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 film-maker Fatih Akin and theatre-maker Shermin Langhoff, supported by other artists, intellectuals, friends, comrades, human rights defenders, cultural entrepreneurs, journalists and other members of civil society.

In short video messages, various people tell the story of how Osman Kavala has engaged with their specific project or touched them otherwise. The result is a mosaic of numerous initiatives that Osman Kavala has supported, many diverse stories of encounters and a polyphony of confessions of friendship and missing.

The contributions reveal 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. Each day we will share another video message and we will not stop until Osman Kavala is free.

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

See press release

 
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
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
  • Ertuğrul Akalın former mayor
  • Fatih Akin film director
  • Ahmet Aküzüm cultural manager
  • Naif Alibeyoğlu former mayor
  • Zeycan Alkış visual artist
  • Emin Alper film director
  • 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
  • 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
  • Levon Chilingirian violinist
  • 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
  • Adrian Figueroa film director
  • Lara Fresko curator
  • Oliver Frljić theatre director
  • Archi Galentz visual artist
  • Sinan Göknur visual artist
  • Mehmet Güç journalist
  • Asena Günal cultural manager
  • Corry Guttstadt historian
  • Annika Haas & two other friends of DEPO friends of Depo
  • 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
  • Nurcan Kaya lawyer
  • Aram Kerovpyan musicologist
  • Chris Khamis economist
  • Zafer Kıraç civil society member
  • 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
  • Stefan Kristensen philosopher
  • 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
  • Jeanine Meerapfel film director, writer
  • Nil Mutluer academician
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ali Perret musician
  • Fatih Pınar film director
  • Neriman Polat visual artist
  • Gül Pulhan archeologist
  • Edzard Reuter businessperson
  • Claudia Roth vice president of German Parliament
  • Katja Riemann actress
  • João Saavedra cultural manager
  • Kirkor Sahakoğlu visual artist
  • Taner Şahintürk actor
  • Ohannes Şaşkal caricaturist
  • Tina Schwichtenberg 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
  • Sona Tatoyan actress, film director
  • Mebuse Tekay lawyer
  • Aylin Tekiner civil society member
  • Ece Temelkuran author
  • Hale Tenger visual artist
  • Nuran Terzioğlu gallery owner
  • 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
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