Mercan Dede: 15th Athens Jazz Festival
For the second consecutive year, the Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens participates in the Athens Jazz Festival with Mercan Dede and the Secret Tribe. The Turkish artist will bring the curtain down on the 15th Jazz Festival at the Technopolis on Sunday, 7June, at 23:00, presenting the Athenian audience with traditional Turkish sounds applied in modern music, thus achieving an innovative music mix of particular aesthetic value for the lovers of both modern and traditional music.
The Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens undertakes initiatives and implements actions in cooperation with competent authorities in Greece and Turkey so as to support major cultural and tourism events in addition to promoting inspired artists in the context of the cooperation between the two countries.
A Few Words about Mercan Dede
Mercan Dede is one of the most creative contemporary Turkish musicians. He draws from the musical/ philosophical lessons of the rich Sufi tradition to apply them to modern music – acoustic or electric/ electronic. Mercan Dede’s music covers a wide range of sounds encompassing in a brilliant way tribal/ house and genuine traditional music as well as world jazz. His travels around the world have resulted in his music integrating elements from different cultures, thus acquiring a genuinely cosmopolitan character.
A Few Words about the Athens Jazz Festival
This year, the Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival, one of the major cultural institutions of Athens celebrates 15 years and the Onassis Cultural Centre participates in this celebration. The Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens hosts jazz trends from every corner of the world, featuring bands that travel us even to the remotest places of the globe. Various parallel events are to take place at Technopolis within the framework of the festival.