Today is the birthday of Turkish most famous poet Nâzım Hikmet (January 15, 1902).
His 110th birthday will be celebrated during a series of events organized in collaboration with the Nazım Hikmet Culture and Arts Foundation and Beşiktaş Municipality.
The event series include a “Nazım Hikmet Theater Posters Exhibition,” “Nazım Hikmet Panel from Past to Present” and a Kardeş Türküler concert. Writers such as Cevat Çapan, Konur Ertop, Turgay Fişekçi, Doğan Hızlan and Timur Selçuk will speak at the panel.
The events started today at 11 a.m. in front of the Tarabya Hotel, the place where Nazım fled the country for the Eastern bloc. Participants threw flowers into the sea at the site. Kardeş Türküler will perform their concert to end the night.
The exhibit can be visited at the Akatlar Cultural Center until Jan. 31.
Nâzım Hikmet came from a cosmopolitan and distinguished family of Polish and Circassian ancestry. His father Hikmet Bey was the son of Mehmed Nazım Pasha and his mother Celile Hanım was the grand-daughter of Mehmed Ali Pasha, who was of German origin. His maternal great-grandfather, Mustafa Celaleddin Pasha, (former Konstantin Polkozic-Borzecki 1826-1876) in Ottoman Empire, was of Polish origin and later converted to Islam, and authored “Les Turcs anciens et modernes” in Constantinople (1869). It is considered one of the first works of national Turkist political thoughts.
Hikmet was born in Salonica (present-day Thessaloniki) in the Ottoman Empire. He died June 3, 1963 in Moscow. He was acclaimed for the “lyrical flow of his statements”. Described as a “romantic communist” and “romantic revolutionary”, he was repeatedly arrested for his political beliefs and spent much of his adult life in prison or in exile. His poetry has been translated into more than fifty languages.
One of the places dedicated to Nâzım Hikmet in Istanbul is the Nâzım Hikmet Cultural Center in Kadıköy. It has a lovely tea garden, an oasis of tranquility next to the busy shopping street Bahariye Caddesi. Very nice to enjoy the atmosphere with friends and a cup of Turkish coffee or a glass of tea. They also serve food and pastry. Besides the center has a small bookshop with lots of books by Hikmet and communist, socialist and leftist writers.
Nâzım Hikmet Kültür Merkezi
Ali Suavi Sokağı (Sanatçılar Sokağı), No: 7
Tel: (0216) 414 22 39
“Nazım Hikmet Theater Posters Exhibition”
Akatlar Kültür Merkezi