Music from three countries on same stage
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Music from three countries on same stage
ISTANBUL - Turkish music band Kardeş Türküler will share the same stage with Armenian and Palestinian musicians at a concert next week.

As part of the "Istanbul with Kardeş Türküler" show, Kardeş Türküler will perform together with Armenian musician Arto Tunçboyacıyan and Palestinian musician Reem Kelani at Istanbul's Turkcell Kuruçeşme Arena on June 30, soloist Fehmiye Çelik said Wednesday a press conference.

"We are expressing our demands that nations should live equally on these soils with these shows," Çelik said. She said the Middle East needed urgent peace, and defined both Arab enmity and anti-Semitism as bad. "Therefore, we will altogether voice Arab and Jewish songs," Çelik said.

Tunçboyacıyan said that races and religions were the spices of life. "What is important is humanity. As an Armenian, I have no hatred against Turks," he said.

Kardeş Türküler

Kardeş Türküler was formed in 1993 as a concert project by the Boğaziçi University Folklore Club. The concert, which aimed at interpreting Anatolian folksongs based on their own cultural structure and in their original languages.

The project, based on the ideal of living together in fraternity, also took a stand against the polarization and tensions that have been created among different peoples in a multicultural land.