Turkey’s Istanbul to hold major theatre festival in May

20th edition of annual theatre festival will be held in May, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (IKSV) announces

Courtesy of: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (IKSV)
Courtesy of: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (IKSV)

More than 30 local and international productions to perform on Istanbul stages in 20th edition of theatre festival.

The 20th Istanbul Theatre Festival will attract theatre-lovers’ attention this May, as 32 international and local performances will be staged in Istanbul as part of annual festival organised by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (IKSV).

The year’s festival will be held between May 3 and 28, 2016.

Nine international and 23 local performances will attend the annual festival, said festival director Leman Yilmaz speaking at a news conference in Istanbul on Tuesday.

“The 20th International Theater Festival included in its program this year very important international productions from Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Canada, the UK, Switzerland, Iran and Portugal as well as 23 national productions,” Yilmaz added.

She said that this year’s festival would also feature 18 side events including master classes and workshops with the participation of well-known guests and exhibitions plus free talks.

During Tuesday’s event Turkish actor Metin Akpinar, who is the founding partner of Turkey’s first cabaret theater Devekusu (1967) and Turkish actress Sahika Tekand, who developed her own acting method -- ‘Performative Staging and Acting’ -- received this year’s honourary awards.

Organisers also said that the Berliner Ensemble, the theater company founded by Marxist playwright Bertolt Brecht, would receive its award in May.

Some of the highlights of this year’s program are The Kindly Ones, a co-production with Toneelgroep Amsterdam (Dutch with Turkish subtitles); Secret Face (English with Turkish subtitles); Hate Radio (French and Kinyarwanda with Turkish subtitles);Ham Havayi (Persian with Turkish subtitles); Zululuzu (English, French and Portuguese with Turkish subtitles); The Complete Deaths (English with Turkish subtitles); The Crows (Kurdish and English with Turkish subtitles); and The Bastard of Istanbul (Turkish with English subtitles).

As the festival marks its 20th year, 2016 also will see a publication of a special book, which contains information on all local and international productions performed during all editions of the festival.

TRTWorld, AA