DAY-MER Culture and Art Festival will be held for the 33rd time this year, last week the busy festival program started with a photograph exhibition followed by a reception held last Wednesday, June 15.
Turkish and Kurdish Community Solidarity Center (Day-Mer) Culture and Art Festival reception took place at the North London Community Centre. Many trade unionists, politicians, campaign representatives as well as members of DAY-MER attended the event.
In her speech at the opening of the reception, DAY-MER President Aslı Gül summarized the 33-year adventure and said that one of the most important reasons why the festival attracted so much attention was that it became the product of a common struggle between local workers and unions.
Gül drew attention to the increase in the cost of living, racism and attacks on workers and labourers and called for participation in the “We Deserve Better” march organized by the unions on 18 June.
Oney Kasap representing the Unity Union, NUT representative, TUC representative, Democratic Force Union representative, politicians and campaign spokespersons also spoke at the reception, where DAY-MER Women’s Choir took the stage.
It was stated that the Rainbow Painting Group, DAY-MER Women’s Painting Group, which offers the opportunity to paint to women who want to express themselves with colours, lines and emotions, continues the work they started before the pandemic with new participation. Under the tutorship of Belgin Özkurşun, the women increased their work to two days a week and exhibited their dreams and talents at the reception.
The photography exhibition of the Laps Photography Club, established within DAY-MER, was also opened. The London Amateur Photography Society was founded five years ago by a photography-loving group. Continues his workshops under the roof of DAY-MER, and photography training under the management of Yücel Erkan. According to the information given, about a hundred people received photography training in the last five years. Continuing its work for five years without a break, LAPS exhibitions were held on “The Untold Face of the City, Women” and “Urban Transformation in London”. LAPS was included in the program of Day-Mer 33rd Culture and Art Festival with a new post-pandemic photography exhibition. The reception ended with the piano recital of Adar Uzun from the youth of DAY-MER.
15-22 June – Photography Exhibition
23 June – 03 July: Art Exhibition
24-29 June at 7.30 pm: Theatre performance ‘women too lost the war’
25 June at 1 pm: End of Term Course Event
26 June at 4 pm: Panel ”Deeeping Poverty’
1 July 6.30 pm: Panel ‘ Current Developments and Labour Movements in Turkey’
3 July 2-7.30 pm: Park Festival (Clissold Park)
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