Sound of the Ancient City Opening to the World

18/09/2020

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, Yunus Emre Institute, TIKA (Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency), and YTB (Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities) are cooperating to make Kahramanmaraş popular at global level. An International Cultural Cooperation Protocol was signed between Kahramanmaraş Metropolitan Municipality and Yunus Emre Institute and a Cooperation and Promotion Protocol between the Institute and Sütçü İmam University.

Kahramanmaraş will be promoted at international level through the events and activities to be organized under the cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, Yunus Emre Institute, TIKA and YTB.

A series of cultural and artistic events were organized in Kahramanmaraş province on September 16, 2020 with the participation of Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Dr. Serdar Çam. 

A series of cultural and artistic events were organized in Kahramanmaraş province on September 16, 2020 with the participation of Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Dr. Serdar Çam. An International Cultural Cooperation Protocol was signed between Kahramanmaraş Metropolitan Municipality and Yunus Emre Institute and a Cooperation and Promotion Protocol between the Institute and Sütçü İmam University. Protocols were signed on Turkish teaching, culture-art, literature, archaeology, gastronomy, science and education among the institutions of the ministry, the Municipality and the University during the signing ceremony led by the President of Yunus Emre Institute Prof. Şeref Ateş, the President of TIKA Serkan Kayalar and the President of YTB Abdullah Eren with the participation of Deputy Minister Dr. Serdar Çam.  It was decided to hold events such as promotion days, international poem and literature festivals and international cultural festivals with a focus on these areas.

KAHRAMANARAŞ IS BUILDING A LITERATURE BRIDGE WITH THE WORLD

The international cultural cooperation protocol signed between Yunus Emre Institute and Kahramanmaraş Metropolitan Municipality will render Maraş a focal city for many parts of the world. Especially known as the City of Literature and hosting the annual International Poem and Literature Festival, the city will establish a bridge of literature through the authors, poets, editors, translators and publishing house representatives to be invited by Yunus Emre Institute from around the world. Under the Turkey Days Project, the Institute will also realize Kahramanmaraş Days project in the countries where the Institute has offices so as to promote the city's historical, touristic, cultural and economic facilities abroad.

COLLABORATION ON EDUCATION WITH SÜTÇÜ İMAM UNIVERSITY

A cooperation protocol was signed between the University and Yunus Emre Institute for promoting Turkey's scientific knowledge abroad and popularize Turkish teaching in other countries. Encompassing education, science, cultural events and Turkish teaching, the protocol will pave the way for the University to attract more international students. Cooperation will also be established for the Institute's Turkish Proficiency Examination (TPE) that is internationally accredited and applied to foreigners in many countries. Areas of cooperation with the University include the discounted application of "Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language Certificate Program" applied for the graduates of Turkish Teaching, Turkish Language and Literature and Turkology departments.

NURİ PAKDİL, THE POET OF JERUSALEM AND MARAŞ, COMMEMORATED
 

Nuri Pakdil, who is known as the Poet of Jerusalem, one of the "Seven Nice Men" and grew up and led a life with the love and excitement of both Jerusalem and Maraş, was commemorated during a panel with authors and poets from Turkey and Palestine. Necip Evlice, author Mevlana İdris and Khalil Al-Assali who made an interview with Nuri Pakdil during his years of journalism were the panelists of the panel organized at Kahramanmaraş Castle and moderated by Duran Boz. The panel also referred to the statements of Pakdil following his reunion with Jerusalem: "We love Jerusalem and Palestine very much. Palestinians have always been and will always be our brothers and sisters."

Before the panel stressing the importance of Jerusalem and Maraş in Pakdil's life, an exhibition presenting photographs from Pakdil's visit to Palestine was organized by TIKA. The exhibition also showcased for guests a section with the projects and activities of TIKA regarding Palestine since its establishment.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS MET DEPUTY MINISTER DR. SERDAR ÇAM

Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Dr. Serdar Çam met international students studying in Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University during his visit to Kahramanmaraş. Students studying through the Turkish Scholarship Program applied by the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities for the university education of thousands of students every year shared their experience on education and city life with the deputy minister.

Kahramanmaraş program came to an end with the Turkish World Music Concert staged by the artist Abdullah Köse at Maraş Castle.