Local and National Art

Translated from Turkish by Translators for justice


September 11th, 2016

Barış Özkul

The director of state theatres, Nejat Birecik, announced that in the beginning of this year’s season only “local and national” plays will be put on stage. Plays by Shakespeare, Chekov, Brecht and Dario Fo are not supposed to be staged in theatres. The announcement is as follows: “In order to reinforce national and moral feelings, we, as humanist and nationalist artists, open the curtains with only local plays for the purpose of contributing to the nation’s unity and integrity.”[1] (more…)