3rd International Balkan Music Festival at Grand Synagogue of EdirneThe Historic Edirne Synagogue has hosted the third of the International Balkan Music Festival, the first of which had been organized in 2019.
This year the International Balkan Music Festival was organized by the Thracian Culture Art and Education Foundation (TRAKSEV) on December 16-19, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism General Directorate of Copyrights, Municipality of Edirne, Edirne Foundations Regional Directorate, and Trakya University. The Thracian Culture Art and Education Foundation (TRAKSEV) was established with the purpose of introducing the cultural and historical values of Thrace to the whole world by promoting the socio-cultural structure in the region.
The 3rd International Balkan Music Festival was opened on December 16th, with the academician and artist Şaban Tuncer's art exhibition, in the Grand Synagogue of Edirne. Yusuf Güler, the Deputy Governor of Edirne, in his speech, said, "We are producing substantial projects in order to make Edirne the center of cultural, artistic and sports activities, together with all the public institutions and organizations and the local governments. I am greatly thankful for everyone supporting us on this issue; especially the people of Edirne". Recep Gürkan, the Mayor of Edirne in his speech stated that all the institutions were striving to improve artistic activities.
The opening concert of the music festival, which is conveying the use of Balkan music in many different styles to music lovers, was the concert by the saxophone artist Anıl Şallıel & 166 Days Balkan Jazz Project.
On December 17th one of the leading representatives of Istanbul music, the music group Incesaz who is well known for their soundtracks of the famous Turkish TV series such as 'Baba Evi', 'Deli Yürek', 'Ikinci Bahar', and 'Ekmek Teknesi', performed in the Grand Synagogue of Edirne.
On the third day of the festival that continued at the Trakye University Balkan Congress Center, Öykü Gürman gave a concert with the repertoire specially selected for the International Balkan Music Festival.
As the last concert of the music festival, Candan Erçetin and Serkan Çağrı performed a concert together with the Balkan Symphony Orchestra at the Trakya University Balkan Congress Center.