Cultural Reconciliation and Music: Musical Dialogues Direction to Reconciliation between Turkish and Greek Communities in Cyprus

Umut Albayrak
2017 Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies  
This study has been done to understand the role of music in inter-community reconciliation and to examine music as a cultural solution area between Turkish and Greek communities in Cyprus. The main focus of the study is on musical dialogues towards the reconciliation between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities. Accordingly it touches upon the contributions of music to the reconciliation between two communities and how it is being used to create a mutual identity. Therefore, bicommunal
more » ... gatherings, sense of entertainment, songs as a method of a self-expression, and instrument sessions of two communities have been reviewed in the contribution of music in the reconciliation. Although people are still researching whether music can be effective in inter-community reconciliations or not, the role it plays in reconciliations and conflict has been discussed with examples. The view of music creating conflict and reconciliation between communities has been examined under the concepts such as cultural reconciliation, cultural identity, the pragmatic use of music and multiculturalism.
doi:10.30958/ajms.3-4-2 fatcat:62g7wptzz5gxldcp2i7e6sajve