Flamingo Festival and 20th Turkey Bird Conference were organized under the coordination of Doğa Association and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Bird watchers, scientists, nature lovers who fight for nature conservation and are curious about birds from various provinces of Slovenia, Kazakhstan, France, Bulgaria and Turkey came together at the Festival and Conference. The festival started with the 20th Turkey Bird Conference and was met with interest by the people of Izmir with activities such as Flamingo Road Boat Tour, Flamingo Road Bus Tour, Agora Minor concert, dance shows, shadow play and kite festival for three days.
Dance of Flamingo and Crane: From Flamenco to Semaha
The Two Birds, Two Dances performance, which explains the impact of flamingo and crane birds on cultures, took place in the festival area next to Mavişehir Fishing Shelter. The show, in which flamenco and whirling dances were intertwined, brought together the effects of birds on different cultures and their limitless lives with the people of Izmir. The Agora Minor group performed at the festival and presented the stories of their migration journeys together with their music.
Hundreds of Izmir residents witnessed the life of the Gediz Delta with 'Flamingo Way' tours
Hundreds of Izmir residents witnessed the life of flamingos and Gediz Delta creatures closely with the Flamingo Road boat and bus tours that took place free of charge during the festival. Gediz Delta is under protection as one of the rare wetlands of international importance as it provides a living environment for thousands of creatures thanks to the different habitats it contains. Flamingo Izmir's Gediz Delta, which provides a habitat for approximately 10 percent of the world's population, is also the habitat of 500 of the approximately 300 bird species recorded in Turkey. On the last day of the festival, children's games, a shadow play show and a kite festival were organized. The skies of Izmir became colorful with flamingo kites. At the event, which attracted great attention of children and families, children both got to know the flamingos of the Gediz Delta and had fun.
'We wanted to bring together science, art and civil society studies at the same event'
Speaking at the opening of the Flamingo Festival and the 20th Turkey Bird Conference, Doğa Association Chairman Dicle Tuba Kılıç said, "With the support of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, we are organizing both the Flamingo Festival and the 20th Turkey Bird Conference in Izmir's Gediz Delta this year. The conference is held in memory of Önder Cırık, who lost his life in the February 6, 2023 Earthquake and worked for the protection of nature for many years.” He said and added: “This year we tried to bring different participants together by combining the Conference with the Flamingo Festival. Birds were present in our culture and art long before scientific studies. For this reason, we wanted to bring together science, art and civil society studies at the same event. “We would like to thank everyone with whom we came together to defend the right to life of birds.” said.
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