Concerts, sports tournaments and the unveiling of a new Atatürk statue were the highlights as Alsancak’s first ever festival came to an end on Sunday.
The four-day Sea Festival was hailed a “success” by Mayor Firat Ataser who said he was striving to provide the “best service” to residents. “Our mission is to realise what has not been realised before,” he said.
Turkish singer Gökhan Tepe wowed the crowds with his performance on Saturday night, while musical entertainment over the weekend also came in the form of Group Baria, Group Rast and Sultan Durusular and Orchestra.
There were dance shows provided by The Friends Line Dancers and Deger’s Studio Dance Group, a Cyprus circus by the Andac Theatre and a display by Bhujanga Woman Body.
Sportsmen and women had plenty to get involved in, with a series of sports competitions including a Jet Ski race, an off-road rally and a chess tournament.
Stalls selling doughnuts, lokma and traditional foodstuffs, handicrafts and books did a brisk trade. Alsancak is the latest in a line of villages to set up their own festival to boost local trade and tourism.