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Şimdi Stuttgart

Şimdi Stuttgart

Şimdi Stuttgart (22-29 November 2005)

Started in Berlin in 2004, the festival series "Şimdi Now" continued with the “Şimdi Stuttgart” in 2005.

Organised with the collaboration of the Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation and Stuttgart Turkish-German Forum, the Şimdi Stuttgart Festival took place with the support of the Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Kulturstiftung des Bundes’. Along with various institutions in Germany, the Akbank Culture and Arts Centre and Hürriyet Daily News from Turkey contributed to the festival.

Bringing together artists from Turkey living in Turkey and abroad, the Şimdi Stuttgart offered to art enthusiasts more than thirty activities consisting of concerts that cover a wide range from hip hop, jazz and rock music to classical
and traditional music, as well as exhibitions, theatre and dance performances, literature meetings and film screenings in 14 different festival venues during 8 days as an activity which draws on a rich past and extends to today’s dynamic and modern Turkey with examples from different artistic disciplines.

The Şimdi Stuttgart started off with the Opening Concert at the Stuttgart Culture and Congress Centre Liederhalle in which pianist Fazıl Say
was accompanied by the Ensemble Resonanz Orchestra from Hamburg. The highlights of the festival were “Ghazals from Goethe’s Divan” rendered by world-renown reed master Kutsi Ergüner with the accompaniment of the Muezzins of Istanbul, the “1001 Nights” in which sisters Ferhan and Ferzan Önder were accompanied by Iranian storyteller Parvis Mamnun, “Many Things,” the new choreography of Zeynep Tanbay who is one of the prominent figures of modern dance in Turkey and Mercan Dede who masterfully brings together the East’s Sufi music with electronic music.

While young piano virtuoso Toros Can came together with contemporary music enthusiasts, one of the leading rock bands of Turkey, Mor ve Ötesi, German hip-hop queen of Turkish origin Aziza A, award-winning pianist Gülden Gökşen’s original fusion project TürkiCaz, Kardeş Türküler who puts forward cultural diversity in their work, Baba Zula who has brought a breath of fresh air to Turkish Folk Music by blending traditional Turkish instruments with electronic elements and young jazz band Tamburada came together with their audience and drew a lot of attention in the club concerts of the festival.

Contemporary dancers and choreographers Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sızanlı’s shows “Dolap” and “Seksek” which were highly praised in Vienna, as well as the show “Fault Line” put on stage by and supported with the caricatures of writer and caricaturist Behiç Ak were among the most interesting events of the festival.

Held during spring months in the past years, Turkish-German Film Days also took place within the scope of the Şimdi Stuttgart festival. In the program in which along with contemporary Turkish cinema’s leading films such as Uğur Yücel’s Toss-up, Reha Erdem’s What is a human anyway? and Zeki Demikubuz’s Innocence and Fate, Turkish cinema classics such as Yavuz Turgul’s Mr.Muhsin were screened, films of Ferzan Özpetek and Fatih Akın were also shown. Uğur Yücel, Işıl Yücesoy ve Olgun Şimşek participated to the film screenings and answered the questions of the viewers.

Held under the scope of the Şimdi Stuttgart and with the contribution of the Stuttgart Literature House (Literaturhaus Stuttgart), Turkish-German Literature Nights attracted huge attention by hosting the leading figures of Turkish and German literatures. Literary figures such as Feridun Zaimoğlu, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Thorsten Becker, Yeşim Dorman, Friederike Groß, Georg Klein, Ahmet Ümit, Uwe Kolbe, Bejan Matur and Nazan Karanis participated to the meetings in which well-known poets and writers read excerpts of their works during three nights. Organised for writers with the contribution of Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, conversation and discussion forums accompanied by music gave Turkish and German writers the opportunity to get to know each other better.

Under the coordination of political scientist Selen Akçalı, photographer Muammer Yanmaz was among the artists who participated to the festival, with his exhibition entitled “40 Stations Paris.” Presented to art enthusiasts at the Stuttgart French Cultural Centre, the exhibition featured photographs taken at the Paris subway and showing 40 Turkish people of art, culture and science who live in Paris.