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Maltepe residents enthusiastically greeted the one month long Republic Festival organized by the municipality with an opening concert from world famous Grammy award winner Maya Azucena.
The “My Republic” celebrations to be held in every district of the borough, , organized by Maltepe Municipality, on the 94th anniversary of the founding of the republic, that will last for one month started with an opening concert from a world famous American singer Maya Azucena held at Beşçeşmeler square. Concert was attended by Maltepe Deputy Mayor Melih Morsünbül and department heads, Cultural Attaché from the American Consulate in Istanbul Catherine Roden and Sevil Sezen, Press Attaché Melissa O'Shaughnessy and Press Consultant Erdem Güneş. The event where the opening speech was made by Melih Morsünbül, continued with a speech from Cultural Attaché from the American Consulate in Istanbul Catherine Roden.
MAGNIFICENT CONCERT FROM AZUCENA
Roden in her speech said they were very honoured to participate in the celebrations and added, “Maya descended from heaven. In fact she’s from New York. I am sure you will feel her songs in your bodies and hearts” after which she left the for Maya Azucena. Azucena sang a series of her amazing songs for the Maltepe residents. Afterwards the Grammy award winner artist was accompanied by Turkeys first female flute player Burcu Karadağ. Azucena’s songs specially the one titled “I am on a Long Thin Road” accompanied by the female flute player was much admired by the audience. Afterwards the audience accompanied Azucena in her Turkish song “More Beautiful Than You” and her dancing and transformed the Beşçeşmeler square into a festival area .
SHE DEDICATED IT TO TURKISH WOMEN
Azucena said “Women and children will inevitably face difficulties in their life and you may naturally be frightened but do what you have to do. This is what keeps us together” and then sang for women in the world subjected to violence and pressure. Dedicating some of her songs to Turkish women Acuzena was sent from the stage under thunderous applause.
REPUBLIC FESTIVAL IN NUMBERS
The festival will start with Maya Azucena and flute player Burcu Karadağ’s concert and will end with a torchlight parade on the 29th of October and Suzan Kardeş and the refugee chorus concert. The events where episodes of the Republic series, which treats the founding of the Republic and the events that occurred during this interval, will be screened, will also host an exhibition by Turgut Kahraman’ “Those Who Touched History and a play titled “ From the founding to Independence , Republic is an Undying Love”. Also the Maltepe Municipality Turkish Classical Music Chorus will give concerts under the leadership of the Conductor Füsun Batum in the parks of the borough. During the Republic events to be organized by Amateur football clubs titled “The Republic is Mine”, a huge concert will be given by much loved performer Volkan Konak at the Gülsüyü Stadium on 21st of October. The festival to be attended by Prof. Dr. Türkan Cultural Centre will host 14 Concerts,17 Plays,6 Film screening ,12 Childrens plays ,16 Childrens workshops ,18 Exhibitions i5 Interviews
6 World Culture meetings (Bosnia-Sancak, Azerbaijani, Spain, Russia, Switzerland Cuban day.).
Kaynak: Maltepe Belediyesi