Istanbul Limelight Festival 2007 Cancelled


The previously announced Istanbul Limelight Festival on 9 Sept is not taking place anymore.

 

[from Absolute Events]

 

Istanbul Limelight Festival 2007 Cancelled

25 August 2007, London: The following statement has been issued by music promoters Absolute Events (London) Ltd:

“It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of our Istanbul Limelight Festival scheduled to take place at Finsbury Park on Sunday 9 September. With only two weeks to go, the festival has still not been granted a licence by the local authority, which has created a number of problems with suppliers and investors. As a result and after much deliberation, Absolute Events feels it is best to postpone the festival till 2008. We are all very sad at this outcome, especially after all the hard work and positive energy from so many people connected with this event.”

Anyone that has bought a ticket for the festival should return it to the place it was purchased to obtain a full refund. Stand holders/ traders should contact Absolute Events’ managing director Max Mehmet for a refund of their stall fees. The company can be contacted at:

Absolute Events (London) Ltd, 97a Camberwell Station Road, London SE5 9JJ, UK

T: +44 (0)20 7274 3474 F: +44 (0)20 7274 6611

E: info@absoluteeventslondon.com

[from Londra Gazete]

 

Festival light goes out

 

IT was with great sadness that I heard of the demise of the proposed Istanbul Limelight Festival at Finsbury Park.

It promised to be a splendid event and something our community – and the wider community – had never seen before.

With top acts like Athena, MFO and our very own London Turk Eylem, there was going to be a lot of dancing and celebration in North London that day. Sadly, it was not to be, scuppered by problems with the license.

The organisers promise to be back next year. That remains to be seen. In the meantime, I wonder how it is that our community, at the moment at least, seem incapable of hosting a large festival of this kind.

 

[from Hackney Gazette]

Plug pulled on festival

hg.editorial@archant.co.uk
06 September 2007
AN eagerly anticipated festival for the Turkish community has been cancelled at the last minute.

The Istanbul Limelight Festival, which was a sell-out, will not be going ahead in Finsbury Park on Sunday.

The festival organisers, Absolute Events, pulled the plug after failing to secure an entertainment licence in time.

Haringey Council, which is responsible for events in the park, said the licence was not granted because the company did not carry out the necessary consultation.

Under licensing law, large events must be advertised in newspapers and on signage in the run-up to the date.

A spokesman for the council said: “The signs around the park and newspaper notices were not done in the prescribed time and the newspaper notices did not contain relevant information, so the consultation had to be started again. We helped the applicants as much as we could.

“The decision to cancel the event was not because of any delay on our part. In fact, we were thanked for our help and co-operation when we were informed that the event was being cancelled.”

Up to 10,000 people were expected at the festival to celebrate Turkish music from rap to rock, and belly dancing pop.

Top names from the world of Turkish music, including Eylem, MFO and Murat Boz, had been lined up to play.

In a statement, Absolute Events, said they were very “sad at this outcome”.

The statement said: “It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of our Istanbul Limelight Festival scheduled to take place at Finsbury Park.

“With only two weeks to go, the festival has still not been granted a licence by the local authority, which has created a number of problems with suppliers and investors.

“As a result and after much deliberation, Absolute Events feels it is best to postpone the festival till 2008.

“We are all very sad at this outcome, especially after all the hard work and positive energy from so many people connected with this event.”

Anyone who has a ticket for the festival should return it to the place it was bought to obtain a full refund.

Standholders and traders should contact Absolute Events’ managing director, Max Mehmet, on 020 7274 3474 for a refund of their fees.

 

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