NEWSLETTER OF ASSOCIATION SUISSE TURQUIE
Welcome to the first edition of our Association’s bimonthly Newsletter! We hope that it will be an informative tool for our members. We also look forward to having your input so please send us any events and news that you would like to share. In this first edition, we wanted to touch briefly on the history of long and solid bilateral relationships between Switzerland and Turkey. Our first diplomatic ties started with the Ottoman Empire opening a representation in Bern in 1899. Later, two treaties of paramount importance for the new Republic of Turkey were signed in Switzerland: the Lausanne Peace Treaty (1923), which is considered to mark the birth of modern Turkey, and the Montreux Convention (1936), which granted Turkey full sovereignty over the Dardanelles Strait and the Bosphorus. These events helped create a special bond between Turkey and Switzerland. A Treaty of Friendship between the two countries was signed in 1925. In honour of this friendship, in 2008, Switzerland gave Turkey the desk on which the Treaty of Lausanne was signed. We take this opportunity to welcome to Geneva the new Consul General of Turkey, Mr Huseyin Barbaros Dicle.
Ball of the Association on October 31
Our annual ball on the occasion of Turkey’s National Day will be held on October 31st at Four Seasons Hotel. For all the upcoming activities: http://www.chtr.ch/fr/prochaines-activit%C3%A9s.html
Memories of Le Corbusier, on the footsteps of the Swiss Master, on October 5
Round Table at Bilgi University, Faculty of Architecture, 14.00-18.00
Le Corbusier, one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century, was born in 1887 in the Swiss town of La Chaux-de-Fonds. Not following the typical architectural education of his time, he travelled for training to the south and east of the Mediterranean Sea where he made a personal and alternative “Grand Tour”, during which especially one country influenced his creativity: Turkey in its last years of the Ottoman Empire. In 1911, when he was only 24, he arrived in Istanbul where he stayed for several weeks. He carefully noted and sketched in his famous booklet, “Voyage d’Orient”, many Ottoman buildings, ranging from big mosques of Mimar Sinan to small unknown timber houses in secondary streets of the historic Peninsula. It was here that he concluded his journey of initiation to architecture. The Consulate General of Switzerland is sponsoring this event with the participation of Prof . Bruno Reichlin from the Polytechnic of Zurich.
Fazil Say in concert with Zurich Chamber Orchestra on October 20
At Tonhalle, Zurich
The pianist will play Mozart as well as his own compositions Silk Road and Space Jump
Marco Zappa, Ticino participation at the Italian language Festival on October 23
At the Italian Cultural Institute, Istanbul
The Consulate General has invited the famous singer/songwriter “ cantautore” from the Canton of Ticino, Marco Zappa and his band to play on Friday , 23rd of October at 7:30 pm at the Italian Cultural Instute in Istanbul. The entrance to the concert, which is within the framework of the Italian language week, is free.
Etienne Liotard, Retrospective Exhibition starting on Ocotber 24 until January 31st
At Royal Academy, London
For the famous Swiss artist Royal Academy says “Jean-Etienne Liotard was an artist in great demand across Enlightenment Europe and beyond. An eccentric and distinctive portraitist, his work conjures up the magnificence and cultural curiosity of the age in vividly lifelike detail”.
Turkish Schools in Geneva
The school year has started. At Ecole de l’Europe (Avenue d-Aire 42) the classes take place on Wednesdays between 14:00-16:00 and between 16:30-18:50, and at Institut International de Lancy (Avenue Eugene-Lance 24) on Thursdays between 15:30-17:50.
In addition there are schools in Sion, Monthey, Fribourg, Renens, Neuchatel and Moudon. For more information please contact by email:
André Kaplun on his recent book Queen of Sheba, October 12, 7pm
At Hotel Montbrillant, Geneva
Our member André Kaplun, retired attorney and former Chairman of the Geneva city parliament is also a scholar of Antiquity. He will be presenting his last book Queen of Sheba to the Soroptimist Club of Geneva.
G20 Finance Ministers’ meeting was held in Ankara on September 4-5: Turkey launched Women20
Turkey is the current (2015) President of G20. Apart from G20’s official engagement groups such as B20, C20 and Y20, Turkish presidency launched in this 3rd meeting of the year a new engagement group W20 (Women20), concentrating on how to enhance the role of women in business. The first W20 summit will be held in Istanbul on October 16-17.
The Launch of the Museum “Sense the Colours” in Landschlacht – September 13
Turel Sut’s exhibition of Sense the Colours which has been touring Germany and Switzerland turned into a Museum in Landschlacht.
Turkey becomes Associate Member State of CERN
In May, the Republic of Turkey became an Associate Member of CERN. This follows notification that Turkey has ratified an agreement signed last year, granting that status to the country.
Associate Membership will allow Turkey to attend meetings of the CERN Council. Moreover, it will allow Turkish scientists to become members of the CERN staff, and to participate in CERN’s training and career development programmes. Finally, it will allow Turkish industry to bid for CERN contracts, thus opening up opportunities for industrial collaboration in areas of advanced technology.
ARTS UPDATE Sponsored by Cornucopia Magazine
14th Istanbul Biennial: Saltwater September 5–November 1 Various locations
Filmekimi 2015 Various locations October 3–11
…and in Safranbolu Altan Safran Documentary Film Festival October 9–11
Akbank Jazz Festival 2015 Various locations October 21–November 1
Istanbul Recitals – Saleem Ashkar, piano recital The Seed (Sakıp Sabancı Museum), Emirgan Thursday October 8 at 8pm
Hortus Musicus Early music from the Estonian ensemble The Naval Museum, Beşiktaş Friday October 1 at 8pm http://www.cornucopia.net/
John Garstang's Footsteps Across Anatolia Archaeological photography exhibition Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations (RCAC), Beyoğlu Until December 10
Le Musée d’Histoire Naturelle de Constantinople Reviving the natural history museum Studio-X, Karaköy Until November 13
Zero: Countdown to the Future Works from the Zero movement founded in Dusseldorf in 1957 September 2, 2015–January 10, 2016 Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Emirgan
Two new shows opening at Borusan Contemporary, Rumelihisarı: September 5, 2015–February 21, 2016 What Lies Beneath (Four room-sized installations)
Desire (Digital and video works from the Borusan collection)
Along the Silk Roads Photography by Lynn Gilbert and Didier Vanderperre October 15–December 15 Flushing, NY
Turkish Festivals: Washington DC, September 27
Chicago, September 2–5
Jean Étienne Liotard Until September 13 Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
And then at the Royal Academy, London October 24, 2015–January 31, 2016
Talent Unlimited Showcase Concert St James's Piccadilly, London Thursday October 1 at 6.30pm
The Mighty Danube and the Turks along it A talk by BBC correspondent Nick Thorpe Turkish Cultural Centre, London Thursday October 8, at 6.30pm
Ottomania: The Ottoman Orient in Renaissance Art Until September 27 The National Museum in Krakow, Poland
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