We understand that compositions by the outspoken pianist Fazil Say have been removed from next season’s Ankara programmes by order of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
State-funded orchestras are obliged to submit concert plans for approval to the Fine Arts Directorate at the Ministry. In a climate of increadingly authoritarian Islamism, the Ankara orchestra was told to abandon its plans to perform Say’s İstanbul Symphony, piano concerto and his newest orchestral work ‘Hermias — Yunus Sırtındaki Çocuk’ (Boy Riding a Dolphin).
Turkey has taken another step back to the dark ages.
Three weeks ago, the ministry imposed strict new female dress codes at the opera and ballet.