Istanbul included in Route of Don Quixote
In collaboration with the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s (IBB) Kültür AŞ and Cervantes Institute, a two-day event will be organized about Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes on Feb. 22 and 23 in the city.
The event is organized to officially include Istanbul in the cities of the Route of Don Quixote.
The event will start with a travel to the venues mentioned in the writer’s work “The Wife of the Great Sultan, Dona Catalina de Oviedo” set in Istanbul and the Topkapı Palace in the beginning of the 17th century.
The travel will start at 9 a.m. at Yıldız Park and continue in Yahya Efendi Mosque, Dolmabahçe, Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque, Pera, Golden Horn Shipyard, Çıfıt Bazaarı, Murat Ağa Bath, Yedikule, Topkapı Palace and the Hagia Sophia.
On the second day of the event, literary writers and academics from Spain and Turkey will join a panel discussion at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall. The panel will be moderated by Barcelona University member Dr. Nesrin Karavar.
A documentary film will also be shown in the event along with an exhibition displaying Cervantes’ works and gravures in the era.
The event will end with a concert by the Cervantes Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Radu Gheorghe Stan.
Among the other cities on the Route of Don Quixote are Algeria, Barcelona, Lisbon, Alcalá de Henares, Argamasilla de Alba, Ciudad Real, Cordoba, El Toboso, Esquivias, Madrid, Montevideo, Sevilla, Toledo and Valladolid.