Istanbul’s newly elected opposition mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has announced a sea festival for Turkey’s coastal megacity in 2020, independent news site Diken reported on Sunday.
Istanbul, known for the Bosporus, a natural strait connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, is long overdue for such an event as a “high energy seaside town,’’ İmamoğlu said while attending the 4th annual Red Bull flight day festival.
“We are organising a sea festival for Istanbul next year. We’ve spoken to the mayor of Kadıköy and we are, God willing, going to organise a sea festival on all of Istanbul’s shores. We are open to every new innovation where Istanbul is concerned,” İmamoğlu said.
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor İmamoğlu took office following a controversial election in June.
The 49-year-old mayor previously the mayor of Istanbul’s Beylikdüzü district.