Event to go ahead despite relocation. New site for contentious Karpaz Music Festival to be Announced, A Karpaz based international Music Festival, the first of its kind in North Cyprus, is to go ahead this year from september 26-29 but not in the National park. The Silk Route Festival 2013 had originally been slated for the protected Natura 2000 area at the Golden beach, but plans were stalled when environmental organisations mounted protest and enlisted the support of the EU. on the eve of a crunch decision to relocate the event South Cyprus, an 11th hour solution was hammered out in preliminary meetings with the TRNC Tourism Environment and Culture Ministry. Turkish Cypriot director of Silk Route Entertainments ltd Hilmi Ekrem: Said We have worked on this project since 2009 and have secured the verbal approval of the Environmental Protection Department for a new site which is outside protected areas.
Sahap Asikogly Tourism Environment and Culture Ministry under-secretary, said: We are expecting a formal application once site plans are completed and God willing the Festivalawill go ahead successfully/
Mr Ekrem Added: "our aim is not cause conflict but to unite local people, visitors from neighbouring Mediterranean countries and Europeans through music. Providing all goes smoothly the line-up will be announced at the end of this month when tickets will go on sale from the new website.
Larnaca born Mr Ekrem 61 who returned to the island from England said: We have siad repeatedly that enviromental organisations will be given free space at the Festival.
We hope to promote North Cyprus as a destination and give yound people a life in their Country. He added that site plans for three or four stages a 10,000 person tent city with 800 toilets, sports activities and infrastrcture a Near East Universuty temporary hospital would be reviewed by engineers to suit the new venue.
We are committed to recycling plan which will be in the best interest of the country and to the sustainability for the Festival in 2013 and the years to come.