Vegfest is one the many events that are organized globally under different names in order to create awareness about veganism.
The festival in Turkey was first organized with the partnership of Didim Municipality which hosted the event in Didim in 2017. Next year the festival was moved to Istanbul and changed its name into International Istanbul Vegfest.
Aiming to reach vegans and non-vegans with its "invitation to veganism" concept and #GiveLifeAChance slogan, the festival sets out to create social awareness on veganism as a whole with regards to animal rights and ethics, environment, health and sustainability.
With the objective of delivering a variety of themes to its visitors and bringing vegans together in a common ground, the festival hosts national and international guests in workshops, exhibitions and film/documentary screenings that reveal our relationship with the animals, as well as interactive applications, product tasting, book promotions, concerts and podcasts on diverse topics
Since the day of its inception, the festival has attracted a lot of attention and interest by vegans and non-vegans, as well as those who are curious about the vegan way of life and eager to learn more about it.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival was hosted online for free via the Zoom Webinar video conferencing tool for the first time in June 2020. 16 foreign and 40 local speakers and activists consisting of medical doctors, musicians, lawyers, academics and athletes attended the festival last year. In addition to 17 talks, 9 panels and 6 workshops, the festival included musical performances, video and documentary screenings. The festival was enriched through the synergy created by the partnerships of Animal Save Movement Turkey, Animal Rights Monitoring Committee (HAKIM), Freedom for Dolphins Platform, Justice for Animals Association, Istanbul Vegan Initiative, Vegans Live Forum and Anti-Vivisection Association who came together with the Vegan Association of Turkey.
You can watch the videos of all the speakers here on our YouTube playlist.
Hoping to see you at our online festival again on July 3-4!