Halki Greek Orthodox Seminary in Istanbul Opens its Doors

halki semineriThe long-closed Halki Greek Orthodox seminary on Istanbul’s Heybeliada Island  opened its doors for a concert.

The clerical school, which was closed in 1971 on the grounds of a law banning private higher education institutions, is set to be the stage for a joint concert of Turkish and Greek musicians on Sept. 22.

A number of Greek musicians including Eleni Tsaligopoulou and Kostas Thomaidis, as well as Mustafa Doğan Dikman and Engin Arslan from Turkey, sang and play at the school as part of the “Culture Journey from Greece to Turkey” events.

Pianist Yorgos Andreu and clarinetist Manos Ahalinotopulos also come from Greeceto performed.
The reopening of the seminary as part of a new democracy package has been anticipated for a while now, as the government has declared that it is working on proper grounds for realizing the long-waited inauguration.