LONDON (2 April 2014) — Every year Turkey hosts a number of arts festivals across the country attracting leading artists as well as appreciative audiences. Focusing on the ‘high arts’ of ballet and opera, this year’s must-see festivals include:

o The 5th International Istanbul Opera Festival (3-17 June) presents operas with a Turkish connection in relevant historical sites across the city.

o The 4th International Istanbul Ballet Competition and Festival (21-26 June) attracting leading dancers, ensembles and dance schools from around the world.


o The 12th International Bodrum Ballet Festival (29 July-16 August) held in the elegant town of Bodrum and set in a region known for its history.

o The 21st International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival (30 August-20 September) in its yearly presentation at the Roman open-air Aspendos Theatre near Antalya and attracting companies from around the globe.



As all of these festivals are located in areas with many other attractions, they represent a welcome cultural addition to what such cities as Istanbul and resorts as Antalya and Bodrum already offer.

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