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Story fest to bring together writers from around the world in Istanbul


Organized by the Zeytinburnu Municipality, the 2nd International Zeytinburnu Story Festival has kicked off today and will host 35 local and foreign storytellers. The public introduction meeting of the festival with the slogan, “This is Your Story” was held at the Üsküdar Maiden’s Tower.

Speaking at the meeting, Zeytinburnu Municipality Culture Center’s General Arts Director Aykut Ertuğrul noted that last year’s festival attracted great interest from the public and this year it will bring together storytellers from Slovakia, Syria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Egypt, Morocco and Palestine, in addition to local storytellers coming from all around Turkey.

The selection committee has especially tried to ensure that the average age of local participants was not too high in order to listen to what the young writers have to say. This year, expert storytellers will take part in the festival mostly as session moderators, panelist and speakers.

The honorary guest of the festival this year is Hüseyin Su with workshops titled, “Dünyanın Öyküsü” (Story of the World), “İlk Kitap Ödülü” (First Book Prize) and “Genç Yazarlar Atölyesi” (Young Writers’ Workshop).

“We tried drawing a broad picture of the history of story writing through the present day. We have also attached great importance to turning these events into books. I can actually call myself a text conservative; I feel like once something is put into text, it is offered to a wider access. That’s why we’ll try to be watchful of the notices, notifications in these panels and the thoughts and opinions young authors share with us at the workshop,”Ertuğrul said, adding that publishing a book after each festival will be their top priority.

Zeytinburnu Municipality’s Culture and Social Affairs Manager Veli Koç also provided details on other cultural activities of the municipality including story writing contests, traditional arts competitions in eight branches, book…

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