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Asena Hayal is an organizer, producer and festival director based in Istanbul. After her fine arts education, she participated in various local and international exhibitions and performances as artist / curator / producer. As a member of Diyalog Association since 2013, she used to work for many projects together with Thomas Büsch and Sabine Küper-Büsch. Since 2018 she has been the director of İstanbul Comics and Art Festival. She’s also one of the regional coordinators of Germany based ‘Robert Bosch Foundation’.
Mahalla Festival 2020
To cope with the COVID-19 pandemic the Mahalla Festival 2020 took place as a remote festival to overcome self-isolation, demobilization and paralysis.
The Mahalla Festival 2020 was implementing remote tools to keep intercultural communication and creative expression alive even in times of physical distance and to help to cope not only with the pandemic but also to create new forms of interactive communication and understanding between different communities in the world.
The Wandering Tower is the title of a surrealist short story by Sergej Prokofiev from the times of vivid migration movements on the edge of the world wars.
The Festival was quoting the title as a metaphorical frame for Mahalla 2020/2021. The tower of Babel is connected as a motive to the search for the origin of language and the access to the divine.
The Wandering Tower Festival was supported by