2019 – II. International Shakespeare Festival in Turkey



05-20 April 2019
Isparta, Turkey

6 venues, 15 days, 25+ events…

A unique event not to be missed!

We are delighted to reflect on the success of the 2nd Shakespeare Festival in Turkey, which was held under the auspices of Suleyman Demirel University and Isparta Municipality. This celebration of the Bard’s enduring legacy brought together plays, poetry readings, and lectures in both Turkish and English, offering attendees the opportunity to savor the delights of these timeless works.

The dedicated staff and students of SDU, along with esteemed international figures, passionately presented the words and ideas of Shakespeare for the appreciation and enjoyment of all attendees. Through a diverse program featuring performances, presentations, and discussions, the festival showcased the richness and depth of Shakespeare’s plays and poetry.

The festival was not only a platform for artistic expression but also a hub for intellectual exchange, with live talks and discussions involving world-renowned scholars enriching the experience for all participants.

As we reflect on the memorable moments and stimulating conversations that characterized the 2nd Shakespeare Festival, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who contributed to its success. Your presence and participation added immeasurable value to the event, and we look back fondly on the pleasure of your company.

While the festival may have concluded, its impact lingers on, leaving behind a legacy of cultural enrichment and scholarly engagement. We eagerly anticipate future opportunities to come together once again in celebration of the timeless genius of William Shakespeare.

Honorary Organizing Committee
Mustafa KURT, General Director of Turkish State Theaters
Murat KARAHAN, General Director of Turkish State Opera and Ballet
Prof. Ilker Huseyin ÇARIKÇI, Rector, Suleyman Demirel University
Yusuf Ziya GÜNAYDIN, Mayor of Isparta
İrfan Veli KAYACAN, Director of Cultural and Social Affairs, Isparta Municipality
Prof. Mehmet GÜRDAL, Dean, Faculty of Science and Letters, Suleyman Demirel University
Prof. Peter S. DONALDSON, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Prof. Sir Stanley WELLS, Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Dr. Paul EDMONDSON, Head of Learning and Research at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Honorary Fellow

Festival co-chairs
Prof. Ömer ŞEKERCİ, Suleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Dr. İlker ÖZÇELİK, Suleyman Demirel University, Turkey

Organizing Committee
Hüseynağa RZAYEV, Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Betüre MEMMEDOVA, Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Philip GLOVER, Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Yasemen KİRİŞ YATAĞAN, Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey
İlhan Yadigar KILAVUZ, Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Gözde ERSOY, Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Yeşim Sultan AKBAY, Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Elif AKTÜRK, Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Süleyman SARIKAYA, Suleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Süleyman CİHAN, Suleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Nil ÜNLÜ AYÇİL , Suleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Müşerref ÖZTÜRK ÇETİNDOĞAN, Suleyman Demirel University
Serap ÜNAL, Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Mehmet Ali ÇELİKEL, Pamukkale University, Turkey
Arda ARIKAN, Akdeniz University, Turkey
Mustafa CANER, Akdeniz University, Turkey
Müjde DEMİRAY, Ardahan University, Turkey
Recai ER, Boğaziçi University, Turkey
Selçuk ŞENTÜRK, University of Leicester, UK
Bülent AYYILDIZ, Ankara University, Turkey
Çağrı MENTEŞ, Wordman Publishing, Turkey
Murat ÖZTÜRK, Wordman Publishing, Turkey

Advisory Board
Jerzy Limon, Director of European Shakespeare Festivals Network
Tom Bird, Executive Director at York Theatre, Former Executive Producer at the Globe & Director of Globe to Globe Festival
Joanna Śniezko-Misterek, Executive Director, ESFN
Sir Stanley Wells, Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Paul Edmondson, Head of Learning and Research at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Honorary Fellow
Peter Donaldson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University
Özdemir Nutku, critic, director, dramaturg
Hulya Nutku, Dokuz Eylül University
Doğan Hızlan, columnist
Fatma Rezzan Silkü, Ege University, Turkey
İbrahim Yerebakan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University
Mehmet Takkac, Ataturk University
Mehmet Ali Celikel, Pamukkale University
Oya Buyukyavuz, Suleyman Demirel University
Nazlı Baykal, Suleyman Demirel University
Azize Tan, Başka Sinema
Gokce Ozler, Director of Bursa Regional State Symphony Orchestra
Tolga Yeter, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Theatre
Mehmet Ozgur, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Theatre
Gizem Kutlu, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Theatre
Kemal Basar, Tiyatro Keyfi
Bulent Emin Yarar, Turkish State Theaters
Serap Unal, Suleyman Demirel University
Mehmet Özcan, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University
Mustafa Sevik, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University
Ferit Kılıçkaya, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University
Marla Bielak, Pila University, Poland
Selcuk Senturk, University of Leicester
Indra Karapetjana, University of Latvia, Latvia
Karla Simcikova, University of Ostrava, the Czech Republic
Ingrida Egle Zindziuveiene, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
İsmail Hakkı Mirici, Near East University, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
H. Sezgi Saraç, Akdeniz University, Turkey
Mustafa Caner, Akdeniz University, Turkey
Hüseyin Kafes, Akdeniz University, Turkey
Mehmet Takkaç, Atatürk University, Turkey,
Arif Sarıçoban, Selçuk University, Turkey
Ibrahim Yerebakan, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, Turkey
Mihai Cosoveanu, University of Craiova, Romania,
Lukasz Marczak, Stanislaw Staszic State School, Poland
Stephen Guth, Universitat Bern, Switzerland
Fredricka L. Stoller, Northern Arizona University, the USA
David, L. Holmes, The College of New Jersey, the USA
Önder Çakırtaş, Bingol University
Ahmed Bedu, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria
Ayad Khanaf, The College of Arts, Iraqi University, Iraq
Hind Moayad, University of Anbar, Iraq

Keynote Speakers

Mustafa KURT



Stanley WELLS




Özdemir NUTKU


Hüseynaga RZAYEV




Bülent Emin YARAR

Festival Booklet

Program of the Festival

Gallery of the 2nd International Shakespeare Festival