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Fully Booked: Launch: Mapping Turkey 2019, your professional field guide to the arts

DutchCulture has invited three authors that collaborated on this project to discuss the most important changes in the Turkish cultural landscape.
Monday 6 May 2019, 14:00 to 15:45

To celebrate the launch of the updated guide of the cultural field of Turkey DutchCulture has invited three authors that collaborated on Mapping Turkey 2019 to discuss the most important changes in the Turkish cultural landscape.

Meet Ayşe Draz (theatre), Anna Zizlsperger (contemporary visual arts) and Chantal Hamelinck (literature) for a reflection on the biggest changes in their field of expertise and exchange thoughts and ideas on current opportunities. Before this panel discussion takes place, Teike Asselbergs (founder Connetistanbul and co-editor of the Mapping Turkey) and Quirine van der Hoeven (cultural attaché for the Netherlands in Turkey) will be interviewed on the goals behind the mappings and the biggest changes in it.

This cultural mapping is a high quality collection of information meant  for anyone with ambitions to work with or in Turkey. The original mappings were created in 2011 as a precursor for the Dutch-Turkish celebration year in 2012. Seven years later the interest in working with Turkey hasn’t diminished. To keep this exchange alive, fourteen authors collaborated to create an up to date field guide of arts and culture in Turkey. Each chapter focuses on a different discipline and provides you with a short history, current trends and the most important organizations and individuals in the field. The mapped disciplines are theatre, graphic design, 3D design, heritage, music, photography, contemporary visual arts, film, literature, fashion, dance, youth and participatory art, architecture and e-culture.

The programme will be presented by Jorgen Tjon a Fong. 

Date: Monday 6 May 2019
Doors open: 14:00 

14.15  – 14.20    Word of welcome     
14.20 – 14.35    Interview with Chief Editor Teike Asselbergs & Cultural Attaché Quirine van der Hoeven
14.35 – 14.55    Keynote by Ayse Draz 
14.55 – 15.25    Panel discussion with Ayse Draz & Anna Zizlsperger & Chantal Hamelinck
15.25 – 15.40    Q&A and closing words 

After the presentation there will be opportunity for networking. 

Location: De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, 1017 RR Amsterdam 
Language: English

Free entrance, reservation is required. 



Anna Zizlsperger
Anna Zizlsperger is chief-editor of Exhibist online magazine. She has an MA in islamic art history from LMU Munich and an MA in modern and contemporary art from Christies Education London (University of Glasgow), with a special focus on art criticism and curating. She has been working for galleries, museums, art events and auction houses worldwide, such as Halle Saint Pierre, Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Berliner Kunstsalon and Bonhams Auctioneers London. As an experienced editor and writer, having worked for Weltkunst (Zeitverlag), Munich, Giunti Editore, Milano and Phaidon Press, London, she has been writing and publishing with a focus on contemporary art from Turkey with her own magazine Exhibist since 2012.

Ayşe Draz
Born in Istanbul in 1979, Ayşe Draz studied theatre, comparative literature and international studies at Northwestern University in the USA. She completed her MA in performing arts at Middlesex University. Since her return to Turkey in 2005 she has worked for several theatre companies, such as the Studio Players founded by Şahika Tekand. Here, she worked in the capacity of performer, instructor and assistant director. In 2018 she co-founded the theatre company Hemhâl with Nezaket Erden and Hakan Emre Unal and worked as a dramaturg on the company’s first production. She is a former member of Afife Jale Theatre Awards and a current member of TEB (Turkish Theatre Critics' Association). Additionally, she is the performing arts editor of Art Unlimited magazine

Chantal Hamelinck 
After graduating from the department of Turkish studies at Leiden University, Chantal did an internship at a literary agency in Istanbul. Soon afterwards, she started working as foreign rights manager at the Alfa Publishing Group, one of the largest publishing groups in Turkey. In 2016 she returned to the Netherlands, where she still works on projects related to publishing. Together with Teike Asselbergs she worked on the cultural mapping in 2011 and 2019, and for the 2019 version she wrote a new chapter on the publishing sector in Turkey. 


De Balie