x0x Turkish News for the week ending 15 June 2013
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 15 June 2013
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 15 June 2013]
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Edited by Gulcin and Burhan Kandemir* During the week, all Turkish dailies reported news about protests that started in Istanbul's Taksim Square.
The protests started as a small demonstration against the demolition of Taksim's Gezi Park, evolved into clashes between protesters and police due to excessive police force used against demonstrators.
The Hurriyet Daily News summarized the ongoing events in Turkey as "Timeline of Gezi Park protests":
On Sunday June 8, soccer fans from all colors, marched to the Taksim Square in a historic move in Turkish sports history -- when different soccer team fans get together, they usually fight. Most of the dailies at night, hundreds of thousands of people were at the Taksim district, but there were no police and no intervention. Elsewhere in Istanbul and Ankara, there were fiery clashes.
On Monday June 9, Taksim Square was the scene of a massive Gezi Park gathering, while Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Erdogan gave six separate speeches in Ankara, Mersin and Adana. At night, Ankara and Adana witnessed heavy clashes between police and protesters.
On Tuesday June 10, police moved on the capital's Kugulu Park, and later on at night, crowds wanting to march toward Kizilay Square were subjected to tear gas. Thirteen suspects in Turkey's southern city of Adana were released after testifying to Adana's public prosecutor following charges of provoking riots that had landed them in court. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Arinc said representatives of the movement would meet with the prime minister on June 12.
On Wednesday June 11, Riot police entered Taksim Square after a ten-day quite in the harshest crackdown since the movement started. Police used tear gas and water cannons throughout the clashes, which lasted all day and well into the night.
The Istanbul governor called on the Gezi Park protesters to return home, saying he no longer could guarantee their safety.* The Hurriyet Daily News reported on Thursday that Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he did not recognize "decisions made by the European Parliament" in response to the Parliament's session on Turkey on June 12.
The European Parliament, shortly after Mr. Erdogan's angry words, passed a harshly worded proposal against the Turkish government about the recent Park protest events.
Turkey's European Affairs Ministry also criticized the European Parliament's attitude, releasing a statement accusing the Parliament of "getting excited in the heat of the moment."* On Friday, Anatolia News Agency reported that spokesperson for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party said the Turkish government will comply with a court decision that suspended the demolition of Gezi Park.
He was speaking after a late night meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Erdogan and a delegation of 16 representatives of the protesters in Ankara that lasted nearly four hours.
Mr. Erdogan held a surprise meeting for a second consecutive day with new delegation from Istanbul.
Referring to a court ruling on the suspension of the planned Artillery Barracks project, which was set to be built in the place of the Park, the Spokesperson said that in case the appeal fails, the site will be kept as a park. In the event that the project receives a green light after the appeal, the government will organize a referendum regarding the Park's fate.
Mr. Erdogan had previously defied the court's ruling by questioning its impartiality and had insisted that the decision of constructing the historic barracks was irreversible.* The Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News reported on Friday that the European Union has welcomed today the Turkish government's commitment to suspend the redevelopment plans for Istanbul's Gezi Park after late night talks with the representatives of the Park protesters.
"We welcome number of constructive and positive signals coming from Turkey over the past 24 hours, including further meeting of Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Erdogan with the representatives of the civil society," European Union Commissioner Mr. Stefen Fule's Spokesperson said in a statement.
"We have seen clear commitment to suspend the construction plans for the Park while the appeals court decides on the case," he added. Spokesperson also welcomed investigations into the disproportionate use of force against peaceful protesters.
The statement came after days of heated exchanges between Ankara and Brussels over the repression of the protests across Turkey.* Latest news that we are getting is that there are plans for massive pro government rallies in Istanbul for the weekend.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Colleen Clark* The National Public Radio program "The World" recently had a report on a chamber orchestra in Turkey's south eastern city of Diyarbakir.
The program also talked about western classical music in Turkey, and that it is still a hard sell in Turkey although ninety years has passed since the foundation of the republic and an emphasis on the westernization of the cuntry.
The fine arts school in Diyarbakir was the first in this underdeveloped region, the National Public Radio Program says. It has attracted some high profile support. Thousands of donors helped finance the construction of the building. Pop singer Sezen Aksu sold one of her houses to raise $350,000 for the project.
For many Westernized Turks, promoting European classical music is a way to spread the values of western civilization. the National Public Radio Program says.
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>> here <<* According to the Anatolia News Agency, the number of tourists visiting the Cappadocia region between January and May this year reached nearly 1 million, which is a record number, according to officials.
Last year in the same term, the number was below 900,000, according to the AnatoliA News Agency.
According to data provided by the Nevsehir Governor's Office, the Goreme Open Air Museum drew the highest number of tourists. 137,000 people saw it.
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>> here <<* The silent history of Gokceada Island in the northwestern part of Turkey is now set to a voice on the silver screen thanks to a film directed by Selim Evci, according to a story in Hurriyet Daily News.
The film, "Winds", which will be released on June 21 with English subtitles, features the story of Gokceada Greeks, who had to leave the island because of the population exchange of the 1920s.
The main character of the film is the island itself; the other characters are Murat, who records the sounds on the island, and Madame Styliani.
Speaking to the Hurriyet Daily News, Evci said he had decided to shoot the film because, "When I went to Gokceada many years ago for a photo shoot, I saw abandoned houses as well the furniture and chests still kept in the houses which didn't even have a roof. These objects showed that people had left their houses in a hurry. 'What made these people leave their house like this?' I thought."
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>> here <<* According to the Dogan News Agency, Nazim Hikmet Ran, Turkey's most celebrated poet, has been commemorated on the 50th anniversary of his passing with a concert in Essen at the German city's famous Philharmonic Hall.
The Nazim Oratorio, which famous pianist Fazil Say composed for the poet in 2011, was performed by the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra under the baton of chief conductor Ibrahim Yazici.
Accompanied by the orchestra, theater actor Genco Erkal read poems by Nazim, as Banu Boke, Thomas Laske and Camille Mocell performed as soloists and Emre Elivar performed on piano.
Mr. Say, who previously announced that he would attend the program, could not make it because of a medical operation.
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>> here <<* According to the Turkish daily Radikal's reporter Muge Akgun, the presentation of a new book that explains Washington's jazz history has taken place at Everett House, with a concert. Everett House was once the home of Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records and a jazz legend.
"The Turkish Ambassador's Residence and Cultural History of Washington, D.C.," is about the culture and jazz history of Washington, published by Istanbul Culture University (IKU). Bahar Akinguc Gunver, the president of the trustee committee of Istanbul Culture University and the authors of the book ? Skip Moskey, Caroline Mesrobian and John Edward ? are some of the important figures that gave speeches during the event. The guests of honor at the event were Mica Ertegun, her niece Leyla Ertegun and Lisa McCowan, the granddaughter of the first owner of the house, Edward Hamlin Everett. The house is considered to be the most characteristic building of the beginning of the 20th century. The building is on Sheridan Circle and was constructed by the multimillionaire Edward Hamlin Everett. The house was built as a winter home for the family in 1910. George Oakley Totten, the architect of the house, is the same architect who designed the AmericanConsular Building in Istanbul in 1908. Therefore the Everett House has shadows of Ottoman-style architecture.
The fortune of the Everett family deteriorated markedly with the Great Depression in the 1930s. After the death of Edward Hamlin Everett, in 1932 the house was sold to Turkey with all the valuable furniture and paintings as the Turkish Embassy Building for 402,000 dollars. The history of Washington, the life of Everett, who was called the bottle king, the architecture of the building, the art pieces in the house and the story of the children of diplomats who turned Washington into a jazz city are covered in the book. The most important part of the book describes the period Ambassador Mehmet Munir Ertegun served, from 1934 to 1944.
His children, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, turned the embassy building into the jazz center of the city and opened its doors to African American musicians.
From 1939 to 1944 with the jam sessions held in the embassy, the racist environment in Washington was reduced. The jazz culture of the time came alive by virtue of Ahmet Ertegun. The Ellington Orchestra and Court Basie Band are only two of the important groups who gave concerts at the house. June/13/2013
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>> here <<* According to the Anatolia News Agency, fourteen mentally and physically disabled children from the Bucak Ismail Serife Care and Rehabilitation Center have formed a Janissary Band together.
Bayram Keskin, the manager of the center, said that the practices for the band took place in the remaining time from the formal education of the children and the first performance was on the May 10 within the Disability Week.
Keskin explained that besides the Janissary Band, they had sports, handicraft and cultural activities in the center with the capacity of 84 people.
Keskin said that the aim of these activities was stated as rehabilitation.
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>> here <<* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Istanbul's Rezan Museum, accompanied by Kadir Has University Arts and Design Faculty Department of Architecture, is displaying projects that have been deemed worthy of the Royal Institute of British Architects President's Medals Student Awards. The awards promote excellence in the study of architecture, reward talent and encourage architectural debate worldwide. The project is displaying a total of 98 projects from the Royal Institute of British Architects President awards.
The exhibition, which continues until July 12, also displays the winners of Bronze, Silver and Dissertation Medals. Winners were announced in December at the annual President's Medals ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects President headquarters in London. According to the written statement of Royal Institute of British Architects President, "Each year, the judging panels select up to 16 entries that receive awards. Medals are awarded in three categories: the Bronze Medal for best design project at Part 1, the Silver Medal for best design project at Part 2 and the Dissertation Medal. In addition, there is a maximum of three commendations in each category.
Each year, an exhibition of student work is displayed in London at the time of the ceremony (which normally takes place on the first Wednesday in December). Royal Institute of British Architects President commissions graphic designers to produce two-dimensional printed panels from selected entries (images and text) and invites students to submit three-dimensional models. In addition, a slideshow of entries is displayed and, where possible, films related to the submissions can also be viewed on large screens.
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>> here <<* According to see Dogan News Agency, the International Knidos Arts and Culture Academy, which was established three years ago in the Aegean province of Mugla's Datca town, has formed a symposium in which the artists reflected the Gezi Park protests on their canvases.
The workshop, which focused on the Gezi Park events, hosted several artists including the former dean of the Hacettepe Fine Arts College, Professor Zafer Gencaydin, the founder of Hangar Arts Formation Cezmi Orhan, Cebrail Otgun and Atilla Ilkyaz.
Gencaydin emphasized the disregard to the arts and artist taking place in Turkey and added, "Having a population of 76 million without any Post Modern Art Museums and having only 78 Arts Associations countrywide, after all having 35 thousand mosque making associations, these clearly show where we are as a country. If a society is ignorant, senseless and devoid of arts, it is considered to be barbarian. Youth at Taksim are using disproportionate intelligence. They are much more intelligent than the police and the statesmen. They have such interesting discoveries that amaze the society. In an environment in which everybody was in despair, the extraordinary movement for freedom that young people did made us all proud."
Orhan, who has featured masked police and the resisting people in his work, reminded us that artists are the witnesses of their age and said, "An artist that does not understand and absorb the time they are living cannot turn those into an artwork. I am not doing these to witness the age only but my feelings, emotions and intuitions don't let me do otherwise."
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>> here <<* According to the Anatolia News Agency, if The Canakkale Legend Demonstration Center opened a year ago in the Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park and has received nearly 200,000 visitors since opening. The manager of the Gallipoli Historical National Park, Ozan Hacialioglu, said this center was one of the prestige projects of the Ministry of Forestry and Waterworks.
The center aims to be a memorial for fallen soldiers and war veterans and to show youth how the fatherland was saved from enemy occupation. "We have brought the attention of society to the Gallipoli peninsula with the help of the investments made by the state in the past seven years. We are hosting an average of 2 million people on the peninsula annually. National solidarity, spirituality and national unity are developed with the help of area guides who explain the Canakkale Victory to visitors. Canakkale has always been the building block of our nation and is the basis of the Turkish Republic. We can live freely and comfortably today thanks to our grandfathers who gave their lives for this land in the past. We believe that the Canakkale Legend Demonstration Center will have more visitors in 2015, the 100th anniversary of the Canakkale Victory."
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>> here <<* Within the Translation Subvention project, which was initiated by Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry in 2005 to translate Turkish books into other languages and promote Turkish arts and culture abroad, has so far supported more than 1,300 works in 54 languages in 57 countries.
According to information provided by the ministry, the TEDA Council and Evaluation Committee, which held meetings in May and November last year, examined the applications and decided to give support to 366 works last year.
Therefore 1,350 works were supported in 54 languages and 57 countries between 2005 and 2012. Among these works, 880 have been published so far.
Also, translation workshops began to be organized with the goal of gaining new translated works and translators.
Within the TEDA project, which has been carried out for many years by countries with a rich literary accumulation, 39 works were supported in the first year in Turkey. The interest shown in the project continued in 2006. The number of countries that applied for the project increased. Among these countries were Finland, Ukraine, Brazil, Macedonia, Austria, Bulgaria, Iran, Taiwan and Russia.
The number of applications for TEDA projects greatly increased in 2007 because of the fact that Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize in 2006 and Turkey was the guest country at Frankfurt Book Fair in 2008 as well as interest of readers in Turkish writers abroad. As a result, 202 works were supported in the same year. In 2008, 184 works were supported, 140 in 2009 and 185 in 2010.
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>> here <<* Turkey's Black Sea region's Artvin is home to a dance festival that highlights dancing and diverse cultural backgrounds. The artists and activists attending the festival aim to unveil the cultural heritage of the area. Project artists, art operators and academics from France, Georgia and Turkey gathered together for "Dancing Across Borders" in the Hopa district of Artvin. Workshops, performances, presentations and events will take place during the project, which will enliven the Black Sea region from June 12 to 19. The project is expecting the participation of Hopa and Batumi citizens, cultural initiatives operating in different disciplines from the Hopa-Batumi region, local artists, Turkish, Georgian and European artists, art initiatives in Turkey, Georgia and France, international contemporary art groups and everyone interested in culture and art.
The dance types in the region have many similarities. Despite this, the public is not very familiar with new dance types such as contemporary and modern dance. The Hopa district of Artvin is certainly a cosmopolitan city and a central passage point with its proximity to the Batumi city of Georgia. Thus, it is not surprising that several artists from Europe and Turkey turned their interest to Hopa for all these reasons. The "Dancing Across Borders" project has launched with the cooperation of art institutions from Turkey, France and Georgia. Move after 2010.
The primary purpose of the project is to create body awareness with "dance and action" themed events. Throughout the project, artists coming from different cities of France, Georgia and Turkey will include the local community in the dance performances, workshops, presentations and events.
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>> here <<* According to The Hurriyet Daily News, the Besiktas-Kadikoy ferry line will host improvisational theater shows for five days.
From June 17 to 21, the play "To be or to be" will be staged on the Bosphorus.
The play being put on for passengers will be staged by the artists of "Actedcity Acting School." The play, in which the audience can also participate in, will be held on various places in the ferry by 16 actors.
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