What did Kavala do?

Osman Kavala is a Turkish philanthropist, a socially responsible businessperson, a peace and human rights defender and, above all, an activist and advocate for civil society. Since November 1st 2017, he has been unjustly detained in the high security prison in Silivri, despite the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) demanding his immediate release.

One may wonder: What did Kavala do? This question is raised by “Artists United for Osman Kavala”, an initiative of filmmaker Fatih Akın and theatre-maker Shermin Langhoff and many other friends who in short video messages tell the story of how Osman Kavala has engaged. The result is a mosaic of initiatives that Kavala has supported and a polyphony of confessions of friendship and missing.

In a second series of videos, more and more people from all over the world are contributing videos as they have learned about Kavala’s engagement. The creative videos of artists, intellectuals and other members of civil society are a sign of international solidarity and a demand for action to release Osman Kavala immediately.

The diversity of the contributions also reveals Osman Kavala as an individual who tirelessly worked to bring people with different perspectives together in dialogue, through initiatives in arts and culture and cultural collaborations in Turkey and internationally.

In his spirit, we invite everyone to contribute with their own video message (max. 45 sec.) and send it to us via berlinforkavala@theater-findet-stadt.de. Each day we will share another clip and we will not stop until our dearest friend Osman is free. You do not have to know him personally or have done a project with him. If you want to show your solidarity with Osman Kavala, send us a video!
To facilitate the post-production process, we kindly ask you to send us your text (including an English translation) and your name with your video.

For detailed information about Osman Kavala and his civil society activities see www.osmankavala.org.

 
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Kai Uwe Peter
Esra Küçük
DEPO Team
Vedat Karasu
Alina Manoukian
Marta Górnicka
Esra Becan
Ali Cabbar
Ümit Kurt
Sibel Richter
Gün Zileli
Cigdem Özdemir
Rachel Goshgarian
Ayat Najafi
Luise Amtsberg
Michał Kozłowski
Miro Kaygalak
Levent Kocausta
Sevil Tunaboylu
Dramaturgie Maxim Gorki Theater
Noam Chomsky
Antoine Agoudjian
OKES
Archi Galentz
Ayşe Tütüncü
Necdet İpekyüz
Selda Asal
Chris Khamis
Ayça İnce
Akın Atalay
Eric Nazarian
Özden Demir
Youssef Tabti
Bahadır Yıldız
Nil Mutluer
Özcan Yurdalan
Aram Kervpyan
Nuran Terzioğlu
Sakine Çil
Susan Pattie
Selda Asal
Mehmet Güç
Kemal Yıldızhan
Fulya Çetin
Ohannes Şaşkal
Koray Çalışkan
Fatih Pınar
Şanar Yurdatapan
Esra Carus
Philipp Dietachmair
Selda Asal
Nazar Büyüm
Kerem Çiftçioğlu
Lara Fresko
Esra A. Aysun
Abdullah Demirbaş
Talin Büyükkürkciyan Demirci
Süleyman Özkaplan
Elif Kamışlı
Zeynep Tanbay
Peter Steudtner
Necati Sönmez
Selda Asal
Levon Chilingirian
Hakan Tahmaz
Ceren Erdem
Kristina Buch
Tom de Waal
Şehnaz Layıkel
Selda Asal
Seçil Yersel-
İsmail Yavuz Özkaya
Cem Mansur
Civan Özkanoğlu
Tamar Nalcı
Nora Şeni
Katja Riemann
Özge Ersoy
Zehra Doğan
Zeycan Alkış
Banu Breddermann
Baskın Oran
Zehra Arat
Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyası
Sabina Sabolović
Zafer Kıraç
Ünal Bostancı
Canan Bayram
Sinan Göknur
Vomank
Taner Şahintürk
Arzu Yayıntaş
Aylin Tekiner
Sena Başöz
Merve Elveren
Lutz Knospe
Eylem Delikanlı
Sergey Lagodinsky
Norbert Bisky
Stefan Kristensen & Anna Barseghian
Neriman Polat
Michael Schwarz
Hande Sever
Fernando García Dory
Eileen Khatchadourian
Asu Aksoy
Cemre Baytok & Feride Eralp
Ertuğrul Akalın
Didem Pekün
Silvina Der Meguerditch
Lale Mansur
Klaus Lederer
Gül Kozacıoğlu
Nesrin Nas
Kirkor Sahakoğlu
Ali Nesin
Birgit Auf der Lauer & Caspar Pauli
Şener Özmen
Cansel Kiziltepe
Graham Smith
Erden Kosova
João Saavedra
Ümit Kıvanç
Özlem Ece
Naif Alibeyoğlu
Serra Ciliv
Armen Marsoobian
Ece Temelkuran
Adrian Figueroa
Ali Cabbar
Corry Guttstadt
Bige Örer
Osman Okkan
BAÇOY KOOP
Deniz Yükseker
Aslı Çavuşoğlu
Cem Özdemir
Hale Tenger
Gül Pulhan
Sona Tatoyan
Ali Perret
Mebuse Tekay
Beatrice Hibou
Pervin Chakar
Biray Kolluoğlu & Özge Açıkkol
Serj Tankian
Emin Alper
Markus N. Beeko
Annika Haas
Claudia Roth
Oliver Frljić
Zeynep Çelik
Yavuz Parlar
Nurcan Kaya
Johannes Ebert
Carsten Paludan Müller
Sibel Horada
Ara Dinkjian
Yan Yanayız Biraradayız Grubu PART 2
Yan Yanayız Biraradayız Grubu PART 1
Selda Asal
Fatih Akin
Shermin Langhoff
İrem Aydemir
Ahmet Aküzüm
Ahmet İnsel
Atom Egoyan
Zülfü Livaneli
Gülseren Onanç
Andrea Karlsson
Edzard Reuter
Banu Cennetoğlu
Asena Günal

Supporters

  • Özge Açıkkol visual artist
  • Antoine Agoudjian  photographer
  • Ertuğrul Akalın former mayor
  • Fatih Akin film director
  • Asu Aksoy academician
  • Ahmet Aküzüm cultural manager
  • Naif Alibeyoğlu former mayor
  • Zeycan Alkış visual artist
  • Emin Alper film director
  • Luise Amtsberg member of German Parliament
  • Selda Asal visual artist
  • Akın Atalay journalist
  • Birgit Auf der Lauer & Caspar Pauli visual artists
  • İrem Aydemir theatre enthusiast, civil society member
  • Esra A. Aysun cultural manager
  • Sena Başöz visual artist
  • Canan Bayram member of German Parliament
  • Cemre Baytok & Feride Eralp feminist activists
  • Esra Becan artist
  • Markus N. Beeko human rights activist
  • Sibylle Berg author, playwright
  • Anna Barseghian artist
  • Norbert Bisky visual artist
  • Ünal Bostancı visual artist
  • Banu Breddermann civil society member
  • Kristina Buch visual artist
  • Talin Büyükkürkciyan Demirci performance artist
  • Nazar Büyüm publisher
  • Ali Cabbar visual artist
  • Koray Çalışkan academician
  • Esra Carus visual artist
  • Aslı Çavuşoğlu visual artist
  • Zeynep Çelik academician
  • Banu Cennetoğlu visual artist
  • Fulya Çetin visual artist
  • Pervin Chakar opera singer
  • Danai Chatzipetrou actress
  • Levon Chilingirian violinist
  • Noam Chomsky academician
  • Kerem Çiftçioğlu civil society member
  • Sakine Çil visual artist
  • Serra Ciliv festival director
  • Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyası dance company
  • Tom de Waal journalist
  • Eylem Delikanlı civil society member
  • Özden Demir visual artist
  • Abdullah Demirbaş former mayor
  • Silvina Der Meguerditchian visual artist
  • Philipp Dietachmair program manager
  • Ara Dinkjian musician
  • Ulrike Dufner human rights activist
  • Zehra Doğan visual artist
  • Johannes Ebert cultural diplomat
  • Özlem Ece cultural manager
  • Atom Egoyan film director
  • Merve Elveren curator
  • Ceren Erdem cultural manager
  • Özge Ersoy curator
  • Yunus Ersoy theater-maker
  • Adrian Figueroa film director
  • Lara Fresko curator
  • Oliver Frljić theatre director
  • Archi Galentz visual artist
  • Fernando García-Dory visual artist
  • Sinan Göknur visual artist
  • Valerie Göhring theater-maker
  • Christopher Gordon cultural consultant
  • Rachel Goshgarian academician
  • Marta Górnicka theater director
  • Mehmet Güç journalist
  • Asena Günal cultural manager
  • Corry Guttstadt historian
  • Annika Haas & two other friends of DEPO friends of Depo
  • Ludwig Haugk theater-maker
  • Béatrice Hibou academician
  • Sibel Horada visual artist
  • Ayça İnce academician
  • Ahmet İnsel academician
  • Necdet İpekyüz member of Turkish Parliament
  • Rolf Johanning human rights activist
  • Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat academician
  • Elif Kamışlı cultural manager
  • Andrea Karlsson program manager
  • Levent Kocausta organic food suplier
  • Vedat Karasu social worker
  • Nurcan Kaya lawyer
  • Miro Kaygalak visual artist
  • Aram Kerovpyan musicologist
  • Chris Khamis economist
  • Eileen Khatchadourian musician
  • Zafer Kıraç civil society member
  • Johannes Kirsten theater-maker
  • Ümit Kıvanç writer, film director
  • Cansel Kiziltepe member of German Parliament
  • Lutz Knospe photographer
  • Biray Kolluoğlu academician
  • BAÇOY Koop artist collective
  • Erden Kosova art critic
  • Gül Kozacıoğlu visual artist
  • Michał Kozłowski academician
  • Stefan Kristensen philosopher
  • Ümit Kurt academician
  • Sergey Lagodinsky member of the European Parliament
  • Shermin Langhoff theater-maker
  • Şehnaz Layıkel civil society member
  • Klaus Lederer Berlin Senator for Culture and Europe
  • Klaus-Jürgen Liedtke writer, translator
  • Zülfü Livaneli composer, author
  • Lale Mansur ballet dancer, actress
  • Cem Mansur conducter
  • Armen Marsoobian academician
  • Alina Manoukian actress / musician
  • Jeanine Meerapfel film director, writer
  • Nil Mutluer academician
  • Ayat Najafi film director
  • Tamar Nalcı cultural manager
  • Nesrin Nas former member of Turkish Parliament
  • Eric Nazarian film director
  • Ali Nesin mathematician
  • OKES visual artist
  • Osman Okkan journalist
  • Gülseren Onanç civil society member
  • Baskın Oran academician
  • Bige Örer cultural manager
  • Cem Özdemir member of German Parliament
  • Çiğdem Özdemir translator
  • Civan Özkanoğlu visual artist
  • Süleyman Özkaplan engineer
  • İsmail Yavuz Özkaya architect
  • Şener Özmen visual artist
  • Carsten Paludan-Müller archaeologist
  • Yavuz Parlar visual artist
  • Susan Pattie writer, program manager
  • Didem Pekün film director
  • Kai Uwe Peter civil society member
  • Ali Perret musician
  • Fatih Pınar film director
  • Neriman Polat visual artist
  • Clara Probst theater-maker
  • Gül Pulhan archeologist
  • Edzard Reuter businessperson
  • Anton Rey artistic researcher
  • Sibel Richter photographer
  • Katja Riemann actress
  • Claudia Roth vice president of German Parliament
  • João Saavedra cultural manager
  • Kirkor Sahakoğlu visual artist
  • Taner Şahintürk actor
  • Ohannes Şaşkal caricaturist
  • Michael Schwarz political scientist
  • Tina Schwichtenberg artist
  • Hande Sever visual artist
  • Nora Şeni academician
  • Graham Smith academician
  • Necati Sönmez festival director
  • Peter Steudtner human rights activist
  • Youssef Tabti visual artist
  • Hakan Tahmaz civil society member
  • Zeynep Tanbay dancer
  • Serj Tankian musician
  • Sona Tatoyan actress, film director
  • Mebuse Tekay lawyer
  • Aylin Tekiner civil society member
  • Ece Temelkuran author
  • Hale Tenger visual artist
  • Nuran Terzioğlu gallery owner
  • Frederika Tsai theater-maker
  • Sevil Tunaboylu visual artist
  • Ayşe Tütüncü musician
  • Vomank music band
  • Yan Yanayız Biraradayız Grubu friends of Osman Kavala
  • Arzu Yayıntaş visual artist
  • Seçil Yersel visual artist
  • Bahadır Yıldız visual artist
  • Kemal Yıldızhan member of Diyarbakır Cinema Club
  • Deniz Yükseker academician
  • Özcan Yurdalan photographer
  • Şanar Yurdatapan civil society member
  • Gün Zileli author
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