Newsletter No 7




In this edition, we would like to talk about the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel which will soon host our association’s annual ball in honour of Turkish Republic Day. Opened in March 1861 as the Beau-Rivage Hotel, it was built in the neoclassical style. However and architecturally, the hotel is more marked by the Palace section, which was completed in 1908 in the neo-baroque style integrating some key elements of Art-Nouveau. The buildings are registered in the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property.  Having hosted many illustrious guests from Victor Hugo to Nelson Mandela, the hotel was also a major centre of Coco Chanel’s fashion shows. Today, the hotel is owned by the Swiss Sandoz family, founders of Sandoz AG, now Novartis, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company.

The particular significance of the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel for Turkish history lies in the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 in its premises.  The treaty ended four years of Turkish war of independence that had ensued after WWI against the allied forces, resulting in the recognition of Turkish sovereignty and the current Turkish borders.  The night of our gathering will grant us the special occasion to see the archives of the hotel on this historic event.

We look forward to seeing many of you in the beautiful surroundings of the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel!

With this edition, we are also celebrating the first anniversary of our newsletter and would like to thank you for your positive feedback so far.


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Association Events

Happy Hour – October 4 from 18h30
Ta Cave, Lausanne

Please join us for our regular Happy Hour, taking place this time in Lausanne at Ta Cave, opened by Elâ Borschberg, daughter of our members Yasemin and André !

Association’s Annual Ball – November 12 from 19h30
The Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel, Lausanne

Without further ado, we look forward to celebrating the Turkish National Republic Day together in this special location.

For future Association events :


23rd World Energy Congress – October 9-13


With the theme “Embracing New Frontiers”, this year’s congress to be held in Istanbul, will focus and explore the sustainable energy systems at regional, national and global level.

For more information


Fazıl Say in concert with Kammerorchester Basel – October 14 at 20h
Victoria Hall, Geneva

After a long absence, we are happy to have Fazıl Say back to Geneva. The programme includes Schubert’s Symphony n5 and Mozart’s two piano concertos.

For tickets or by phone 058 568 29 00.


Lecture: “Culinary Culture of Diyarbakır” by Nilhan Aras – October 20 at 15h

YESAM, Cagaloglu, Istanbul

The author of “Bayram Ҁöregi; Diyarbakır Mutfağı” was the finalist at Gourmand cooking books awards. It will sure be a mouth watering lecture!


Ufuk and Bahar Dördüncü in Concert with RIAS Kammerchor Berlin – October 23 at 17h

Victoria Hall, Geneva

This programme with two pianists and a chorus will perform Brahms’ love songs as well as a new composition by Nik Bartsch. For the two Turkish sister pianists F.R. Duchable says “Two committed pianists equipped with flawless technique, delivering vigorous and evocative performances”.

For tickets:


Lucerne Piano Festival - November 19-27

Luzern, KKL Luzern Main Concert Hall

The annual festival held since 1998 offers a nine-day of performances from international virtuosos and emerging stars. For details and tickets :



Turkish Schools in Geneva

The school year has started. At Ecole de Cayla (Chemin William-Lescaze 12) the classes take place on Wednesdays between 14:00-16:00 and between 16:30-18:50, and at Institut International de Lancy (Avenue Eugene-Lance 24) on Thursdays between 15:30-17:50.

In addition, there are schools in Sion, Monthey, Fribourg, Renens, Neuchatel and Moudon. For more information please contact by email: or


National Day Celebration Reception – October 27


Organised by the Consulate General of Turkey in Geneva, the annual celebration gives the opportunity to commemorate the founding of the Turkish Republic by Atatürk.

For details and contact



Jewels of the Distant East – Until February 26, 2017

Musee Fondation Baur, Geneva

Following on the seafaring routes of Silk Road, this exhibition brings together more than 300 special jewelry pieces, mostly in gold, from Arabia to Insulindia. There will be guided tours on November 13 and December 8.

For more information


Photographic Exhibition on Turkish Democracy took place in the United Nations Square

In memory of the July 15 events, this exhibition which took place on September 27-29 brought together many photos taken by the Anadolu Agency’s photographers.


An Olympics Review

In this year’s Olympics which took place in Brazil, Switzerland won 7 medals and Turkey 8. However, against Switzerland’s 3 Gold medals, Turkey won only 1. Unsurprisingly, Turkey did very well in the national sport wrestling, winning 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze. Switzerland’s golden medals in mountain biking, cycling and rowing can be attributed to its population’s love of nature.


Geneva Is to Reduce Corporate Tax

In order to eliminate the special treatment for foreign firms, and on the footsteps of Canton of Vaud, Geneva is planning to reduce the overall corporate tax rate. In Geneva the rate will go down from 24% to 13.49% (in Vaud from 21.65% to 13.79%). If approved, the law will be enacted in 2019.


ARTS UPDATE sponsored by Cornucopia Magazine


Istanbul Carpet Week

Various Locations

October 6-9

Works from Akdeniz University Faculty of Fine Arts

Pera Museum

Until October 16

'One and the Many'
SALT Galata,
Until November 15

'Colours of Nature' art works made with natural pigments
Armaggan Art & Design Gallery, Nuruosmaniye
Until November 19

‘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


'I Love You', Taner Ceylan solo show
Sotheby's S|2 Gallery, London
Until October 28

Travellers to Ottoman Palestine – Seminar

Freemason’s Hall, London

October 29

5th International Çanakkale Biennial
Various locations in Çanakkale
Until November 6
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