ANKARA – Turkish Daily News
As Turkey is this year's guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair, President Abdullah Gül and Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk will make the inauguration speeches for the highly prestigious cultural event.
The rich cultural and historical heritage of Turkey will be reflected through 200 different musical and cultural activities during the book fair, which will take place Oct. 15 to 19. There will be more than 200 activities, including 12 scientific meetings, four symposiums and nearly 25 panels, as well as an exhibition of both Turkish writers and publishers.
A long list of both old and new generation Turkish writers, such as Enis Batur, Nazlı Eray, Erendiz Atasözü, Murathan Mungan, Elif Şafak, Feridun Zaimoğlu, will attend the fair. Chairman of the organizing committee Ümit Yaşar Gözüm said the list of writers was comprised of Kurds, Armenians, Jews and Greeks in order to show the diversity of ethnic groups living in Turkey.
�We want to show the tolerance in Turkey as well as the cultural richness of our land,� said Gözüm. The translated works of writers from different origins in Turkey will be made available at the book fair. Turkish writers living in different cities of Germany will also take part in activities and attend a mass school reading for a group of almost 800,000 people, a project supported by the German Ministry of Education.
Besides the primary activities involving writers, numerous cultural and art exhibitions are prepared for the Frankfurt Book Fair. Presidential Symphonic Orchestra will accompany the German Chorus in performing the famous Yunus Emre oratory. Some other multicultural musical activities will also be staged such as the concert of Janet and Jak Esim, a famous couple of Jewish origin who harmonize Anatolian melodies in their music