Mercan Dede: 15th Athens Jazz Festival

Το Γραφείο Πολιτισμού και Τουρισμού της Τουρκικής Πρεσβείας στην Αθήνα για δεύτερη συνεχόμενη χρονιά συμμετέχει στο Athens Jazz Festival με τον Mercan Dede Secret Tribe. Η αυλαία του 15ου φεστιβάλ μουσικής Jazz στην Τεχνόπολη θα κλείσει την Κυριακή 7 Ιουνίου στις 23:00, με τον Τούρκο δημιουργό να παρουσιάζει στο αθηναϊκό κοινό ακούσματα της τουρκικής κουλτούρας εφαρμοσμένα στη σύγχρονη μουσική πετυχαίνοντας ένα καινούριο μουσικό μείγμα με ιδιαίτερη αισθητική αξία τόσο για τους λάτρεις της σύγχρονης όσο και της παραδοσιακής μουσικής.

Το Γραφείο Πολιτισμού και Τουρισμού της Τουρκικής Πρεσβείας στην Αθήνα αναλαμβάνει πρωτοβουλίες και υλοποιεί δράσεις σε συνεργασία με τους αρμόδιους φορείς  τόσο στην Ελλάδα όσο και στην Τουρκία για τη στήριξη σημαντικών πολιτιστικών δρώμενων και τουριστικών διοργανώσεων στο πλαίσιο της συνεργασίας των δύο χωρών.

Λίγα Λόγια για τον Mercan Dede

Είναι ένας από τους πιο δημιουργικούς σύγχρονους Τούρκους μουσικούς. Ο Mercan Dede αντλεί από τα μουσικά / φιλοσοφικά διδάγματα της πλούσιας σουφικής παράδοσης και τα εφαρμόζει στη σύγχρονη μουσική – ακουστική ή ηλεκτρική / ηλεκτρονική. Με την μουσική του ο Mercan Dede καλύπτει μια ευρεία ηχητική γκάμα που πιάνει από την tribal / house και την καθαρή παραδοσιακή ως την world jazz με ιδιαίτερη ευστροφία. Τα ταξίδια του Mercan Dede ανά τον κόσμο έχουν σαν αποτέλεσμα να ενσωματώνει στη μουσική του στοιχεία από διαφορετικές κουλτούρες και να έχει μια πραγματικά κοσμοπολίτικη άποψη.

Λίγα λόγια για το AthensJazzFestival

Το Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival, ένας από τους σημαντικότερους πολιτιστικούς θεσμούς της Αθήνας, συμπληρώνει φέτος 15 χρόνια, και η Στέγη συμμετέχει σε αυτή τη γιορτή.  Η Τεχνόπολη του Δήμου Αθηναίων φιλοξενεί jazz τάσεις από κάθε σημείο του πλανήτη, με μουσικά συγκροτήματα που μας ταξιδεύουν ακόμα και σε απομακρυσμένα μέρη του κόσμου. Στο πλαίσιο του φεστιβάλ θα πραγματοποιηθούν πολλές παράλληλες εκδηλώσεις στην Τεχνόπολη.

Mercan Dede: 15th Athens Jazz Festival

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For the second consecutive year, the Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens participates in the Athens Jazz Festival with Mercan Dede and the Secret Tribe. The Turkish artist will bring the curtain down on the 15th Jazz Festival at the Technopolis on Sunday, 7June, at 23:00, presenting the Athenian audience with traditional Turkish sounds applied in modern music, thus achieving an innovative music mix of particular aesthetic value for the lovers of both modern and traditional music.
The Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens undertakes initiatives and implements actions in cooperation with competent authorities in Greece and Turkey so as to support major cultural and tourism events in addition to promoting inspired artists in the context of the cooperation between the two countries.  

A Few Words about Mercan Dede
Mercan Dede is one of the most creative contemporary Turkish musicians. He draws from the musical/ philosophical lessons of the rich Sufi tradition to apply them to modern music – acoustic or electric/ electronic. Mercan Dede’s music covers a wide range of sounds encompassing in a brilliant way tribal/ house and genuine traditional music as well as world jazz. His travels around the world have resulted in his music integrating elements from different cultures, thus acquiring a genuinely cosmopolitan character.

A Few Words about the Athens Jazz Festival

This year, the Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival, one of the major cultural institutions of Athens celebrates 15 years and the Onassis Cultural Centre participates in this celebration. The Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens hosts jazz trends from every corner of the world, featuring bands that travel us even to the remotest places of the globe. Various parallel events are to take place at Technopolis within the framework of the festival.

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Alp Alper’s Aero-Photography Exhibition

Friends, colleagues, representatives of Tourism authorities and Embassies were given the opportunity to enjoy a different journey to Turkey by attending the opening of Alp Alper’s aero-photography exhibition “Turkey from high above” in the Ianos Art Chamber.

The exhibition is organized by the Office of Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Embassy in Athens and will be operational until the 16th of May, 2015.

Alp Alper’s flame of longing for the art of photography has always been burning inside him since his early childhood and it was not earlier than 1992 when this love came to the surface again, when he started working as a flight dispatcher for the Turkish Airlines.  After the disastrous earthquake that shook Turkey in 1999, Alper introduced himself with his work titled “Turkey from 1000 feet”. Alper’s exhibitions have been hosted in many cities such as Athens, Warsaw, Cape Town, London, Sao Paulo, Beijing, Duisburg, Toulouse, Aussillon and Paris.

He has also worked with many magazines including Gezi-Traveller, Gourmet and Ulusoy Travelers. Since 1999, he has worked with Greek magazines such as Cosmos Travel and National Geographic. He also began displaying his works in Turkish and Polish National Geographic magazines. He has published three books “Turkey from 1000 feet”, “Dreamscape Turkey” and “4 Seasons Istanbul”.


The photographer Mr. Alp Alper, Mr. Kerim Uras, Turkish Ambassador in Greece, Mrs. Aslı Gündoğdu Aksungur, Culture and Tourism Attache of the Turkish Embassy in Athens and Mr. Demir Serdarzade, former employee at the Turkish Embassy in Athens


Mrs. Aslı Gündoğdu Aksungur, Culture and Tourism Attache of the Turkish Embassy in Athens, Alexios Bolotas, Golden Times S.A. and Mrs Iris Kritikou, Exhibition Curator


Mrs. Aslı Gündoğdu Aksungur, Culture and Tourism Attache of the Turkish Embassy in Athens with Ms Alexandra Katsaiti, Stylist and Image Maker

Workshop in Thessaloniki

Α workshop, entitled "Turkish Tourism Destinations and Turkish & Greek Alliance in Tourism" in which more than 150 tourism industry representatives from Northern Greece and Turkey participated, was held with great success at The Met Hotel in Thessaloniki on Tuesday, 28 April. The event was organized by the Office of Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Embassy in Athens, with the support of: TÜRSAB, Turkish Airlines, The Met Hotel, as well as the Macedonia–Thrace Travel Agencies Association (MTTAA).

The issues discussed during the proceedings of the event as well as at B2Β meetings between representatives of tourist agencies concerned the possibilities of expanding their cooperation. Presentation of tourist destinations in Turkey, such as Edirne, Canakkale, Cappadocia, in addition to cultural and culinary destinations in Southeastern Turkey, attracted strong interest.

"Greece and Turkey are two neighbouring countries with numerous common cultural features and particularly good cooperation relations in the tourism sector,” stated Asli Aksungur, Culture and Tourism Attaché of Turkish Embassy in Athens, in her opening speech. “The arrival of visitors from Greece to Turkey and vice versa has been constantly increasing in recent years. This year, the number of Turkish visitors to Greece is expected to reach almost one (1) million. At the same time, the Greek visitors rose by  18% in 2014 and amounted to 830,841, ranking Greece 10th among the countries that visit Turkey.”

"Turkish citizens love Thessaloniki for the vivid Ottoman elements that the city possesses, but also for the common features shared by the two peoples, and this is attested by the constant rise in Turkish visitors to the city. Besides, Thessaloniki is also home to the Ataturk Museum, that is the house where the founder of the Republic of Turkey grew up. On our part, we will continue our efforts to improve the already good cooperation relations between the two countries with the aim to an even greater rise in visitors both in Northern Greece and Turkey”, stressed the Turkish Consul-general in Thessaloniki, Tuğrul Biltekin, during his speech.

“The relations of the two countries in the Tourism sector are very good and there is a particularly fruitful cooperation. As the Municipal Authority of the city, we make every effort so as to further promote this cooperation by highlighting the Ottoman element, which constitutes part of our city’s identity. Within this framework, we have initiated a program to restore and promote the historical monuments in our city, but also we have taken initiatives that will contribute to the increase in the arrival of even more visitors from the two counties,” pointed out the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yannis Boutaris. 

In his address, the president of the Macedonia–Thrace Travel Agencies Association, Byron Theologis, stressed that initiatives similar to this event contribute significantly to enhancing the tourist product both in Greece and Turkey.  

His personal viewpoint of Cappadocia as a tourist destination was put forward by journalist-TV presented, Christos Nezos, as he spoke enthusiastically about the region following his recent visit as part of his TV show “Traveling”.

Upon the completion of the event’s proceedings, various meetings were held, during which representatives from 40 travel agencies from Turkey and Northern Greece had the opportunity to discuss and exchange proposals on boosting the arrival of tourists from these regions. 

Yannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki, Tuğrul Bıltekin, Turkish Consul-general in Thessaloniki, Dimitrios Symeonidis, President of the Greek-Turkish Chamber of Northern Greece, Kemal Tuzun, Commercial Attaché of Turkey in Thessaloniki, Utku Yazan, Turkish Airlines’ director in Thessaloniki, Ömer Çay, Manager of the Ziraat bank branch in Xanthi, Figen Akan, President for the GAP Region at TÜRSAB

Workshop in Athens

Α workshop, entitled “Turkish Tourism Destinations and Turkish &Greek Alliance in Tourism”, in which more than 70 representatives by the Greek and Turkish tourism industry participated, was held with great success at the Grand Bretagne hotel. The event was organized by The Office of Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Embassy in Athens, with the support of: TÜRSAB Turkish Airlines, Istanbul Conventions &Visitors Bureau, as well as the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies-HATTA.

The topics discussed during the event’s proceedings focused on the possibilities of expanding the cooperation between the two countries in the tourism sector. In addition, the presentations of tourist destinations in Turkey, such as Istanbul and the congress tourism, the “howtoInstabul” project on cultural and gastronomic destinations in southeastern Turkey within the framework of the Eastern Turkey, Izmir and Cappadocia development program, were highly interesting.

A different tone was conveyed by the journalist and TV presenter, Chr. Nezos, in his presentation of Cappadocia as a tourist destination. He spoke with genuine enthusiasm about the diverse and interesting images he captured during his recent visit to the region as part of his TV show “Traveling”.

“Greece and Turkey are two neighbouring countries with common cultural features, which enjoy particularly good relations in terms of cooperation in the tourism sector,” stated Asli Aksungur, Culture and Tourism Attaché of Turkish Embassy in Athens, during her keynote speech. “The two countries operate as ‘communicating vessels’, given that the arrival of visitors from Greece to Turkey and vice versa has been constantly increasing the past few years. The number of Greek visitors increased by 18% in 2014 reaching eight hundred and thirty one thousands (830.841), thus ranking Greece 10th among the top countries visiting Turkey. At the same time, visits from Turkey to Greece are growing at a fast pace in recent years. This year, the number of Turkish visitors is expected to amount to almost one million.”

Asli Aksungur, Culture and Tourism Attaché of Turkish Embassy in Athens

On the Greek part, Lys. Tsilidis, President of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies-HATTA, highlighted the significance of the cooperation between the two countries in the tourism sector, stressing also the need for strengthening Greek tourism by optimizing the country’s advantages to attracting visitors from around the world.

Lyssandros Tsilidis, President of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies-HATTA

In his speech, Ertuğrul Karaoğlu, BoD member of TÜRSAB, also referred to the mutual benefits as well as to the possibilities of further cooperation between the two countries in the tourism sector, while a representative of the Greek office of Turkish Airlines pointed out the importance of air travel in enhancing tourism and attracting new visitors from all over the world.

Upon the completion of the event’s proceedings, various meetings were held in which representatives from 50 tourist and travel agencies participated. They had the opportunity to discuss and exchange proposals on boosting tourist attraction from the two countries.

 

Inauguration Of Culture Office

The inauguration of the Office of Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Embassy in Athens took place on Saturday, 6 December, 2014 in the presence of the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Mr. Ömer Çelik, and the Greek Minister of Tourism, Ms. Olga Kefalogianni, on the sidelines of the 3rd Greece-Turkey High-Level Cooperation Council held in Athens.

Prior to the inauguration ceremony, the two Ministers held a brief meeting, during which they discussed the cooperation prospects between the two countries in the area of tourism, a sector of vital importance for the economy and growth of both countries, given that Turkey as well as Greece constitute attractive tourist destinations. 

The Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens represents the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey in Greece. It was established one (1) year ago and it has served to present and promote the Turkish cultural heritage in Greece as well as to highlight the country as a tourist destination. At the same time, it has undertaken initiatives and implemented actions in cooperation with competent authorities in Greece and Turkey so as to support major cultural and tourism events in addition to promoting inspired artists in the context of the cooperation between the two countries.

The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the Culture and Tourism Attaché of Turkish Embassy in Athens, Ms. Asli Gündoğdu Aksungur, the Secretary General of the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO), Mr. Panos Livadas, the Vice-president of GNTO, Mr. Christoforos Kaparounakis, the Director General for Tourism Promotion of the Turkish Ministry of Culture, Mr. Irfan Önal, as well as officials from both ministries.

Seen from left: The Culture and Tourism Attaché of Turkish Embassy in Athens, Ms. Asli Gündoğdu Aksungur welcomes the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Mr. Ömer Çelik, the Greek Minister of Tourism, Ms. Olga Kefalogianni, and the Secretary General of GNTO, Mr. Panos Livadas, at the Office of Culture and Tourism.

 

Philoxenia 2014

Visitors of the International Tourism Exhibition "Philoxenia", which was held from 13 to 16 November, had the opportunity to enjoy flavours, images and colours from Turkey.

In the particularly welcoming environment of “Turkey Home” at kiosk 15, stand 44, the Culture and Tourism Office of the Embassy of Turkey in Athens presented the public with the Turkish traditional forms of art, ebru and tezhip, exhibiting water and gold creations, while the famous chef Maria Ekmekçioğlu, “revealed” the secrets of Turkish cuisine. In addition, the “Tree of Fortune” contest offered two lucky couples the chance to travel to their favourite destination in Turkey.  

The Greek Minister of Tourism, Ms. Olga Kefalogianni, as well as the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Mr. Yannis Boutaris, visited the kiosk “Turkey Home”, where they enjoyed a brief conversation with the Turkish Consul-general in Thessaloniki, Tuğrul Biltekin, and the Tourism Attaché at the Embassy of Turkey in Athens, Asli Aksungur. In addition, during a cocktail reception held at the beginning of the international exhibition, the tourism industry representatives had the opportunity to exchange views regarding the growth of the sector both in Greece and Turkey.   

Within the framework of its participation in “Philoxenia 2014”, the Culture and Tourism Office hosted the following agencies in its stand: Türsab-Association of Turkish Agencies, Turob-Turkish Hotels Association, Turkish Airlines, Trabzon Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Çanakkale Hotels, Pegasus Airlines, EMITT- East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition, Intra Latin Tours, Grand Atakum Hotel.

Traditional art ebru and tezhip

View of the kiosk

From left to right: Tuğrul Biltekin, Turkish Consul-general in Thessaloniki, Maria Ekmekçioğlu, Chef, Asli Aksungur, Culture and Tourism Attaché at the Embassy of Turkey in Athens

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