The Gümüşlük Music Festival has run uninterrupted since 2004. This year we are presenting the 20th edition. The festival has at its core an education/workshop program that supports up to 100 young talented musicians each year since 2006.
Over 900 artists from 33 different countries have taken part in the festival. The festival presents a range of events including music, dance, circus arts, exhibitions, artist residencies, masterclasses and theatre to bring audiences from different backgrounds together.
In its 17th year in 2020, in collaboration with the Embassy and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the festival became the first 'Green' festival in Turkey, using renewable energy to produce all of its events.
The 2020 edition was inspired by this collaboration and expanded its programming to include a diverse programme which includes different disciplines under the theme of 'Green Life Gümüşlük'. The main goals of this programme were to trigger local society, reach diverse target groups which the pandemic has brought to Bodrum, create awareness by using the power of arts and culture as well as invest in youth by having different kinds of areas of impact and projects under the festival umbrella.
The festival lasts for a period of six weeks in July and August each year. The festival has three main venues; The extraordinary Ancient Stone Quarry of Koyunbaba, where the main concerts take place; the Festival Centre located on the beach in Gümüşlük village, home to jazz concerts, artist residencies and our education programmes; and Aktur 'Zefirya Cultural Centre' in Bitez.
On average each year the festival program comprises 15 main concerts, 5 Gümüşlük Festival Academy masterclass periods and concerts; and 4 'Green Life Gümüşlük' educational programmes.