August 24 festive events were held in Antalya on the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine.

The events were attended by Deputy Mayor of Antalya Bedrullah Erçin, First Secretary of the Embassy of Ukraine in Turkey Oresta Starak, representative of the Crimean Tatar diaspora Recep Bastırmacı, as well as non-governmental organizations.

The Deputy Mayor expressed his appreciation for the friendly relations between Turkey and Ukraine.

The First Secretary of the Ukrainian embassy in Turkey, in turn, expressed hope for further deepening of interstate relations and de-occupation of Crimea.

Head of the Association of Ukrainian Culture and Art in Antalya Olesya Mercan thanked the city authorities for the opportunity to hold festive events.

“Turkey has never reduced its support to Ukraine in the Crimea issue and we will never forget this support. I hope that in the near future Crimea will be liberated from the Russian occupation.”

Recep Bastırmacı also expressed his hope for the soonest de-occupation of the Crimean Peninsula.

The holiday itself began with treating the guests with dishes of Ukrainian cuisine, after that the festive entertainments began, which included master classes on Hopak, and the folk game "Bunny." Participants received gifts from Ukraine.

The celebration ended with a big concert, where local collectives "Bereginya", "Kalina", "Sonata" performed, as well as guests from Ukraine - ethno-group "Bohovytsya" from Kyiv region and folk dance ensemble "Rassvet" from the city of Shostka.

The organizers of the holiday - Mediterranean Association of Ukrainians and Ukrainian Cultural and Art Association - expressed their sincere gratitude to everyone for their participation.

Earlier, in the Turkish city of Izmir a record was set, unfolding the longest Ukrainian national embroidery. The length of embroidery was 52 meters.