Newsletter No 13




We are living in a fascinating period for archaeology.  Every year, excavations are conducted all around the world and recent finds range from a 3000-year-old wooden toe (believed to be a prosthesis) discovered by Swiss archaeologists in Egypt, to mosaics in Perge and even lost cities in Poland, China, and Iraq discovered thanks to new aerial picture technologies.

The topic of archaeology also brings us to the subject of antiquities and to the affair of Roman sarcophagus which was on exhibition for two months in Geneva.  Called the “Herculean” sarcophagus, it depicts 12 labours of Hercules and indeed, weighs a herculean 3 tonnes. It was estimated to be sculpted in the 2nd century in the region that is today Afyonkarahisar. It was unearthed in Perge during an unauthorised excavation and was detected in Geneva in 2010 by customs officers. After a six-year lengthy legal procedure, it has been returned to Turkey last month. Those of you who missed the exhibition in Geneva, can now appreciate it in Antalya museum.

We wish you a lovely autumn and to our Turkish friends a very happy October 29 Republic Day!


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Association Events


Association’s Annual Republic Day Ball – November 4
Beau Rivage, Lausanne

After last year’s highly appreciated organization and based on many requests, we are returning to the beautiful surroundings of Beau Rivage Hotel and to its historical context to celebrate the Republic Day. We look forward to seeing many of you!

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«Crises des Rohingyas du Myanmar : causes et conséquences» October 10, 12 :30pm

Auditorium A1B, Maison de la Paix, Geneva

The conference is held in French by Prof. Jean-Luc Maurer. The religious drivers of socio-cultural changes that are currently taking place in the world will be discussed in the context of this recent tragedy. For more information:


Swiss Festival in Istanbul – October 26

Hasköy, Istanbul

On October 26, Swiss Festival will be held in Hasköy, Istanbul, in an old hat factory. The event organised by the Swiss Consulate in Istanbul with the support of Dream Design Factory will introduce the Swiss delicacies, dances and music.  

Feel free to let your friends know about this family event!

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Resul Çelik Photo Exhibition: “Mysteries of Anatolia” – From November 9

Ferney Voltaire – Espace Candide 

Turkish photographer Resul Çelik shares 81 images of the landscape and culture of Anatolia showcasing deserted lakes, snow-capped mountains, secluded villages, churches and more. The exhibition was earlier in Zurich. We just wanted to share one of his photos, that of a beautiful lake on top of the Nemrut Mountain:





A new Shopping Center in Ferney Voltaire has opened by entrepreneurs Güzin & Jean-Louis Cardahi, members of Association Suisse-Turquie.

Espace Candide is an exceptional and unique shopping space located in the Pays de Gex. Situated at the borders of Geneva, it is easily accessible by public transports and is equipped with two free parking spaces for visitors. "Our aim is also to put forward the Arts & Culture, by organizing exhibitions within the Center, in order to make it an enjoyable space to take a break in" says Güzin Cardahi.


Dilek Talu : "Jazz Series" Oil Painting Solo Exhibition, 26 Oct. - 01 Nov.

Gallery Art 212 Nişantaşı Istanbul Opening Coctail 26 Oct.5 pm - 8 pm


Lausanne Bizim Lozan on Sale

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

You can also buy it from Heritage Boutique, Bernard Letu Bookshop and Hotel Beau Rivage Palace Lausanne.




The Swiss Straumann Holding AG is to buy 70 pct stake in local dental company

Swiss interest in the Turkish economy continues. After the Swiss Sika group, one of the largest chemical companies in the world, acquired the local ABC Kimya chemical company, Straumann Holding AG, the world's largest dental implants manufacturer, bought 70 pct stake in Batıgrup. There was already a strong business relationship between Batıgrup and Straumann. Established in 2002, Batı Dental serves as Straumann's sole authorized distributor in Turkey. The Ankara-based company has offices in Istanbul, İzmir, Adana, Bursa, Konya, Trabzon, Kayseri, Gaziantep and Samsun. Founded 60 years ago in Basel, Straumann employs 4,000 people. Its products are sold in more than 100 countries. The company had revenues of 918 million Swiss francs in 2016.


ARTS UPDATE sponsored by Cornucopia Magazine


Istanbul Recitals: Ophelie Gaillard and Cedric Pescia
The Seed at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Emirgan
Tuesday, October 10 at 8pm

Open Studio Days 2017
Various locations in Istanbul
October 6– 8

15th Istanbul Biennial: A Good Neighbour
Various venues
Until November 12

4th Fotoistanbul Festival
Various locations in Beşiktaş and Ortaköy
Until October 22

The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük
ANAMED Research Centre for Anatolian Civilizations, Beyoğlu
Until October 25

Silver & Salt
Early Photographs from the Ömer M Koç Collection 1843–1860
Sadberk Hanım Museum, Sariyer
Until October 10

Crimea Diaries
Kameleon, Beyoğlu
Until October 13

Filmekimi 2017
Various locations
Until October 8

The Sick Man Of Europe: The Architect
DEPO, Tophane
Until October 29

Surp Yerrotutyun, Beyoğlu
Until October 15

Fiction Machines
Bozlu Art Project Nişantaşı
Until October 20


Islamic Art Week
The autumn sales in London at Bonhams, Christie's, Sotheby's and Roseberys
From October 23

Fahrelnissa Zeid Retrospective
Tate Modern, Millbank, London
Until October 8
The exhibition then moves to Berlin:
KunstHalle by Deutsche Bank, Berlin
October 20–March 25

A Selection of Works of Turkish Calligraphy
The Yunus Emre Institute, London
Until October 13

Turkish Tulips
The Bowes Museum, Co Durham
Until November 5

Jamal Aliyev at 1901 Arts Club
1901 Arts Club, London
Friday October 6 at 7.30pm


38th Meeting of the International Collectors of Türkmen Carpets
Baseler Hof Hotel, Hamburg
November 3–November 5

'Ottoman Silks' at Leighton House
Talk and showcase exhibition
Monday November 13 from 6.30pm
Booking essential

Talent Unlimited Concert
A celebration of the life of Aidan Woodcock, with Erzhan Kulibaev, violin and Samson Tsoy, piano.
Thursday November 30 at 7pm

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