The beginning of autumn and the month of October, a time of year referred to as “Yellow Summer” (“Sarı Yaz” in Turkish), is the best time of year for many here in Türkiye. Whether you’re driving down the south coast or you’re in the heart of Istanbul, you’ll find that this month truly has something of interest for everyone.
World Acro Cup
The first-ever World Acro Cup will start on September 28th in Fethiyes Babadağ Teleferic and Oludeniz and will feature paragliding pilots from around the world performing acrobatic moves in the air for spectators watching from the Oludeniz coast. Organized by Babadağ Teleferic, the starting point for these extreme sports pilots, the World Acro Cup is an extreme sports festival where Türkiye and the world’s top paragliding and wingsuit pilots will jump and party from Babadağ’s Teleferic during the day. to-back live DJ performances at night. This five-day festival, ending on Sunday October 2nd, will have World and Türkiye Championships with solo and synchronized jumps, as well as Babadağ’s first ever Wingsuit BASE Jumping event, all of which can be witnessed from Ölüdeniz, where it will also be held a live commentary screen on the sidelines.
Ölüdeniz is one of the most spectacular places to paraglide whether you are a beginner or a professional as the pilots take off from the top of Babadağ and land right on the sand. Don’t get me wrong though, this week will be entirely dedicated to the pros. For spectators however, this will be a show of aerial acrobatics and experience the energy of extreme sports with evening parties starting at 6pm each night and at 1,200 meters (nearly 4,000 feet). Those wishing to attend as spectators can buy tickets to the event from Biletix and book accommodation in Oludeniz or in neighboring Kayaköy.
Conference of the birds in the BabaKamp
This week, the third bird conference will be held at BabaKamp, a spectacular retreat center also located on Fethiye’s Babadağ. The Conference of Birds is not necessarily about our winged friends, but more about Simurg, the mythical bird of Persian mythology. In practice, the conference will have music, speakers, meditation and natural foods presented by guests from around the world. Also of interest is BabaKamp’s upcoming Explore Lycia event, which will take place from November 2nd to 6th and will spend five days exploring the Lycian route, using BabaKamp as the base.
Beyoğlu Cultural Street Festival
The third edition of the Beyoğlu Culture Road Festival, a wonderful endeavor organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Türkiye, kicks off this week with over 1,000 events taking place throughout the month. Held at dozens of venues spread between the Ataturk Cultural Center and Galataport, the festival includes cultural, artistic, and historical exhibitions, as well as culinary, cinematic, and musical performances, to say the least. To give just an example of some of the venues included in this culture roadmap, ongoing events will be held at Ataturk Cultural Center (AKM), Maksim, Taksim Camii Kültür Merkezi, Emek Sineması, Alkazar Sineması, Atlas Sineması, Mehmet Akif Ersoy Müze Evi (Mısır Apartmanı), Garibaldi, Beyoğlu Belediyesi Sanat Galerisi, Tarık Zafer Tunaya Kültür Merkezi, Galata Mevlevihanesi, Galata Kulesi, Tophane-i Amire and Galataport will take place.
Events that give expats a special mention include photo exhibitions of historic Istanbul as seen by foreigners. The Pera Museum will host an exhibition of the works of Ottoman artist Osman Hamdi Bey, while the Istanbul Sinema Museum will host a Stanley Kubrick exhibition. The Galata Mevlevihanesi will host Ebru painting and workshops on making tesbih (small prayer beads) and sema performances with commentary on their traditions, while the AKM will host a seminar on the introduction of Turkish instruments. There will be theatrical performances such as Carmen, as well as free concerts in Şişhane Square, one of which will showcase Turkish pop music from the 1990s, for example. These are just some of the more than 1,000 planned events, the list of which can be found on the beyoglu.kulturyolufestivalleri.com website and on Biletix.
The Culture Street Festival taking place this month is just one of five different Culture Street Festivals held at different times throughout the year in Türkiye. So far, there are five cities in Türkiye that are now hosting Culture Road Festivals, namely Konya, Diyarbakır and Çanakkale, in addition to Ankara and Istanbul.
The Bodrum Cup
The Bodrum Cup really is the best time of year to be in Bodrum in my humble opinion. It’s a sailing competition and week-long event held annually at this time of year – October 15-22 – celebrating the heritage of this popular holiday destination with sailing. But I assure you that you don’t have to be a boat owner or a sailor to enjoy this lively and festive event. Not only can participants board racing boats as guests, but this festive sailing event also includes parties for spectators, cooking competitions and concerts by Türkiye’s best musicians.