Danube Days in Istanbul


A three-day promotional program has been held within the context of Diversity in Unity: Intercultural Dialogue Through the Waves of Danube, a project implemented as part of the EU-Turkey Intercultural Dialogue Programme implemented by Yunus Emre Institute.

The opening program, organized by the project partners Kalem Literary Agency and the Turkey-European Foundation and coordinated by Hungarian Cultural Center Istanbul and which also contained Europe Day (May 9) festivities, was performed at Kadıköy Freedom Park in Istanbul between May 9 and 11, 2019.

The series of events consisting of a public exhibition, film screenings, concerts and promotional booths in the opening program of the project implemented with a view to ensuring cultural exchange and the sharing of common values between the Danube region and Turkey were open to visitors for three days.

The activities were given a start with the Turkish folk music concert given by Association of Ethnomusicology Trio (Özlem Doğuş Varlı, Mahmut Cemal Sarı, and Ersen Varlı) on Thursday, May 9, and the documentary entitled "Ada Kaleh" (Lost Palace), directed by Alexandru Munteanu, was screened. The program also featured a selection of Hungarian short films in addition to the documentary "Kyselak war da! Graffiti anno 1825" directed by Chico Klein, and the literary competition entitled "Stories on the Danube," to be held as part of the project, was also promoted.

The EU-Turkey Intercultural Dialogue Programme, co-financed by the European Union (EU) and Turkey, aims to bring diverse cultures together to reinforce mutual understanding and cooperation. Hundreds of events are held to band different cultural assets from a vast geography in Turkey and Europe under the four projects, launched on February 1, 2019 to rally diverse cultural actors in line with common goals.