Turkey launches EU-backed Cultural Bridges Programme

"My City" Programme, backed by the European Commission as part of the "Civil Society Dialogue: Cultural Bridges Programme, kicked off in Istanbul.

Turkey launches EU-backed Cultural Bridges Programme

"My City" Programme, a project supported by the European Commission as part of the "Civil Society Dialogue: Cultural Bridges Programme, kicked off in Istanbul on Friday.

Implemented by the British Council and supported by Garanti Guncel Sanat Merkezi and Anadolu Kultur, the programme will make it possible for five European artists to produce art pieces in Turkish provinces of Istanbul, Canakkale, Konya, Trabzon and Mardin. The program will also make it possible for six Turkish artists to produce art pieces in European cities such as Berlin, Dortmund, London, Helsinki, Vienna and Warsaw.

Speaking at a reception to introduce the programme to the press, Turkish State Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis said that today is the eighth anniversary of September 11 attacks in the United States.

Terror has no boundaries and it must be fought all together, Bagis stressed.

"My City" Programme is crucial from this point of view. We initiated this program with the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband, Bagis said.

The civil society dialogue, one of the three legs of negotiations with the European Union (EU), goes on with non-governmental organizations. The role of artists is great in the civil society dialogue. Those countries with developed art are also those with developed democracies and economies, Bagis noted.

Reminding that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan supports related projects, Bagis said that six days before Turkey's entry negotiations began with the EU on December 14, 2004, they opened Istanbul Modern and that, whenever Turkish officials travelled to Europe, they were asked about Istanbul Modern.

Art is an important concept for Turkey's promotion in the world and Europe, Bagis stressed.

Artists from Turkey and Europe will display their works in September, 2010.

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