Posted on 24 April 2011
Bodrum will be one of the most exciting places in the world this September when it hosts the Mediterranean Colours festival – one of the largest festivals the Mediterranean has ever seen. The festival will feature over 2000 dancers from 30 countries, and will see Bodrum become alive with Carnival fever 24/7 according to organisers. The aim is to put Bodrum back in touch with its cultural roots they said.
“Because of fast development in Bodrum and other factors over the last 30 years, cultural degeneration occurred in the historic town and resulted in a decrease in the quality of tourists visiting Bodrum,” said Necmi Cavlı, a musician and the chairman of the event’s organizer, the Bodrum Culture and Arts Group.
“The festival, which is drawing great interest from civil society organizations and various organizations, aims to revive Bodrum’s values with modernized cultural and artistic events,” Cavlı said during a promotional event earlier this week, adding that the festival would also help to increase the quality of life in the town.
Bodrum Mayor Mehmet Kocadon said the festival would create a carnival-like atmosphere in the town. He highlighted Bodrum’s assets such as the Blue Voyages and King Mausolos‘ Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, as well as the fact that there are no festivals to highlight all of its wonders together.
“We will make sure this festival is recognized all around the world, just like the Rio carnival in Brazil. We have already started to promote the festival at international fairs,” he said.