Humor festival starts in İzmir
İZMİRThe second İzmir Humor Festival will start May 26 with a host of talks, workshops and film screenings.
The festival’s honorary guest this year is Muzaffer İzgü, while there will also be an exhibition curated by humor historian Turgut Çeviker of cartoons in Soyut magazine.
Events during the festival will be held at the İzmir Arts Center, Historical Gas Factory Culture Center and the City Library, according to İzmir Metropolitan Municipality.
Following the opening, Ali Poyrazoğlu will stage “Ödünç Yaşamlar” (Borrowed Lives) at İzmir Sanat.
The festival will also host the world premiere of a documentary on the history of Turkish animation.
Participants of the festival will also have chance to see films by Meral and Cemal Erez and speak with the directors.
Yüksel Aksu’s film “İftarlık Gazoz” (The Soda Seller) and Ömer Uğur’s “Guruldayan Kalpler” (Grumbling Hearts) will be shown at the festival with the participation of the directors.
Vedat Özdemiroğlu, who is known for his humorous articles and stand-up shows, and musician Şirin Soysal will share the same stage at the Gas Factory Culture Center, during which works by Timur Selçuk and Bertolt Brecht will be performed.
Also, a panel on “Woman and Humor” will be held at İzmir Sanat. Female cartoonists Menekşe Çam, İltem Dilek, Meral Onat and Betül Yılmaz will meet with the audience at the panel.
The festival will end on May 29.