance through the city walls. The two towers flanking the gate, as well as other sections of the walls, are standing near the marina. The clock tower in Kalekapısı Square was also part of the old city’s towers. The elegant, fluted minaret of the Yivli Minaret Mosque at the centre of the city, built by the Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat in the 13th century, has become Antalya’s symbol. The Karatay Madrasah in the Kaleiçi district, from the same period, exemplifies the best of Seljuk stone carving.
The two most important Ottoman mosques in the city are the 16th-century Murat Paşa Mosque, remarkable for its tile decoration, and the 18th-century Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Mosque. Neighbouring the marina, the attractive late 19th-century İskele Mosque is built of cut stone and set on four pillars over a natural spring. The Hıdırlık Kulesi (tower) was probably constructed as a lighthouse in the second century. The Kesik Minaret Mosque, which was previously a church, bears witness to the city’s long history. The major part of the southern coastline falls within the borders of the city of Antalya. With ancient cities hidden among the trees, lush-green plateaus and forests with oxygen-rich air, trekking routes and beautiful beaches, Antalya is a holiday paradise offering much more than one might expect.
Hotspots along the coastline
Visitors can also find a number of touristic hotspots along the coastline away from the city center. Kemer, 42km from Antalya through a spectacular mountain scenery, is the first such spot to the west of the city. This resort town has been carefully designed to blend in with the surrounding scenery and offers an ideal environment for a wonderful holiday. The fully equipped Kemer Marinaallows yachtsmen to enjoy the unspoiled bays and beaches on the south of the town. Shoppers will delight in the wonderful range of high-quality souvenirs. A beach promenade with its cafes and shops on the north of the marina leads directly to Kemer Beach which was awarded a Blue Flag. Other tourist centres to the north are Kızıltepe, Göynük and Beldibi while to the south there is Çamyuva and Tekirova.
At the foot of 2575m-high Mt Tahtalı (Olympos), 15km south of Kemer, the three harbours of Phaselis were once major commercial centres. The ruins of aqueducts, agoras, baths, a theatre, Hadrian’s Gate and an acropolis reveal the city’s historical importance. The ancient city of Olympos is situated on the southern side of Mt Tahtalı. Oleander and laurel bushes shade the Olympos Valley, accessible by land or sea. North of Olympos and up from Çıralı Beach is Yanartaş (at a height of 300m) where, Greek mythology tells us, the Lycian hero Bellerophon mounted his winged horse Pegasus and slew the fire-breathing Chimaera.
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 HAS 2 OPTION FOR ACCOMMODATION:
OPTION 1 : The Groups will stay at hotel (http://www.larahadrianushotel.com or similar
hotels) The number of participants and age are not limited. The festival fee is 140
euro per person.
OPTION 2 : The Groups will stay University Students Hostel ( 3 beds, bathroom and air conditioned) . The festival fee is 50 euro per person.
3.– The groups are requested to arrive in ANTALYA on 28 August 2019 – 12:00 and depart on 01.September 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.
8.– The groups will prepare 5-10 minutes programs. All groups have to prepare minimum 2 different performances.
9.– The festival fee, It covers organizational expenses, accommodation in a Hotel or Hostel
for 4 nights with 3 meals per day. ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. ) .On every 25 participants
one member is free of charge. For Hotel, double rooms there is a supplement of 5 € per person per day, for single room 15 € per person per day.
PAYMENT: As confirmation of its participation in the festival, a group pays in advance %30 of
total payment (which is not reimbursable in case of declination of participation). The rest of the
amount is to be paid 15 days before the festival or at the group’s arrival to the hotel, according
to the agreement.
10.– Contact persons of Festival Committee ;
We request a book showing your country’s Folk Dance clothes and a local big doll model of your country symbol.