Newsletter No 6



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 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!


Please keep us posted on events and news that you would like us and our other members to know at



Association 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 :


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


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

x-ist, Istanbul

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?’

Istanbul Modern

Until November 27
Our review on the blog:

"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
Order the exhibition book here:

Now booking:

Music Futures Festival 2016

Talent Unlimited at Asia House, London

September 26–29

Travellers to Ottoman Palestine – Seminar

Freemason’s Hall, London

October 29


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