The province of Balikesir has pretty little towns of wide natural beauties. The beaches extending for kilometers on both the Aegean and Marmara coasts, the dazzling waters of deep blue, and rich greenery gently covering the land, attract anyone who would like to have a wonderful time in the midst of wonderful scenery.

Having housed many civilizations in Anatolia throughout its long past, the province is a rich center of historical remains bringing the oldest times of humanity to light. The attractive Yildirim and Zagnos Pasa Mosques in the city center are examples of the monuments of earlier periods besides the interesting clock tower, while the towns nearby also hold ruins from the remote ages, standing in a beautiful natural scenery.

The Gulf of Edremit, lying on the Aegean, is one of these lovely sites, with a broad choice of beaches and seaside resorts overlooking the clear sea. Edremit and Altinoluk (which is an oxygen heaven, ranks second in the world for a high oxygen density) are the towns that stud this wonderful area, together with Oren, where green pine forests meet the sandy shores of fine holiday resorts. In one part of this beautiful village you may see Roman and Byzantine ruins, while in the other you can find the most fresh and delicious seafood and typical dishes of the district, offered by good restaurants.Gonen, 30 kilometers from Bandirma, is another excellent relaxation center, possessing therapeutic thermal springs. The health and cure establishments here, have been used by people suffering from various illnesses since the earliest times.




HARMANCULTURE FESTIVAL ORG. It was founded in 1987 with the aim of arranging international cultural organizations.The first international event had been taken place in 1990 in Istanbul /Turkey. INFO . HARMAN arrange international folklore festivals, music band and school education exchange organisations.  Harman culture org . member I.OV - I.G.F , C.I.D - WIFOLK - EUROPE CHOIR FED. AMERICA CHOIR ASS.

This festival is open to Folk Dance – Folk Music –Theatre groups ( Youth-adult). The groups will stay  UNIVERSITY DORMITORY . Performance only after dinner min 6 min - max 15 minutes, each group 2 or 3 night at the open air. Festival Organisation committee will provide an English-speaking guide. Groups can perform with CD or    Life music.

If group  agree and accept with the festival conditions; Fill out the application form and send it back to Harmanfolk. Meanwhile, send us group info and photos by e-mail in advance. If you are interest to participate festival please ask THE APPLICATION from

ACCOMIDATION : Groups will stay free in university dormitory residence ( 3 meals ). Groups will be aged 14 and over. Maximum 30 people will be free. If there are more than 30 people, they will pay 60 Euros per person.

TRANSPORTATION : The participant groups must pay their own travel expenses from their Country to BALIKESIR and return. If groups coming by  their own bus, BALIKESIR  MUNICIPALITY will give all groups 400 lt gasoline . If groups coming by plane Balikesir town Municipality will give free transportation festival dates. If Group come to  ISTANBUL AIR PORT we will hire the bus and it cost    800 Euro for all ground transportations . ( 19-46 people). If the number of the groups 12-18 people  bus cost is 650 euro. This costs included all ground transportations. 

CRAFT STANT : Groups will be given a free craft stand. The groups will be able to sell the products they bring from their country. The groups will be able to perform music and dance if they want. Groups will be able to make handcrafts interactive. The demonstrations will be on the open field stage. The show will be minimum 6, maximum 12 minutes. 

WORKSHOP : The groups will teach other foreign groups to simple dance figures from their country's dances ( workshops ).There is a festival committee that will organize transfers in the festival area. The groups themselves will pay the transfer fee from İstanbul to Balıkesir and Balıkesir to İstanbul.

FREE ACTIVITIES  You are going to see the historical and touristic places in BALIKESIR . Also depends on programme visiting seaside GONEN ALTINOLUK AKCAY town .There will be environmental trips and one day will be the sea break.

If you are interest to participate festival please ask THE APPLICATION from


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