A Cultural Center for Zülfü Livaneli

The municipality of Cankaya is preparing to open a cultural center named after Zulfu Livaneli, one of the most prominent figures in Turkey’s cultural, art, and political scenes.

The leader of the People’s Republican Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, and Mr. Livaneli himself, will be attending the opening ceremony, which will take place on September 16th, 2017. The mayor of Cankaya, Alper Tasdelen, will be hosting the event.

A concert will be held during the ceremony, which will be performed by the cellist, Erman Imayhan, and the pianist, Henning Shmidt.

The Livaneli Cultural Center will operate as an arts and letters academy, providing several film, music, art, and literature workshops to students. The Center will be hosting an exhibition consisting of Livaneli’s albums, books, photos, and some personal belongings. The exhibition can be seen until October 25th, 2017.

The Cankaya Municipality named the Cultural Center’s several halls after some of Livaneli’s books: The grand hall, which can host 150 people, was named ‘Leyla’s House’ and the gallery was named ‘Bliss’.

The Livaneli Cultural Center, which occupies 1100 square meters at the center of Cankaya, will be open to arts and letters, and artists at all times.

The leader of CHP giving a speech during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Livaneli Cultural Center.

Livaneli’s new book, “Journey with Elia” has been released!

The world-renowned cinema master and author, the late Elia Kazan, neither felt like an American nor a Greek, but always referred to himself as an Anatolian. He said, what convinced many actors to work with him was, what he called, his irresistible “Anatolian smile”.

However, this ‘Anatolian Smile’ was not enough to save him from being labeled as “a collaborator” during the McCarthy interrogations–a label which he had to carry all his life.

After receiving his third Oscar, Kazan, together with his friend, Omer Zulfu Livaneli, took to the roads of Kayseri, his hometown, like a child running to his mother’s womb or like a Greek tragic hero searching for his Ithaka to escape his past and purify his soul.

You will experience this unusual journey by Livaneli’s magical words and by M.K. Perker’s beautiful drawings.

Currently available in Turkish.

Highest French order awarded to Zülfü Livaneli

Turkish musician, composer, author and director Zülfü Livaneli has been awarded France’s highest distinction, the Legion d’Honneur.

The award will be presented to Livaneli at a July 3 ceremony at the French Palace in Istanbul by French Ambassador Laurent Bili.

Other Turkish holders of the Legion d’Honneur from the world of arts and business include Yaşar Kemal, Ekrem Akurgal, Celal Atik, Behiç Erkin, Nilüfer Göle, Hicri Fişek, Ümit Boyner, Ara Güler, Sakıp Sabancı, İnan Kıraç, Oya Eczacıbaşı and Güler Sabancı.

The Legion d’Honneur was first established by Napoleon Bonaparte as a way to recognize civilians based on merit. The order is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five various degrees: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross).