The Black Week Istanbul Festival will be held for the 5th time on 22-23 November this year. In this article, we will give you some information about the 5th Black Week Istanbul Festival. But before that, let us briefly mention the Black Week Festival.
The Black Week Festival is an event that combines various cultural city activities related to crime literature and is celebrated with similar names in different cities of the world. The festival, known as Novela Negra in Barcelona and Buenos Aires, was held for the first time in our country on October 22-24, 2015, with the 125th birthday of Agatha Christie, aka “The queen of the detective novel”. The hosting venue, which is celebrated with the participation of local and foreign police writers, is the Pera Palace Hotel, one of the most valuable historical buildings of Istanbul.
After briefly explaining Black Week of Crime Literature, let us tell what you need to know about the 5th Black Week Istanbul Festival.
Turkey’s only crime literature festival will again be organized by Pera Palace Hotel with the support of DenizBank’s and Storytel, and the Black Week Istanbul Festival will be held this year from November 22 to 23 dates.
We know that the previous Black Week Istanbul Festival was held in honour of prestigious crime writers Agatha Christie, Georges Simenon, Ian Fleming and Mike Hammer. The theme of this year’s Black Week Istanbul Festival will be Sir Alfred Hitchcock, who once stayed at the Pera Palace Hotel for a while.
The 5th Black Week Istanbul Festival will bring together the writers and enthusiasts of crime literature. Among the participants, the world-renowned authors such as Arne Dahl, Petros Markaris as well as Turkey’s leading crime writer Ahmet Ümit, Elçin Poyrazlar, Algan Sezgintüredi and the Crime Writers Association of Turkey.
This year, the Black Week Istanbul Festival committee will include important names of Turkish literature such as Doğan Hızlan, Ahmet Ümit, Adnan Özer and Metin Celal. Also, Pera Palace Hotel Marketing Manager Can Erol, and DenizBank Culture and Art Consultant Perihan Yücel will be the other valuable names in the committee.
Celil Oker, one of the leading names in the crime literature, will be remembered in the 5th Black Week Istanbul Festival. Celil Oker, who recently passed away, will be commemorated with the title “If our detective literature is a plane, our pilot was Celil Oker”.
In addition to this, the sessions titled, “Alfred Hitchcock is 120 years old”, “Cingöz Recai at Pera Palace”, “Cinema in Crime, Cinema in Crime”, “Crimes of the Future”, “Extraordinary Murderers and Detectives”, “Police on Both Side of the Aegean”, “Northern European Policemen” will take place.
The Black Week Istanbul Festival will organize a story competition dedicated to its fifth year. Participants of the Black Week Istanbul Crime Story Competition, which was held to attract the attention of young people to crime literature and whose applications ended on September 1, will consist of young people under the age of 30. On the other hand, important names of our writing such as Ahmet Ümit, Algan Sezgintüredi, Elçin Poyrazlar, Ayşe Erbulak and Adnan Özer will be included in the selection committee.
Vapur Kitap Yayinlari will publish the nine short story which won the competition. The winner of the competition will be hosted at Pera Palace Hotel as the guest of Black Week Istanbul. There will also be an opportunity to watch the festival and attend the writers’ dinner organized within the scope of the festival.
For those who are curious about what is the fee for the 5th Black Week Istanbul Festival, all activities will be held free of charge at the 5th Black Week Istanbul Festival. Priority will be given to the festival participants who make a reservation only because the capacity is limited. You can call 0212 377 40 00 and book any session.
After answering those who are curious about the Black Week Istanbul Festival, let’s include the event calendar of the festival which will be held for the 5th time this year. Click here to reach the 5th Black Week Istanbul Festival event calendar: Event Calendar