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Two-day festival Dark Moon

Dive deeper into the exhibition Dark Moon: Tales of the Afro-Turkish Diaspora by Ahmet Polat during our two-day festival on 10 and 11 June. Through a series of fun and inspiring events, we will learn more about the Afro-Turkish diaspora and Turkey's plural heritage.

On 10 June, we will explore an evening of coffee readings through warm conversations around the collective practice of drinking and reading Turkish coffee. On 11 June, we will organise a performance and talk at Galerie Mercatorplein.

Coffee Reading

10 June at MAQAM

18.00 - 20.00 hrs

During the coffee reading on 10 June, we will have warm conversations about the collective practice of drinking and reading Turkish coffee. The reading will take place in creative space MAQAM and will be guided by Ahmet Polat and three special guests from the Africans' Culture and Solidarity Society. A series of talks where we celebrate the tradition and art of conversation while listening to the enlightening stories of our guests.

Join us on 10 June from 18.00 - 20.00 hrs at MAQAM in Amsterdam-West.

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Emir Ayse Kara Yavas photographed in Dalaman in 2009, Dark Moon Tales of the Afro-Turkish Diaspora, 2005-2022 © Ahmet Polat.

Festival

11 June at Mercatorplein

14.00 - 16.00 hrs

On 11 June, we organise a series of fun and engaging activities on Mercatorplein in Amsterdam. Drawing inspiration from the Afro-Turkish Dana Bayram Festival (Calf Festival) revived and promoted by the Africans' Culture and Solidarity Society, this event will kick off at Mercatorplein with an inspiring talk about the exhibition Dark Moon, followed by a concert inspired by the iconic Turkish singer Esmeray Diriker (1949-2002) by the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra.

Join us on 11 June from 14.00 - 16.00 hrs at Mercatorplein.

Galerie Mercatorplein: Ahmet Polat – Dark Moon: Tales of the Afro-Turkish Diaspora, 2022 © Foam. Photo: Maarten Nauw.

Galerie Mercatorplein is made possible by Gemeente Amsterdam, Stadsdeel West.

Foam is supported by the VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and the Gemeente Amsterdam.

In 2022 Foam receives additional support from the Mondriaan Fund and receives a contribution through the Mondriaan Fund from the Ministerie van OCW.

	Ahmet Sezer being photographed by his son Ahmet, Dark Moon Tales of the Afro-Turkish Diaspora, 2005-2022 © Courtesy of Ahmet PolatThe mounted lifeUntitledOn Earth tour - Hinde HaestStill from the On Earth Tour: Mishka Henner

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