Friday April 6, 2018 – Sunday April 8, 2018



Concert - Poetry & Pop: Turkish Poetry in Song

Friday April 6, 2018 | 8 PM | $25 | Cary Arts Center Auditorium


Lovers of music and literature alike will be treated to an evening of music.

The “Poetry & Pop” concert will feature Turkoise, a DC-based pop group, performing a selection of Turkey’s best-known poems in song. This highly sought after six-piece ensemble will bring a rich literary repertoire to life, including pieces by luminaries like Nâzım Hikmet and Sabahattin Ali.


A Turkoise Performance Video: 


Tickets  $25 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 18 and students





Poetry Workshop: Reading and Writing Nâzım  

Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | FREE | The Cary Theater


Nâzım Hikmet is considered Turkey's first modern poet and one of the great poets of the 20th Century. 

Through close reading of his poems, we will begin to understand what makes his writing so important, and accessible. Participants will then be led through writing activities where they will explore similar themes and techniques apparent in Nâzım's work.




Movie screening - Nâzım Hikmet: The Blue-Eyed Giant


(2007, 188 min., Turkish w/ English subtitles)  

Saturday April 7, 2018 | 2 PM | FREE | The Cary Theater


This acclaimed biopic depicts the 20th century Turkish poet Nâzım Hikmet Ran’s time as a political prisoner.

The Blue-Eyed Giant (Mavi Gözlü Dev) is directed by Biket İlhan, one of Turkey’s award-winning female producers/directors.





Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival    

Sunday April 8, 2018 | 1 - 7 PM | FREE | Page-Walker Arts & History Center


Celebrate poetry at this annual festival with poets, scholars, and lovers of poetry. Meet the Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Competition winners, listen to poetry readings and keynote speakers then enjoy a reception and hang out with poets from around the world.



Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival is an annual celebration of poetry bringing together poets, scholars, and poetry fans in the humanistic spirit of the internationally renowned poet Nâzım Hikmet Ran.







Organized by ATA-NC
Hosted By Town of Cary
Designed by Bali & Bali Works