May 13, 2017
11th Day of Dana Celebrated with enthusiasm
Konak Belediyesi, 05/13/2017


11th Day of Dana Celebrated with enthusiasm
Konak Belediyesi, 05/13/2017

The 'Dana Day Festival', which was organized for the purpose of passing on the culture and traditions of the Turks of African origin living in ?zmir, was organized for the 11th time this year. Organized by Konak Municipality and Africans Cultural Solidarity and Solidarity Association, the event was the scene of colorful images this year as in previous years. The event program, which continued throughout the day, first started with the Afro-Turkish Portraits Exhibition of the American painter Michael Dixxon at the Konak Municipality Selahattin Akçicek Cultural Center Art Gallery.


In addition to his draftsmanship, Dixxon also gave lectures in Albion College, an art school in Michigan. In 2011, he opened an exhibition of oil paintings of Afro-Turks photographed by Konak Mayor Sema Pekda?. President Pekda?, in his speech at the ceremony of 11th celebration of the celebration of the celebration of the Beethoven celebrations for the past year and who lost their lives last year Afro-Turks Association President Mustafa Olpak'? began by remembering. Oltu's left flag today, his wife, daughter and friends expressed that Pekda? said, k?z Mustafa Olpak last year we lost; but he was always on hand for us on the feast of Dana, Mustafa Olpak as we walked arm in arm. He made great efforts to ensure that the Afro-Turks in Izmir considered their culture as rich and their culture was not destroyed. Let's send our greetings to Olpak. It is a good thing that he lived and became our friend. ?yi


Selahattin Akçicek Cultural Center hosted the panel on Afro-Turkish History and Mustafa Olpak. He was appointed to the Department of Sociology at Ege University. Assoc. Dr. In the panel of Lülüfer Körükmez, historian Fatmagül K?rc?, Afro-Turkish lawyer Orhan Çetinbilek, Afro-German Association Representative Katharina Oguntoye and American historian Prof. Dr. Nikki Brown was a speaker. Afro-Turks in the panel where the lives and culture of the Afro-Turks to live in the culture as well as the brutal struggle to express their problems in society, the Association President Mustafa Olpak was commemorated.


With the support of Konak Municipality, the first day of the celebrations of the celebration of the celebration of the celebration of the celebration of the celebration of the festival. Walking in front of the ÖSYM building on Alsancak K?br?s ?ehitleri Street was a scene of colorful images. Cortege Konak Mayor Sema Pekda?, as well as those living Afro-Turks in Izmir as Turkey Journalists' Union Izmir Branch Chairman Halil trick, writer-journalist U?ur Dündar and Yilmaz Özdil Atilll to Köprülüo?l joined. Afro-Turks attracted attention with their traditional costumes and their dance with their unique dances attracted great interest. The walk was done in front of the Sevinc Patisserie.


Speaking at the ceremony held here, Konak Mayor Sema Pekda? said that Dana Day is one of the important events that left traces in the historical richness of Izmir. Pekda? said, as? This city was a beautiful ?zmir with civilizations living together for centuries. Our mission is to make sure that IDs leave their mark in this city. Dana is a celebration that symbolizes abundance and abundance. Today we begin to forget the welfare state in Turkey, we need to remind this tradition with the aim to keep alive the understanding of social municipality. Because human beings need human beings and human beings are good. Together we continue to defend and cultivate our values, continue our culture and prosper. Let us all try to enrich and reproduce Izmir. Because the bright side of Turkey's Izmir, Turkey exudes all the light. Turkey also needs them. We continue to maintain this illumination by standing up to civilizations and cultures. Biz In his speech, Pekda? also remembered those who lost their lives in Mu?la. Kaz Today, our fellow citizens going to Mu?la to celebrate Mother's Day from Buca suffered a traffic accident. 23 lost our town. We also offer our condolences to them. Onlar


The 'Dana Day', which is a part of the culture of African origin Turks living in Izmir, was celebrated from the 1800s until the end of the 1920s. Earlier in the three weeks of celebrations, the goddesses (the notables of the African community) collected the money and the first Saturday of May was sacrificed. Since 2006, the celebrations which took place under the name of Dana Dana Bayram? Bayram (Festival of the Festival of Dana) in order to keep the culture and traditions alive by the Afro-Turkish Association lasts 2 days and no longer sacrifice.

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The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

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