İzmir International Humor Festival, which was held for the fifth time this year, started. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, referring to the deepening economic crisis in the country, said, "I send my heartfelt greetings to all the masters who bring original and subtle comments to the problems of our time with humor, open minds, sprinkle our hearts and make us smile."
İzmir International Humor Festival, which was held for the fifth time this year, started in line with the vision of İzmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer to make İzmir a city of culture and art. The festival was opened with a ceremony at the Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center with the participation of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Mustafa Özuslu, artists and art lovers from Izmir.
Addressed the economic crisis
Making the opening speech of the festival, where master names such as Turhan Selçuk, Aziz Nesin and Rıfat Ilgaz are commemorated, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer touched upon the deepening economic crisis in the country. Saying that Turkey is a place of fire, President Soyer said, “The numbers are flying. We have a hard time keeping track, but it's worse than where the numbers go, uncertainty prevails. We do not see ahead. We are in a deep crisis. It seems like an irony to be holding a humor festival at a time like this. But as they say, 'The moment when the darkness is darkest is also the time when the light is closest'. I think it is. I wish it so.”
“I send my heartfelt greetings to all the masters who make us smile”
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, who wished that the healing power of humor would bring a small smile on the faces of the people in the difficult days, said: “I believe that art events, where we can meet face to face like this after the difficult pandemic conditions, are also valuable in terms of keeping our hopes for life alive. Here we will commemorate many masters who have left their mark on the art world. We will meet with their works. Very valuable masters of the art of humor kazanI would like to thank all my friends who contributed to the Izmir International Humor Festival, which is the only interdisciplinary humor festival in our country. I send my heartfelt greetings to all the masters who bring original and subtle comments to the problems of our age with humor, open minds, fill our hearts and make us smile. I would like to thank each and every one of you for sharing this joy.”
Ali Nesin told about his father Aziz Nesin
The director of the festival, Vecdi Sayar, thanked the institutions that cooperated with them for the music festival and said that they worked very efficiently together. Ali Nesin talked about his father Aziz Nesin. Stating that Aziz Nesin is a very funny and pleasant person, Ali Nesin said, “There is something that draws my attention about my father. She has always been at the forefront in all group photos since she was a child. He obviously has leadership qualities. He would post his own photos everywhere. I think he did it to keep his confidence, but he was very lonely. He was very lonely most of the time.”
Thanks to President Soyer
Journalist and writer Nazım Alpman thanked Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer for organizing such a festival and said, “It is a beautiful festival. The Turhan Selçuk exhibition is also extraordinary. If Turhan brother saw this, he would probably be as happy as he was in the play of the Antalya State Theatre. He would have been even more happy. I congratulate those who have contributed," he said. Humor historian Turgut Çeviker stated that the Humor Festival is a belated cultural event in Turkey. Expressing that he congratulated the organizers of the festival, Çeviker said, “I congratulate the organizers of this festival, the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. I once dreamed of this for Istanbul as well,” he said.
Between 17-23 December
On the second day of the festival, at 12.00, Cengiz Özek's Karagöz play “Garbage Monster” and Aydın Ilgaz's “Hababam Class” will be screened at 15.30 at the İzmir French Cultural Center. On Sunday, December 19, at 14.00 at AASSM, after the Karagöz play called “The Enchanted Tree”, Cengiz Özek will give a talk with the audience at 15.00. At 16.00, researcher-writer Sabri Koz will give a speech on “Popular Music Heroes in Our Folk Culture”. At 17.00 Prof. Dr. Semih Çelenk will meet with the audience with a talk on “Poet Eşref on Stage” in memory of Ege's master of humor. The program ends with Mehmet Esen's “Meddah” play at 18.00.
Comedians who set up theater
On Monday, December 20, at 18.00, dramaturg-writer Eren Aysan has a talk on “Directors Who Construct Theatre”. With this interview, Ulvi Uraz will be commemorated on the 100th anniversary of his birth, Avni Dilligil on the 50th anniversary of his death, Muammer Karaca, Gönül Ülkü-Gazanfer Özcan, Altan Erbulak, Nejat Uygur, Tevfik Gelenbe, Eniz Fosforoğlu, Levent Kırca, and Ferhan Şensoy, who passed away recently. .
After the talk, İzmir City Theater's “Azizname” play will be staged at 20.00. The documentary Müjdat Gezen, signed by Gökmen Ulu, will be screened at 21 in the AASSM Great Hall on December 18.30. After the documentary, President Tunç Soyer will present the Aziz Nesin Humor Award to Müjdat Gezen, followed by an interview with Gezen and Ulu. On December 21, the longest night, the program will be completed with the films of Şarlo. During the night, two short films from Chaplin's early period, “Contemporary Times” and “Charlo the Dictator” will be screened.
Masters from the Balkans
The festival also has guests from Balkan countries. Famous Bulgarian cartoonist Lubomir Mihailov will explain the characteristics of the Balkan caricature with examples at the French Cultural Center on Wednesday, December 22 at 19.00. A famous artist from Ukraine, Oleg Gutsov, will join the conversation online. Films by Ion Popescu Gopo, one of the most important creators of world animation cinema, will be screened at 20.00 with the presentation of Dana Duma, a film critic from Romania. The festival will end with a concert called “KomiKlasik” at 23:20.00 at AASSM on XNUMX December. İbrahim Yazıcı will conduct the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Hand in Hand Music Symphony Orchestra. The soloist of the event will be the viola artist Efdal Altun, the creator of this project.