Newsletter No 4


APRIL 2016

On the 23rd of this month, we celebrate Children’s Day, a day that Ataturk gifted to children in Turkey and in the World.  Those of us who have grown up in Turkey fondly remember the wonderful festivities with the beautiful costumes, parades, bands, gymnastics, and folkloric dances.  Typically, the students and teachers of each school would walk to the nearby stadium in a procession, headed by the school band and cheered on by flag waving, clapping parents and other observers. Inside the stadium, speeches, dances and other activities for children would take place. Along with all of the fun, there was always a semi-seriousness tone in the the event, in reference to the importance of that date which also celebrated the opening of the first Turkish parliament.

Upon arriving to Geneva, I was very impressed by the very first “Fête des Ecoles” that I saw, which is celebrated towards the end of the school year in June. It reminded me of my childhood in Turkey and of the April 23rd Children's Day.  In the Fête des Ecoles in Geneva, the children in primary school from ages 5 to 9 spend a good deal of time preparing head decorations or semi-costumes which are then displayed during the procession of all the schools through rue du Marché and Corraterie, accompanied by the Bands. Like during Children's Day in Turkey, the children in the Fête des Ecoles parade are cheered on by their parents.  (But even if you are not a parent, it is definitely a worthwhile sight!) Their destination is Park des Bastions, of which the doors close upon the entry of the last school and children find a Wonderland, with an amusement park where they can go on as many rides as they can, with a pure, unadultered pleasure.

Apparently in Lausanne Fête des Ecoles is also called Fête du Bois and has been celebrated since the 19th century:

We are very happy in the share of this attention to and thought about our children. Our Association is also organising a Children’s Day on the 23rd of which more details are below.

We wish all of you a very Happy Children’s Day!!




Association Events

Association’s AGM – April 14 at 18h30

Cologny, Geneva


The AGM will be followed by the Conference of Dr. Patrick Regamey on “Manger ou faire du sport pour vivre mieux?”.

Association’s Children’s Day – April 23 between 14h-17h

Chene-Bougeries, Geneva

This will be a day filled with fun activities for our children

Modern and Contemporary Private Collection Visit – May 10


This visit will be hosted by our members Mr and Mrs Darier and will be followed by a cocktail

For details and venues contact

For more Association events : 


Conference on “Common Reporting Standard”, April 7 between 14h30 and 18h

At Movenpick Hotel, Ankara

More details on this very actual tax harmonization topic can be obtained from Turkish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce


Morges Tulipe Festival, April 1st to May 15th, Opening reception, April 7 at 5pm

At Morges Independence Park

This annual event will celebrate its 46th year. In addition on April 23 and 24 there will be further Turkish Pavilion in the park, which hosts tulips coming from Turkey, will host a special “Istanbul Tulipe Days” event.

For more details  and http://tulipe-morges-istanbul


Exhibition “Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture” until April 10

At the Mimarlik Merkezi, Izmir

This exhibition which showcases the quality, variety and complexity of Swiss Landscape work, will display the works of Herzog and De Meuron from Basel, as well as of Le Corbusier. :


International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva, April 11-17

At GRUTLI Cinemas, Geneva

This year the General Consulate of Turkey in Geneva and the Confederation of Turkish Associations in Switzerland are sponsoring two Turkish movies: “The Long Way Home, 1915” (Eve Dönüş Sarıkamış, 1915) and “Sivas”.

“Sivas” will show on April 13 at 18h15

“The Long Way Home, 1915” will show on April 14 at 21h. On that same day, at 19h a reception is organized by the General Consulate of Turkey at the cinema. Please see more details about this movie which won many awards including the Golden Zenith Award for the Best Fiction Film at 37th Montreal World Film Festival

For tickets and more information


Yesam Conferences – April 7 and 21

YESAM- Nuriosmaniye Cad. No:41, Istanbul

On April 7 Dr Zeynep Nircan will talk about “Culinary Aspects of Olive Oil”. This seminar will be in English. On April 21, Sevim Gökyıldız will talk about “Artists Tables”. This seminar will be in Turkish.  

For more details:

Yesam Culinary Cultural Tour to the Aegean Region – May 6-8

Accompanied by Asst. Prof. Ahmet Uhri, the tour will take you to Odemis, Sigacik and Birgi. For more details


The first EXPO of Turkey, EXPO 2016 – April 23


Turkey’s first EXPO will open with the theme “Flowers and Children”. Within the theme, the purpose of the Expo focuses on “Green life for Future Generations”. It will also display an Urban Best Practice Area (UBPA). The Expo will stay open for 6 months and is expected to attract 8 million visitors.


Children’s Day organised by Renens Turkish Parents Association, April 24, from 2pm

At Route de Lausanne 37, 1020 Renens

It will be another fun day for children with many activities


Conference Organized by CCIST – April 26 from 11h45

Grand Hotel Kempinski, Geneva

Chambre du Commerce et de l’Industrie Suisse-Turquie (CCIST) organizes a conference on «Current State of Oil and Gas Markets and Their Future Prospects ». The CEO of International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, will be the key speaker at this event. 

For more details :



Turkey to host the first World Humanitarian Summit – 23-24 May

Istanbul Congress Center and Lutfi Kirdar Congress Center, Harbiye, Istanbul

This first ever conference is being organized at the request of Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, whose very own refugee experience as a child during the Korean War renders him a genuine leader on this very poignant topic. 

The choice of Istanbul, Turkey for this first event is very meaningful. Turkey has become the biggest refugee-hosting nation in the World with 3 million refugees. Turkey is also the world’s « most generous » humanitarian donor when the ratio of official humanitarian assistance to national income is taken into consideration.

For more details :



From the Turkish Consulate in Geneva

From February 22nd, and in order to speed up the process, all appointments for passport, visa, identity, family…etc related procedures will need to be booked on this website


SBFI post-grade scholarships

The details of the 2017-2018 scholarships will be announced from August 2016 on the below website. Application deadlines are usually around November



Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Consulate General hosted Yiğit Yazıcı

Yiğit Yazıcı, a post-modern, contemporary Turkish painter, was the focus of a recent event showcasing his work and life. Born in Bursa, he has been exhibiting since 1990.


Swiss-Turkish coproduction movie “Köpek” wins the Best Fiction Movie Award at Swiss Film Awards 2016

Esen Işık’s movie was nominated for five awards. Besides the Best Fiction Film award, the movie also brought Beren Tuna the Best Actress award.


ARTS UPDATE sponsored by Cornucopia Magazine


Burhan Kum, solo exhibition
The Empire Project, Cihangir
Until Saturday, April 9
Related blog post:

Wayne Shorter Quartet
Jazz concert with the legendary saxophonist and composer
Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Maçka
Saturday, April 9

35th Istanbul Film Festival
Various locations
April 7–17
Related blog post:

'On Paper'
Group exhibition with installations
Mixer, Cihangir
April 1–May 7

'Culinary Aspects of Olive Oil'
A lecture in English by Dr Zeynep Delen Nircan
YESAM (Yemek Sanatları Merkezi), Nuruosmaniye
Thursday, April 7

'An Impressive Probate Inventory of 1588:
Ali Çelebi, Antiquarianism and Collecting in the Ottoman World'
A lecture in English by Dr Tülay Artan
Turkish Cultural Foundation, Taksim
Tuesday, April 12

'Stone Library'
Artist Alper Aydın will discuss the stories behind the stones he collected for 'Till It's Gone'.
Friday, April 22, 6–7pm
'Till It's Gone'
Exhibition at Istanbul Modern
Until June 5

Aydın Büyüktaş's solo exhibition of mind-bending photographs
Bozlu Art Project, Nişantaşı
Until April 26

'Alev's Kilims'
Timeless kilims designed by the potter Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye
ECNP Gallery, Teşvikiye
April 7–30

'Empty Fields'
An exhibition exploring American Protestant Missionary work in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey
SALT Galata,
April 6–June 5

Koç University Summer School
July 11–August 19
Applications close Friday, April 15

‘Masters of Music’:
Zeki Müren Memorial Concert
Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Maçka
Friday, April 22 at 8pm

Highly Recommended:

Jewel: Enamelled and Jewelled Objects from the Sadberk Hanım Museum Collection
Sadberk Hanım Museum, Sariyer
Until May 31, 2016
Order the beautiful catalogue here:


Slow Olive 2016
Slow Food Turkey festival, Ayvalık and Cunda
April 14–17

FARIT Tour of Cappadocia
April 22–24


Writing the Ottoman Historical Novel
A lecture by the author Jenny White
The Turkish Embassy, Washington DC,
Thursday, April 7 at 6.30pm

8th Annual Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival,
Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, NC
Sunday, April 10

Yale Symphony Orchestra
Featuring İdil Biret, piano
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Thursday, April 21 at 8pm

'Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs'
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
April 27–July 24


London Islamic Art Week
Auctions at Bonhams, Christies and Sotheby's
April 18–22

London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA)
The Showroom, Penfold Street, London
April 14–17

'This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World'
Book launch and talk with Jerry Brotton
Daunt Books, Marylebone High Street, London
Thursday, April 14 at 7pm
Also at the British Library, London
Friday, May 6, 6.30–8pm

'Aleppo: World City to War Zone'
Levantine Heritage Foundation dinner, with talks by Philip Mansel and Simon Mills
The Royal Thames Yacht Club, London
Thursday, April 28 from 6pm

'Life and Sole: Footwear from the Islamic World'
British Museum (Room 34), London
Until May 15

The British Association for Turkish Area Studies (BATAS)
27th Spring Symposium
Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Saturday, April 9 from 10am–4pm

Booking Now:

Talent Unlimited
Recital with Erzan Kulibaev, violin and Ilya Kondratiev, piano
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Thursday, May 12 at 7pm

'Rumi's Masnavi: The Text as Teacher'
Residential seminar with Prof. Alan Williams
Chisholme House, Scottish Borders
June 11–19


Art of the Islamic World
Islamic & Orientalist Art Auction
AlBahie Auction House, Doha, Qatar
Tuesday, April 5

Paul Veysseyre: Turkey – The Eye of the Traveller
Photography exhibition and book launch
L'Argonauta – Libri per Viaggiare, Rome
April 19–May 3

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