19. Istanbul International Puppet Festival
How did you decide to organize the festival 19 years ago?“Some of our goals were to revive our country’s puppetry tradition, to do a better job of promoting Karagöz internationally, to help Istanbul stand out among other metropolises in this area of arts and culture, to boost tourism, and to bring world-renowned artists to our city. The first festival was more academic in nature, with conference series and exhibitions on Turkish shadow puppet theater in addition to puppetry shows. Now the festival boasts a jam-packed program and is spread across many more venues.” What were some of the challenges you faced over the last 19 years?“In the first years we had trouble finding Turkish puppetry groups; now there are dozens of them wanting to participate in the festival. We brought the best puppetry artists in the world to Istanbul to form a dialogue between them and Turkish artists. We had scarcely any education opportunities for puppetry; now we see there’s great demand for puppetry education and workshops in educational institutions. We also receive more requests for puppetry shows from shopping malls. Most importantly, there is now an audience with an interest in puppetry. When you consider these developments, the festival contributes greatly to the prestige of puppetry as an art form.” How did you discover you were passionate about puppets?“When I was 13, I became involved with the Karagöz shadow puppet theater on the recommendation of my art teacher Ali Kıyak, who was a stude
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