According to the news source of Turkey's tourism sector, Turizm Haber Merkezi, Turkey's cultural road festivals, which were initiated by the Ministry of culture and tourism for the first time in October 2021 with the Istanbul Beyoğlu cultural road festival, will be organized in 11 different cities in 2023.
The fact that citizens can easily and free of charge access to the events within the scope of the Turkey Culture Road Festivals which is the most comprehensive cultural and artistic initiative in the international arena and is a first in the world in terms of its duration, diversity and scope, which is so wide-ranging that it can be included in the Guinness Book of Records, is among the other prominent items.
At the press conference held within the scope of the Capital City Culture Road Festival, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Dr. batuhan mumcu emphasized that the project, which was held in 5 cities with the Istanbul Beyoğlu Culture Road festival in 2021, Ankara Capital City Culture Road Festival in 2022, Çanakkale Troy Culture Road Festival, Diyarbakır Sur Culture Road Festival and Konya Mystic Music Festival, will be organized in 11 different cities in 2023, and that this number will increase in the coming years, and stated that the Turkey Culture Road Festivals Project, one of the most comprehensive culture and arts projects in the world, is arguably the largest and most successful culture and arts event in the history of the Republic.
Pointing out that they especially focused on 7 regions while planning the festival cities, Mumcu said:
''On this occasion, we aim to increase the festival to 35 cities across the country by adding 5 more cities every year until 2028. In the following period, we plan to organize the festival in our cities on the same dates every year. While making this planning, we are waiting for the low season in terms of tourism mobility so that the tradesmen and accommodation sector in our cities can benefit. Festivals organized in this way also contribute to the local economy. For destinations that want to attract qualified tourists and offer a sustainable tourism experience, integrating culture and arts into the tourism experience becomes very important. The approach of combining culture and arts with tourism not only enriches tourists' vacations, but also contributes to the local economy and cultural heritage.
After the completion of the 11 festival series, Dr. Batuhan Mumcu, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, stated that they will apply to the International Festivals Association and that they aim to make this project known on international platforms. After the press conference, Dr. Batuhan Mumcu visited the stands set up at the events held in Ankara Castle within the scope of the Capital City Culture Road Festival.