08 May Tuesday

The Third Ethnosports Culture Festival begins in Istanbul…

A festival spotlighting Turkic sports and cultures from legendary ages past will be held at Yenikapı, Istanbul on May 9-13, 2018 with the slogan “The horse belongs to those who ride it and the sword to those who gird it on” this year.

The Etnospors Cultural Festival, organized with the aim of keeping traditional sports alive and passing them on to new generations, is held with an even richer program this year.

The third annual Ethnosports Culture Festival, sponsored by Anadolu Agency and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) aims to promote and revive sports and cultures unique to ancient Turkic life. 

According to a statement by the World Ethnosports Federation, the event this year will meet its audience with more diverse, rich, and original content. 

The federation’s President Bilal Erdogan said, “There is no superiority among cultures. Each one is valuable, deserves to be experienced and seen.” 

“We think that this kind of work is important for all cultures to continue their own lives and not to disappear [...] in a world dominated by the western culture," Erdogan said. 

“The festival includes fun and exciting competitions, events. More than 880 athletes will compete in 13 branches in the festival,” Erdogan added. 

Erdogan said the event will also feature Qatari hawk hunting as well as Turkish falconry masters.  

The events at the five-day festival to be set up on Yenikapi Square will include the chance to experience traditional games like aba and mas wrestling, mangala, and mounted archery requiring skill, courage and acumen. Two more games have been added to this year’s activities that are of significance in Qatari and Japanese cultures: the “Qatar Falcons” with their keen hunting skills and the trademark of traditional Japanese archery dating back to the 12th century, "Yabusame".

A group of traditional Turkic tents will also be displayed during the festival.

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