Turkish DJ defends Sumela monastery music show

Panagia Soumela

A Turkish DJ who appeared in a controversial video playing electronic music at the former Orthodox Christian Sumela monastery in Turkey has defended the show saying that it was aimed at promoting the monument, a candidate for UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites.



“Every reasonable measure was taken to protect the site. We wanted to promote Sumela monastery from a different perspective and with the energy of music,” Ahmet Senterzi said of the show which is believed to have taken place around 10 days ago.

The video has prompted a reaction from Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and the Greek Foreign Ministry. Greek and Cypriot MEPs of the European People’s Party (EPP) also submitted a parliamentary question to the Commission over the incident.

There has been no reaction from the Turkish administration.