Arda Karapinar

Activist, Politician, and Actor in İstanbul, Türkiye

Arda Karapinar

Activist, Politician, and Actor in İstanbul, Türkiye

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Arda Karapınar is an activist, NGO manager and politician since 2010, has been a director, project coordinator, board member, chairperson and founder. Karapınar is also a member of some International level organizations like; European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), International AIDS Society (IAS), Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group (ALDE).

In 2016, he founded the association of HIV activism named Kırmızı Kurdele Istanbul (Red Ribbon Istanbul) and he assumed the presidency of the association. Arda Karapınar also represents community of PLHIV in Turkey and Kırmızı Kurdele Istanbul (Red Ribbon Istanbul) in the media and in high level national and international meetings.

Turkey's first HIV positive story book, which he designed the project in 2014, was written by him together with the bestseller writers Bana Bi'Şey Olmaz. In 2015, he took on the editorial role of 'Pride', the first fanzine of Turkey’s LGBT pride march history.

In 2017, as guest-honour speaker he gaved opening speech for 10th anniversary of Antwerp Pride.

He take leadership to establish TKCAB (Turkish HIV Community Advisory Board) and wrote Turkey's joint declaration for WAD, December 1st, 2017

Karapınar who studied acting (click for his acting website) has been involved in numerous TV series in Turkey, and has made DVD dubbing.

Commercial film that he has played, made special shows abroad. He performed on various premier nights. In 2006 he founded his own theater and performed bar performances. (Click for his showreel)

He completed the NGO Management and Advocacy program at Bilgi University. He is currently a Philosophy student at Istanbul University and writes literature on one of the most visited online literary magazine.

In 2015, he became a deputy candidate from Turkey's only Liberal political party, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and elected as the VP in 2017.

  • Work
    • Activist, Actor, Politician
  • Education
    • Istanbul University