Cyprus News | Turkey Alcohol Ban Impact on Efes Blues Festival

Cyprus News | Turkey Alcohol Ban Impact on Efes Blues FestivalCyprus News | Turkey Alcohol Ban Impact on Efes Blues Festival

Turkey’s parliament has just passed a bill which, amongst several other ‘alcohol’ based measures, bans alcoholic beverage companies from sponsoring events. The law must be approved by President Abdullah Gul to take effect but he is expected to sign it soon. So what now for the 2013 Efes Blues Festival? Last year this festival consisted of 24 concerts in 20 cities, including Girne in North Cyprus. It ended with a concert in Izmir, Turkey. The festival has promoted blues music in Turkey since 1989 and has welcomed 87 groups, 267 artists and organized a total of 355 concerts in 22 years.

With the ‘alcohol’ bill being passed in Turkey, it looks as if this event will have to find another sponsor at short notice. I also wonder how Turkey will feel about the cheap alcoholic drinks available in North Cyprus now that Turkish drinks will inevitably become more expensive and Turks will try to import more from Cyprus. In fact, I wonder what they will think about the irreligious habits of the ‘Turks of Cyprus’ in general.

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