Antakya FestivalThe anniversary of Hatay province joining Turkey is marked with celebrations every year.
Hatay, our most eastern province on the shores of the Mediterranean, has nurtured many civilisations with maternal care over the years and this year celebrates its accession to Turkey with the Antakya Festival for the seventy-seventh time. The event-packed programme lasts for three days and is a fantastic introduction to the culture of Antakya (Antioch). Now part of tradition, the Antakya Festival, which incorporates sports, art, competitions and concerts, is eagerly awaited by locals. Antakya wears its culture like a precious bracelet forged from centuries of history, and this educational and informative festival is not to be missed by those who are interested in it. With concerts from famous artists added to the melting pot as well, the event has plenty to entertain you. For those who want to promote the folk dances of different regions, the doors of Antakya Festival are wide open. All you have to do is apply to Antakya Municipal Authority and wait to see if your application is approved. Additionally, the traditional sport of Aba Wrestling, still alive in Hatay today, is a sports contest you should not miss.