Tahsin Bilge Avcı
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Tahsin Bilge Avcı is a debater, rhetorical skills trainer and consultant based in Istanbul. During his university years when he studied mathematics, he earned some achievements like being champion of the Bogazici University National Debating Championship. Until now, he has delivered seminars and lectures in 100+ schools and 30+ universities and also given negotiation techniques and rhetorical skills trainings to international companies and NGOs. He worked as general director at Debate & Public Speaking Association between 2016 and 2020. His last project is arg.ist, which is a collective organization focusing on argumentation theories.
He also worked with Sabine Küper-Büsch & Thomas Büsch in several documentary and art festival projects.
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.
Murmuration refers to the phenomenon that results when hundreds, sometimes thousands, of birds fly in swooping, intricately coordinated patterns through the sky.
Murmuration looks also back on the migration movements of the 20th century in the interplay of international relations.
The Murmuration Festival is supported by
The Wandering Tower Festival was supported by