İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Village Theaters Festival closed the curtain with the play “The Ladies of the Town” by Ulamış Village Theatre. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor in the face of the unforgettable performance of the actors from Seferihisar Tunç Soyer's eyes filled with tears. Expressing that he wanted to realize a festival that would bring together village theaters in Turkey, Soyer said, “I wish that it will set an example for Turkey and that our producing people will meet with art more.”
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, who worked as an actor and assistant director at the Ankara Art Theater during his university years. Tunç SoyerVillage theaters, which were established to start art production in the countryside with the vision of making Izmir a city that consumes and produces art at the same time, made a strong impression with their performances throughout the week.
President Tunç Soyer The final of the Village Theaters Festival, which was first planted by Seferihisar and held between 25-28 December, was held at the Historical Coal Gas Factory. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor attended the screening of the play "The Ladies of the Town" prepared by the Ulamış Village Theater of Seferihisar. Tunç Soyer and his wife Neptün Soyer, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Secretary General Ertuğrul Tugay, actor and director Ümmiye Koçak, Theater Director Vedat Murat Güzel, village theater trainers, village theater actors and many art lovers.
Spectacular performance from Ulaş's actors
The play named “The Ladies of the Town”, which carries the traces of Ulaş's unique culture and has a musical taste, provided pleasant moments. The actors, who became giant on the stage with their unique performances, burst into laughter from the audience, who filled the hall from 7 to 70.
After the play, Urla's Barbaros Village Theater, Çeşme's Reisdere Village Theater, Güzelbahçe's Yelki Village Theater actors and theater trainers took the stage with their dance performances. Minister Tunç Soyer, Neptün Soyer, actress and director Ümmiye Koçak and the Arslanköy Women's Theater team were invited to the stage with applause. Theater players, the architect of village theaters, President Tunç SoyerHe thanked by presenting valuable handicraft gifts to . President Soyer presented flowers to the village theater actors and trainers.
“Let it be an example for Turkey”
The President, who came to the stage with tears in his eyes, at the performance of the village theater, which has come to this day with a thousand and one efforts. Tunç Soyer“I've been saying it since day one. İzmir should be a city that consumes art and produces at the same time. How will it produce? First, it will produce villages that will green up this ancient culture. I am proud of my teacher Vedat. He continues to work with incredible determination. It's getting bigger and bigger. I am proud to see this. I wish it to be an example for Turkey. Let our producing women and producing people meet with art more. Because theater is a mirror, it introduces us to us. I hope people in many more villages will meet with this powerful art form. They enrich their lives,” he said.
Festival to bring together Turkey's village theaters
Talking about the importance of spreading the village theaters to Turkey, Soyer said, “We want these seeds that we sprinkled in Seferihisar to sprout not only in İzmir but also all over Turkey. For this reason, we want to bring to life a Village Theater Festival, which will bring together our village theaters from all over Turkey, hosted by İzmir, the capital of the arts. I believe that this festival will make Turkey even more beautiful with art and will strengthen peace, love and labor even more.”
“I beg you, Tunç SoyerDon't let go by the collar of '
Actress Ümmiye Koçak, an exemplary representative of the Turkish women's movement, said, “You are very lucky, appreciate your worth, you have a wonderful president. She loves art. I'm not saying it to be silly. This is such an amazing project. I hope this project of our Tunç President and İzmir Metropolitan Municipality will set an example for everyone. There will be such a unit in provinces, districts and all municipalities. Village theaters unite. Because if the villages don't stand up, the cities won't stand up. Nothing violent. It happens with art. The best way to describe people with people… My Tunç President does this very well, too. I beg you, Tunç SoyerEmbrace it, don't let go of it," he said.
“Most of them had never even been to the theater in their lives”
Theater director Vedat Murat Güzel said, “There is culture and wealth in the villages of İzmir. The emergence and value of all these can only be possible with a worthy president. I observed how much effort he put into labor, women, children and peasants for 10 years. How happy is Izmir. At the request of our president, we started training in the districts so that the story that started in Seferihisar could spread to all districts of İzmir. They have worked with great success. Most of them had never even been to the theater in their lives. They worked hard in the field from their busy time, and took the stage for the second time in less than five months. It has been a very enjoyable process,” he said.