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Monday, April 27, 2009

Tarkan in Spring Festivals

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

ITU Fest 09 PosterAs released news sources claim that Tarkan will be performing on Turkish TV for an awards show on 5 May, reports are now stating that he will be taking centre stage at spring festivals being held by two Turkish educational institutions located in Istanbul in May, too.

On May 8 the Turkish pop star is scheduled to appear at the Istanbul Technical University's festival - ITUFest '09 - with another venue slated 15 May for the Kültür University's 7th annual spring celebrations.

Even though the festivities are primarily for university students, organisers have made Tarkan's shows open to the ticket paying public, and tickets can be purchased on line at the largest seller of event tickets in Turkey, Biletix.

Organised by Trend, ITUFest '09 is part of the world's third oldest technical university ranked among the top 500 universities in the world and counts Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk amongst its alumni, while the Kültür University is a relatively new pioneer in Turkish higher education established in 1997.

The singer has seemingly done a repeat of last year, when he first made an appearance at spring festivals for two universities, by choosing both traditional and modern establishments. He headlined at the prominent Istanbul Bilgi University's Bilgi Mayfest '08 celebrations, and the Yeditepe University's Springfest '08, which opened its doors in 1996.

Tarkan in Russia

Tarkan at Hikmet's gravestone at the Novodevichy Cemetery in MoscowMeanwhile, the national papers have been printing this past week about Tarkan's poignant visit to Turkish poet, playwright, novelist and memoirist Nazim Hikmet Ran's gravestone at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow after visiting the city to sing at a private business conference.

Reportedly the singer's Sunday 19 April visit lasted an hour, choosing a time early in the morning when the cemetery would be less crowded, before flying back to Istanbul.

Taking photographs by the legendary writer's graveside and leaving carnations, the singer revealed he is an avid reader of Hikmet's works, with "Yaşamaya Dair" ("On Living" 1947-48) listed as among his favourites.

"I've come many times to Russia on business and for concerts, but this has been my first opportunity to pay my respects to Hikmet, which is something I have long wanted to do," the artist reportedly said.

Media Photographs

Press released photographs of Tarkan at Hikmet's gravestone at the Novodevichy Cemetery in MoscowPress released photographs of Tarkan at Hikmet's gravestone at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow
Press released photographs of Tarkan at Hikmet's gravestone at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow
Press released photographs of Tarkan at Hikmet's gravestone at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow (Milliyet, April 2009)

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