A night of unity at the Acropolis: Livaneli and Farantouri celebrate 40 years of friendship
In an emotionally charged evening near the iconic Acropolis, renowned Turkish singer and composer Zulfu Livaneli and legendary Greek artist Maria Farantouri serenaded the audience with songs of friendship, unity and hope. The concert on the Ancient Herodes Stage was a testament to the duo's enduring 40-year friendship.
Recalling her camaraderie with Livaneli, Farantouri noted that their concerts together have become a symbol of Turkish-Greek unity. She commented, "Every time we go on stage, we stand as symbols of the intertwined history of two nations.
An emotional Livaneli recalled his late friend and world-renowned Greek artist Mikis Theodorakis, saying, "I believe Theodorakis is with us tonight. Their friendship spanned decades, making the evening all the more poignant.
The evening took on a somber tone as the artists dedicated their performance to the victims of recent disasters in both countries. As Livaneli pointed out, "In times of disaster, our nations come together. We must always maintain this bond of friendship.
The musical repertoire showed a harmonious blend of Turkish and Greek, and delivered a strong message of unity.
This isn't the first time Livaneli and Farantouri have teamed up. Back in 2011, on World Peace Day, they performed at a concert sponsored by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Fuarcılık Hizmetleri Kültür ve Sanat İşleri Tic. A.Ş. Their cooperation has always echoed the feelings of love, peace and unity across borders.