DIYALOG was organizing the Mahalla Festival 2021 under the title Murmuration taking place in Istanbul between September 8 -25.
Murmuration refers to the phenomenon that results when hundreds, sometimes thousands, of birds fly in swooping, intricately coordinated patterns through the sky. Scientists found out that the mostly small sized birds are protecting each other from cold, hunger and attacks by enemies by interacting together and communicating passionately.
Twittering as a motive is most present in digital communication on Social Media: Murmuration is used as a metaphor for engagement and solidarity in the frame of Mahalla 2021. The Festival forms a platform for artistic discourse around different spheres in our globalized world: urban and community-life, sharing, creativity, movement, communication, the air, the sky and other relatable entities are parts of the metaphorical frame of the theme.
Murmuration looks also back on the migration movements of the 20th century in the interplay of international relations.
The Festival in Istanbul was organized by DIYALOG with a support of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Istanbul, Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation Istanbul, Kadiköy Belediyesi and the Ministry Republic of Austria – Arts, Culture, Social Services and Sports.