German orchestra throws some serious shade at Erdogan by inviting him to Armenian genocide piece

Published October 25th, 2016 - 05:42 GMT
The gala event will focus on "the wounds of the Turkish and Armenian past" as well as freedom of opinion and artistic expression, according to the invitation. (AFP/File)
The gala event will focus on "the wounds of the Turkish and Armenian past" as well as freedom of opinion and artistic expression, according to the invitation. (AFP/File)

A leading German orchestra has invited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to a performance of a controversial piece of music about the Ottoman Empire's killing of ethnic Armenians and other Christians a century ago.

Next month's performance of Aghet by the Dresden Sinfoniker will come about six months after the German parliament recognized as genocide the killings by the Ottomon Empire in a vote which infuriated Ankara.

As a result, Aghet's performance in the German consulate in Istanbul could threaten again to inflame tensions between the two nations.

Ankara has over the last seven months roundly criticized the Aghet project, which was funded by the European Union and the German Foreign Ministry.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Culture Minister Nabi Avci have also been invited to the November 13 performance, according to invitations shown to dpa.

The gala event will focus on "the wounds of the Turkish and Armenian past" as well as freedom of opinion and artistic expression, according to the invitation.

The event will also mark the founding of an Armenian-Turkish-German friendship society, the aim of which is to regularly bring together artists from all three nations.


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