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Mediterranea in Tbilisi: the cultural programme

Tbilisi ingMediterranea boat is sailing to know the Mediterranean, the sea and its history. And not only. Mediterranea boat is sailing with the aim to meet the culture of the Mediterranean, and then intellectuals, artists, writers with whom to exchange ideas and points of view. Mediterranea is sailing in search of the "thought of the Mediterranean".

Program of cultural meetings in Tbilisi 15 to 20 of June, 2015.

In June 2015, during the stop of Mediterranea boat in the port of Batumi in Georgia and the sailing along the coast of Georgia, in the capital Tbilisi, within the country, there will be a series of individual meetings with leading representatives of the cultural and social Georgian. Meetings will be held at the Italian Embassy in Tbilisi and in the museum spaces made available by some of the invited guests.

 Here to see the calendar of events

Here, in detail, some of those who were invited, in cooperation with the Cultural Promotion Office of the Italian Embassy in Tbilisi, and that have already confirmed their presence:

6370 gDavid Lordkipanidze: Archaeologist and anthropologist, he is revolutionizing the evolutionary history of the gender "Homo". General manager of the museum complex of the Georgian National Museum (GNM), he is author of over 120 publications in major international scientific magazine (from Nature to Science magazine and the Journal of Human Evolution and others) and he is a member of several scientific associations and foundations worldwide.

 

 

maxresdefaultDato Turashvili: Writer of novels and travel books. It is the author of "Jeans Generation" a true story, dramatic and moving, set in Georgia 80's. Political activist, he was a leader of a student movement for democracy, human rights and freedom, fighting against the soviet regime.

 

imgres-2David Magradze: award-winning poet and writer. Shortlisted nominees for the Nobel Prize for Literature, is considered the spokesman of the soul of Georgia. He is the author of the national anthem and was also Minister of Culture from 1992 to 1995. For several years, he is the guest of honor at the Festival of Poetry in Genoa.

 

 

imgres-1Lasha Bakradze: Philosopher, historian and Germanist. Since 2010 he is director of the Museum of Literature "Giorgi Leonidze". Professor at the Ilia State University in Tbilisi, after graduating in German literature and linguistics in Tbilisi, he completed his studies in German universities of Jena and Potsdam and Bern in Switzerland.

 

 

SAM 7627Nana Lomia: Linguist and PhD in Philology. Professor at the Italian Cultural Centre of University of Ilia in Tbilisi, is also involved in cultural exchanges and intercultural communication, in collaboration with the "Georgia-Italy" Association.

 

 

 

images-1Lasha Bugadze: novelist, is also an active designer. Many of his texts have been used to make various movies. And he is one of the authors present in the broadcasts of Radio-Television public of Georgia.

 

 

hqdefaultTrio Mandili: Tatia Mgeladze, Shorena Tsiskarauli and Ani Chincharauli make a trio of singers by chance. Their video, in which they sing a traditional georgian song, posted on YouTube last September 2014, went viral in a few days, bringing the three girls to the attention of the world. The Georgian polyphonic singing has very ancient origins,it seems VIII century BC. Since 2011 it is immaterial universal heritage of humanity and is protected by UNESCO.

 

 

10443506 10204085468603220 9185386126183008095 nMaka Memanishvili: humanitarian volunteer with the Humanitarian Association "Georgia-Italy" as a board member. She has followed the project host made for children refugees from Abkhazia and Samaciablo, war zones on Georgian territory, in collaboration with some Italian humanitarian associations. She is managerof Administration & HR at John Snow, Inc. (USAID project).

 

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Meetings in Istanbul

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Mediterranean sailing to know the Mediterranean region, the sea and its history. And not only. Mediterranea sailing and the aim of expedition is the meeting with the culture of the Mediterranean area, and then the intellectuals, artists, writers with whom to exchange ideas and points of view. Mediterranea sailing in search of the "thought of the Mediterranean area".

Here all the protagonists of our meetings:

 

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Serra Yilmaz, actress and traslator. She is Ferzan Opztek's icon e she is present in almost all his movies. Serra is well-beloved in Italy.

Read here the synthesis of the interview

Play here the interview un-cut video

 

 

Zulfu LivaneliOmer Zulfu Livaneli, turkish musician, novelist, journalist and filmmaker well known. He was a politician of the left social-democratic and member of Parliament for a turkish legislature. Since 1996 is one of UNESCO's Goodwill Ambassadors. He is best known for its popular music that blends traditional Turkish folk music with contemporary music. At his 1997 concert in Ankara attended about 500.000 people. He lived in Paris, Athens, Stockholm, New York.

 

 

 

Buket UzunerBuket Uzuner, turkish writer, author of novels, short stories and travelogues. She studied biology and enviromental science and has conducted research and presentd lectures at universities in Turkey, Norway, the United states, and Finland. Her fiction has been translated into eight languages, as “Mediterranean Walz”.

Read here the synthesis of the interview

Play here the interview un-cut video

 

 

 

portre 026Bedri Baykam, one of the most famous Turkish artists. A multifaceted artist and ingenious, he is dedicated to all the arts, from painting to sculpture to writing. Founder of the Turkish Plastic Arts Association, he is a member of the executive committee of the International Art Association (IIA). Founder of Piramid Sanat, art gallery and communication company.

 

 

 

Burhan SonmezBurhan Sönmez was born in Central Anatolia in 1965 and later moved to Istanbul where he studied law. He wrote for a number of magazines and has got a column in a national newspaper. Although he was interested in poetry and won awards in two national competitions, he later turned his hand to the novel. He received the prestigious Sedat Simavi Literature Prize in 2011 for his second novel and became the youngest author ever received this prize. He currently lives in Cambridge and Istanbul.

 

 

Nermin MollaogluNermin Mollaoglu, literary agent and co -founder of the Kalem Agency, which represents more than 80 Turkish writers, translators and writers as well as foreign language. She is the organizer of ITEF, Istanbul Tapinar Literature Festival, the first festival of literature in Turkey. In 2009 she was a finalist of the YCA Publisher Award.

Read here the synthesis of the interview

Play here the interview un-cut video

 

 

 

Murat BelgeMurat Belge, outspoken liberal,Turkish intellectual, academic, translator, columnist, civil rights activist and occasional tour guide. He has traslated works of D.H. Lawernce, James Joyce, Charles Dickens and others. He is an active member of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly.

 

 

Ufuk KocabasUfuk Kocabas, Associate Professor and Director of Department of Conservation and Restoration and also Division of Conservation of Marine Archaeological Objects at Istanbul University. His research is focused on underwater archaeology, ancient shipbuilding technology and conservation of underwater cultural heritage. He is currently directing mediaeval shipwrecks excavation and conservation “The Yenikapı Shipwrecks Project” on behalf of Istanbul University.

 

 

 

Nedim Bora HazarNedim Bora Hazar, documentary director and produce in Turkey, specializing on cultural identity, gender and minority issues, and music and arts. He worked professionally as musicians, as a radio and TV producer. He lived in Germany for over 20 years, until 2003. Presently, he works in istanbul as indipendent film-maker.

Read here the synthesis of the interview

Play here the interview un-cut video

 

 

 

 

Ayfer UnsalAyfer Tuzcu Unsal, journalist and author of books on food and cooking. He worked for five years at the United Nations. He has written three books on the cuisine of the Mediterranean. She loves Turkey and thinks that "here's the history of all the Mediterranean region."

Read here the synthesis of the interview

Play here the interview un-cut video

 

 

 

Ferdan YusufiFerdan Yusufi, gallerist and curator. In 2006 he worked at the opening of the Cultural Center of Kadikoy ( Istanbul ), which she then edited the gallery. Co -founder of the cultural association " NeoArtGallery " and owner of the space Innpark Arts in Beyoglu (Istanbul ), she is active for the dissemination of art Turkish and Italian. In 2014 she opened , with the Russo Art Gallery in Rome (Italy), the Istanbul Russo Art Gallery, a direct offshoot of the roman office.

 

 

Giuseppe ManciniGiuseppe Mancini, Italian journalist, historian, analyst of international politics, helives permanently in Istanbul for years. In his blog "Istanbul, Europe", with articles, photos, reflections, politics, people (especially those who belong to some minority ), tells the City and Turkey, from a different point of view and out of the standard normal tourist.

 

 

 

Luigi BallarinLuigi Ballarin, painter. Venetian cosmopolitan in love with the East. With his painting, he reveals environments, colors and intense atmosphere, in undisputed charme of the Arab world. The themes of his pictorial compositions encompass the entire breadth of the culture of the Middle East. Lives in Rome and Istanbul, not forgetting its solid Venetian origins.

 

 

Vana StellouVana Stellou, journalist and radio broadcasters in Turkey providing also full coverage of local culture events for greek newspapers, magazins, websites, as "Agora". She has a daily radio show "Mes tis Polis ta stena", in the unique greek radio station in Constantinople, "Iho tis Polis”, conducting interviews with readers, sources, artists, writers, business men and women and anyone directly involved in a story that matters.

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Press release n°19 - Istanbul - Italian Institute of Culture

Poster Round Table

 

 

 

After the warm welcome we got in Athens, another surprising response comes from the Turkish cultural society . Simone Perotti said – We are honoured because Turkey is a great country, the heir of a centuries-old civilisation and culture, which is not turned in on its past but rather very modern, focused on present and future issues and opportunities. As the European part of our journey continues, our desire to listen increases. The public success of the interviews published up to date on media and internet flatters us, and we are asked a lot about Turkey. Also in this great country we will try to stop speaking about the Mediterranean in order to speak with the Mediterranean, listening to the Mediterranean, living among Mediterranean people. As that is what actually inspires our expedition.

In cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institute in Istanbul, the writer Simone Perotti and the members of the expedition are going to meet Turkish intellectuals either at the Institute and in ateliers and studios of a number of artists who have been invited to participate in the cultural events.

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#iosonomediterraneo #jesuismediterranéen #iammediterranean

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(...) If you are the Europe, if this is the soul, the humanity of Europe, then I am not European, I'm Mediterranean. (...)

We, by Progetto Mediterranea, are MEDITERRANEAN. All of us are mediterranean in this tragic era. Do not leave them alone. 

Join this campaign: "I'm not European, I am Mediterranean". 

#iammediterranean #jesuismediterranéen

Io non sono Europeo, io sono mediterraneo. I'm not European, I am Mediterranean. Je ne suis pas européen, je suis Méditerranée. Yo no soy European estoy Mediterráneo. أنا لست الأوروبية , أنا البحر الأبيض المتوسط. Avrupa değilim, well Akdeniz duyuyorum. Δεν είμαι ευρωπαϊκό, είμαι της Μεσογείου. Аз не съм европеец, аз съм Средиземно. Nisam Europska sam Mediteranu. אני לא אירופאי  אני הים התיכון. მეარვარევროპელი, მევარხმელთაშუა. Jien but Ewropea, I am Mediterran. Eu não sou europeu, estou Mediterrâneo. Nu sunt european, eu sunt Marea Mediterana. Я не европейский, я Средиземное море. Une nuk jam Evropian, Une jam Mesdheun. 

Read the post by Simone Perotti on Il Fatto Quotidiano newspaper 13/02/2015 (italian version, only)

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Mediterranea in Istanbul: the cultural programme

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Mediterranean sailing to know the Mediterranean region, the sea and its history. And not only. Mediterranea sailing and the aim of expedition is the meeting with the culture of the Mediterranean area, and then the intellectuals, artists, writers with whom to exchange ideas and points of view. Mediterranea sailing in search of the "thought of the Mediterranean area".

Programme of cultural meetings and events in Istanbul from 2015, February 20th to March 27th

On Tuesday, February 24th, at 12.00 local time – Press conference on the Progetto Mediterranea at the Italian Culture Institute of Istanbul, under the patronage and aegis of Dr. Maria Luisa Scolari, Office Regent, and her staff.

On Wednesday, February 25th, at 19.00 local timea panel/round table with intellectuals and leading figures of the Turkey literature and cultural society, focusing on:

Understanding. Complicity. Listening. Communication (and love) on the Third Millennium. 

with the partecipation of:

  • Buket Uzuner - writer
  • Oya Baydar - writer
  • Burhan Sonmez- writer
  • Simone Perotti - writer
  • Nermin Mollaoglu - chairman

Between the end of February and throughout the month of March, it will take place a series of individual meetings with many representatives of the cultural and social life in Turkey. Meetings will be held at the Italian Institute of Culture, the libraries of Istanbul and spaces made ​​available by several invited guests.  

Here some of those who were invited and who have already confirmed their avalaibility:

 

Zulfu LivaneliOmer Zulfu Livaneli, turkish musician, novelist, journalist and filmmaker well known. He was a politician of the left social-democratic and member of Parliament for a turkish legislature. Since 1996 is one of UNESCO's Goodwill Ambassadors. He is best known for its popular music that blends traditional Turkish folk music with contemporary music. At his 1997 concert in Ankara attended about 500.000 people. He lived in Paris, Athens, Stockholm, New York.

 

 

Buket UzunerBuket Uzuner, turkish writer, author of novels, short stories and travelogues. She studied biology and enviromental science and has conducted research and presentd lectures at universities in Turkey, Norway, the United states, and Finland. Her fiction has been translated into eight languages, as “Mediterranean Walz”.



 

portre 026Bedri Baykam, one of the most famous Turkish artists. A multifaceted artist and ingenious, he is dedicated to all the arts, from painting to sculpture to writing. Founder of the Turkish Plastic Arts Association, he is a member of the executive committee of the International Art Association (IIA). Founder of Piramid Sanat, art gallery and communication company.

 

AyferTunc03Ayfer Tunc, story writer and novelist is a one of the most recent brilliant pens in Turkish literature, has received a lot of attention for her first short story book both from the literary circles and from readers. She was born in 1964, graduated from Istanbul University, School of Political Sciences.

 

 

 

Oya BaydarOya Baydarturkish writer considered by her readers as “the Françoise Sagan of Turkey”. Her first book, God Forgot His Children, was published in 1961 and her bookFarewell Alyosh, was published in Turkeyin 1991and was awarded with theSait Faik Story Prize. In fact, with her works and novels, she won many awards. Her life has been plagued from exile and depression, but through writing has found a way to fight back.

 

Burhan SonmezBurhan Sönmez was born in Central Anatolia in 1965 and later moved to Istanbul where he studied law. He wrote for a number of magazines and has got a column in a national newspaper. Although he was interested in poetry and won awards in two national competitions, he later turned his hand to the novel. He received the prestigious Sedat Simavi Literature Prize in 2011 for his second novel and became the youngest author ever received this prize. He currently lives in Cambridge and Istanbul.

 

Nermin MollaogluNermin Mollaoglu, literary agent and co -founder of the Kalem Agency, which represents more than 80 Turkish writers, translators and writers as well as foreign language. She is the organizer of ITEF, Istanbul Tapinar Literature Festival, the first festival of literature in Turkey. In 2009 she was a finalist of the YCA Publisher Award.

 

 

Murat BelgeMurat Belge, outspoken liberal,Turkish intellectual, academic, translator, columnist, civil rights activist and occasional tour guide. He has traslated works of D.H. Lawernce, James Joyce, Charles Dickens and others. He is an active member of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly.

 

Ufuk KocabasUfuk Kocabas, Associate Professor and Director of Department of Conservation and Restoration and also Division of Conservation of Marine Archaeological Objects at Istanbul University. His research is focused on underwater archaeology, ancient shipbuilding technology and conservation of underwater cultural heritage. He is currently directing mediaeval shipwrecks excavation and conservation “The Yenikapı Shipwrecks Project” on behalf of Istanbul University.

 

 

Nedim Bora HazarNedim Bora Hazar, documentary director and produce in Turkey, specializing on cultural identity, gender and minority issues, and music and arts. He worked professionally as musicians, as a radio and TV producer. He lived in Germany for over 20 years, until 2003. Presently, he works in istanbul as indipendent film-maker.

 

 

Ayfer UnsalAyfer Tuczu Unsal, journalist and author of books on food and cooking. He worked for five years at the United Nations. He has written three books on the cuisine of the Mediterranean. She loves Turkey and thinks that "here's the history of all the Mediterranean region."

 

 

Yasemin TaskinYasemin Taskin, journalist. After opening the press office Anadolu Agency in Rome, now she is correspondent for TRTTURK, the television broadcast. She wrote Tu”rk Sinemasi: Turkish Cinema of the 80s (with Roberto Silvestri, 1991). and "Uccidete il Papa" with Marco Ansaldo, by Rizzoli ed. She was vice-president of the Foreign Press Association. She won the International Women's City of Rome and the "Anima" award for the journalism on 2015. She is co-founder of Forum for an Italy-Turkey Exchange.

 

 

Ferdan YusufiFerdan Yusufi, gallerist and curator. In 2006 he worked at the opening of the Cultural Center of Kadikoy ( Istanbul ), which she then edited the gallery. Co -founder of the cultural association " NeoArtGallery " and owner of the space Innpark Arts in Beyoglu (Istanbul ), she is active for the dissemination of art Turkish and Italian. In 2014 she opened , with the Russo Art Gallery in Rome (Italy), the Istanbul Russo Art Gallery, a direct offshoot of the roman office.

 

Giuseppe ManciniGiuseppe Mancini, Italian journalist, historian, analyst of international politics, helives permanently in Istanbul for years. In his blog "Istanbul, Europe", with articles, photos, reflections, politics, people (especially those who belong to some minority ), tells the City and Turkey, from a different point of view and out of the standard normal tourist.

 

 

Luigi BallarinLuigi Ballarin, painter. Venetian cosmopolitan in love with the East. With his painting, he reveals environments, colors and intense atmosphere, in undisputed charme of the Arab world. The themes of his pictorial compositions encompass the entire breadth of the culture of the Middle East. Lives in Rome and Istanbul, not forgetting its solid Venetian origins.

 

Vana StellouVana Stellou, journalist and radio broadcasters in Turkey providing also full coverage of local culture events for greek newspapers, magazins, websites, as "Agora". She has a daily radio show "Mes tis Polis ta stena", in the unique greek radio station in Constantinople, "Iho tis Polis”, conducting interviews with readers, sources, artists, writers, business men and women and anyone directly involved in a story that matters.

 

 

 

 

 

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