Tarkan at Private Function
As previously reported at Tarkan Deluxe, Turkish pop star Tarkan performed at a private function for the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) 64th Annual General Meeting, which was held in Istanbul this year.
Hosted by Turkish Airlines, Tarkan was invited to entertain guests from across the globe during the World Air Transport Summit's Gala Evening dinner at Dolmabahçe Palace on 2 June.
Formed in 1945, the IATA is an international industry trade group of airlines based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The main objective of the organization is to assist airline companies to achieve lawful competition and uniformity in prices.
Turkish news portal Gazeteport reported details of the private performance, writing that Tarkan sang six songs to nearly 200 guests. After opening with his classic track "Kuzu Kuzu", the artist reportedly spoke in English to the international visitors to comment how thankful he was to be living in Istanbul and Turkey.
Newspaper Hürriyet's magazine correspondent Sinan Doker (also reported by H2) likened the pop artist's small speech to recent Cannes Film Festival winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan - who won an award for best director and dedicated his win to his "beautiful country" - suggesting that Tarkan had been influenced by the director's speech.