21st State Theaters – Sabancı International Adana Theater Festival

The “State Theaters – Sabancı International Adana Theater Festival” organized with support from the Sabancı Foundation meets with the audience for the 21st time

21st State Theaters – Sabancı International Adana Theater Festival

The “State Theaters – Sabancı International Adana Theater Festival” organized with support from the Sabancı Foundation meets with the audience for the 21st time

The State Theaters – Sabancı International Adana Theater Festival, organized by the cooperation of the Sabancı Foundation and the Directorate General of State Theaters, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, opened its curtains for the 21st time on March 27 World Theater Day. The Festival commenced with the epic performance “Anatolian Love Legends” by Shaman Dance Theater in the presence of Güler Sabancı, Chairperson of Board of Trustees of the Sabancı Foundation, Prof. Dr. Haluk Dursun, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mahmut Demirtaş, Governor of Adana, Nevgül Bilsel Safkan, General Manager of the Sabancı Foundation, and Mustafa Kurt, General Director of the State Theaters. 

Güler Sabancı, Chairperson of Board of Trustees of the Sabancı Foundation, during her speech, first celebrated March 27 World Theater Day and then “The State Theaters – Sabancı International Adana Theater Festival has become a tradition for us and this is the 21st time we are hosting it. This continuity is a product of the great cooperation between the State Theaters, the Ministry of Culture, and the Sabancı Foundation, which I want to call a partnership. These two organizations continue working together even though people involved are not the same. Organizations matter, their cooperation do matter, and wealth created in collaboration is more valuable. Sakıp Sabancı attached great importance to the Adana Theater Festival. He said the international aspect of it was an important part of it. Today, I observe that the first destination of some of those who come to Turkey for the first time is Adana. Thus, this is a festival that has placed Adana on the global map of theater. The People of Adana appreciate it. The most important element helping us continue doing this festival with success is the dear theater-lover people of Adana, who have adopted the festival. And it makes us very happy. This year we have opened the Sabancı Chamber Theater and I hope the people of Adana will enjoy it,” she said. 

The “Sakıp Sabancı Lifetime Achievement Award” handed over to Işıl Kasapoğlu

The “Sakıp Sabancı Lifetime Achievement Award”, which has been offered annually since 2005 to pay homage to masters who have played a profound role in the development of the art of drama, went to Işıl Kasapoğlu this year. Kasapoğlu received his award from Güler Sabancı, Chairperson of Board of Trustees of the Sabancı Foundation. 

The Festival with the richest program in its history meets with the audience in its 21st year

The State Theaters – Sabancı International Adana Theater Festival hosted 31 different plays, performed by 7 state theaters, 2 municipality theaters and 14 private theaters from Turkey, and 8 overseas companies.

For more information about the plays, please refer to the festival brochure.

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