“4th International Festival of Forgotten Values” organized by Kartepe Municipality with the support of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, was held in Gostivar, Macedonia on 4-5 August 2018.

The festival was attended by Mayor of Kartepe Hüseyin Üzülmez, Mayor of Gostivar, Macedonia Dr. Arben Taravari, Counselor at the Turkish Embassy in Macedonia Gürkan Gezer and many other invited guests.

Mayor of Kartepe Hüseyin Üzülmez visited Mayor of Gostivar Dr. Arben Taravari in his office before the festival.

The festival started with the show of Kartepe Municipality’s Children Janissary Team in Gostivar Square. After the show from the Janissary team, the Mayor of Kartepe Huseyin Üzülmez came to the podium and said, “we organize the fourth International Festival of Forgotten Values as Kartepe Municipality. This is the second festival we organize abroad. We are very happy to share with you in Gostivar our customs, traditions, hospitality, tolerance, handicrafts, which have very different memories in our history and our ‘heart geography’.

Mayor of Macedonia’s Gostivar Arben Taravari said, “we gladly accepted that wish of the Kartepe Municipality to organize a festival in Gostivar. Because Gostivar is a city where all Turks, Albanians, and Macedonians lived together for many years. Culture and sports unite nations the most. When the Republic of Turkey achieves a success in sports people celebrate here. I want you to feel like you’re at home in Gostivar. I wish this co-existence will continue for many years.

After the speeches, the opening ribbon of the festival was cut off. Invited together with the Mayor of Kartepe Hüseyin Üzülmez and Mayor of Gostivar Arben Taravari visited the stands that were set and received information from the authorities.

While arts such as wire breaking, ebru art, glass blowing, line art, tile making, ceramics, calligraphy, wood carving, patchwork, miniature painting, and paperwork were introduced, lot of traditions that are exposed to extinction like folk poets, matrak, traditional Turkish archery and Hacivat Karagöz games were brought to the light.