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2018 marks the 10th annual Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival, and a weekend of special events mark the occasion, culminating with the traditional Poetry Festival on Sunday, April 8. These events bring together poets, scholars, and poetry fans in the humanistic spirit of the internationally-renowned Turkish poet Nâzım Hikmet Ran.

Event Schedule

Concert - Poetry & Pop: Turkish Poetry in Song
Friday, April 6 | 8 p.m. | Cary Arts Center
$15 student/$25 adult at The Cary box office or through eTix

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

Poetry Workshop: Reading and Writing Nazim
Saturday, April 7| 12 p.m. | 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. Send an email to to register.     

Movie - Nâzım Hikmet: The Blue-Eyed Giant
Saturday, April 7 | 2 p.m. | The Cary Theater
FREE | Released 2007, 188 min, Turkish w/English subtitles

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 | 1-7 p.m. | Page-Walker Arts & History Center

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.

April 8 festival poster

Presented by American-Turkish Association of North Carolina.


Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival