Two Kurdish productions will be taking part in the upcoming International May Festival in Germany for the first time.
The festival, which has been running for 135 years in Wiesbaden, a city dating back to Roman times, is highly regarded for showcasing a variety of arts, including opera, music, dance, theatre, and drama. Over 100,000 applicants from all over the world compete to participate in the festival each year.
Kurdish production ’Mem û Zînê’, an opera directed by İhsan Osman, will debut on Saturday, while Osman’s other work,a play named ‘Dagirkirina Tarîtiyê’ (Conquering Darkness) based on the book by writer Bextiyar Elî, will also be shown. The play explores the cultural genocide committed against the Kurdish people in Turkey from 1945 to 1979.
Osman told Yeni Yaşam newspaper that that they asked for production support from Kurdish artists in Turkey, but due to the obstacles of the Turkish government, the artists were unable to participate. Nevertheless, Osman said that he was proud to have directed both works, representing the Kurdish people and their cause.