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President Abdullah Gül poses with the recipients of this year’s Culture and Tourism Ministry’s Culture and Arts Grand Awards at a ceremony.

President Abdullah Gül poses with the recipients of this year’s Culture and Tourism Ministry’s Culture and Arts Grand Awards at a ceremony.

The gradual increase of Turkey’s stability and strength in recent years has helped productivity and success in the fields of art and culture, President Abdullah Gül said Jan. 30, citing Orhan Pamuk being awarded a Nobel Prize as an example of such success during this period.

“Now we are a country that faces problems faced by every country, while in the past, we were facing more abnormal domestic and external shocks. No doubt, revival of art and cultural life and presentation of very beautiful gifts to humanity is inevitable in such a country,” Gül said in a speech delivered at a ceremony granting the “Culture and Arts Grand Awards.”

The awards were presented this year to İslam Seçen, Fatma Çiçek Derman, Salih Balakbabalar, Hüseyin Öksüz, Alparslan Babaoğlu and Cahide Keskiner, who represent Turkey in the field of traditional Turkish arts. 

“Looking to the past, we see that roles of a lot of states and a lot of nations in history weakened, while some of them were even lost, but works of art and culture entrusted to the history of humanity are now part of the inventory of humanity,” Gül said. “Moreover, even when states weaken, activities of art and culture survive.”

Gül also congratulated newly appointed Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik, who also attended the ceremony, and wished him success. 

January/31/2013

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mara mcglothin

1/31/2013 3:46:40 PM

CEZER "Almost as bad as military rule times"? It is worse because it is done in the name of religion, and I can't think of one religion that would want to be associated with human rights violations. Also Turkey's military is weak and now cannot properly defend the country.

Faruk Beisser

1/31/2013 10:37:22 AM

Cezer, you forgot to mention that it is the Great Leader who dictates what art is and what not, the non-art must be and is being destroyed. The success of art and culture is only possible for what the Great Leader likes.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

1/31/2013 12:39:41 AM

I cannot see the connection between Orhan Pamuk's Nobel prize and state of the country. Orhan Pamuk is still walking around with a security escort. In which country does a Nobel prize winner need a security escort beside Iran and Yemen? Additionally, Turkey is still facing abnormal problems, such as violations of basic rights, lack of justice etc. The human rights situation is almost as bad as the military rule times.
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