After last year’s Black USA-edition, the Read My World festival returns this year with a programme devoted to the literatures in and of Turkey. Editor and LGBTI activist Aylime Aslı Demir from Ankara and writer Süreyyya Evren from Istanbul are appointed as curators for the festival: together with Read My World they will compile a shortlist of writers, artists and journalists who will speak at the three stages at the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam on 11, 12 and 13 October, together with Dutch writers and journalists.
As every year, Read My World explores the boundaries between literature and journalism, between here and there – and draws attention to everything in between. This year´s focus on literature from Turkey results from the fact that about a half million people with roots in Turkey live in the Netherlands. The developments in the country constantly resonate in the Netherlands, and art plays an important role in this. It exposes what connects people and communities, or what drives them apart.
The Turkish guest curators Aylime Aslı Demir from Ankara and Süreyyya Evren from Istanbul, together with the organization of Read My World, have invited writers Sema Kaygusuz and Seray Şahiner, journalist Ali Duran Topuz and architect/radiomaker Cem Sorguç, among others, to perform at the festival.