The First Istanbul International Folk Music Festival, which will be organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's (IBB) Cemal Reşit Rey (CRR) Concert Hall under the auspices of the Presidency of the Turkish Republic, will start on Dec. 1. Within the context of the festival, a variety of Spanish, Iranian, Korean, Azerbaijani and Turkish folk songs will meet music lovers. Homayoun Shajarian, Paco Pena, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Hona, Erkan Oğur & İsmail Hakkı Demircioğlu and Yavuz Bingöl are among the artists who will perform at the festival.

The performances will be given at three different university campuses - Istanbul Technical University, Yıldız Technical University and Istanbul University - along with the CRR Concert Hall. Thirty-five concerts will be held as part of the festival, which will finish on Dec. 5.

Different cultures in the festival

At the first Istanbul International Folk Music Festival, many cultures will come together through folk songs inspired by the perceptions, thinking and lifestyles of different nations. Listeners will have an opportunity to hear traditional Spanish, Iranian, Korean and Azerbaijani songs with contemporary comments along with Turkish folk songs from different regions of the country.

Three campuses, 27 concerts

Twenty-seven concerts will be organized at the campuses of Istanbul Technical University, Yıldız Technical University and Istanbul University apart from the IBB's CRR Concert Hall within the scope of the festival. The concerts will be performed at the campuses between Dec. 3 and 5. Entry will be free of charge.

The Turkish musicians who will introduce beautiful folk songs to audiences include Mustafa Keser, Bedia Akartürk, Kubat, Şükriye Tutkun, Suzan Kardeş, Zara, Resul Dündar, Elif Buse Doğan, Gülşen Kutlu, Apolas Lermi, Ümit Yılmaz, Çiğdem Elmas, Aykut Aslan, Oğuz Aksaç, Ünal Zorluer, Ayfer Vardar, Emel Tasçıoğlu, Erol Parlak & Sinan Ayyıldız, Okan Murat Öztürk and Nahide Babashlı. At the campus concerts, the Taksim Trio, 5 Quartet and Türküler Bizi Anlatır will perform, as well.