Musical Tribute to #FreeOsmanKavala
A musical tribute to Osman Kavala was held in Montreal on June 12. Hosted by Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Margie and Peter Mendell, close friends of Osman Kavala and Ayse Bugra, musicians Brian Manker (cello), Elizabeth Skinner (violin), Janelle Fung (piano) and Matt Herskowitz (piano) were joined on stage by Bengi Abkulut and Semuhi Sinanoglu, reading from Nazim Hikmet and Homa Hoodfar, former classmate of Osman Kavala at the University of Manchester in the late 1970’s, reading Osman’s letter written from Siliviri prison on April 3, 2018. Homa spent over 3 months in Evin Prison in Iran in 2016. An evening of music, poetry, art and words of solidarity and hope was dedicated to Osman Kavala. Kavala's presence was felt through beautiful sounds and voices calling for his freedom.