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Turkish Cultural Foundation Releases 2017 Annual Report

Last year, Turkish Cultural Foundation allocated a total of $373,289 to grants, operational and program disbursements to pursue its mission. TCF continued to be a leading private grantmaker in the area of Turkish cultural preservation and promotion. In 2017, TCF provided a total of $52,724.81 in grants and fellowships to organizations and individuals. The TCF Fellowship programs help build artistic, cultural and scholarly exchanges across the globe. In 2017, TCF awarded six fellowships, bringing the total to 204 awards awards since we began the programs.

Sean Penn Jets in to Turkey and Meets with An Adviser to President Erdogan

A Turkish official says Sean Penn is in Turkey working on a documentary about the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Turkey's president, said Thursday that the two-time Oscar winner interviewed him in Ankara as part of his 'preliminary preparations' for the documentary before leaving for Istanbul where he was due to meet with Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee. The 58-year-old Hollywood actor has been in Turkey working on the death of the Washington Post columnist who was critical of the Saudi crown prince. Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents on October 2 after arriving to handle routine paperwork.

Seattle Turkish Film Festival Starts on November 9th

Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington (TACAWA) has curated contemporary Turkish films and presenting them since 2012. This year, TACAWA has selected 11 featured films and top ten finalist films of its short film competition to whet auidence’ appetite. 6th Seattle Turkish Film Festival will be opened with the gala at Gordon Biersch on November 9, Friday at 6:30 pm. Ayta Sozeri, the actress of our opening film "In the Family / Aile Arasinda", will be at the opening gala and she will answer questions after the film followed by the gala.

New Troy Museum Opens in Turkey During the "Year of Troy 2018"

NEW YORK (October 22, 2018) – The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced the opening of the Troy Museum as part of the 2018 “Year of Troy” celebrations, marking 20 years since the archeological site was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the world’s most important contemporary museums and selected from more than 150 projects by an internationally respected jury in the National Architectural Design Competition, the Troy Museum officially opened this month. One of many initiatives undertaken to commemorate the “Year of Troy,” the museum is expected to draw one million tourists in its first year alone.

"Eksi Bir" Is Announced as Grand Prix for Best Feature Film at Chelsea Film Festival

Chelsea, NY — The Chelsea Film Festival closed its 6th Annual Edition on Sunday, October 21 after having presented 87 Films from 21 countries at AMC Loews Theatre 34th St. The list of winners were announced by the 2018 Jury Members (Laura Gómez/Jury President and Adam Mirels) on Sunday, October 21st at AMC Loews Theatre 34th St. at 9.30pm.

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Kivanc Tatlitug North America Goes to Washington DC, Sept. 30!

Washington, DC  (September 23, 2018 ) Kivanc Tatlitug North America (KTNA) will introduce the work of Turkey's most famous actor Kivanc Tatlitug to attendees at the 16th annual Turkish Festival in Washington, DC, on Sunday, September 30, 2018. As an official media sponsor and festival participant, the multi-platform fan group will feature Tatlitug’s series, Kurt Seyit ve Sura, currently mesmerising North Americans on Netflix. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said, “'Turkish people are great storytellers…and Netflix aims to become one of its most vocal ambassadors.”

'Captain Marvel' Hires 'Fortnite' Composer Pinar Toprak, the First Woman to Score a Marvel Film

Composer Pinar Toprak is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The composer will be the first woman to score a Marvel Studios film. Toprak will score Captain Marvel, which stars Brie Larson as the powerful Marvel hero. Captain Marvel is Marvel Studios' first female-fronted film, and Toprak will be the first woman to score a feature for the studio. "It’s an incredible honor to be a part of the Marvel Universe," Toprak wrote Thursday on Instagram. "So many thoughts racing through my head. And the main one is gratitude."

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All the Reasons to Travel to Turkey in 2018

According to figures released by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, January through March 2018 saw a 50 percent increase in visitors — and they didn’t just have hankering for baklava and kebap. We’ve got three words for you: Year. Of. Troy.

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Ancient Artifacts Belonging to Famous "Gypsy Girl" Mosaic to Be Returned to Turkey from Bowling Green State University

NEW YORK (May 15, 2018) – The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday with the Bowling Green State University for the return of 12 pieces of ancient mosaics to their place of origin, to be exhibited at the renowned Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep.The pieces are believed to form part of the framing periphery of the famous “Gypsy Girl” mosaic- symbol of Gaziantep city, discovered in the ancient city of Zeugma, known for its wealth of ancient mosaics, frescoes and artifact.

A Virginian in Love with Turkish Folk Music: Meg Davis

What would you ask an American who was born in West Virginia and studied in college in Holland’s Rotterdam; and, who is in love with Turkish folk music? My question to her was: ‘What’s wrong with you?’ And, she replied, laughing, that I was not the first person asking her that question.  Meg Davis has completed her undergraduate studies at Codarts University of Arts in Holland and she is now getting prepared to have her master’s degree on Turkish pop music. However, although she started his graduate studies on pop music, she has also changed her major to Turkish Folk Music and studied it at undergraduate level.

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