Sec­ond al­bum launch

Cyprus Today - - LEISURE - By ŞIRIN ÖZKAYNAK

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.

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