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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Manavgat Goes Manic for Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

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Tarkan in Manavgat
Tarkan sporting national colours
Tarkan took to the stage at Manavgat Stadium yesterday evening for the premier slot of the three day annual Barış Suyu Turkish Culture and Tourism Festival in Manavgat, Antalya (see the pics here).

As usual, there are conflicting reports from the Turkish press about the festival, with audience numbers in contention. One source has printed that 10,000 people showed up, while official organisers are claiming a record turnout of eight times that amount in attendance for the 21 June concert, which was open to the public.

Other conflicting information includes some sources claiming Tarkan's show lasted an hour, while others write he performed for two hours and sang 20 songs.

Tarkan's official site comes out in supportThe Turkish pop artist kicked-off with his 2002 World Cup song "Bir Oluruz Yolunda" (United For You) in honour of the team making it to the semi-finals of Euro 2008, while wearing his home team's football shirt.

The Turkish pop artist's official site also came out in support of the Turkish national team after the festival with a picture from the concert (see left pic).

Tarkan's energy on stage

All reports are united however in reporting about the pop star's "never-ending energy" and his spectacular performance to thousands of locals and tourists - mostly Russian - which gave a fitting finale to the festival and generated a huge boost to the local economy.

It's also reported that Tarkan was presented with his Crystal Globe award for his major contributions to his home nation's economy via tourism on stage by the mayor of Manavgat.

At the end of the concert, Tarkan's entourage found it difficult to leave as large crowds blocked the way trying to catch a last glimpse of the Turkish pop star.

Media portal Haberturk has provided a video with scenes from the concert, which can be accessed here.

Under the sponsorship of radio station Tatlıses and celebrating its 15th year, the festival also welcomed radio broadcasters from around the world - including cultural stations from France, the US and UK - for a world broadcasting summit at the tourism summerfest.

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