Second album launch
INTERNATIONAL best-selling Turkish author, singer and poet Zülfü Livaneli will visit universities on both sides of the island this week.
Considered one of the most significant and influential authors and intellectuals of his time, his books, compositions and films have brought him more than 30 international awards.
His novel Bliss won the Barnes & Noble’s Discovery of Great New Writers Award in 2006, and his critically acclaimed Serenade for Nadia, Leyla’s House, and My Brother’s Story, were all translated into 37 languages.
He is also known as a passionate human rights activist and politician, who founded the Committee for Turkish-Greek Friendship together with Mikis Theodorakis in 1986 and has been a Unesco adviser and ambassador for many years.
Fans will have a chance to meet the author on Monday at Lefkoşa’s Near East University (NEU) in a free-entry event, in which he will perform one of his songs.
Organised by the Cyprus Literature Association and NEU, in collaboration with the NEU Cyprus Research centre, the event takes place in Conference Salon 4 at 2pm, and is open to the public.
The following day Mr Livaneli will be at the University of Cyprus in South Nicosia, where he will also meet fans and answer questions about his literary works, music, films and ideas on matters related to Turkey and the world.
Organised by the Department of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies, the programme will start with an opening speech by rector Professor Constantinos Christofides, followed by a short introduction to Mr Livaneli’s work and a discussion with the author, moderated by Professor Niyazi Kızılyürek from the Department of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies. A reception with music also features.
Talking about Fact and Fiction with Zülfü Livaneli runs from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, at the New Campus in the Leventis Building. For more information, call +357 22 893950. JAZZ musician Cahit Kutrafalı will launch his second album Transitions in a free-entry event in the capital’s walled city this week.
Following his debut album As It Is in 2015, the composer and bass player will promote his album with a live performance with his fivepiece band at 1984 Bar, on Tuesday at 9pm. Under the AK Müzik Turkey label, Transitions is available on iTunes.