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World’s first Lullaby Festival, organized in cooperation with Esenler Municipality, Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and Women and Democracy Association (KADEM), was held on May 10, 2015 at Esenler Dörtyol Square, Istanbul.

In the first International Lullaby Festival of the world organized especially for Mother’s Day, artists coming from 11 Turkish States or Communities sang lullabies of their own cultures that had same melodies but different lyrics.

The Festival was taken part by 13 artists from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Bashkortostan, Dagestan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, TRNC, Uzbekistan, Tatarstan, Turkmenistan and Yakutia and these artists sang the lullabies of different communities and cultures at the same stage.

The opening ceremony of the International Lullaby Festival was attended by Istanbul Member of Parliament Hüseyin Bürge, Mayor of Esenler Mehmet Tevfik Göksu, President of KADEM Sare Aydın Yılmaz and many mothers with their children.

The opening speech of the Festival which brought thousands of mothers together in Mother’s Day was made by Mayor of Esenler Mehmet Tevfik Göksu. Göksu started his speech by celebrating the Mother’s Day and added, “The loveliest thing for a mother is to sing a lullaby, and for a child to be sung a lullaby by his mother. Mother and Lullaby, we wanted to give much more meaning to this beautiful day by bringing these two concepts together. In spite of our geographic differences, we will show here that mothers sing lullabies to their children with same feelings.”

After the speech of Mayor Göksu, Istanbul Member of Parliament Hüseyin Bürge addresses the audience and said, “I see that Lullaby Festival, bringing mothers together, is one of the most exciting festivals of recent times.”

In the festival where lots of mothers watched the organization holding their babies in their arms, lullaby samples were introduced after the speeches and various competitions were organized. At the end of the competitions the participants were given several presents.

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