Haziran 2017





In this edition, we would like to revisit our previous and preliminary exploration of Unesco’s World Heritage sites in Switzerland and Turkey. This time, we would like to focus specifically on the terraced vineyards of Lavaux which form a real bucolic link of some 14 kilometers of trails between Lausanne and Vevey-Montreux, with stunning views of Lake Geneva as a bonus on top.

In the 11th Century, monks established the foundations for this incredible landscape; the winegrowers then followed shortly. From that point onwards, the latter have remained faithful to the region and have been continuously producing wine, including the King of the region, the “Chasselas”.  Lavaux is listed by UNESCO as a “cultural landscape”, recognising the combined work between man and nature, and between the winegrower and the land.

The harmony and beauty of the site have inspired many artists. During the first half of the 19th century in particular, Aberli, the father and son of the Lory family and Weibel dedicated themselves to the art of engraving. Others such as Ernest Biéler, René Auberjonois and Rodolphe-Théophile Bosshard painted an evolving Lavaux landscape and people on canvas.  Joseph Mallord, William Turner, François Bocion, Gustave Courbet and Ferdinand Hodler were also among those who would wander along the lake-front capturing the light from the water and the sky with their brushes demonstrating their attachment to this wonderful region.

Today there are many guided walking tours to explore the region and taste its wines.  Our association will be participating to one of these tours and we hope you can make it! More details below.


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Thanks to our member BEZEN ERKMEN-HONG for this Newsletter.



Association Events

Lavaux Walking Tour –July 9 at 2:30pm

Accompanied by an official World Heritage Tour Guide of Lavaux, you will learn about the exceptional values of this “cultural landscape”. The tour will last 2h30 and a glass of wine will be offered at the end of the tour. Adults CHF15, children under 16 are free (payment at the destination)

Please let us know before June 25 about your participation.


Save the Date, September 12 at 12:30pm at Christie’s!

For future Association events : https://www.chtr.ch/fr/prochaines-activit%C3%A9s.html


Public Lecture – Data, devices, designs: The daring world of impact evaluations by Dr. Jo Puri -June 13 at 9am

Auditorium A2, Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugene-Rigot 2, Geneva

In an age where international action is nearly more driven by its impact potential than its purpose, Dr Puri’s speech is surely very interesting. Dr. Puri’s talk will focus on what we are learning about effective international action, as informed by state-of-the-art methods of impact evaluation. She will discuss ways in which biases creep into our work, particularly in regards to quality of action. Dr. Puri will investigate the role of data and designs while planning and implementing international programs, and on policies that can help mitigate these biases. She will highlight how international organizations can effectively enhance learning and uptake.

For details:



Bol d’Or Mirabaud Regatta – June 16-18


Launched in 1939 Bol d’Or is the world’s most important inland lake regatta. There are more than 500 sailing boats participating and it covers 123 km from Geneva to Le Bouveret and back. The highlight of the event is of course the start of the main race on Saturday 17 at 10am.

For more information and programme :



26th Geneva Music Festival – June 23-25 and Musiques en Eté – July 1st to August 8


Geneva Music Festival, this rich and colourful annual event full of classic, jazz, eclectic and operatic music will kick start the musical summer in Geneva. Musiques en été will then take us through the end of the summer holidays, starting on July 1st. This year’s paticipants include Seiji Ozawa International Academy, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Geneva Camerata.

For more information and programme:




The Mozart Project – July 11 at 8pm

Cour de l’Hotel de Ville – 1204 Geneva

As part of “Musiques en été” we wanted to particularly recommend to you Olivier Cavé’s concert, Valaisian pianist, who played from Japan to the U.S. and whose records won many prizes (http://www.cave-olivier.com/biographie.html).  He will be playing with Orchestre Divertissement. The evening’s repertoire is very special and will combine Mozart’s first and last compositions.



Fazıl Say and Gstaad Festival Orchestra –August 12 at 7:30pm

Gstaad Festival Tent

Gstaad Festival is another summer music event in Switzerland. The events are sold out very quickly! Fazıl Say will be playing Camille Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2, in a programme that also includes Richard Strauss. For information and tickets to this event:




Lausanne Bizim Lozan on Sale

The much praised book recently published by our Association is now available for purchase on abebooks.  We believe it will be a much appreciated gift by your friends and family!


Anciens de Galatasaray Pilav Day – June 18


For details contact info@aedag.ch

Stepevi celebrates NYCxDesign with The Debut of Lace & Blossom Rug Collections

One of our sponsors and Geneva friends Stepevi is celebrating its American debut with a new collection. For more information http://www.stepevi.com/



Clariant Opened a New Factory in Turkey

In particular demand from local sunflower oil refiners, Clariant’s new bleaching earth production plant built in Balıkesir will use local law material sources and particularly bentonite. The plant’s main specialty chemical product will be Tonsil and it will help shorten local sunflower refineries’ lead times.


World Famous Swiss Pianist Oliver Schnyder’s Concert Took Place in Istanbul on April 14

Oliver Schnyder really relishes coming to Turkey . After having performed in Istanbul and Izmir in recent years, he returned literally to the shores of the Bosphorus on April 14 th at Sabanci the Seed upon invitation by the foundation Istanbul Resitalleri . This remarkable top level classical recital, which was supported by the Consulate General, was attended by a large audience which expressed its gratitude with standing ovations . A memorable evening for all involved and a showcase for finest Swiss excellence.


ARTS UPDATE sponsored by Cornucopia Magazine

A huge choice of exhibitions in Istanbul this month, plus the Fahrelnissa Zeid Retrospective opens at Tate Modern, London on June 13.


Bubbles in Istanbul
Jiri Georg Doukopil exhibition
Dirimart Dolapdere
May 25–July 2

May Be May
Peter Zimmerman exhibition
Dirimart Nisantasi
May 17–July 2

Close Up
Çağatay Odabaş exhibition
Bozlu Art Project Nişantaşı
May 4–July 8

Sibel’s Beauty Parlor
Nazım Ünal Yılmaz exhibition
Sanatorium, Beyoğlu
May 11–June 10

45th Istanbul Music Festival
Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV)
May 29– June 21
Various locations

The Uses of Art: Final Exhibition
SALT Galata
April 20– June 11

Everyday’s Poetry: Scenes from the Fullness of Life
Fernando Botero exhibition
Anna Laudel Contemporary, Karaköy, Beyoğlu
April 27– June 25

The Istanbul Off-site Project for Sharjah Biennial 13
SALT Galata, Abud Efendi Mansion
March 23– June 10

Dark Deep Darkness and Splendor exhibition
Galerist, Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu
April 27– June 10

Second Nature (Ikinci Doga) exhibition
Circuit, Kadıköy
May 27– June 15

Free Speech Zone
Damla Özdemir exhibition
Ilayda Gallery, Teşvikiye
May 25– June 23


‘The Referendum: a preliminary evaluation’
Lecture by David Barchard
Royal Anthropological Institute, London
Tuesday, June 6 at 6pm

Asia and the Formation of Early Modern Europe
Lecture by Peter Frankopan
Thursday June 8 at 6pm
Royal Asiatic Society, London

Letter From Istanbul
Group Exhibition
June 16–July 17
Pi Artworks London

Yolande Crowe: Armenian Merchants and Kütahya Potters in the 18th Century
Thursday June 15 at 7pm
Royal Asiatic Society, London

Fahrelnissa Zeid Retrospective
Tate Modern, London
June 13– October 8


Youssouf Bey:
Late 19th century Ottoman caricatures
The exhibition at ANAMED has just ended, but we do have a limited number of the two-volume boxed and numbered book and facsimile edition.

Black Sea, Black Sky
By Izzet Celasin translated by Charlotte Barslund
A political thriller set in 1970s Istanbul
Paperback £8.99

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