TCF Newsletters Issue 2

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

For the third year, TCF is pleased to spearhead 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.

TCF and WACA Excited to Continue Nationwide Educational Program on Turkey

The Turkish Cultural Foundation and the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) gave the launch for their 2009 educational program series on Turkey. 14 local WACA chapters nationwide are partnering in this program to introduce Turkey to educators and the general public through teachers workshops, public programs and study tours to Turkey for a select number of teachers. In its third year, the study tours already brought 132 American teachers to Turkey and TCF is getting to welcome another 84 teachers to Turkey in the summer.

TCF Annual Report 2008

The 2008 Annual Report of TCF is now online. Last year, the Turkish Cultural Foundation allocated a total of $ 3.808.775 in grants and direct disbursements to pursue its mission. For a listing of all Foundation grants please visit our grants page.


TCF awarded by the Federation of Turkish Tour Guide Association (TUREB)

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 to the TCF during a ceremony held on World Tourist Guides Day, on February 21,2009 in Istanbul.


Secretary Clinton says U.S. President Obama to visit Turkey in a month

The U.S. President Barack Obama will pay a visit to Turkey “in a month or so”, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday in Ankara where she is paying a visit. Clinton said the visit is "a reflection of the value we place on our friendship with Turkey" and that a date would be set soon. Diplomatic sources said it is unclear whether this comes under the new administration’s goal of visiting Islamic countries or if he will attend the Alliance of Civilizations meetings scheduled in early April in Istanbul.

Clinton arrived in Ankara late on Friday evening and expected to leave late on Saturday under the highest level visit from the new Washington administration since Obama took office in late January.

The 5th World Water Forum: The world's largest water event starts in Istanbul

The 5th World Water Forum will be held in Istanbul, Turkey from 16 to 22 March 2009. The Turkish Cultural Foundation has provided a grant for an alumni of the TCF Teacher Study Tours, Rebecca Timson from Billings High School in Seattle to participatie in the Children's Forum of the event with a group of her students.

The World Water Forum is the main water-related event in the world, aimed at putting water firmly on the international agenda. A stepping stone towards global collaboration on water problems, the Forum offers the water community and policy-and-decision-makers from all over the world the unique opportunity to come together to create links, debate and attempts to find solutions to achieve water security. It is organised every three year by the World Water Council, in collaboration with the host country.

President Obama offers support for Turkey-Iraq relationship

U.S. President Barack Obama has told Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan he hoped to strengthen ties with their country and expressed support for Turkey's growing relationship with Iraq, the White House said on Monday. Obama spoke to the two men by phone earlier in the day. "In both calls, the leaders discussed a number of current issues, including U.S. support for the growing Turkish-Iraqi relationship, the importance of cooperation in Middle East peace efforts, and the U.S. review on Afghanistan and Pakistan policy," the White House said in a statement.

History colors all of Turkey's Turquoise Coast - The Boston Globe

"We knew the fish at lunch was fresh. Just 10 minutes before, our captain had plucked this catch from a wire basket he had pulled onto the boat. Once aboard, the fish were barbecued whole on a grill in the bow before appearing at our table on the stern deck of our "gulet" (pronounced goo-let), an 85-foot replica of a traditional Turkish fishing boat. We ate them with warm bread, tomatoes, two kinds of olives, mixed salad, feta cheese, stuffed peppers, bulgar, and strawberries.

Fresh food and brilliant sunshine are a large part of every small-boat cruise along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. But it's the color of the water - a dazzling, clear, intense blue - that brings travelers here from all over the world. At greater depths the water becomes a strong cobalt blue, morphing into a lighter luminosity that mimics the semiprecious gem and gives this part of Turkey its name: the Turquoise Coast."

Turkish parliament approves Kyoto protocol

Turkey's parliament approved on 5th of February, its membership of the Kyoto protocol, the U.N.-led pact to combat global warming, local television stations said. Turkey had announced in June its intention to sign the accord, which was first agreed by world governments in 1997. The government had postponed signing it for more than a decade because of its concerns about the cost on its economy.

28th International Istanbul Film Festival - April 4-19

The program, screening schedule and ticketing information for the upcoming 28th International İstanbul Film Festival to take place April 4-19 will be announced on March on the Film Festival and IKSV homepages, following the press conference.The tickets for the Film Festival will be on sale as from March 21.

Flocking to Turkey: The Aegean is a new retirement hot-spot - The Daily Mail

Turkey is featuring prominently in the plans of Britons looking to retire overseas. With falling property prices, a warm and sunny climate and, crucially, no euro, the attractions are obvious. One in eight British people over 55 will live abroad by next year, says the Institute for Public Policy Research. But the strength of the euro has made many would-be émigrés wary of old favourites such as the Costa del Sol, while the collapse of the property market in the U.S. has put people off crossing the Atlantic.

Instead, many people are looking to Turkey's Mediterranean and Aegean coasts, where the vast majority of the 20,600 British owned properties are located, and where the cost of living is up to 60 per cent cheaper than in the UK.


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