Concerts in the Charming Atmosphere of Ancient Theatres
Another festival is held at Side, another ancient theatre some 70 kilometers east of Antalya.
This ancient theatre was built at the narrowest point of the ancient city of Side, situated next to Manavgat district. It almost embraces its guests by meeting them at the entrance of the town. The ancient theatre has a captivating glory, and findings reveal that it has always been used for the same purpose as it is today.
We know that it was built during the middle of the 2nd century. This valuable structure now hosts the Side International Culture and Art Festival, welcoming orchestras from all over the world. The festival is organised by Side Municipality where more than ten concerts are held free of charge for attendees every year. Alongside the ancient theatre, the Temple of Apollo, situated east of the harbour at the tip of the peninsula, rises into the sky in all its glory. This site also hosts various events.
Side International Culture and Art Festival
Many famous ensembles and soloists have participated in these series of concerts, notably theAntalya State Symphony Orchestra and Antalya State Opera and Ballet. The Side International Culture and Art Festival was accepted into the European Festivals Association in 2010. To date, the festival has welcomed the Berlin Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the Marphe String Quartet and the ‘Ten of the Best Trumpets’ ensemble, as well as many others.
The Side Festival launched a rarely seen project last year. A special symphony orchestra was established during the festival which featured 82 musicians (42 international and 40 Turkish musicians). This orchestra was led by the Polish conductor Krzysztof Penderecki, who is among the foremost composers of the second half of the 20th century and the recipient of many prestigious awards.
The ancient city of Phaselis in the Kemer district east of Antalya is host to another event. The Phaselis Festival is held in the theatre of the ancient city which was founded in the 7th century BC At the beginning of September each year, professional musicians offer a series of concerts from different music genres and cultures. The festival is organised by the Kemer Promotion Foundation and will be repeated for the seventh time in September 2013. A concert by the world famous Turkish pianist İdil Biret and Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality Symphony Orchestra under the direction of İbrahim Yazıcı was recently held. The festival also displays performances of Sufi music and Sema ceremonies.