Projects under Presidency's Aegis

Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix

Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix

Formula One World Championship, besides being the most popular automobile sports competition of the world, is the most watched sporting event after the Olympic Games, which are held every four years, and the FIFA World Cup.

Formula One, abbreviated as F1, is the highest class of single-seat and open-wheel auto racing. Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship titles are awarded at the end of the year according to the points collected throughout the year.

The races, which took place in 21 countries in 2016, are being held in 20 countries in 2017. Works are continuing under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey to include Turkey in the 2018 Race Calendar and hold F1 races at the Intercity İstanbul Park.

Antarctica Scientific Research Base Project

Antarctica Scientific Research Base Project

It is known that scientists have been conducting research on various topics ranging from energy, fishery, geology and medicine to chemistry, astronomy, climate change and marine sciences in Antarctica, which possesses rich reserves of minerals and water.

The Antarctic Treaty, signed by 12 countries in 1959 to regulate the international status of Antarctica, entered into force in 1961, and Turkey acceded to it in 1995. Turkey must organize a scientific expedition to Antarctica and set up a scientific research base there so as to obtain “Consultative Party” status at the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat.

All the acts and works aimed at the formation of a scientific research base in Antarctica will be conducted under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey and under the responsibility of the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology.

Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards

Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards

The Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards are granted on behalf of the Turkish State to Turkish citizens, those of foreign descent and agencies that contribute to the Turkish cultural and art life and that raise the standards of the country’s culture and arts for the purpose of honoring and encouraging these people according to the “Statute for the Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards” issued on January 20, 1995 in the Official Gazette.

Among the laureates for 2014 were Hülya Koçyiğit in cinema; Niyazı Sayın in music; Alev Alatlı in literature; Prof. Dr. Engin Akarlı in history and Turkish Religious Foundation Encyclopedia of Islam as an institution.

Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) Awards

Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) Awards

TUBA 2016 Academy Prizes, GEBİP (Outstanding Young Scientists) and TEÇEP (Best Authored and Translated Books) Awards were presented to the awardees on February 1, 2017 under the auspices of the Presidency at the Presidential Complex.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presented their awards to Rector Prof. Cangiz Kallek of Istanbul Şehir University on behalf of Prof. Şerif Mardin of Istanbul Şehir University in the category of Social Sciences and Humanities, to TUBA’s Principal Member Prof. Tayfun Özçelik on behalf of Prof. Mary-Claire King of University of Washington in the category of Health and Life Sciences, and to Prof. Omar Yaghi of University of California, Berkeley in the category of Basic and Engineering Sciences.

31 scientists were awarded as part of the Outstanding Young Scientists Awards program and 6 scientists were awarded as part of the Best Authored and Translated Books Awards program.

For more detailed information: Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) Awards

TUBITAK Awards

TUBITAK Awards

The ceremony for the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Science, Service, Incentive and Special Awards and TUBITAK- The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the Developing World Incentive Award Ceremony was held under the aegis of the Presidency at the Çankaya Presidential Palace.

Sultan Abdulhamid II Yıldız Palace Collection of Photographs Project

Sultan Abdulhamid II Yıldız Palace Collection of Photographs Project

The project, carried out by Istanbul University and Yıldız Technical University, is aimed at digitizing a photography collection of 36,585 items, taken at the end of the 19th century and in the beginning of the 20th century on the order of Sultan Abdulhamid II, and currently preserved at the Rare Works Library of Istanbul University.

Transferring the collection to future generations, preserving assets of cultural heritage and providing digital access to the collection are among the basic objectives of the project. An exhibition, titled “Encounters and Crosspaths in Ottoman-French Relations in mid-19th Century, through the Collection of photographs of the Yıldız Palace”, will be held at UNESCO House in Paris between April 6th and 11th.

563rd Anniversary of the Conquest of Istanbul

563rd Anniversary of the Conquest of Istanbul

Nearly 1.5 million people gathered at Yenikapı Square to celebrate the 563rd Anniversary of the Conquest of Istanbul at an event held under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey with the motto “On the 563rd anniversary of the Conquest, we meet at Yenikapı for resurrection, reascendance and the new Turkey.”

Phoenix: The Musical

Phoenix: The Musical

Phoenix: The Musical by the Music Department of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation aims to exhibit the rich Turkish culture and history while also embracing all with the unifying dynamism of our culture.

The musical was first performed on May 6, 2015 at an official dinner hosted at the Presidential Complex in honor of the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. On May 6, 2016, the musical was performed at Haliç Congress Center by the TRT Ankara Radio Polyphonic Choir and the TRT Istanbul Light Music and Jazz Orchestra. The event is still ongoing.

The Bests of the Green Crescent - the Phoenix Awards

The Bests of the Green Crescent - the Phoenix Awards

The Phoenix Awards are given by the Turkish Green Crescent to individuals, institutions and organizations that take addiction-free, healthy living as a mission and support the fight against addiction with words and actions.

The Phoenix Awards aim to give prominence to individuals, institutions and organizations that set an example with their life style, have a positive influence over the youth and fight addictions in all spheres of life.

For more information: http://www.yesilay.org.tr/en

The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey

The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey

The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (TUR) started in 1963 with the name of "Marmara Tour", gained international status in 1965 for the first time and was taken under the auspices of the Presidency in 1966.

Unlike previous years, the 53rd Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey was held between October 10-15, 2017 in World Tour category.

Stages

October 10 Alanya-Kemer, October 11 Kumluca-Fethiye, October 12 Fethiye-Marmaris, October 13 Marmaris-Selçuk, October 14 Selçuk-Izmir, October 15 Istanbul-Istanbul

The final stage of the tour, which started at Intercity Istanbul Park, ended at Sultanahmet Square and an impressive award ceremony was held thereafter. Italian cyclist Diego Ulissi of the UAE Team Emirates ranked first on general classification.

http://www.tourofturkey.org.tr/EN

2020 Mountain Bike Marathon World Championship

2020 Mountain Bike Marathon World Championship

The event, which is considered one of the most prestigious organizations in the world, will be held in World Tour category on September 24-27, 2018 and 2019, and in world championship category on September 24-27, 2020.

Red Bull TV, UCI TV, Euro Sport will broadcast the event live. The opening ceremony of the event will be held at the New Sakarya stadium. 2000 foreign guests and 60 thousand spectators are expected to attend the event, in which nearly 1500 athletes will compete.

The project is conducted by Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality.

World Halal Summit 2017

World Halal Summit 2017

The World Halal Summit aims at bringing together leaders and experts of the halal product sector from all around the world at an inspiring and informative event in order to raise awareness among Muslims on consumption of halal products and meet Muslims’ needs thereof.

The Summit will be held on 23-25 November 2017 at Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar ICEC.

http://www.worldhalalsummit.com.tr/index.php?lang=en

2nd International Archive Congress On Ottoman Lands

2nd International Archive Congress On Ottoman Lands

The Ottoman Empire managed to put forth an opulent archival heritage in a way to cover all the lands it had ruled over an extensive period of time that was tantamount to more than six hundred years, and helped this heritage kept intact to make it to the modern times. The majority of this heritage is displayed in Turkey's archives while the remaining part is featured in the archives of the countries detached from the Ottoman lands after gaining independence.

Gathering the countries, which gained independence from the Ottoman Empire, on a joint ground of culture, history and civilization can only be achieved by unearthing the archival treasures inherited from the Ottomans and combining the pieces carved out by the same cultural and historical grounds.

Such convergence and integration along with the cooperation of organizations and universities with capability to take joint actions will enable to thoroughly rewrite and reassess the global history.

The Congress will also assume a significant mission to cooperate with the attending states and organizations in joint training, technological development and archival practices, and launch a modern structure that meets the international standards for our authorities.

For more information: http://www.tkgmkongre2017.org/en/index.html

“High School Students Write About the Victory”

“High School Students Write About the Victory”

A competition of essay, story and poem writing was organized among students of both private and public high schools in Turkey jointly by the Ministry of National Education, the Association of the Turkish Language and Literature, and the Turkish Language Institute, under the auspices of the Presidency, on the topic of “History of Coups in Turkey and the July 15 People’s Victory” with an aim to draw attention to the coups that have been staged in Turkey and to highlight how the trauma caused by the July 15, 2016, coup attempt affected the youth.

The main objective of the competition was to underscore, as the centennial of our Republic is nearing, that any movement which doesn’t take its source from the nation and which is against the people and the state is not legitimate, as well as to raise awareness of the youth about the illegitimacy of any attempt that targets the national will, state, democracy and freedoms.

According to the figures of the Ministry of National Education’s Directorate General for Secondary Education, 6 thousand students participated in the competition across Turkey which was held under the title of “High School Students Write About the Victory”.

For detailed information:

http://www.tded.org.tr/liselilerdestaniyaziyor

The Turkish Heritage Project

The Turkish Heritage Project

The Turkish Heritage Project is aimed at examining Turkish culture’s contributions to other cultures, and drawing attention to the areas Turkish culture universally has reigned over.

The project, which will help better understand the place and significance of Turkish culture and civilization in history, is planned to be initiated from the Afanasieva and Andoronova cultures in the 9th century B.C. and brought to today. As part of the project, the relations between Central Asian and Mesopotamian cultures will be examined; the values that constitute the Turkish culture and the relations between these values will be unearthed; and Turkish culture’s historical stages of development will be revealed.

The “Turks Exhibition” will be held on Turkish values in Ankara.

Caravan Project

Caravan Project

The Caravan, which will reanimate the 13th century Anatolian Seljuk era with the aim of offering the Silk Road’s all functions, such as trade, communication, culture transfer and interaction to today’s people, will begin its journey from Harmandöven Şerafettin Ejder Han in Iğdır and visit historical caravanserais in Erzurum, Erzincan, Tokat, Sivas, Kayseri, Nevşehir, Aksaray, Konya, Isparta, Burdur and Antalya.

As part of the project, a documentary film is being prepared on Anatolian Seljuk caravanserais, such as Mama Hatun, Ezine Pazar, Mahperi Hatun, Kayseri Tuz Han, Saru, Alay, Tepesi Delik, Ağzı Karahan, Aksaray Sultan, Obruk, Zazadin, Kızılören, Kuruçeşme, Gelendost, Ertokuş, İncir, Susuz, Kırkgöz, Evdir Han.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSFPy5rzR6U

International Symposium on Al-Quds in Ottoman Era

International Symposium on Al-Quds in Ottoman Era

International Symposium on Al-Quds in Ottoman Era was held on April 29-30, 2017, at Istanbul Cevahir Convention Center as part of 2017 Al-Quds Year Events, which are organized under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey.

The influence of Al-Quds, which remained under Ottoman sovereignty for 400 years, on our culture and faith was discussed from a historical perspective on an academic level during the symposium, which was jointly organized by Marmara University and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. The symposium highlighted the importance of Al-Quds, which all the divine religions designate as sacred.

The Al-Quds events to be held throughout 2017 are aimed at contributing to the world peace. That is because peace in Al-Quds is a must for peace in the world. The goal of the events is to prove that peace is possible in Al-Quds, which had been an island of peace under Ottoman rule for 400 years, and to enable a larger number of Muslims to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Turkish Language Year 2017

Turkish Language Year 2017

Turkish Language Year 2017, jointly organized by Prime Ministry’s Atatürk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History and the Turkish Language Association under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, is aimed at drawing the public’s attention to the setbacks caused by the alterations the Turkish language, which is one of the leading languages of the world with an extensive history dating back thousands of years, has undergone over the last century.

The goal of the scientific and cultural events to be held throughout Turkish Language Year 2017 by various state institutions as well as by private sector representatives, NGOs and media organs is to ensure proper use of Turkish language, which is an indispensable guarantee of our national unity and solidarity, and thus to be able to pass it on to following generations accurately.

EURASIA AIRSHOW

EURASIA AIRSHOW

Turkey has put its signature under important achievements in the recent years. It is a necessity for our country to be represented on every platform in the field of aviation in line with its goals to reach the level of developed nations in aviation and space industry.

Airshows are of great importance to nations that aim to hold a bigger place in aviation and space industry. The Eurasia Airshow to be held on April 22-28, 2018, in Antalya under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey will serve as an opportunity for our national aviation and space industry to present itself at a global scale and to incorporate new business and solution partners.

Over 1000 participants and more than 100,000 visitors from over 100 countries are expected to come together on a 300,000 m2 area, 50,000 m2 of it closed, at Antalya Airport during the show.

70 percent foreign participation is forecast for the show, which is set to host commercial and military aviation giants of the world. What is more, the exhibition of more than 100 aircrafts, fly-pasts by scores of professional flight groups and meetings between Turkish aviation representatives and over 150 military and civilian delegations are planned as part of the show.

Move to Overcome!

Move to Overcome!

The aims of the campaign ‘Move to Overcome’ are to make 100 thousand people with disabilities and 100 thousand people without disabilities come together and do sports, encourage pre-school children with disabilities to engage in rehabilitative physical and sportive activities, double the segment of the society informed that people with disabilities can do sports, inform the society that people with disabilities can adapt to the society more easily via sports, and eliminate the ‘disabilities’ in every sense. With the campaign, our youth both with and without disabilities will have a stronger social adaptation, their life standards will rise and the individuals with disabilities will be enabled to lead an active life without drifting away from the society.

As part of the campaign, the children and the youth with disabilities will be canalized to various sportive branches in line with their competencies and will be taught the basic technics and talents of the relevant branch.

Our citizens who want to join the campaign ‘Move to Overcome’ can register via www.asmakicinhareket.com/en/

Yeditepe Biennial

Yeditepe Biennial

Yeditepe Biennial, the first biennial to be held in Turkey in the area of classical Turkish arts by Fatih Municipality and Classical Turkish Arts Foundation, will take place in Turkey between the dates of March 15 – May 15, 2018.

Exhibitions, seminars, panels, conferences, screenings, recitals, interior and exterior installation performances, workshops, commemorative events in remembrance of virtuosos of traditional arts, introductory and complementary trips and visits will be held as part of the biennial to be held on the theme of “Ehl-i Hiref” (maestros).

The biennial, to be hosted in Fatih in the historical peninsula, is aimed at sharing Turkey’s cultural, social and artistic values with the peoples of the world.

For more information: www.yeditepebienali.com

‘Encouraging a Culture of Healthy Life’ Project

‘Encouraging a Culture of Healthy Life’ Project

The project ‘Encouraging a Culture of Healthy Life’ has been implemented with the aim of earning the children and the youth the habit of an active life and thus making them lead a healthy life as well as easing the possible burden on our future health system with the help of increased physical activity among the society.

As part of the project, the improvement of environmental conditions and the construction of bicycle roads are urged so as to popularize the use of bicycle as one of the most effective methods to increase the level of physical activity.

The Ministry of Health and the Public Health Institute of Turkey aim to launch new projects to encourage the use of bicycle as part of the ongoing struggle against the physical inactivity. In this direction, a total of 1 million bicycles are planned to have been delivered to the public by the end of 2018 under the project ‘Encouraging a Culture of Healthy Life.’

4th Traditional Conquest Cup Archery Competition

4th Traditional Conquest Cup Archery Competition

Having been organized in cooperation with Turkish Archery Federation and World Archery for three years, the Traditional Conquest Cup is acknowledged as the biggest civilian archery event of the World. Attracting many Turkish and foreign athletes along with the attention of the media, the event has taken its place among prestigious organizations.

The 4th of the Conquest Cup, which has traditionalized with world-renowned participants, will be held on May 29, 2016 at Okmeydanı Okçular Vakfı (Okmeydanı Archers’ Foundation) in cooperation with Turkish Archery Federation, World Archery and World Etnosport Confederation.

For more information: http://www.okcularvakfi.org

16th Century Genius Matrakçı Nasuh Project

16th Century Genius Matrakçı Nasuh Project

Having lived during the period of Suleiman the Magnificent, Matrakçı Nasuh was a renowned historian, mathematician, painter, poet, philosopher, calligrapher and swordsman.

UNESCO has included Matrakçı Nasuh in the 2014-2015 “Celebration of Anniversaries” list on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of his passing. The 16th Century Genius Matrakçı Nasuh Project, conducted by Istanbul Intercultural Art Dialogues Association, is accepted and supported by UNESCO.

The project aims to remember, understand and portray Matrakçı Nasuh on national and international platforms through exhibitions (tiles, miniatures, calligraphies and paintings), documentaries, books, panels, music albums.

The project will be conducted in Sarajevo, Belgrade, Rome, Paris, Vienna, Istanbul, Ankara, Tokyo, and New York and end in the Hungarian city of Budapest, where Suleiman the Magnificent passed away.

For more information: www.matrakcinasuh.com

International Hilya al-Sharif Contest and Symposium

International Hilya al-Sharif Contest and Symposium

The Symposium on Calligraphy and Hilya al-Sharif, a first in our history of arts, was held on June 3-4, 2017.

Calligraphers from Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, the United Kingdom and the United States sent their works and participated in the contest, held under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey.

Hundreds of calligraphers took part in the International Hilya al-Sharif Contest, organized by Istanbul Arts and Civilization Foundation.