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.
TUBA 2015 Academy Prizes, GEBİP (Outstanding Young Scientists) and TEÇEP (Best Authored and Translated Books) Awards were presented to the awardees on December 14, 2015 at the Presidential Complex.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presented their awards to Niyazi Serdar Sarıçiftçi of Linz Johannes Kepler University in the category of Basic and Engineering Sciences, Zulfiqar Ahmad Bhutta of University of Toronto and Aga Khan University in the category of Health and Life Sciences, Mehmet Genç of Istanbul Şehir University in the category of Social Sciences and Humanities.
38 scientists were awarded as part of the GEBİP program and 19 scientists as part of the TEÇEP program.
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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.
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 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 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 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/
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.’
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
World Petroleum Congress aims to monitor first-hand the developments in the industry and cover all aspects of the industry, including exploration, production, development, transportation, refining, marketing, pricing, environment, social responsibility, sustainability, human resources, attracting the youth to the industry, geopolitics, education and training.
Turkey will host the congress, conducted by the World Petroleum Council Turkish National Committee, for the first time. The 22nd World Petroleum Congress will be held in Istanbul on 9-13 July, 2017.
For more information: http://www.22wpc.com
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
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.
On its 52nd anniversary the tour was held between April 24 and May 1, 2016 in 8 stages. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended the press tour held on April 6, 2016.
The world's sole "transcontinental cycling tour" witnessed high-level competition of world-renowned athletes and teams. The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey has been reaching a wide access network throughout the world via live and recorded broadcasts by means of prestigious national and international channels in more than 150 countries since 2008. Unlike previous years, tour route started from Istanbul and it ended in the Selçuk district of İzmir on May 1, 2016.
Portuguese cyclist Jose Gonçalves, racing for Spanish team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, came first in general classification of the 52nd Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. Following the completion of Marmaris-Selçuk stage of the tour, successful cyclists and teams were presented with their trophies in a ceremony attended by Minister of Youth and Sports Akif Çağatay Kılıç and Deputy Secretary General and Spokesperson of the Presidency Ambassador İbrahim Kalın
For more detailed information: http://www.tourofturkey.org.tr/EN