With the partnership of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ankara, and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul, culture and arts institutions, independent initiatives and local authorities’ representatives from all over Turkey will gather in a conference titled Making Connections through Arts and Culture to take place in Feriye between 26 and 27 June 2019. 40 speakers, moderators and commentators from Turkey and the Netherlands will focus on a wide range of topics from sustainable cities to cultural heritage, festivals, and cultural management.
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Making Connections through Arts and Culture to be held at Feriye on Wednesday, 26 June and Thursday, 27 June will bring participants from 19 cities in Anatolia and representatives of Dutch institutions together in a series of panel discussions.
Moderated by writer and TV programmer Yekta Kopan, the conference will start on Wednesday, 26 June with the opening speeches of Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ankara Marjanne de Kwaasteniet, Cultural Attaché of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul Quirine van der Hoeven, and General Director of İKSV Görgün Taner.
During seven sessions to be held at Feriye, speakers from 19 cities visited within the scope of the research project as well as moderators and commentators from the Netherlands and Istanbul will share their views on a wide range of topics from sustainable cities to cultural heritage, festivals, and children and arts. Sessions on cultural planning strategies of local authorities, different models of cultural management, oral history studies, participation in culture and arts or cultural diversity will be held.
İKSV Cultural Policy Studies, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ankara, and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul together launched a project to continue for 15 months in 19 selected cities in Turkey. The research on desk conducted by İKSV was complemented by visits paid respectively to Manisa, Bursa, Afyonkarahisar, Çanakkale, Mersin, Konya, Van, Malatya, Çorum, Bayburt, Erzurum, Mardin, Tunceli, Trabzon, Rize, Sivas, Kayseri, Gaziantep, and Hatay.
All sessions can be watched live on Facebook pages of İKSV and Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul.
For the two-day long conference, please make a free registration at http://rezervasyon.iksv.org/kulturpolitikalari/
DAY 1 | WEDNESDAY, 26 JUNE
10.00-10.30 OPENING REMARKS, Yekta Kopan, Master of Ceremony
- Marjanne de Kwaasteniet, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ankara
- Quirine van der Hoeven, Cultural Attaché of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul
- Görgün Taner, General Director of İKSV
10.30-11.00 TALK: MAKING CONNECTIONS THROUGH ARTS AND CULTURE
- İpek sur van Dijk, Senior Policy Officer for Culture for the Foreign Affairs of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul
- Özlem Ece, İKSV Director of Cultural Policy Studies
11.00-11.15 Coffee Break
11.15-12.30 SUSTAINABLE CITIES SESSION
In this session, the role of culture in realizing the sustainable development goals will be discussed through examples from Çanakkale, Istanbul and Van. Also, Mert Fırat, actor and Goodwill Ambassador of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will open up a discussion on how culture and arts scene can be affiliated with 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Moderator:Görgün Taner, General Director of İKSV
- Güneşin Aydemir, Coordinator of Bir Tohum Foundation (Çanakkale)
- Kadir Altınkaya, Manager and Chairman of the Executive Board of Afyon Bus Terminal (Afyonkarahisar)
- Mehmet Emin Çakay, Head of Planning, Programming and Coordination Department at Eastern Anatolia Development Agency (Van)
- Mert Fırat, Actor, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador (İstanbul)
- Commentator: Bart van Bolhuis, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul (İstanbul)
12.45-14.00 Lunch Break
14.00-15.00 LOCAL CULTURAL MANAGEMENT SESSION
In this session, participants from Bursa, Konya and Hatay will talk about the impacts of on the city when culture and arts is a focal point for municipalities.
Moderator: Cem Erciyes, Arts and Culture Journalist, Publisher
- Güney Özkılınç, Director of Cultural and Social Affairs of Nilüfer Municipality (Bursa)
- Abdüssettar Yarar, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism Konya Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism (Konya)
- Mithat Nehir, Former Mayor of Samandağ Municipality (Hatay)
- Commentator: Mirjana Milanovic, Senior Advisor and Head Designer of Planning and Sustainability Unit of Amsterdam City (Amsterdam)
15.15-15.30 Coffee Break
15.30-16.45 CITY FESTIVALS SESSION
This session, which focuses on the festivals that are increasing and diversifying in Anatolia, will welcome speakers from Mersin, Malatya and Rize to discuss organizing a festival which has been going on for years, and its impact on the city.
Moderator: Rumeysa Kiger, Art Critic, Researcher
- Erdoğan Şanal, Mersin International Music Festival Art Director (Mersin)
- Suat Köçer, Director of Malatya International Film Festival (Malatya)
- Refika Kadıoğlu, Head of GOLA Culture, Art and Ecology Foundation (Rize)
- Commentator: Job Rietvelt, Boulevard Theater Festival Business Development and International Relations Specialist (Amsterdam)
DAY 2 | THURSDAY, 27 JUNE
10.00-11.00 PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT IN THE ARTS SESSION
Examples from Trabzon, Mersin, Gaziantep and Mardin, which embrace the premise of ‘culture for all’ along the way, taking the context of accessibility and participation in cultural life as a reference will be the focus of this session.
Moderator: Özlem Ece, Cultural Policy Studies Director of İKSV
- Ulaş Bayraktar, Co-Founder of Kültürhane (Mersin)
- Ayşegül Ateş Tarla, Co-Founder of Kırkayak Kültür (Gaziantep)
- Pınar Demiral, Co-Founder of Art Anywhere Association & Sahba Aminikia, Music Director of Art Anywhere Association (Mardin)
- Commentator: İpek Sur van Dijk, Senior Policy Officer for Culture for the Foreign Affairs of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul
11.15-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-12.30 COLLECTIVE MEMORY AND ITS LOCAL IMPACTS SESSION
The participants in this session will discuss the ways that collective memory is formed in a city through culture and arts through examples from Çanakkale, Mardin and Hatay.
Moderator: Dr. Banu Pekol, Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, Cultural Heritage and Capacity Building Manager
- İsmail Erten, Architect, Civil Activist (Çanakkale)
- Canan Budak, 13 Metrekare Art Collective Founder, Artist (Mardin)
- Lora Baytar, Vakıf Köyü Museum Project Coordinator, Art Historian (Hatay)
- Commentator: Marlous Willemsen, Imagine IC Director (Amsterdam)
12.45-14.00 Lunch Break
14.00-15.00 CULTURAL HERITAGE AND THE CITY SESSION
The participants in this session from Gaziantep, Tunceli and Rize will discuss the management of the cultural heritage, in a city with a strong tangible/intangible heritage, and its impact on the city.
Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Burak Asiliskender, Kayseri Abdullah Gül University, Head of Department of Architecture
- Çetin Şişman, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism Malatya Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism (Malatya)
- Emine Öztürk, Zeugma Mosaic Museum Director (Gaziantep)
- Ali Daimi Boz, Founder of Sinema62 (Tunceli)
- Tuğba Yazıcı, Director of Hemşin Life Association (Rize)
- Commentator: Dr. Jaap-Evert Abrahamse, Senior Researcher for the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands
15.00-15.15 Coffee Break
15.30-16.30 LEARNING THROUGH ARTS SESSION
In this session, participants from Mardin, Rize and Çorum, will talk the afterschool art programs for children and youngsters and their impacts on the children.
Moderator: Hüsne Rhea Çiğdem, Museum Educator, Writer
- Nihat Erdoğan, Director of Mardin Museum (Mardin)
- Tamer Karataş & Caner Karataş, Theatre Instructor (Rize)
- Metin Çakar, Director of Çorum Museum (Çorum)
- Commentator: Maria Sezer, Artist, Educator
16.45-17.15 Summary & Closing Remarks
Yekta Kopan, Master of Ceremony
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