Istanbul İnternational Mime Festival (Uluslararası İstanbul Mim Festivali)

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Country and Region TurkeyIstanbul Province
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival İstanbul, Istanbul Province, Turkey
Festival Contact Information

Vedat Zar, Festival Coordinator
İstanbul, Turkey
Phone: +905376049290
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Festival Description

In the 5th Century BC, the first mime artist come from Egypt and performed many mime performances at Anatolian Festivals. He stayed in Karabuk for years where mime had started 2500 years ago in Turkey! The Festival is located in the most beautiful city in Turkey! İstanbul is a bridge between many cultures and two continents. Numerous individuals from countries and nations lived on this great city. They left behind their cultural heritage and notable architecture, etc.

The Second festival is in honor of the memory of Ergin Kolbek. Ergin Kolbek was a friend of Erdinç Dinçer — they were first mimes in the Republic of Turkey. He started mime in Mimar Sinan University and continued with his own theatre there. Kolbek’s successful mime works lead to the development of a mime character named “Bico” and made stories about Bico similar to Marcel Marceau’s character “Bip the Clown”. The character was a painter, making him special in his in his own way. Unfortunately Kolbek took his own life due to financial difficulties.

This year, the festival will have a award ceremony to bestow prizes in “Best Show”, ”Best Mime”, ”Best Actor”, ”Best Spiker” etc. on their works about “Body Performance”… This festival is organized by Turkish Mime Community and World Mime Community!

Festival Dates March 18 - 24, 2013
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Practical Info:

Applications 2012:
  • Application deadline is September 1, 2012
  • Send your full DVD and application before August 15, 2012
  • For details visit the festival web site
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