The 14th International Meeting of Folk Artists organized by Pendik Municipality, member of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), was held between 9-15 July 2018 in Pendik Coast Square with the participation of 62 artists from 22 countries.
Opening ceremony of the International Meeting of Folk Artists that was organized in cooperation with International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF) was attended by the Mayor of Pendik Municipality Kenan Şahin, Consul General of Panama in Turkey Andreas Gregorio Nunez, Cultural Attaché at the General Consulate of Iran in Turkey Abdurriza Rashid, Secretary General of CIOFF Turkey Muammer Arslan, Mayor of Iznik Municipality Osman Sargın and other invited guests.
In this year’s ceremony, the main theme was “tile”. Beside handicrafts of the artists from Turkey, handicrafts of the artists from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, TRNC, Montenegro, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Belarus, China, Estonia, South Korea, Iran, Spain, Italy, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Panama, Portugal and Jordan were exhibited at the 14th International Meeting of Folk Artists.
Tile feast was presented to the visitors during the six-day program. Turkish artists Ismail Yiğit, Gülseren Öztuğcu, Azerbaijani Naghi Naghiyev, and Chinese Ruopeng Sun exhibited to the visitors their unique pieces that they have prepared specifically for the meeting.