NEWSLETTER OF ASSOCIATION SUISSE TURQUIE
August is a special month in Switzerland and in Geneva. 1st of August is the National Day for Switzerland, celebrated since 1994. The choice of the date refers partly to the Pacte du Grutli or the Federal Charter of 1291, signed early August of that year by three Alpine Cantons to form a confederation; an event regarded as the foundation of Switzerland. The day is celebrated with parades and fireworks.
The second event, Geneva Lake Festival (Fêtes de Geneve) is also a significant highlight of this month in the Lemanic region. Founded 92 years ago, its first name was “Fête des Fleurs” and it was created in order to promote Geneva and to entertain its inhabitants and visitors.
This year the festival will take place from August 4 to 14. The full program of the activities can be found in the link http://www.fetesdegeneve.ch/2016/fr/programme. Please do not miss the biggest fireworks of the year on the evening of August 13!
We wish you a festival full of fun and music!
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AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER EVENTS
Our Association is currently focused on the preparations of the Annual Republic Ball which will take place on November 12 in Lausanne. Mark your calendars as this will be a very special and commemorative ball!
For future Association events : http://www.chtr.ch/fr/prochaines-activit%C3%A9s.html
13th International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival – Until August 11
Various locations in Gümüşlük, Bodrum
The festival which features many concerts, workshops and alternative music has an interesting theme this year: on water, on sand, on stone. This refers to Jazz on the Water; Guitar on the Sand and Classical on the Rocks.
From the Bern Turkish Embassy
Students under the age of 25 will be able to issue a passport without a fee except for the cost of the actual document (pasaport defteri bedeli). Those who wish to apply need a document from their school showing or stating that they are students.
For more details
Solar Impulse Completed its Around the World Journey on July 26
Our member André Borschberg’s partner Bertrand Piccard piloted the last leg of this adventure which had started on March 13, 2015, more than a year ago. The project of circumnavigating the world in an airplane powered by only the sun attained its goal of demonstrating that it is possible to do a lot with clean energy. More projects are in the pipeline for the two pilot/entrepreneurs to show what else can be done.
You can find all the highlights of this adventure on http://www.solarimpulse.com/subscribe
The World’s Longest and Deepest Tunnel Was Inaugurated in the Swiss Alps
A 17 year long project, AlpTransit Gotthard Tunnel was inaugurated on time in June. It reaches a depth of 2300 meters and extends to 57 km. Thus it also overtakes Seikan Tunnel in Japan and Channel Tunnel under Manche, as the world’s longest tunnel. It will shorten the train journey between Zurich and Milan by 1 hour.
ARTS UPDATE sponsored by Cornucopia Magazine
« In Pursuit of an Artist : Istanbul-Paris-Istanbul » by Mario Prassinos
Pera Museum, Meşrutiyet Cad 65, Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Until August 15
Mack: Just Light and Colour
Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Emirgan
Extended until August 21
Kent Keong Tan : Floating Dreams
Solo exhibition of the Malaysian artist
Until August 26
Byzantium’s Other Empire : Trebizond
Research Cenre for Anatolian Civilisations
Istiklal Caddesi No. 181, Merkez Han, Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Until September 18
‘The Effects and Contributions of Levantines in the Development of Beyoğlu / Pera and Galata Neighbourhoods: A Long Heritage of Trade, Culture and Arts since 1453’.
The conference is organised by the Levantine Heritage Foundation and will be held on September 26 in Beyoğlu, Istanbul.
‘İnci Eviner Retrospective: Who’s Inside You?’
Until November 27
"People Attract People" The Adventure of Humanity in the Photography of Turkey
Istanbul Modern, Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi, Antrepo No. 4, Tophane, Istanbul
Until December 18
Oriental Gardens (Jardins d’Orient)
From the Alhambra to the Taj Mahal
Until September 25
Thomas Hope: Drawings of Ottoman Istanbul
The Benaki Museum, Athens
Until September 25
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Music Futures Festival 2016
Talent Unlimited at Asia House, London
Travellers to Ottoman Palestine – Seminar
Freemason’s Hall, London
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