LOCAL > Fuss on alcohol clouds Istanbul music festival


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A Turkish association combating drug abuse and alcoholism has started a campaign to cancel one of Turkey’s biggest rock festivals because it is sponsored by the famous alcohol brand Efes Pilsen.

The Turkish Green Crescent (Yeşilay) appealed to the Istanbul Governorship to request the cancellation of the “Efes Pilsen One Love Festival,” which is planned to be held on July 14 and 15 at Bilgi University’s campus in Istanbul’s Eyüp district.

“Alcoholic beverage firms target the youth and aim to gain new alcohol consumers with such events,” the head of the Green Crescent Muharrem Balcı said in a written statement issued on July 10.
Balcı also stated that alcohol firms’ sponsorship of such events was illegal and that this was the reason for their cancellation request.

“This festival takes its name from an alcohol brand; it is completely against the law. These events make youth accustomed to drinking beer. We have given our warnings and submitted a petition to the governor. From now on the Istanbul Governorship is responsible for the subject,” Balcı said.
According to a recent legal regulation from Turkey’s Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority (TAPDK), alcoholic beverage firms can sponsor festivals or events as long as their brand names are not used in the festival’s title.

“We are not against young people listening to music, the universal language of music surely has positive effects on them,” Balcı said.

However Deputy Governor Ali Bakoğlu told the Hürriyet Daily News that they had not received a legal notification from the Green Crescent yet.

The festival will most likely go ahead as planned, Nihan Çağlayan of the festival’s organizing company Excel Communication said. “We have not changed anything in our schedule and are not planning to either,” she told the Daily News.

Balcı who is known for his zealous fight against alcoholic beverages and smoking also said that anything associated with alcoholic beverage brands should not be allowed into festivals.

The Efes Pilsen One Love Music Festival is preparing to rock Istanbul’s music lovers at santralistanbul and its organizers have announced the hourly program of the two-day festival. While Brit-rock band Kaiser Chiefs headlines the first day, the second day will see British alternative rock legends Pulp perform a selection of their top hits with all of their original members, after a ten-year hiatus from the stage.


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Brit in Turkey

7/13/2012 6:56:37 PM

@Köksüz Kosmopolit - Brilliant post! Great laugh.

Köksüz Kosmopolit

7/13/2012 12:24:40 PM

@abubakir, as Erdoğan points out, Muslims do not fornicate, commit adultery, rape or murder. Of course not - for no Muslim ever drinks alcohol! I'm always astonished at the huge numbers of non-Muslims I see in Istanbul, drinking their wine or beer or rakı. Not a Muslim to be found! I have to admit, those alcohol-drinking non-Muslims were not fornicating, committing adultery, raping or murdering, as far as I could see. No doubt they got busy with all that as soon as they left the pub.

abubakir nur

7/12/2012 9:36:25 PM

The mother of all EVILS! Whether wine, beer, alcohol. The resulting consumption of these intoxicating drinks leads to ALL types of immorality! Fornication, Adultery, Rape,Murder etc! Social disintergration is the final result! Prove me wrong?

abubakir nur

7/12/2012 9:22:29 PM

With bans on alcohol and smoking being enforced in many western societies today, how can a muslim country allow even the selling of alcohol! Shame on you ! Muslims should lead by example!Completely disgraceful.

Brit in Turkey

7/12/2012 9:04:46 PM

Just to confuse readers, "Whisky" is the Scottish drink whilst "Whiskey" is from Ireland. Americans also use the "Whiskey" spelling for their own offerings.

Brit in Turkey

7/12/2012 8:56:28 PM

@Yıldız pascale - Just to add to your amusing point, the Cutty Sark was a sailing ship built in 1869 as a tea clipper, ie. to sail between Britain and China on tea trading. She later ran between Britain and Australia on the wool trade as steamships took over the tyea run. She is now in dry dock permanently at Greenwich in London, open to the public.

Yıldız pascale

7/12/2012 8:26:46 PM

There's a museum in London called Cutty Sark which is the brandname of a Whiskey! People should be educated first then be left to their own initiative to learn and become adults!

Köksüz Kosmopolit

7/12/2012 7:40:19 PM

It's not *necessarily* creeping Islamism. In France, not a country known for strict application of Sharia, the Heineken Cup (the Champions League of rugby) is called the "H Cup" because it's illegal to use alcohol to promote sport. One can make a legitimate public-health argument for banning alchohol advertising (I don't agree with it, but it's legitimate). But I suspect the idea here is that Yeşilay can tell normal people it's all about health, and then tell Islamists a different story.

Recep Ozel

7/12/2012 6:28:47 PM

This is becoming absurd. AKP is beginning to alienate the majority of society. This is completely undemocratic! Everyone is not an alcoholic, and Turkish people are should decide themselves on what they want to do. These are the type of rules and legislation that are used to bring order to uneducated, backward populations. These things like Green Crescent were never prominent before AKP. Lets please focus on education, the arts, culture, and not Islamist laws that limit us.

Rimon Tree

7/12/2012 5:19:22 PM

@ Aslam I am afraid that it is just that what the AKP wants to achieve, all signs are showing towards this goal. Honourable and educated Muslims like you should unite and fight against it with any means you have at your disposal!
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