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Aylin Özalp
Aylin Özalp
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Advisor - Turkey
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a.ozalp@dutchculture.nl

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Ashley Swagers
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Advisor - Focal Countries
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a.swagers@dutchculture.nl

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Josine Backus
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Advisor - Focal Countries | Brazil
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j.backus@dutchculture.nl
 

A Borderless Platform for Global Arts and Culture: Arts Map

A Borderless Platform for Global Arts and Culture: Arts Map

Arts Map, a digital platform aiming to establish international ties in the fields of arts and culture, was launched on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

Arts Map is a digital platform that primarily aims to establish cultural ties between Turkey and the Netherlands and to develop a sustainable dialogue between artists, institutions, governmental and non-governmental organisations and the general public, by using the unifying power of arts and culture.

Background of the project

The foundation of the Arts Map platform was laid between November 2017 and February 2019 by the cultural exploration project initiated by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ankara and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul, in cooperation with the İKSV Cultural Policy Studies department. The aim of this exploration project was to meet with the Turkish arts and cultural field in order to create a sustainable dialogue for future projects.

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Online launch event of Arts Map.
Online launch

The Arts Map Project was implemented by the Dutch Embassy in Ankara and the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul in cooperation with InogarArt, one of Turkey's leading art incubation centers. Due to COVID-19, it was launched online with presentations by Marjanne de Kwaasteniet, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Turkey; Quirine van der Hoeven, Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of the Netherlands, Ipek Sur, Senior Policy Officer for Culture at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul. Besides, actors such as Mert Fırat, Tamer and Caner Karataş gave performances and the Meral Polat Trio played a mini concert.

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Launch event of Artsmap
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Back stage at the Arts Map launch event with Mert Firat, Ipek van Dijk and Yekta Kopan.
Diplomatic appreciation

Marjanne de Kwaasteniet, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Turkey, expressed her appreciation for creating Turkey’s first culture and Arts Map in her speech at the launch. She emphasised that this map will be a cultural bridge between Turkey and the Netherlands. Quirine van der Hoeven, Dutch Cultural Attaché in Turkey, stated that she is happy to be able to create a sustainable system for international cultural cooperation, together with long-term partners.

Sustainable relations

The objective of the Arts Map Project is to create a cultural and artistic ecosystem that is sustainable, using networking, capacity building, training of trainers, and information sharing. All culture and art institutions, artists, relevant departments of universities, cultural directorates of local administrations, provincial cultural directorates, state and city theatres will be marked on a digital map. As a partner, DutchCulture provided all the necessary data on Dutch-Turkish cultural cooperation and activities. 

Under Arts Map different cultural actors in the field will come together and realise co-productions by using this platform to connect and interact.

Check out the complete overview of Dutch cultural activities in Turkey in our database. If you are a cultural professional interested in an international collaboration with Turkey, feel free to contact our new Advisor Turkey Aylin Özalp