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A Common Heritage

European Council Campaign

September 1999 - September 2000

Preface

"Europe: a Common Heritage" Campaign

The cultural and natural heritage campaign launched by the Council of Europe is aiming to emphasize the contribution of the cultural heritage, rich in its diversity for promoting parliamentary democracy in Europe.

"Europe a Common Heritage" campaign has been launched with an opening ceremony on 11 September 1999 in Bucharest.
According to the decision taken during the Second Summit Meeting in Strasbourg on 10-11 October l997 of the Council of Europe, 41 member countries together with 6 others which have signed the European Cultural convention (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Armenia, Monaco and the Holy See) participate in the campaign.

The campaign will serve to the purpose of encouraging, and promoting mutual understanding and dialogue between societies of Europe, with a view to continue building a Europe based on a common heritage represented not only by material but also intellectual, spiritual and moral values.

The campaign which will last for one year encourages various national, regional and transnational projects such as prominent religious sites, ancient universities, routes, decorative arts workshops, etc.

Co-organized by the Council of Europe and the EU

The campaign will also be joined in by the OECD, UNESCO, Institute of Cultural Routes of Europe in Luxembourg, European Foundation for Heritage Skills as well as various companies, associations and foundations.
The closing ceremony of the campaign will be held in
September 2000 in Ljubijana/Slovenia.

"Europe; a Common Heritage" Campaign Honorary Committee Member Mr. Sakıp SABANCI

"Europe: a Common Heritage Campaign" Members of National Committee


Chairman: Mr. Fikret Necip ÜÇCAN
Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture

Members;

Cemal ERBAY
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ms. Ebru ERTAN - Mr. Osman CAĞALOĞLU
Ministry of Tourism
Mr. Kenan YURTTAGÜL - Mr. Nadir AVCI
Ministry of Culture
Mr. Aydın YERLİKAYA
Ministry of Culture
Prof. Sadık TURAL
Atatürk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History
Mr. Alaaddin KAYIHAN
Directorate - General of Pious Foundations
Mr. Ahmet YALÇIN
General Directorate of Turkish Radio and Television (TRT)
Ms. Nurhayat BERKER
Istanbul Stock Exchange
Mr. Emre GÖNEN
Economic Development Foundation
Ms. Nuran SENAR - Ms. Nevin DAĞ
Confederation of Turkish Craftsmen and Tradesmen
Mr Süleyman ÇETİN - Mustafa BEKTAŞ
The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion for Reforestation and Protection of Natural Habitats
Prof. Metin SÖZEN - Mr. Mithat KIRAYOĞLU
The Foundation for Protection and Promotion of the Environmental and Cultural Heritage
Ms. Betül ILGAR - Ms. Leyla ECİN
Mr. Haldun YILMAZ - Mr. Engür RUTKAY
The Young Businessmen Association of Turkey
Mr. Nuri UYGUN
Union of Turkish Travel Agencies

Turkish National Projects

1. "Ottoman Contours - Ottoman Colours" (Documentary) (TRT)

2. A case study of Rural Development in Eastern Anatolia: ”Preventing the Extinction of Chestnut Trees and Increasing the Quality of Chestnut Production” (ÇEKÜL Foundation)

3. Protection of Çatalca/Istanbul Forest: “Yadiağaç Forests”: Ministry of Forestry, ÇEKÜL Foundation.

4. Architect Sinan Exhibition in Anatolian Architectural Tradition: Ministry of Culture.

5. “7 Regions, 7 Cities” From the Ottomans to the Armistice Mudanya Panel and Exhibition: ÇEKÜL Foundation, Istanbul Stock Exchange, Mudanya Municipality.

6. "From 1000 Anatolian Women to 1000 European Women": (GESAV)

7. "Golden Letters": Ottoman Art of Calligraphy from Sakıp Sabancı's private collection: Louvre Museum, Sabancı University.

8. “Ottoman Civilization” (a book by the Ministry of Culture)

9. TEMA Vehbi Koç Nature and Culture Centre/Kavacık Park Project: (TEMA Foundation)

10. "50.000 greetings to European Children": (GESAV)

11. "The Anatolian Memory": (GESAV)

12. Exhibition of the Portraits of Ottoman Sultans: (Ministry of Culture, İşBank)

13. Symposium on the Ottoman-Turkish Architectural Works: Atatürk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History.

14. "Polonezköy: Friendship reinforced by History“ Culture and Arts Summer Activities: Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of the republic of Poland, Polonezköy District Authority.

15. Role of Troy in the East - West Interaction: (a conference by the Ministry of Culture)

16. Traditional Turkish Handicrafts Summer Courses: (Ministry of Culture)

17. Cultural Heritage Documentary Film Show: (Ministry of Culture)

18. Ottoman - European Relations: (Documentary) (TRT)

19. Towns under protection (Tokat) “Road connecting Seljukis to the Ottomans” Panel and Exhibition

20. “Homage to Sinan”, Excursion and Exhibition: (Ministry of Culture, Chamber of Architects, ÇEKÜL Foundation)

21. Struggle against Soil Erosion: “Let’s Save 77 m soil”: (ÇEKÜL Foundation)

22. Joint exhibition of traditional Turkish costumes, jewellery and decorative arts. (Ministry of Culture)

A Campaign Born Out of Summits

The idea that Europe has a common cultural heritage has been elicited in the Final Declaration of the Council of Europe's First Summit Meeting in Vienna in 1993 as follows:

"A common cultural heritage enriched by its diversity"

The Second Summit Meeting of the Council of Europe on 10-11 October 1997 has provided an opportunity to define the tasks and priorities that the Council of Europe should take into account in the future in the fields of fundamental values of democracy and cultural diversity The Summit has decided to highlight the following as the common values of Europe:

- Citizenship education within democratic system.

- The exposition and protection of Europe's Common Heritage.

- New information technologies

In the Final Declaration of the Second Summit, Heads of States and Governments have declared that:
"The projection and promotion of the cultural and natural heritage of Europe is considered to be an important priority."

Objectives of the Campaign

- Aiming to building a Europe based on mutual respect, understanding, dialog, peace and democracy;
- Enhancing awareness of cultural, natural and historical heritage;
- Developing cooperation among nations on the basis of respect for cultural diversity;
- Promoting movable and immovable properties of cultural and natural heritage like archaeological sites, monuments, landscape and environment, as well as cultural, social, traditional, moral and spiritual values;

Projects of the Council of Europe

1) Religious sites;

- Demre St Nicholas Cultural Activities Ministry of Tourism, St Nicholas Foundation
- Documentary on Centres of Faith in Anatolia (TRT)
- Tarsus St Paul 2000. Religions in an Age of Faith and Tolerance (Chairmanship of Religious Affairs)

2) Sibiu, a crossroads in Europe (Ministry of Culture)

3) Tourism and Travel (Ministry of Tourism)

4) European Landscape Prize (Ministry of Culture)

5) European Association of Historical Towns (Bursa Metropolitan Municipality)

6) International Photography Competition (Ministry of Culture)

7) Cultural Heritage Days (Ministry of Culture)

8) Ancient Universities Route (Istanbul University)

9) Decorative Arts Workshops in Europe (Kütahya Porcelain)

10) European Panorama of Musical Heritage:

- From Hittites to modern times: Music and musical Instruments in Anatolia (Ministry of Culture)
- Interaction of Turkish and European music (Ministry of Culture)
- Music Museum (Ministry of Culture)

11) Cinema and European Common Heritage

- Cultural and Natural Heritage of Anatolia (Documentary) (Ministry of Culture)

12) Heritage Festival:

639th Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Championship (Edirne Municipality)
- İzmir International Traditional Theatre festival (Ministry of Culture Aegean University, UNİMA)
- Isparta Rug Kilim and Rose Festival (Isparta Municipality)
- South-eastern Anatolia Handicrafts Festival (Ministry of Tourism)
- Bursa Karagöz Theatre Festival (Bursa Culture and Arts Foundation)
- Artvin Culture, Tourism and Arts Festival (Artvin Municipality)
- Kayseri Hıdırellez, Summer Festival (Kayseri Municipality)
- Trabzon International Theatre Studios Gathering (Ministry of Culture TOBAV, ITI Turkish Centre)

13) Wooden houses in Europe (Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, Safranbolu Municipality, Cumalıkızık District Authority, Building and Industry Centre)

14) Industrial Heritage (Zonguldak Municipality, Rahmi Koç Industry Museum)

Characteristics of the International and Interregional Projects

According to criteria defined in pursuance of the goals and objectives of the campaign, the following will be put into practice:
- Projects that highlight the outcome of an artistic exchange of ideas, persons, experience or materials and the result of convergence or similarity between Europe's cultures or cultural landscapes;

- Projects which highlight the lesser known aspects of cultural heritage;

- Project, which illustrate traditional or more recent cultures respecting biological and landscape diversity;

- Projects encouraging the mobilization of public and private partners;

- Projects heightening the awareness, of the public at large;

- Projects that should whenever possible delineate innovative types or approaches of heritage promotion
Consequently, the following aims will he pursued:

- Illustration of the international exchange of knowledge, skills or techniques;

- Creation, extension and enhancement of the Council of Europe's cultural routes

- Creation or strengthening of transnational networks

What is Cultural Heritage?

Cultural heritage is the accumulation of tangible and intangible values stemming from human creativity and interaction between societies, since the beginning of human life on earth

What is Natural Heritage?

Natural heritage is a combination of natural beauties and biological diversity enriched by aesthetical, cultural, scientific and economic elements

Goals of the Campaign

. Informing sponsors and public institutions about the objectives of the campaign;
. Emphasizing human factor to attain social cohesion
. Establishing international networks between individuals and institutions working in the field of common heritage
. Publicizing and promoting the work done in this field by the Council of Europe and share the outcome of these works with the new member countries of the Council;
. Enhancing the cultural and natural values of the common heritage;
. Enriching education on common heritage to install a sense of responsibility among future generations to maintain and promote the cultural identity of Europe

"RELlGIOUS SITES" CONFERENCE ON RELlGIONS IN AN AGE OF FAITH AND TOLERANCE

VENUE: Tarsus Cultural Centre

DATE:20 April 2000

DESCRIPTION: An international conference will be held in the vicinity of St. Paul Church, with participation of dignitaries representing the three main religions

COORDINATOR Chairmanship of Religious Affairs

7 REGIONS 7 TOWNS FROM THE OTTOMANS TO THE ARMISTICE MUDANYA PANEL AND EXHIBITION

VENUE: Mudanya

DATE: February 2000

DESCRIPTION:Mudanya is a town where the oldest examples of the Ottoman civil architecture can still be seen. It's districts retain some of their authentic characteristics. Mudanya, being one of the first international seaports of the Ottoman Empire and also one of the cornerstones of the National Independence War, has been the seat to the Mudanya Armistice, thus setting the stage for eventual foundation of the Turkish Republic. All these aspects and more will be revealed in a panel, together with an exhibition entitled "7 Regions 7 Towns" organized by the ÇEKÜL Foundation.

COORDINATORS: ÇEKÜL Foundation, İstanbul Stock Exchange, Mudanya Municipality.

"GOLDEN LETTERS", OTTOMAN ART OF CALLIGRAPHY FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OF MR. SAKIP SABANCI

VENUE: Louvre Museum (Paris)

DATE: 17 March - 29 May 2000

DESCRIPTION: 71 pieces of Ottoman calligraphy donated by businessman Mr. Sakıp Sabancı to the Sabancı Museum, together with three oil paintings reflecting the splendour of the Ottoman era will be exhibited in the Louvre.

COORDINATORS:Sakıp Sabancı Museum.

ANCIENT UNIVERSITIES ROUTE ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY

VENUE: Istanbul University

DATE: Throughout the campaign

DESCRIPTION: The oldest universities in Europe will be connected in a cultural network and Istanbul University dating back to 1453 will be part of it.

COORDINATOR:Istanbul University.

HERITAGE FESTIVAL 639 TH KIRKPINAR OIL WRESTLING COMPETITIONS

VENUE: Edirne

DATE:26 June - 2 July 2000

DESCRIPTION: The traditional Kırkpınar oil wrestling competition will be accompanied by various outdoor cultural activities.

COORDINATOR:Edirne Municipality.

DECORATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP KÜTAHYA CHINA AND PORCELAINWARE WORKSHOP AND EXHIBITION

VENUE: Kütahya

DATE: March 2000

DESCRIPTION: A workshop and an exhibition on China and porcelain ware will be held in Kütahya with participation from European countries.

COORDINATOR: Kütahya Porcelain.

TROY'S ROLE IN THE EAST-WEST CULTURAL INTERACTION

VENUE: Dardanelles (Troy)

DATE: 20 - 25 August 2000

DESCRIPTION:A symposium will be held both to accentuate the Troy roots of Europe and the level of civilization in Anatolia beginning with 5000 BC.

COORDINATOR: Ministry of Culture.

POLONEZKÖY "FRIENDSHIP REINFORCED BY HISTORY" CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES

VENUE: Polonezköy (Istanbul)

DATE: 3 - 11 June 2000

DESCRIPTION:A summer festival in Polonezköy district of Istanbul co-sponsored by Turkey and Poland.

COORDINATORS: Turkish Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Poland, Polonezköy District Authority.

CULTURAL HERITAGE DOCUMENTARY FILM SHOW

VENUE: Turkey and abroad

DATE:Throughout the campaign

DESCRIPTION: English and Turkish 25 minutes documentaries on traditional, urban and rural settlements as well as cultural and natural properties under protection in the hinterland of Eskişehir, Edirne, Bursa, Afyon, Kastamonu and Adana provinces.

COORDINATOR: Ministry of Culture.

PANORAMA OF EUROPEAN MUSICAL HERITAGE INTERACTION OF TURKISH AND EUROPEAN MUSIC

VENUE:Istanbul Atatürk Cultural Centre

DATE: May 2000

DESCRIPTION: The interaction of Turkish and European music will be supported by a presentation of documents and information, together with a concert exemplifying this interaction.

COORDINATOR: Ministry of Culture.

PANORAMA OF EUROPEAN MUSICAL HERITAGE MUSIC MUSEUM - ISTANBUL

VENUE: Istanbul

DATE: September 2000

DESCRIPTION: Ancient musical instruments and documents of Anatolia will be exhibited in the museum, which will reveal audio visually the historical origins of the European musical heritage.

"HOMAGE TO ARCHITECT SINAN" EXPLORATION TOUR AND EXHIBITION

VENUE: Istanbul, Edirne, Zagreb

DATE: November 1999 - May 2000

DESCRIPTION: An exhibition will be held in Turkey and abroad, highlighting various aspects of the masterpieces of Architect Sinan coupled with a tour accompanied by scholars who will describe Sinan's impact on contemporary architecture. A brochure will also be published on his works.

COORDINATORS: Ministry of Culture, ÇEKÜL Foundation, Chamber of Architects.

SYMPOSIUM ON OTTOMAN - TURKISH ARCHITECTURAL WORKS IN THE BALKANS

VENUE: Sofia (Bulgaria)

DATE:May 2000

DESCRIPTION: A meeting will be held in Sofia on Ottoman - Turkish architectural heritage in the Balkans with participation of international scholars.

COORDINATOR: Atatürk Higher Institution of Culture, Language and History.

50.000 GREETINGS TO EUROPEAN CHILDREN

VENUE: Member countries of Council of Europe

DATE: 23 April 2000

DESCRIPTION: 50.000 postcards will be sent by Turkish children conveying their greetings to children in Europe.

COORDINATOR: GESAV.

HERITAGE FESTIVAL SOUTHEASTERN ANATOLIA HANDICRAFTS FESTIVAL

VENUE: Şanlıurfa

DATE:29 - 30 October 1999

DESCRIPTION: The rich artistic and cultural traditions of South-eastern Anatolia will be revealed in a festival of handicrafts.

COORDINATOR: Ministry of Tourism.

FROM 1.000 ANATOLIAN WOMEN TO 1.000 EUROPEAN WOMEN

VENUE: European countries

DATE: March 2000

DESCRIPTION: 1.000 broaches made with needlework technique will be mailed together with a descriptive card 1000 women from among European

 countries selected.

COORDINATOR:GESAV.

WOODEN HOUSES OF EUROPE

SAFRANBOLU, CUMALIKIZIK

VENUE: Safranbolu, Cumalıkızık

DATE:28 June 2000

DESCRIPTION: Promotion with various activities of the wooden architectural heritage of Anatolia and increasing public awareness for its protection.

COORDINATORS: Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, Safranbolu Municipality, Cumalıkızık District Authority, Building and Industry Centre.

ASSOCIATION OF HISTORICAL TOWNS OF EUROPE HISTORICAL TOWNS OF TURKEY

VENUE: Bursa

DATE: October 1999 - September 2000

DESCRIPTION: The establishment of an association of historical towns of Turkey in line with the regulations adopted by the conference on the association of historical towns of Europe held in Strasbourg on 7 - 8 October 1999.

COORDINATOR: Bursa Metropolitan Municipality.

HERITAGE FESTIVAL İZMİR INTERNATIONAL TRADITIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

VENUE:İzmir

DATE:21 - 25 November 1999

DESCRIPTION:Shows by Turkish and foreign groups; conferences, interviews with artists, workshops and exhibitions.

COORDINATORS:Ministry of Culture, Aegean University, UNIMA.

RELIGIOUS SITES ST. NICHOLAS ACTIVITIES

VENUE: Demre (Antalya)

DATE:December 1999

DESCRIPTION:St. Nicholas activities in Demre/Antalya, coupled with a meeting of dignitaries representing three main religions, whereby messages of tolerance will be delivered and religious significance of the year 2000 will be emphasized.

COORDINATORS: Ministry of Tourism, St. Nicholas Foundation.

TEMA / VEHBİ KOÇ NATURE AND CULTURE CENTRE KAVACIK PARK PROJECT

VENUE:Kavacık (Istanbul)

DATE: April 2000

DESCRIPTION: A 150 acre land beneath the second Bosporus Bridge (Fatih) will be rehabilitated and converted into a recreational park.

COORDINATOR: TEMA Foundation.

CINEMA AND EUROPEAN HERITAGE DOCUMENTARY ON THE CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE OF ANATOLIA

VENUE:Odyssey Cinema Club - Strasbourg

DATE: April 2000

DESCRIPTION: The living cultural heritage of Anatolia (fortresses, historical buildings, baths, palaces, inns, bridges, museums, fountains etc.) will be shown in a documentary film.

COORDINATOR:Ministry of Culture.

PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION OF FORESTS, YEDİAĞAÇ FORESTS

VENUE:Çatalca (Istanbul)

DATE: November 1999 - May 2000

DESCRIPTION:A series of activities to help increase afforestation in Turkey; supporting and encouraging public and private institutions working in this field; heightening public awareness; planting new trees etc.

COORDINATORS:Ministry of Forestry, ÇEKÜL Foundation.

STRUGGLE AGAINST SOIL EROSION:

"LET’S SAVE 77 SQUARE METRE SOIL"

VENUE: Gümüşhane

DATE: May 2000

DESCRIPTION:Studies on soil erosion will be evaluated in a panel and public meeting in Gümüşhane where soil erosion is a serious problem. Individuals and institutions will each be invited to help save 77 metre square of soil.

COORDINATOR: ÇEKÜL Foundation.

European Council Campaign

September 1999 - September 2000

Preface

The human tragedy which, in recent years, unfolded in Bosnia-Herzegovina and culminated in Kosovo has clearly and unequivocally shown that it is all the more necessary for European countries to develop their bilateral relations on a basis of mutual respect and tolerance. Better and closer relationships between individuals and, societies can only be attained through strengthening the notion that they all share a common heritage formed by common values. These values, do not only include material assets like movable or immovable cultural/natural properties or archaeological sites and monuments but also non-material assets like religious, ethical, moral and spiritual values. Turkey has been an integral part of the cultural values of Europe and has contributed to them, through interaction, since the 15th century with the geographical and political system of Europe. Likewise, we are also proud to have inherited some of the oldest and most valuable components of global cultural and natural heritage.

The projects that we have decided to launch within the framework of the campaign entitled "Europe a Common Heritage" by the Council of Europe, reflects the foregoing understanding Our aim is to ensure that our children and youth will safeguard and maintain this heritage by embracing the same ideals Thus we, hall have encouraged and motivated them to strive towards Atatürk's goal of keeping up with the modern times.
With my best regards,

M. İstemihan TALAY

Minister of Culture of the Republic of Turkey

"Europe: a Common Heritage" Campaign

The cultural and natural heritage campaign launched by the Council of Europe is aiming to emphasize the contribution of the cultural heritage, rich in its diversity for promoting par1iamcntary democracy in Europe.

"Europe: a Common Heritage" campaign has been launched with an opening ceremony on 11 September 1999 in Bucharest.
According to the decision taken during the Second Summit Meeting in Strasbourg on 10-11 October l997 of the Council of Europe, 41 member countries together with 6 others which have signed the European Cultural convention (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Armenia, Monaco and the Holy See) participate in the campaign.

The campaign will serve to the purpose of encouraging, and promoting mutual understanding and dialogue between societies of Europe, with a view to continue building a Europe based on a common heritage represented not only by material but also intellectual, spiritual and moral values.
The campaign which will last for one year encourages various national, regional and transnational projects such as prominent religious sites, ancient universities, routes, decorative arts workshops, etc.
Co-organized by the Council of Europe and the EU
the campaign will also be joined in by the OECD, UNESCO, Institute of Cultural Routes of Europe in Luxembourg, European Foundation for Heritage Skills as well as various companies, associations and foundations.
The closing ceremony of the campaign will be held in
September 2000 in Ljubijana/Slovenia.

"Europe; a Common Heritage" Campaign Honorary Committee Member Mr. Sakıp SABANCI
"Europe: a Common Heritage Campaign" Members of National Committee
Chairman: Mr. Fikret Necip ÜÇCAN
Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture
Members;
Cemal ERBAY
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ms. Ebru ERTAN - Mr. Osman CAĞALOĞLU
Ministry of Tourism
Mr. Kenan YURTTAGÜL - Mr. Nadir AVCI
Ministry of Culture
Mr. Aydın YERLİKAYA
Ministry of Culture
Prof. Sadık TURAL
Atatürk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History
Mr. Alaaddin KAYIHAN
Directorate - General of Pious Foundations
Mr. Ahmet YALÇIN
General Directorate of Turkish Radio and Television (TRT)
Ms. Nurhayat BERKER
Istanbul Stock Exchange
Mr. Emre GÖNEN
Economic Development Foundation
Ms. Nuran SENAR - Ms. Nevin DAĞ
Confederation of Turkish Craftsmen and Tradesmen
Mr Süleyman ÇETİN - Mustafa BEKTAŞ
The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion for Reforestation and Protection of Natural Habitats
Prof. Metin SÖZEN - Mr. Mithat KIRAYOĞLU
The Foundation for Protection and Promotion of the Environmental and Cultural Heritage
Ms. Betül ILGAR - Ms. Leyla ECİN
Mr. Haldun YILMAZ - Mr. Engür RUTKAY
The Young Businessmen Association of Turkey
Mr. Nuri UYGUN
Union of Turkish Travel Agencies

Turkish National Projects

1. " The Ottoman Contours - the Ottoman Colours" (Documentary) (TRT)
2. A case study of the Rural Development in Eastern Anatolia: ”Preventing the Extinction of Chestnut Trees and Increasing the Quality of Chestnut Production” (ÇEKÜL Foundation)
3. Protection of Çatalca/Istanbul Forest: “Yadiağaç Forests”: Ministry of Forestry, ÇEKÜL Foundation.
4. Architect Sinan Exhibition in the Anatolian Architectural Tradition: Ministry of Culture.
5. “7 Regions, 7 Cities” From the Ottomans to the Armistice Mudanya Panel and Exhibition: the ÇEKÜL Foundation, the Istanbul Stock Exchange, the Mudanya Municipality.
6. "From 1000 Anatolian Women to 1000 European Women": (GESAV)
7. "Golden Letters": The Ottoman Art of Calligraphy from Sakıp Sabancı's private collection: Louvre Museum, Sabancı University.
8. “The Ottoman Civilization” (a book by the Ministry of Culture)
9. TEMA Vehbi Koç Nature and Culture Centre/Kavacık Park Project: (TEMA Foundation)
10. "50.000 greetings to European Children": (GESAV)
11. "The Anatolian Memory": (GESAV)
12. Exhibition of the Portraits of The Ottoman Sultans: (Ministry of Culture, İşBank)
13. Symposium on the Ottoman-Turkish Architectural Works: Atatürk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History.
14. "Polonezköy: Friendship reinforced by History “Culture and Arts Summer Activities: Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of the republic of Poland, Polonezköy District Authority.
15. Role of Troy in the East - West Interaction: (a conference by the Ministry of Culture)
16. Traditional Turkish Handicrafts Summer Courses: (Ministry of Culture)
17. Cultural Heritage Documentary Film Show: (Ministry of Culture)
18. Ottoman - European Relations: (Documentary) (TRT)
19. Towns under protection (Tokat) “Road connecting Seljukis to the Ottomans” Panel and Exhibition
20. “Homage to Sinan”, Excursion and Exhibition: (Ministry of Culture, Chamber of Architects, ÇEKÜL Foundation)
21. Struggle against Soil Erosion: “Let’s Save 77 m² soil”: (ÇEKÜL Foundation)
22. Joint exhibition of traditional Turkish costumes, jewellery and decorative arts. (Ministry of Culture)

A Campaign Born Out of Summits

The idea that Europe has a common cultural heritage has been elicited in the Final Declaration of the Council of Europe's First Summit Meeting in Vienna in 1993 as follows:
"A common cultural heritage enriched by its diversity"
The Second Summit Meeting of the Council of Europe on 10-11 October 1997 has provided an opportunity to define the tasks and priorities that the Council of Europe should take into account in the future in the fields of fundamental values of democracy and cultural diversity. The Summit has decided to highlight the following as the common values of Europe:
- Citizenship education within democratic system.
- The exposition and protection of Europe's Common Heritage.
- New information technologies
In the Final Declaration of the Second Summit, Heads of States and Governments have declared that;
"The projection and promotion of the cultural and natural heritage of Europe is considered to be an important priority."

Objectives of the Campaign

- Aiming to building a Europe based on mutual respect, understanding, dialog, peace and democracy;
- Enhancing awareness of cultural, natural and historical heritage;
- Developing cooperation among nations on the basis of respect for cultural diversity;
- Promoting movable and immovable properties of cultural and natural heritage like archaeological sites, monuments, landscape and environment, as well as cultural, social, traditional, moral and spiritual values;

Projects of the Council of Europe

1) Religious sites;
- Demre St Nicholas Cultural Activities Ministry of Tourism, St Nicholas Foundation
- Documentary on Centres of Faith in Anatolia (TRT)
- Tarsus St Paul 2000. Religions in an Age of Faith and Tolerance (Chairmanship of Religious Affairs)
2) Sibiu, a crossroads in Europe (Ministry of Culture)
3) Tourism and Travel (Ministry of Tourism)
4) European Landscape Prize (Ministry of Culture)
5) European Association of Historical Towns (Bursa Metropolitan Municipality)
6) International Photography Competition (Ministry of Culture)
7) Cultural Heritage Days (Ministry of Culture)
8) Ancient Universities Route (Istanbul University)
9) Decorative Arts Workshops in Europe (Kütahya Porcelain)
10) European Panorama of Musical Heritage:
- From the Hittites to modern times: Music and musical Instruments in Anatolia (Ministry of Culture)
- Interaction of Turkish and European music (Ministry of Culture)
- Music Museum (Ministry of Culture)
11) Cinema and European Common Heritage
- Cultural and Natural Heritage of Anatolia (Documentary) (Ministry of Culture)
12) Heritage Festival:

639th Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Championship (Edirne Municipality)

- İzmir International Traditional Theatre festival (Ministry of Culture Aegean University, UNİMA)
- Isparta Rug Kilim and Rose Festival (Isparta Municipality)
- South-eastern Anatolia Handicrafts Festival (Ministry of Tourism)
- Bursa Karagöz Theatre Festival (Bursa Culture and Arts Foundation)
- Artvin Culture, Tourism and Arts Festival (Artvin Municipality)
- Kayseri Hıdırellez, Summer Festival (Kayseri Municipality)
- Trabzon International Theatre Studios Gathering (Ministry of Culture TOBAV, ITI Turkish Centre)
13) Wooden houses in Europe (Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, Safranbolu Municipality, Cumalıkızık District Authority, Building and Industry Centre)
14) Industrial Heritage (Zonguldak Municipality, Rahmi Koç Industry Museum)

Characteristics of the International and Interregional Projects
According to criteria defined in pursuance of the goals and objectives of the campaign, the following will be put into practice:
- Projects that highlight the outcome of an artistic exchange of ideas, persons, experience or materials and the result of convergence or similarity between Europe's cultures or cultural landscapes;
- Projects which highlight the lesser known aspects of cultural heritage;
- Project, which illustrate traditional or more recent cultures respecting biological and landscape diversity;
- Projects encouraging the mobilization of public and private partners;
- Projects heightening the awareness, of the public at large;
- Projects that should whenever possible delineate innovative types or approaches of heritage promotion
Consequently, the following aims will he pursued:
- Illustration of the international exchange of knowledge, skills or techniques;
- Creation, extension and enhancement of the Council of Europe's cultural routes
- Creation or strengthening of transnational networks

What is Cultural Heritage?

Cultural heritage is the accumulation of tangible and intangible values stemming from human creativity and interaction between societies, since the beginning of human life on earth

What is Natural Heritage?

Natural heritage is a combination of natural beauties and biological diversity enriched by aesthetical, cultural, scientific and economic elements

Goals of the Campaign

. Informing sponsors and public institutions about the objectives of the campaign;
. Emphasizing human factor to attain social cohesion
. Establishing international networks between the individuals and the institutions working in the field of common heritage
. Publicizing and promoting the work done in this field by the Council of Europe and share the outcome of these works with the new member countries of the Council;
. Enhancing the cultural and natural values of the common heritage;
. Enriching education on common heritage to install a sense of responsibility among future generations, to maintain and promote the cultural identity of Europe

"RELlGIOUS SITES" CONFERENCE ON RELlGIONS IN AN AGE OF FAITH AND TOLERANCE

VENUE: Tarsus Cultural Centre

DATE: 20 April 2000

DESCRIPTION: An international conference will be held in the vicinity of the St. Paul Church, with participation of dignitaries representing the three main religions

COORDINATOR Chairmanship of Religious Affairs

7 REGIONS 7 TOWNS FROM THE OTTOMANS TO THE ARMISTICE MUDANYA PANEL AND EXHIBITION

VENUE: Mudanya

DATE: February 2000

DESCRIPTION: Mudanya is a town where the oldest examples of the Ottoman civilian architecture can still be seen. It's districts retain some of their authentic characteristics. Mudanya, being one of the first international seaports of the Ottoman Empire and also one of the cornerstones of the National Independence War, has been the seat to the Mudanya Armistice, thus setting the stage for eventual foundation of the Turkish Republic. All these aspects and more will be revealed in a panel, together with an exhibition entitled "7 Regions 7 Towns" organized by the ÇEKÜL Foundation.

COORDINATORS: ÇEKÜL Foundation, İstanbul Stock Exchange, Mudanya Municipality.

"GOLDEN LETTERS", THE OTTOMAN ART OF CALLIGRAPHY FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OF MR. SAKIP SABANCI

VENUE: Louvre Museum (Paris)

DATE: 17 March - 29 May 2000

DESCRIPTION: 71 pieces of the Ottoman calligraphy donated by businessman Mr. Sakıp Sabancı to the Sabancı Museum, together with three oil paintings reflecting the splendour of the Ottoman era will be exhibited in the Louvre.

COORDINATORS: Sakıp Sabancı Museum.

ANCIENT UNIVERSITIES ROUTE ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY

VENUE: Istanbul University

DATE: Throughout the campaign

DESCRIPTION: The oldest universities in Europe will be connected in a cultural network and the Istanbul University dating back to 1453 will be part of it.

COORDINATOR: Istanbul University.

HERITAGE FESTIVAL 639 TH KIRKPINAR OIL WRESTLING COMPETITION

VENUE: Edirne

DATE: 26 June - 2 July 2000

DESCRIPTION: The traditional Kırkpınar oil wrestling competition will be accompanied by various outdoor cultural activities.

COORDINATOR: Edirne Municipality.

DECORATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP KÜTAHYA CHINA AND PORCELAINWARE WORKSHOP AND EXHIBITION

VENUE: Kütahya

DATE: March 2000

DESCRIPTION: A workshop and an exhibition on China and porcelain ware will be held in Kütahya with participation from European countries.

COORDINATOR: Kütahya Porcelain.

TROY'S ROLE IN THE EAST-WEST CULTURAL INTERACTION

VENUE: Dardanelles (Troy)

DATE: 20 - 25 August 2000

DESCRIPTION: A symposium will be held both to accentuate the Troy roots of Europe and the level of civilization in Anatolia beginning with 5000 BC.

COORDINATOR: Ministry of Culture.

POLONEZKÖY "FRIENDSHIP REINFORCED BY HISTORY" CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES

VENUE: Polonezköy (Istanbul)

DATE: 3 - 11 June 2000

DESCRIPTION: A summer festival in Polonezköy district of Istanbul co-sponsored by Turkey and Poland.

COORDINATORS: Turkish Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Poland, Polonezköy District Authority.

CULTURAL HERITAGE DOCUMENTARY FILM SHOW

VENUE: Turkey and abroad

DATE: Throughout the campaign

DESCRIPTION: English and Turkish 25 minutes documentaries on traditional, urban and rural settlements as well as cultural and natural properties under protection in the hinterland of Eskişehir, Edirne, Bursa, Afyon, Kastamonu and Adana provinces.

COORDINATOR: Ministry of Culture.

PANORAMA OF EUROPEAN MUSICAL HERITAGE INTERACTION OF TURKISH AND EUROPEAN MUSIC

VENUE: Istanbul Atatürk Cultural Centre

DATE: May 2000

DESCRIPTION: The interaction of Turkish and European music will be supported by a presentation of documents and information, together with a concert exemplifying this interaction.

COORDINATOR: Ministry of Culture.

PANORAMA OF EUROPEAN MUSICAL HERITAGE MUSIC MUSEUM - ISTANBUL

VENUE: Istanbul

DATE: September 2000

DESCRIPTION: Ancient musical instruments and documents of Anatolia will be exhibited in the museum, which will reveal audio visually the historical origins of the European musical heritage.

"HOMAGE TO ARCHITECT SINAN" EXPLORATION TOUR AND EXHIBITION

VENUE: Istanbul, Edirne, Zagreb

DATE: November 1999 - May 2000

DESCRIPTION: An exhibition will be held in Turkey and abroad, highlighting various aspects of the masterpieces of Architect Sinan coupled with a tour accompanied by scholars who will describe Sinan's impact on contemporary architecture. A brochure will also be published on his works.

COORDINATORS: Ministry of Culture, ÇEKÜL Foundation, Chamber of Architects.

SYMPOSIUM ON THE OTTOMAN - TURKISH ARCHITECTURAL WORKS IN THE BALKANS

VENUE: Sofia (Bulgaria)

DATE: May 2000

DESCRIPTION: A meeting will be held in Sofia on The Ottoman - Turkish architectural heritage in the Balkans with participation of international scholars.

COORDINATOR: Atatürk Higher Institution of Culture, Language and History.

50.000 GREETINGS TO EUROPEAN CHILDREN

VENUE: Member countries of Council of Europe

DATE: 23 April 2000

DESCRIPTION: 50.000 postcards will be sent by Turkish children conveying their greetings to children in Europe.

COORDINATOR: GESAV.

HERITAGE FESTIVAL SOUTHEASTERN ANATOLIA HANDICRAFTS FESTIVAL

VENUE: Şanlıurfa

DATE: 29 - 30 October 1999

DESCRIPTION: The rich artistic and cultural traditions of South-eastern Anatolia will be revealed in a festival of handicrafts.

COORDINATOR: Ministry of Tourism.

FROM 1.000 ANATOLIAN WOMEN TO 1.000 EUROPEAN WOMEN

VENUE:European countries

DATE: March 2000

DESCRIPTION: 1.000 broaches made with needlework technique will be mailed together with a descriptive card 1000 women from among European countries selected.

COORDINATOR: GESAV.

WOODEN HOUSES OF EUROPE SAFRANBOLU, CUMALIKIZIK

VENUE:Safranbolu, Cumalıkızık

DATE:28 June 2000

DESCRIPTION: Promotion with various activities of the wooden architectural heritage of Anatolia and increasing public awareness for its protection.

COORDINATORS: Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, Safranbolu Municipality, Cumalıkızık District Authority, Building and Industry Centre.

ASSOCIATION OF HISTORICAL TOWNS OF EUROPE HISTORICAL TOWNS OF TURKEY

VENUE: Bursa

DATE:October 1999 - September 2000

DESCRIPTION: The establishment of an association of historical towns of Turkey in line with the regulations adopted by the conference on the association of historical towns of Europe held in Strasbourg on 7 - 8 October 1999.

COORDINATOR: Bursa Metropolitan Municipality.

HERITAGE FESTIVAL İZMİR INTERNATIONAL TRADITIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

VENUE: İzmir

DATE: 21 - 25 November 1999

DESCRIPTION:Performances by the Turkish and foreign groups; conferences, interviews with artists, workshops and exhibitions.

COORDINATORS:Ministry of Culture, Aegean University, UNIMA.

RELIGIOUS SITES ST. NICHOLAS ACTIVITIES

VENUE: Demre (Antalya)

DATE: December 1999

DESCRIPTION:
St. Nicholas activities in Demre/Antalya, coupled with a meeting of dignitaries representing three main religions, whereby messages of tolerance will be delivered and religious significance of the year 2000 will be emphasized.

COORDINATORS: Ministry of Tourism, St. Nicholas Foundation.

TEMA / VEHBİ KOÇ NATURE AND CULTURE CENTRE KAVACIK PARK PROJECT

VENUE:
Kavacık (Istanbul)

DATE: April 2000

DESCRIPTION:A 150 acre land beneath the second Bosporus Bridge (Fatih) will be rehabilitated and converted into a recreational park.

COORDINATOR: TEMA Foundation.

CINEMA AND EUROPEAN HERITAGE DOCUMENTARY ON THE CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE OF ANATOLIA

VENUE:Odyssey Cinema Club - Strasbourg

DATE:April 2000

DESCRIPTION: The living cultural heritage of Anatolia (fortresses, historical buildings, baths, palaces, inns, bridges, museums, fountains etc.) will be shown in a documentary film.

COORDINATOR:Ministry of Culture.

PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION OF FORESTS, YEDİAĞAÇ FORESTS

VENUE: Çatalca (Istanbul)

DATE: November 1999 - May 2000

DESCRIPTION: A series of activities to help increase afforestation in Turkey; supporting and encouraging public and private institutions working in this field; heightening public awareness; planting new trees etc.

COORDINATORS: Ministry of Forestry, ÇEKÜL Foundation.

STRUGGLE AGAINST SOIL EROSION:

"LET’S SAVE 77 SQUARE METRE SOIL"

VENUE:Gümüşhane

DATE: May 2000

DESCRIPTION: Studies on soil erosion will be evaluated in a panel and a public meeting in Gümüşhane where soil erosion is a serious problem. Individuals and institutions will each be invited to help save 77 square metre of soil.

COORDINATOR:ÇEKÜL Foundati






 
     

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