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Beyoğlu Poem Festival

Şiirİstanbul delivers the poems to the streets and circuses...

Şiirİstanbul, brought the colors of the world and Turkey in Beyoğlu...

History and Social Sciences Institute (TTBE) has attended the International İstanbul Beyoğlu Poem Festival to be organized for the third time this year with the participating of 43 Turkish poets as well as worldwide famous poets. The leading names of poem and literature in İstanbul such as Vedat Türkali, Cevat Çapan, Ahmet Oktay and the leading names of Turkish poem society such as Küçük İskender, Birhan Keskin, Orhan Alkaya were to take part in the festival and the poems of 30 poets in 24 countries were listened to.

In the first morning of Şiir İstanbul, there was a press meeting conducted in Koç Museum, Halat Restaurant where people were informed about the festival. Henrik Edoyan from Armenia, Şerko Bekes the most important poet living in Iraq, Prof. Dr. Philippe Tancelin from France who is a poet, play writer, theatre player, doctor in branches of philosophy and aesthetics conferred by the state, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill have taken part at the festival where many poets in Turkey and dengbej Ekremo and Aşık Karani, among the leading names of domestic poem tradition have attended. This year International İstanbul Beyoğlu Poem Festival met with the poem lovers for the third time which was organized between 22-27 April. First time in İstanbul, a literature activity becomes traditional and continuous.

This year, author organizations and literature associations such as PEN Authors Association, Association of Men of letters, Adana “Özgür Pencere Literature Art Association" contributed to the festival to determine its content. A forum to be lead by Pelin Batu was organized for the participating of literature magazines on the first day of festival. One of the partners as to the content of Şiiristanbul was Boğaziçi Art Group Kardeş Türküler (Sibling Folk Songs). With the contributions of Kardeş Türküler and KALAN Music, the poets and musicians of the festival met with their fans.

Şiirİstanbul met with the poem lovers in historic venues of İstanbul specifically in Beyoğlu. The festival to be diversified by theatres, forums, concerts, panels, colloquy and seminars had many firsts for this year. First time this year within the content of the Festival, poem competitions informal essays were organized with the cooperation of literature clubs in 6 schools and literature teachers also with the attending of guest poets. Furthermore within the scope of festival, conferences and panels have been organized at which Prof. Ahmet İnam, Prof. Yusuf Çotuksöken, poet and philosophy professor Philippe Tancelin, Paris Poem Festival Director Yvan Tetelbom and other names participated.

“POEM THEATRES”, became another color of 3rd Poem İstanbul. “İNSANLARIM” staged by Genco Erkal and DOSTLAR theatre which is a play transformed from Nazım Hikmet poems to be hosted by Municipality of Beyoğlu Muammer Karaca Theatre and also the play named “Üç Garip Şair” was staged in Düzce Municipality Metropol Theatre.

Sevda Ergin Poem Award awarded within the Festival was decided to be awarded at the categories of the books and files published this year. Nur Saka will be awarded in published book section and Özcan Öztürk will be awarded in files section. The jury also awarded Eylül Deniz’ the “Jury Exclusive Award”.
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