Turkey

We walked a little, yet travelled too far; have crossed overhill and plains apart; and when we looked back, indeed; The road left behind, was no bigger than a barley seed… Thus begins the ancient Turkish fairy tales.. The first trance dance experience on these lands was probably held in Catalhoyuk around 6500 BC. Republic of Turkey

Ancient Anatolia, the cradle of the mother goddess cult, has been home to countless civilizations, from neolithic Crane Dancers, to the Sema of Sufi whirling derwishes, from Dionysiac celebrations of Thrace to Alevi Semah dances.. With a history of musical healing practices and trance dance, our Shamanic ancestors have been stomping on these lands for thousands of years. Combined with a long established tradition of psychedelic rock from the 60’s; and a strong scene of house, techno and trance that bore many international talents, Turkey was destined to get in touch with its shamanic legacy through a psy-eye.

The first sprouts of Psychedelic Trance appeared around mid 90’s with small indoor and outdoor gatherings. By 2001, pioneers of the scene were throwing legendary parties such as LOVE, Isik Mountain Parties, Love Sun Dance and Ida Experience. The same year a venue called Saklikent in Ankara began to host psy-events with international headliners. Thanks to Saklikent; Talamasca, Nissimiani, Psysex, Astrix, Astral Projection, Filteria, Infected Mushroom,Electric Universe, Kindzadza, Electrypnose, Star Sounds Orchestra, and many others have rocked their beats in Turkey to the day. By 2005, Intelligent Monkey opened the first psy-club in Istanbul and has brought artists such as Delirious, Black&White, MFG and Quantum Leap until it was closed in the same year. Meanwhile, Electric Blue was making psy-radioshows on a regular basis.

However, Soulclipse 2006 was a turning point for everyone. With 200 artists and 12.000 participants, this massive event left Turkey literally “eclipsed”. The already expanding psytrance scene gained an immense momentum, commercial events and frequency of the parties increased. 2006 saw great free outdoor events such as God On Acid I – II, Perseid Gathering, and two street parties in the heart of Istanbul titled Psystreet and Magic Lamp.

Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye), known officially as the Republic of Turkey ( Türkiye Cumhuriyeti), is a Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in western Asia and Thrace (Rumelia) in the Balkan region of southeastern Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast;  Armenia, Azerbaijan (the exclave of Nakhichevan) and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. The Mediterranean Sea and Cyprus are to the south; the Aegean Sea to the west; and the Black Sea is to the north. Separating Anatolia and Thrace are the Sea of Marmara and the Turkish Straits (the Bosporus and the Dardanelles), which are commonly reckoned to delineate the boundary between Europe and Asia, thereby making Turkey transcontinental.

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