The details of this month’s cultural event’s are now available and Fethiye Times would like to thank Fethiye resident, Anthony Gerard Cooke, for gathering all the information for this article.

Final Curtain call for musicians at Fethiye's 3rd International Music Festival
Final Curtain call for musicians at Fethiye’s 3rd International Music Festival

A preview of Fethiye’s cultural festivals this May

Ahmet Erarslan at the 2014 World Music Festival
Ahmet Erarslan at the 2014 World Music Festival

The month of May has become a highlight of Fethiye’s cultural calendar, and this year is no exception when the town celebrates its 9th Arts Festival, which includes the 4th World Music Festival.


All of the events have been organised by the industrious and dedicated team at FETAV (Fethiye Tourism Promotion Education Culture and Environment Foundation), and there is sure to be events that appeal to all tastes.

Fethiye reaches out to the world through music

Dates for your diary

The festivities run for over a week, from Saturday May 7th until Sunday May 15th.

World Music Festival

Scott Jeffers

The World Music Festival will begin with the opening concert at 9pm on Thursday May 12th, and will continue with four consecutive nights of free performances.

Each three-hour concert will be full of magnificent musical performances by artists such as violinist Scott Jeffers from Arizona, and Iran’s, Ira Ensemble and Tehran Ensemble. Performers from Scotland, Ukraine, Russia, Indonesia, Greece and Turkey are also expected. It is sure to be a real treat.

Ira Emsemble at the Fethiye World Music Festival 2014
Ira Emsemble at the Fethiye World Music Festival 2014

Music in Kayaköy

Kayakoy Music Festival will be held on the afternoon of Friday 13th May, and will also welcome musicians from the local region and around the world.

Lycian Carnival

Another highlight will be the Lycian Carnival, to be held on Saturday 14th May. This parade will be a wonderful visual display, beginning in Beşkaza Square. The celebrations will continue with music and dance. During the carnival, the Festival’s Prince and Princess will be selected from young people with disabilities.

Artists – live!

On the afternoon of Wednesday 11th, you can watch the Artists Live Performance; see wonders created before your eyes with paint and canvas. That night, FBKM and Mine Sarmış will host an evening of live poetry readings.

Anatolian Culture Fair

The Anatolian Culture Fair will be open all week, from Saturday 7th of May. This outdoor market will be full of local products for sale, from Fethiye and all across Turkey.

Arts, Photography and Poetry exhibitions will be held throughout the week at Beşkaza Square (in front of Fethiye Culture Centre – FBKM), also inside FBKM’s exhibition hall and foyer, as well at Erasta shopping centre. There will be a Book Fair and Book Signing event with publishers, authors and poets, continuing everyday from May 9th to 15th, also in Beşkaza Square. There will also be various talks by Turkish authors and political figures throughout the city. In addition, there is a huge programme of events in many of Fethiye’s schools.

Festival schedules

The Festivals programme is absolutely heaving with activity; far too much to list everything here. However, here are some highlights of the programme which I hope you will enjoy. These dates and events may be subject to change. Please check the festival website (below) for updates and all other events.


10:00 @ Beşkaza Square – Anatolian Culture Fair opens.


Anatolian Culture Fair continues and some arts exhibitions open.


15:00 – 16:00 @ FBKM – Festival Opening Ceremony


Fairs and exhibitions continue as above


14:00 – 19:00 @ FBKM Amphitheater – Artists live performance

20:30 – 11:00 @ FBKM – Poetry Night


21:00 – 00:00 @ Beşkaza Square Stage – World Music Festival Opening Concert.


14:00 – 17:00 @ Kayaköy – Kayaköy Festival.

21:00 – 00:00 @ Beşkaza Square Stage – World Music Festival Second Day Concert


17:00 – 21:00 @ Beşkaza Square – Carnival Parade and Entertainment

21:00 – 00:00 @ Beşkaza Square Stage – World Music Festival Third Day Concert


21:00 – Midnight @ Beşkaza Square Stage – World Music Festival Closing Concert


More details of these and other events

Updates can be found at the festivals’ website, and their Facebook page

More dates for your diary

Forthcoming events in the Fethiye area:


‘Gel de İçme’ (‘Come and Drink’), 12th May, Kibele Sanat Evi


Fethiye Race for Life, 2nd October


Fethiye Arts Festival, 9th – 17th May,
Fethiye World Music Festival, 12th – 17th May,

Kayakoy Music Festival, 13th May

Fethiye Lycian Carnival, 14th May,
Fethiye International Classical Music Festival, 21st – 24th September,
Ölüdeniz International Air Games Festival, 11th – 15th October,

*Please note, all dates and information are subject to change*

More about Anthony

Anthony - aka Gerard Cooke
Anthony – aka Gerard Cooke

Anthony Gerard Cooke is an actor from the UK, working under the stage name Gerard Cooke. Living in Fethiye since 2014, he founded ‘Mediterranean Theatre’ with the aim of producing professional theatre in South Turkey.


  1. I have asked this question on a previous occasion without any feed back.
    Can you tell me why all these date regarding festivals & activities in & around Fethiye though out the year are NOT high lighted in your (What’s on in Fethiye) section. Surely it being a date calendar & what the name implies these activities should be shown.
    I have looked in this section several times in the past & missed curtain function that I would have liked to have attended.

    • Thank you for comment Frank and I apologise that we did not reply to your last comment.

      We will ensure we update the What’s-on calendar in future.