Gülten Özbey / Paris, Oct 27 () – World renowned Turkish pianist Fazıl Say has been awarded for the “2014 International Secularism Prize” [Prix de la Laïcité ] by the France Committee of Secularism.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, along with guests, were hosted at the Paris Municipality Building, within the event.
“Secularism is a concept identified with the Republic founded by the courageous leader Atatürk, in my home country, Turkey. It stood as an upper justice, which has given freedom to a range of philosophical approaches ensuring equal rights to its people dispersed under different beliefs and ethnic origins, both to believers and non-believers, aiming at taking part in the international scene competition in science, arts, sports, and many others. However, as you all know, this state of Turkey has been dragged to a tragic change” urged Fazıl Say in his speech.
Role of arts in the “imperfect” world
The world is not perfect, however arts will contribute positively to this situation, told Fazıl Say, referring to a “mindset of terror”.
“In the beginning of 21st century, it is tragic for all of us to witness how the mindset of terror has reached a barbarous, inhuman point. The responsible of this situation are the balances of power, both in East and West .The threat is big; we are aware of the threat” urged Fazıl Say.
The famous pianist added “time would show if arts would succeed to contribute to this imperfect world.”
“We should all make effort to make this world a peaceful place that we would like to leave to our children, grandchildren” he said.
- Footage from the ceremony
- The award ceremony
- Speech of Fazıl Say
- Performance of Say