The Festival is aimed at promotion of traditional sports, music and culture starting with heritage of Turkic peoples. During the meeting with Mr. Bilal Erdoğan the two discussed opportunities for promoting ethnosports of Muslim countries among youth of the OIC nations through cooperation between organizations concerned.
The Etnospor Culture Festival is an international celebration of Turkish, Turkic, and Central Asian sports and culture. Besides displays of mounted archery, oil wrestling, and other traditional Turkic sports, there will be Turkic tents, Central Asian delicacies, mehter military band shows, children’s plays, horseriding for adults and children, and folk music concerts.
The four-day festival, aims to promote and revive sports and cultures unique to ancient Turkic life. Hakan Kazanci, deputy chairman of the World Ethnosports Federation told: “We aim to bring light to sports which are part of our blood.” He said the objective of the festival is to introduce the sports internationally while making it an Olympic-like event.
A total of 843 athletes will compete in 11 different sport categories. It will feature events including mounted archery, horse riding, oil wrestling, traditional Turkic and Central Asian sports, plays for children, and folk music concerts.
A group of traditional Turkic tents will also be displayed during the festival. In oil wrestling competition, 295 athletes including top wrestlers will compete against each other.
The festival will also host 30 artists from different traditional art branches falling into oblivion.
For children, 26 plays will be put on display.
This year the festival will take place from May 11th to 14th 2017 at Yenikapı Square.