Archive 2009
TCF Underwrote Exhibition of Turkish Contemporary Art Exhibit - SOFA 2009
The Turkish Cultural Foundation (TCF) again made possible participation at SOFA through a booth featuring contemporary, aspiring, and established Turkish artists to art lovers, art galleries, and international artists at SOFA.

The TCF's booth at the SOFA Chicago featured  Turkish sculptors Ebru Yilmaz, Ebru Dosekci, Emel Vardar and Suleyman Saim Tekcan. To learn more about SOFA 2009 Chicago, please visit here. For photos from the exposition, please click I - II - III - IV
Ebru Yilmaz
I have always been here: struggle
Ebru Dosekci

Emel Vardar
Day Dreaming

Suleyman Saim Tekcan

Turkish Artists' Exhibit at the Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art
The TCF Sponsored the Turkish Artists' Exhibit at the Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art - SOFA 2009 New York

The TCF is pleased to pioneer Turkish participation at SOFA through a Turkish booth which will showcase contemporary Turkish artists, aspiring and established, to art lovers, art galleries, and international artists at SOFA.

In 2009, the Turkish Cultural Foundation's booth at the SOFA New York will feature  Turkish sculptors Meric Hizal, Yunus Tonkus, Seckin Pirim and Esma Pacal Turam. To learn more about SOFA 2009 New York, please visit here.
Meric Hizal-
The Sun Warms Everybody
Yunus Tonkus-
Multi Souled Women
Seckin Pirim-

Esma Pacal Turam-
Dome II

The TCF Completed the Filming of Karagoz and Hacivat Shadow Theater.
Traditional Turkish Shadow Theatre: Karagöz” brings to life this beloved family entertainment tradition, which was once part of social life during the month of Ramadan and on special occasions that bring together families, friends and neighbors.

The Turkish Cultural Foundation is releasing a collectors’ edition of the “Turkish Traditional Shadow Theater: Karagöz,” in DVD format, as part of its Turkish Cultural Heritage Projects.

From September 1st, this unique collection “Traditional Turkish Shadow Theater: Karagöz” is on sale. To order copies, please visit Turkish Culture Shop at:

20 traditional Karagöz plays from improvisation to satire to the most traditional, this five-DVD set of Karagöz plays are performed by renowned Karagoz master puppeteer and puppet maker Metin Özlen. This beautifully designed DVDs and booklet set with information about Turkish Shadow Theater includes a foreword by theatrical historian and “cultural archaeologist” Dr. Metin And; summaries of the 20 plays, featuring photos of the puppets, as well as the backstage and production team.

Identifying the Turkish performing art of the shadow theater as one of the vanishing traditional Turkish art forms, the Foundation hopes to make a contribution to its preservation through the production of this archive series of traditional Karagöz plays. Through this project, the Turkish Cultural Foundation wishes to pay tribute to all the Karagöz puppeteers, present, past, and future who have kept this art alive, while contributing to the preservation of Turkey’s cultural heritage.

To watch a sample of the Karagoz DVDs, click here.
The TCF Solicits Candidates for the 2009 Turkish Cultural Foundation Fellowship Program
The Turkish Cultural Foundation Fellowship Program in Turkish Culture and Art was instituted in 2008 with a view to support research on subjects related to the art and culture of Turkey, and to studies related to the preservation of Turkey's artistic and cultural heritage.

The mission of the TCF Fellowship Program is also to recognize and to assist students and researchers whose scholastic achievements reflect the commitment of the Turkish Cultural Foundation to disseminating knowledge of Turkey's cultural heritage.

To learn more about the TCF Fellowship program in 2009, please visit here.
TCF was awarded by the Federation of Turkish Tour Guide Association
The TCF was awarded  “Best Organization” in the category of Cultural Sustainability for its contributions to the protection and promotion of Turkey’s cultural heritage by the Federation of Turkish Tour Guide Association (TUREB). The awards are given according to the online votes of thousands of tourist guides.

The TUREB Award was presented by Ertugrul Gunay, Minister of Culture and Tourism; Ms. Tulin Sahin, Turkish top model and the "new face" of Turkey's promotional advertisement around the world and Serif Yenen, President of TUREB to the TCF during a ceremony held at Divan Kurucesme Istanbul on February 21, 2009, which is the World Tourist Guides Day.
The TCF and WACA Excited to Continue the Teachers' Study Tours to Turkey
The Turkish Cultural Foundation, as an affiliate organization of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), is getting ready to welcome American teachers participating in the 2009 Teachers' Study Tours. The TCF and 14 World Affairs Councils around the US have joined forces to organize three study tours to Turkey in the Summer of 2009. For more information on this program, please visit  the WACA website and click on the TCF website.
The TCF Sponsors Translation of Tanpinar’s Novel A Mind at Peace into English
With the support of the Turkish Cultural Foundation, Turkish novelist Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar’s book Huzur has been published in the United States. The book has hit shelves entitled A Mind at Peace. The New York based non-profit Archipelago Publishing House decided to translate the novel in 2004. Duke University member Erdag Göknar has translated the book into English. Set on the eve of World War II, A Mind at Peace captures the anxieties of a Turkish family facing the difficult reality entrenched in the early republic, founded on the ashes of the Ottoman Empire in 1923. Leading U.S. literature magazine Publisher's Weekly said the following about the novel: "Tanpinar's lyricism and resonant plot will leave U.S. readers wondering why they've had to wait so long to read this exquisite novel."
Turkish Music Portal Received Golden Spider Award in Music Category
The Turkish Cultural Foundation’s Turkish Music Portal,, has been awarded the "Altin Orumcek" (Golden Spider) Award by DorukNet . The Golden Spider Awards aim to promote successful projects contributing to quality of Turkish websites and to encourage investments in information technologies. The Turkish Music Portal was chosen as the best music website based on content, navigation and design by a jury.

The Turkish Music Portal is the most comprehensive website about Turkish music on the Internet.  It explores its history, reviews the instruments of Turkish classical and folk music, and meets the composers and performers of all types of Turkish music. It is available in four languages: Turkish, English, French and German.

Some of the key features of the portal include:

- History and Periods of Turkish Music 
- Composers, Performers  and Musicologists
- Types of Turkish Music 
- Instruments
- Samples of Turkish Music
- Related articles
- Links to organizations related to Turkish music
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