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Meet Hakan Silahsizoglu (Global; 2016 ISPA Fellow)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016   (0 Comments)

Meet Hakan Silahsizoglu, producer, actor and play translator based in Istanbul. We caught up with Hakan to learn about his current projects and learned about the following great initiatives.

“As a producer/cultural operator I'm working on various projects right now. One of them is a Syrian-Turkish theatre collaboration with playwright Yasser Abu Shaqra to open in Istanbul then tour internationally. I’m also working towards an international children’s arts festival in Istanbul, first of its kind in “Constantinople". Last not the least I’m organizing a joint meeting for The Fence and Eurodram networks at Istanbul Theatre Festival.”

When asked what he would like to contribute to the international performing arts field, he noted “Living in Istanbul & London, I see these cities as great gateways to the world. Istanbul has so much to offer with its young and active performing art scene. I like to create a bridge where Turkish companies tour abroad & international companies tour in Turkey while bringing expertise from The UK.”

Hakan is part of the Global Fellowship Program, thanks to the generous support of ISPA’s Fellowship Patron and Challenge donors. When asked about his impression of his first ISPA Congress this January, Hakan recalled: “I was amazed and absolutely thrilled to be at the congress. I never thought I could meet so many artists and managers around the globe with great vision and expertise in their fields. It was such a nice experience to hear what is going on in their countries and how they overcome obstacles in an artistic way.”


In 2016, ISPA brought 46 Fellows from around the world to the New York Congress. We know it’s impossible to meet all these emerging leaders onsite so we’re highlighting the 2016 ISPA Fellows in features via the members-only monthly newsletter Network and on the website.