Newsletter No 5


JUNE 2016

As UNESCO’s 6th Session of the General Assembly to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is underway currently in Geneva, we thought it could be useful in this edition to talk about culture and heritage. We often heard the denomination « Unesco World Heritage Site », but what it means for Switzerland and Turkey ? In Switzerland, there are 8 cultural and 3 natural sites and they include the magnanimous Jungfrau, the picturesque vineyard terraces of Lavaux on the coasts of Geneva Lake and the romantic castles of Bellinzona.

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Switzerland - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

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In Turkey, there are currently 13 cultural and 2 Mixed sites which include the white cotton walls of Pamukkale, the most typical Ottoman city of Safranbolu and the impressive Diyarbakır Fortress with its walls, at 5.5km the world’s 2nd longest after the Great wall of China!

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This brief overview just shows how many amazing places there are to see in our countries.  We also hope to have given you some inspiration for this year’s summer holidays. In case, however, you cannot make it to all the heritage sites in Turkey, many and more of them can be seen in miniature format at Miniatürk Museum in Istanbul, currently the world’s largest such park.


We wish you all a sunny and happy summer!




Association Events

Movie Night “Kocan Kadar Konuş “ – June 9 at 18h30


Şebnem Burcuoğlu is joining us at the evening sponsored by Turkish Airlines to present the movie based on the 2nd installment of her book “Kocan Kadar Konuş: Diriliş”. The author will also sign her latest book “Şekerfare” during the evening.

The event is open to our non-members also. So as they say it in French “venez nombreux”.  

For details and venues contact  

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Montreux Volley Masters – May 31-June 5


All girl best volleyball teams from around the world come to compete at this famous championship which is holding its 31st edition this year. Turkish team being last year’s winner remains also this year’s great favorite!  

For more details and ticket information


Yolda – On the move between Switzerland and Turkey – June 1-12


“Yolda” is a travelling kiosk which displays video portraits of eleven people who lived, studied and worked in both countries. The kiosk opened in Istanbul on May 5. The next stop will be in Izmir. It will then travel on to Ҁanakkale, June 21-26, to Şirince July 27-31 and to Didim, August 3-7. For more details


40th Session of The World Heritage Committee, July 10-20


This annual meeting which takes place in Istanbul this year, leads to the a selection from the nominated sites for the new “cultural heritage sites” in the world. In this year’s meeting, among the nominees, there is the architectural work and heritage of Swiss architect Le Corbusier and the archeological site of Ani near the city of Kars in Turkey, which was in 10th-11th centuries an Armenian feudal capital and in 11th  and 12th centuries a Seljuki center.  The site carries important architectural samples from both periods but it is largely in ruins.

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Swiss Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Welcoming Cocktail - June 1st Istanbul

The event also raised funds for the Darüşşafaka Foundation.


Swiss Film Festival at Istanbul Modern, April 21-28

The festival with the title “A Change of Scenery” and in Turkish “Tebdil-i Mekân” had 14 screenings of movies and documentaries such as “From Somewhere to Nowhere”, a documentary on China’s integral migration, and Dark Star: HR Gigers, a movie on the life and work of dark surrealist Swiss artist H.R Giger.  

Nestle Damak pistachio chocolate is embarking for the US

This 80 year old Turkish taste is expecting to make a name in the growing US premium chocolate market. Nestle describes it as ”sumptuous combination of buttery, crunchy pistachios and silky smooth chocolate”!!


Solar Impulse completed the treacherous Hawaii-California leg

The solar powered airplane co-piloted by our member Borschberg was landed by his partner Bertrand Piccard to San Francisco on April 24. Since then it has been making its way through the the US. It is currently in Pennsylvania, waiting for the right weather conditions for its final leg in the country to New York with the aim to overfly Statue of Liberty.  You can receive the flight updates from:


ARTS UPDATE sponsored by Cornucopia Magazine


Istanbul International Arts & Culture Festival 2016

At three locations : ISTANBUL’74 Galatasaray, Vakko Headquarters in Üsküdar and Soho House in Tepebaşı

June 3 to June 5

Scent and the City
RCAC, Istiklal Cad
Until June 8
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'Till It's Gone'
Exhibition at Istanbul Modern
Until June 5

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

Concert : A Long Night at the Pera Museum

The Pera Museum, Tepebaşı

June 10, 18 :30-23 :00

'FARIT Tour'
A tribute to Istanbul’s maritime heritage
Naval Museum, Besiktas, Istanbul
June 11


Mark your calendars for June 3–4, when the 'Textiles and Identity in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean' workshop will be held in Athens.
One of the panel chairs in this impressive programme is Nurhan Atasoy, the doyenne of Turkish art:

Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Until July 24

But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa,
Featuring work by the Turkish artist Ergin Çavuşoğlu
Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Until October 5

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

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