Fethiye will be hosting the town’s Eighth Arts Festival this month,
which will for the third year running include the town’s
International Music Festival.
A four day event
The four-day world music event is once again attracting some
top class musicians from across the globe.
Groups from cultures and countries as diverse as the UK, Iran,
USA, Spain and Angola will be filling Fethiye’s Beşkaza Square
Music as well as Taste of Fethiye in Kayaköy
There will also be an opportunity to listen to some of the music in the
beautiful setting of Kayaköy as part of the Taste of Fethiye project’s
craft fair on Friday 15th May. The fair will begin at 10:00, continuing
until 17:00 with music (including a solo performance by Scott Jeffers)
due to take place from 14:00 to 17:00.
Taste of Fethiye’s biannual fairs have become popular events both for
local artists, craftspeople and traditional food producers as well as
their customers but although in previous years musicians from the
festival have played in Kayaköy, this is the first time the fair has
been combined with the music festival.
The organisers believe that it will add a new and exciting
dimension to both events.
An important event
Mustafa Şıkman, spokesperson for FETAV, the NGO in charge of the event,
said he is pleased that this year the concerts will once again bring a rich
mix of sound, cultures and styles to Fethiye.
This is the eighth year for Fethiye’s Arts Festival and the third for our
International Music Festival. As in previous years we have an eclectic
mix of groups coming from many different countries. Gradually
Fethiye’s World Music Festival is developing a reputation as an
important event for musicians from all over the world.”
Cultural variety in Beşkaza Square
This year the concerts will vary from Vivalda Dula, guaranteed to get the audience
dancing, to folk music from Ukraine group, Spiritual Seasons.
Popular on the UK festival trail and now in Fethiye, the British group Inu will be playing
music from Balkans and Mehregan Ensemble will entrance the audience
with their timeless, evocative music from Iran.
There will also be plenty of music from the festival’s host town Fethiye,
including piano, rock, and traditional türküler from Fethiye festival
From Ibiza to Fethiye
Fans of guitar duo, Los Vagabundos de Lujo, will be delighted to know that they
will be returning for the third year running – their music brings the
more relaxed side of Ibiza nightlife right into the heart Fethiye.
In 2013 they played in Kayaköy at the Upper Church.
Scott Jeffers – Traveler at FIMF2014
Equally welcome will be the presence of Traveler with Scott Jeffers,
whose amazing fiddle playing has become an annual treat for
Fethiye music lovers.
Evening concerts in Fethiye
Evening concerts will be held in Beşkaza Meydanı (Fethiye Town Square)
at start at 21:00 and are expected to finish around 23:30.
All the concerts are free.
Lots going on…
There will be lots going on during the daytime too.
Photo and art exhibitions, a book fair, poetry readings and more…
On Sunday 17th May, starting at 14:00 there will be events, shows
and music all day and into the night.
Full details of the festival…
Click here for the timetable and details of the Festival
Listen to the music
To watch videos of the musicians click on their names.
The headline photo, taken by Ian Dickinson, shows the 2014 performers.