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Date : April 14 - May 16 2014
Place : Haci Omer Sabanci Cultural Center (Adana) / Sabanci University Performing Arts Center (Istanbul)
Adana turns into a Theatre Stage for the 16th time!

The State Theatre - Sabanci International Adana Theatre Festival, organized in cooperation with the Sabanci Foundation and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, opened stage for the spectators on Monday April 14th.


This year, Adana Theatre Festival, which has been opened with spectacular performances on the Seyhan River in the last five years, opened its stage with the French performance group Ilotopie’s fabulous show. The world-renowned group, bringing the different aspects of performance arts to create innovative performances, came to Turkey for the first time for the festival.


Ilotopie’s performance "Water Fools and Aquatic Parade" started with a fire show and fireworks. As part of the performance, there were two parades with themes of "Dream" and "Theme Park". Many colourful characters showed themselves on the Seyhan River. The Dream ceremony included mythological figures, knights, jesters, wizards, ghosts and clowns; whereas the Theme Park ceremony presented comical and enjoyable moments of daily life. The performance ended with fireworks and it captivated thousands of spectators on the shores of River Seyhan.


The opening ceremony of the festival was made at Adana HiltonSA Hotel with the participation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Undersecretary Ozgur Ozaslan, Governor of Adana Huseyin Avni Cos, Mayor of Adana Municipality Huseyin Sozlu, Sabanci Foundation Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Deputy Chairman Husnu Pacacioglu, General Manager Zerrin Koyunsagan and the General Art Director of State Theatres Mustafa Kurt, along with distinguished guests.


 “We have a festival competing in the international arena”

In her speech for the 16th year of Adana Theatre Festival, Sabanci Foundation Chairman of the Board of Trustees said that they were celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Sabanci Foundation. She also added: "The seeds of our foundation were sown 40 years ago in these lands, in Adana. Since our establishment, our foundation has always attached great importance to culture and arts. As Sabanci Foundation, like Adana Theatre Festival, we are proud of all the culture and art activities we have been supporting."


Guler Sabanci, who stated that the State Theates Sabanci International Adana Theatre Festival had been made possible by the support of the citizens of Adana in the last 16 yeatrs, has remarked: "The legacy of the late Sakip Sabanci, who deceased 10 years ago, is owned by all of us. It is a great fortune that we come together on this stage of peace, friendship and tolerance, in Adana Theatre Festival."


The State Theatres General Art Director Musfata Kurthas said in his speech: "We feel the great honour of organising the 16th of our festival which we first planned in 1998. We are in a land which strengthens its culture with its fertility and which hosts many artists with its liveliness and special texture... We are in a geography, in Cukurova, where the productivity of man turns into labour and labour into productivity. We greet alla lovers of art once again with the State Theatres Sabanci International Adana Theatre Festival."


Local and International groups will create a breeze of culture and art in Adana

The longest running theatre festival of Turkey, which lasts for a month, will this year host 16 local and 5 international theatre groups. These groups will stage 21 different plays. The festival will host theatre groups from Spain, Iran, Azerbaijan, Romania and France. Ylana Theatre from Spain will Stage "Muu!", Passe-Partout Theatre Company will stage "Two of Us", Inruzha Theatre from Iran will stage "Drought and Lie" and the State Drama Theatre of Azerbaijan will stage "The Advdentures of Lenkeran Khan’s Vizier".


City Theatres, State Theatres and private theatres from Turkey also take part in the Adana Theatre Festival with numerous plays. The plays are being staged in Adana at Haci Omer Sabanci Cultural Center and in İnstanbul at Sabanci University Performing Arts Center.


The Festival is hosting the Stone Bridge Events between May 10 to 16. The citizens of Adana will fully experience the festival spirit with the music, dance and performance shows that will take place at Adana’s symbol Stone Bridge.


The festival is hosting different workshops on dance, music, art and stage photography.


This year’s Sakip Sabanci Lifelong Achievement Award went to Prof. Zeliha Berksoy

The Sakip Sabanci Lifelong Achievement Award, which is being given since 2005 to recognize and pay homage to the masters of the art of drama, went to Prof. Zeliha Berksoy this year. Her award was presented by Guler Sabanci, Sabanci Foundation Chairman of the Board of Trustees.


For further information on the plays, you can refer to the festival catalogue.


More than 80 thousand spectators follow the festival each year

Adana Theatre Festival has hosted more than
 5000 artists and 74 international theatre groups from 38 different countries in 15 years. Including the plays staged by the Turkish private theatres and State Theatres, a total of 271 plays and 573 performances were staged. The festival attracts audiences not only from Adana but from all parts of Turkey and it has more than 80 thousand spectators each year. 

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