Newsletter No 10


APRIL 2017

The love of water is something that both Turkish and Swiss people share. Although there are fewer of them now, the beaches and beach clubs in Istanbul were in the past regularly enjoyed by many people living in the city, just as the beaches in Geneva, Nyon, Lausanne are enjoyed today by many people living in the region.  The sound of the old Istanbul vapur horns which fill the air and the streets is reminiscent of the CGN's horn, the belle epoque boat that departs every day from Geneva.
There is so much to write about the culture of living by the water, and we will likely explore this topic further in future editions of our newsletter. In this edition, however, we wanted to tell you more about the houses which sit right on the banks of the Bosphorus in Istanbul.  These houses are called “Yalı” and the name is derived from the verb “yalamak” meaning to lick. These houses--if they are authentic Yalıs--have zero distance to the water, as if they were lips touching the Bosphorus. Some of the upper floors are constructed so that they are even situated physically above the water. Most of these houses were built in late 18th early 19th centuries.
According to Bedük’s article ( in Turkish ... but there is always google translate!) there are 366 of these Yalıs on the Bosphorus, although only 89 of them have remained authentic and faithful to their original architectural characteristics. The article looks in detail at those in Üsküdar. We will let you explore the article at your leisure.

We wish you a lovely spring and to all our members’ little girls and boys a very Happy April 23 Childrens Day!


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Association Events

Association’s Childrens Day Celebration – April 29

We have organized a Saturday afternoon full of activities for children and hope to see many of you to celebrate the April 23 Childrens and National Sovereignty Day.


Special Visit to Geneva’s Hotel de Ville in Old Town – May 18 at 14h30


Mr. Jean-Luc Chopard will guide us through this fascinating building full of history. Please register in advance.

For future Association events :


Movie: “Wedding Dance” by Çiğdem Sezgin – April 6 from 5:45pm

Cinema du Grutli, Rue General Dufour 16 – 1204 Geneva

Sezgin’s movie which participated to many international festivals, is coming to Geneva for the 12th International Oriental Film Festival.  The Turkish Consulate will be hosting a reception at the cinema prior to the showing of the movie which will start at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at


36th Istanbul Film Festival – April 5 - 15


Istanbul Film Festival has always been a great event hosting each year more than 200 movies. This year in addition to International Competition, there will be a new section on Human Rights in Cinema Competition. Among this year’s favourites Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper (Cannes best director prize), Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Endless Poetry and Ulrich Seidl’s Safari.



Lausanne Bizim Lozan on Sale

The much praised book recently published by our Association is now available for purchase on abebooks and at the bookshop Bernard Letu.  We believe it will be a much appreciated gift by your friends and family!


Turkish Referendum

The voting will be available at the Turkish Consulate General of Geneva until April 9, from 9am to 9pm. The address is International Center Cointrin (ICC), Building D, 3rd floor, 20 Route de Pré-Bois, 1215 Geneva



My Life as a Zucchini showed in 3 cities in Turkey

The Cesar winner and Oscar nominated Swiss cartoon movie, showed in Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul as part of the French Language Festival which took place last month.  


Swiss Jazz band MATS-UP played in Izmir on March 14

The popular group played as part of the 24th European Jazz Festival. Sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland. Founded in 1999, the group is a regular at international festivals and won the 1st prize at Moods Blues & Jazz Awards and 2nd prize at ZKB Jazzpreis.


Digital Swiss stamps for the first time

The Swiss Post has issued stamps with multimedia and interactive elements. By scanning the special stamps, videos associated with the facts or history behind each picture can be displayed. Besides the new collection on animal babies, the opening 50 years ago of Schilthorn railway in the Bernese Alps is also celebrated with the Swiss Post digital stamps this year.


ARTS UPDATE sponsored by Cornucopia Magazine


Vahit Tuna: Psolo Ehibition

Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Until April 8

Lecture “The Cost of War: Allies, Arms and Humanitarianism in the Italo-Turkish War, 1911-1912”
A talk by Jonathan McCollum
Turkey (FARIT), Arnavutköy

April 10 at 18:30

Guillaume Perret and Volkan Oktem

XJAZZ Istanbul

April 14, 2017

Idil Biret in Recital

Iş Sanat, Iş Kuleleri, Levent, Istanbul

April 17 at 8pm

Mythos and Utopia

Burçak Bingöl
Galeri Zilberman, Galatasaray, Istanbul
Until April 22


9th Nazım Hikmet Poetry Festival

Page Walker Arts  & History Center, North Carolina

April 9 at 1pm

Was Aleppo a Levantine City?

Dr Philip Mansel

British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London
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