Having been held annually in Istanbul by the World Ethnosport Confederation (WEC), the Ethnosport Cultural Festival is expanding to the provinces in the disaster zone this year. As a result of the decision that was made, the festival’s spirit of solidarity will be experienced in the earthquake zone.
WEC held the 5th Ethnosport Cultural Festival last year at Atatürk Airport with the participation of over 1 million visitors. The festival had been planned to be held for the 6th time this year for the purpose of keeping traditional sports and games alive, but was cancelled due to the Kahramanmaraş earthquake.
Embracing the Wounds of the Earthquake
WEC has established Solidarity Obas in different regions to help heal the wounds of the earthquake and is meeting the needs of approximately 10,000 earthquake victims in around 1,000 traditional tents. WEC also looks to the moral of children and adults in the region through events with the theme of traditional sports and games. These activities aim to dissipate the negative psychology the earthquake created.
The Event Truck in the Region
WEC recently launched the Event Truck activity with the aim of expanding events to all tent and container cities in the region. The Event Truck unites children with traditional sports and games in the regions where it goes.
Keeping Alive the Festival’s Spirit of Solidarity
WEC’s Executive Board decided to cancel the 6th Ethnosports Cultural Festival that had been planned for Atatürk Airport this year and to instead keep the festival’s spirit of solidarity alive in the disaster zone.
Activities involving traditional sports, games, and arts will be maintained at various points in the region, as well as in the Solidarity Camps in the earthquake zone.