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      x0x First International Disabled People's Art Festival commences

      Izmir - Turkish Daily News

      The First International Disabled People's Art Festival, arranged by
      the Disabled People's Foundation, opened with a ceremony in Izmir's
      Cumhuriyet Square early last week. At the ceremony, Izmir Governor
      Alaaddin Yuksel said: "While development is taking place within the
      country, the needs of disabled people must be considered and
      structural facilities made available. The public should consider the
      needs of disabled people."

      The festival was made possible through the support of VSA Arts and its
      120 representatives that are working in conjunction with the U.S.
      Kennedy Foundation. Disabled people came from Brazil, Bulgaria,
      Belgium, Cuba, Egypt, Germany, Holland, the United States, Spain and
      Italy to attend the festival.

      Turkey's Disabled People's Confederation Chairman Faruk Oztimur said
      "Seven-and-a-half million disabled people live in Turkey. Turkey's
      structural problems should be solved to make these people's lives
      easier." At the opening ceremony attended by the public, disabled
      people danced with their wheelchairs.

      The festival will end on Aug. 21.

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