http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/state/Turkey

Institutions, organizations, contacts

National institutions

Permanent Delegation of Turkey to UNESCO
Maison de l’UNESCO
Bureau MS1.59/60/61
1, rue Miollis
75732 PARIS Cedex 15
dl.turquie@unesco-delegations.org

Turkish National Commission for UNESCO
Reşit Galip Cad. Hereke Sok. No :10
G.O.P. Ankara
Turkey
webmaster@unesco.org.tr; ocal@bilkent.edu.tr (PT); hiyalin@gmail.com (Vice PT); semadincer@unesco.org.tr (SG); iremalpaslan@unesco.org.tr (Assistant SG); suleurun@unesco.org.tr (Assistant SG)

UNESCO’s contacts

UNESCO headquarters (ICH Section)
Regional officer:
Scepi, Giovanni (g.scepi@unesco.org)

Category 2 center(s)

Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe (Bulgaria)
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Accredited NGOs located in this country

Name, address and sourceActivities related to ICH
Akşehir Nasreddin Hoca ve Turizm Derneği
Association de Nasreddin Hodja et du Tourisme - ANHT [fr]
Nasreddin Cad. No: 32 (PK:22)
42550
Akaşehir
Konya-Türkiye
TURKEY
URL: http://www.nasreddinhoca.org.tr
Tel.: +90 (0) 33 28 12 62 01

Accreditation request No. 90148: French
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 1959
Budget: U.S.$360000
Domain(s):

- oral traditions and expressions
- performing arts
- social practices, rituals and festive events

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement

Main countries where active:

Turkey

Objectives:
Notre association a pour but de sauvegarder le patrimoine culturel de Nasreddin Hodja, afin de donner à cet héritage culturel immatériel la place qui lui revient. Car Nasreddin Hodja n’a rien écrit de son vivant. Mais on écrit sur lui depuis le XVe siècle dans plusieurs endroits du monde. Il a donc une valeur nationale et universelle.
Il a vécu au XIIIe siècle (1208-1284).Sa renommée va des Balkan à la Mongolie et ses aventures sont célébrées dans des dizaines de langues, du serbo-croate au persan en passant par le turc, l'arabe, le grec, le russe et d'autres.
Les informations sur la vie de Nasreddin Hodja sont mêlées quelquefois à des dires en raison du grand amour que lui nourrissait le peuple et se sont aussi transformées parfois en événements extraordinaires.
La valeur de Nasreddin Hodja n’est pas mesurée avec les événements qu’il a vécus, mais avec la finesse de la conception, de la satire et des éléments de moquerie dans son humour et celui que le peuple raconte en son nom. D’après les études réalisées sur les plaisanteries, qui seraient les siennes, on comprend par la signification des mots qu’il n’a pas exprimé le mode de vie, et les éléments humoristiques et satiriques d’une époque précise, mais ceux du peuple d’Anatolie. La base des éléments qui forme ses plaisanteries sont l’amour, la satire, l’éloge et la moquerie. Il aime ridiculiser, il s’entraîne vers une contradiction avec lui-même. Nasdreddin Hodja apparaît comme un foyer humoristique diffusant les sentiments du peuple. Ainsi, le peuple fait entendre sa voix par le biais de Nasreddin Hodja.
Les Fondateurs de l’association et leurs successeurs avaient les objectifs suivants:
 Etudier Nasreddin Hodja, sa vraie Personnalité, son époque et ses anecdotes.
 Faire connaître son humour, sa philosophie, sa tradition de "Rire et Penser"
et sa ville Akchehir dans le Monde entier.
 Préserver le tombeau de Nasreddin Hodja, les autres bâtiments historiques et leurs environnement naturels
 Renforcer l’esprit de promouvoir notre héritage culturel au sein de la société, comme les expressions traditionnelles, rituels de naissance, de mariage et de funérailles, traditions culinaires,….


Activities:
En premier lieu, l'association de Nasreddin Hodja et du Tourisme organise le "Festival International de Nasreddin Hodja" avec la Municipalité, à Akchehir (Akchehir- Ville Blanche) du 5 au10 juillet, depuis 50 ans. D’ailleur, l'Unesco a déclaré l'année 1996, « Année de Nasreddin Hodja ».
Cela se passe tous les ans ainsi :
Quelques jours avant le festival, nous rendrons visite aux députés et aux ministres à l'Assemblée Nationale de Turquie (TBMM) avec le délégué de Nasreddin Hodja, pour les inviter au Festival.
À la veille du festival; un train spécial (Train d'Humour) part d'Istamboul pour Akchehir et amène nos invités: des artistes, des écrivains, des journalistes, des folkloristes, des universitaires et autres intellectuels. Au départ et à l'arrivée du train, il y a chaque fois une cérémonie truculente.
Du 5 au10 juillet, concernant le programme du Festival :
Dans la matinée du 5 juillet, nous commençons avec le rituel de la résurrection au tombeau. On appelle Nasreddin Hodja qui vient parmi nous. En effet, un acteur qui représente le Hodja sort du tombeau et fait son discours contenant le message de l'année.
Par la suite ; le Hodja, entourré de foule , va au bord du lac, ajoute un peu de yogourt à l’eau et les melange avec une louche. On lui demande « Que faites-vous Hodja ? » « Je fermente le yogourt ! » repond-il. Les entourages :« Mais c’est impossible dans un lac et jamais vu.. » Le hodja sourit et repond comme 8 siècles avant: « Je sais bien, mais si on y parvenait !»
Pendant le festival ;Il y a les spectacles de théâtre, de danse, concerts de musique (rock, pop, musique traditionnelle turque); des expositions de caricature, de dessin, de photographie, sculptures, articles céramiques; des débats, des conférences, des dialogues sur les thèmes de Nasreddin Hodja et de l'humour; les pratiques liées à la chasse, la pêche et la cueillette.
Les artistes et les experts qui participent aux activités du programme viennent de différentes villes de Turquie et de plusieurs pays.
Cette année, le comité du festival que nous représentons a décidé de distribuer les « Prix du Rire et de l’Ane d’Or de Nasreddin Hodja » à trois humoristes.
Notre association a aussi donné le « Prix de Chercheur du 50ème Année » à Dr. Mustafa DUMAN, qui est à la fois écrivain, documentaliste et collectionneur, sur le thème de Nasreddin Hodja.
D'autre part, notre association organise aussi le "Festival des Enfants de Nasreddin Hodja" avec l'aide de la Municipalité, chaque année, à Akchehir (Akchehir- Ville Blanche) le 23 avril pendant la Fête Nationale Turque de Souveraineté et des Enfants.
Nous organisons ainsi les concours de caricatures, d'histoires humoristiques, photographies, d'affiches de Festival. (Cette année nous n'avons pas pu les faire à cause de crise.)
Nous participons aux symposiums, festivals nationaux, internationaux et
également à des réunions de l'UNESCO sur le thème de patrimoine culturel immatériel (PCI), comme observateur. ( à Sofia, la 2ème session extraordinaire du Comité Intergouvernemental du 18 au 22 février 2008 et à Istanbul la 3ème session du Comité Intergouvernemental, du 4 au 8 novembre 2008)
Nous étions également à la réunion de travail sur le sujet de “ Patrimoine Culturel Immatériel et les ONG ”, le 4 juin 2009 ,à Ankara/Turquie. Celle-ci a été organisée par Commission de l’ UNESCO de Turquie, les Universités , TURKSOY et Centre National Turc de l’ UNIMA. Les cadres du ministère de la Culture et du Tourisme et du ministère de l’ Education étaient présents. On a eu un débat important sur les processus de l’ accréditation des ONG de Turquie par l’UNESCO.
Par ailleurs, nous avons une riche archive à notre siège. Elle comprend des bouquins, des revues, des bulletins, des affiches, des cassettes VHS, des CD, essentiellement sur Nasreddin Hodja, sur les festivals et sur les héritages culturels nationaux et internationaux
Notre association a également en son sein un groupe qui s'appelle les " Jeunes Bénévoles". Ce sont des élèves, des étudiants ou bien des artisans qui travaillent bénévolement pour l'association surtout pendant les Festivals comme représentants de leur ville et de leur culture et participent à nos activités culturelles et sociales durant toute l’année.
Quant au Conseil Consultatif de notre Association, il a été créé en novembre 2006. Ce conseil fonctionne comme un centre d'expertise dans ce domaine et regroupe des experts de différentes disciplines (histoire, sociologie, économie, folklore, archéologie), des artistes (acteurs, caricaturistes, peintres, photographes), écrivains et journalistes célèbres de Turquie.

Cooperation:
Au sein de notre association; il y a un groupe traditionnelle qui s’appelle “Sıra Yarenleri” (Rang de Frère). L’une des institutions qui a aussi contribué à l’union culturelle de l’Anatolie est celle des Ahis (Frères) . Les Ahis, arrivés en Anatolie en même temps que les derviches de Ahmet Yesevi, 12. siécle, se sont installés surtout dans les régions urbaines plutôt que rurales en raison de leurs qualités professionnelles.
Bien que les Ahis constituent une organisation professionnelle ( surtout les artisans), qui avaient des us et coutumes ainsi que des secrets.
Le principe fondamental chez les Ahis est l’égalité absolue des membres de l’organisation. Tous les membres sont frères. Mais un respect infini existe du membre le plus jeune à l’égard du membre le plus âgé. Pour devenir membre de l’organisation, il faudra la recommandation de l’un de ses membres. Ceux qui ont commis des actes terribles, ont une mauvaise réputation et qui pourraient nuire à l’organisation ne peuvent devenir membre des Ahis. L’adhésion se fera lors d’une cérémonie spéciale . Le candidat Ahi se nouera une ceinture autour de la taille pour la cérémonie et il lui sera conseillé de nourrir de l’amour à l’égard de tous les humains, de les respecter et de ne pas dévier de la juste voie. Il lui sera aussi demandé de se soumettre éternellement à l’organisation. Les scélérats ne pourront absolument pas y adhérer tout comme les fanatiques d’ailleurs.
Comme les Bektaşi, les Ahis feront passer leurs membres par des phases qui leur donneront des particularités comme la connaissance, la patience, la purification de l’âme, la fidélité, l’amitié et la tolérance.
Parmi les “Frères” il y a les membres de notre association et nous organisons avec eux les spéctacles mélangés de jeu, de danse, de théatre. On distribue les cadeax par tirage au sort, etc, pendant toute la soirée . Le groupe joue leurs jeux avec l’ assistance .
Nous avons aussi de bon relation avec la population alévite d’Akchéhir qui sont souvent musiciens et artisans. On les nomme souvent par erreur les tziganes.
Buğday Ekolojik Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği
Bugday Association for Supporting Ecological Living
Serdar-i Ekrem Sokak Serdar-i Ekrem
Apt. No: 31 / 3 Kuledibi Beyoglu
34425 Istanbul
TURKEY
URL: www.bugday.org
Tel.: +90 286 752 17 68

Accreditation request No. 90159: English
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 2002
Domain(s):

- oral traditions and expressions
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- traditional craftsmanship

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization
- supporting traditional, sustainable and nature friendly livlihoods through creating production - consumption cycles with multi participatory social projects.

Objectives:
The Bugday Organisation, in order to better work towards its ideal of a society which is aware of its role as part of an ecologic whole, decided to take on a formal status as an association in 2002. To achive this ideal Bugday's mission has become to "create good examples", "support what already exists" and "encourage the free flow of information". It is Bugday's intention to create awareness of and sensitivity to ecological living in both individuals and in society as a whole and to offer solutions to the problems which arise ireevocable consequences from the speed and manner in which the ecological balance is being disturbed. Bugday believes that Anatolia is a fertile and abundant geography in terms of nature friendly living as traditionally. Anatolia has a long and deep rural - cultural history which still continues in an ecological manner. Therefore Bugday believes that there are many lessons and messages we can receive from our rural society and adapt these sustainable lifestyles into current and destructive livelihoods. In Turkey and in the world Bugday's aim is to support the rural population with their skills which are so important for the "real" basic needs of life on this earth, and who produce responsibly and follow every breath taken by nature, share and earth, water, air. Supporting these people, valuing their hopes and efforts, to do what we can to make them prosper and rather than wanting them to "develop", making their lives free from stress, so that they can live with a sense of sharing, of integrity and of adequacy. Although it is not main aim to protect intangible cultural heritage directly, but it is the main activity base of Bugday Association. Because it has valuable clues to develop and recreate nature friendly living in Turkey as a unique example for the world. Bugday sees intangible cultural heritage values not as otantic, nostalgic assets that need to be preserved as dead museum materials, but living practices which shows the only way to shape the new era in human living will make whole planet sustain. Bugday is a wide network organisation which feeds living relationship with more than 50000 people in a direct communication and the population within the impact area is around 1.000.000 individuals along a local-national-international axis on the issues of ecological living for 19 years. Since its foundation, the Bugday movement aims to protect nature by carrying out activities that intend to solve the ecological (and related economical, cultural and social) problems in Turkey. Bugday aims to do this with the participation of individuals and the society as a whole by reorganising/redefining the same human activities that contribute to such problems.
Among Bugday activities are the setting up of the first ecological shops and first ecological market stalls in Turkey, the first Ecological Domestic Markets Congress, and the publication of the Bugday magazine for over ten years, the first periodical ecological living magazine to communicate and share information about national, international and local ecological activities. None of these activities have been limited by availability of financial resources and have been carried out with a holistic approach with grassroot support.

Activities:
Bugday's organigram based on three levels: 1. General Assembly 2. Executive Board and Auditing Board 3. Team members.
The Bugday Association has activities in the fields below to fulfil its mission.
•To expand sustainable agriculture methods that do not harm the environment and human health at any stage,
•To lay infrastructure and create working marketing channels for a healthy internal organic market in Turkey.
•To protect and maintain traditional production methods
•To contribute to the continuity of communities that live in harmony with nature in terms of their settlements, production and consumption. To support communities that already exist in this manner and to assist the creation and sustainability of such new communities.
•To redefine human needs in a way that is in harmony with cycles of the ecosystem.
•To support production, consumption models and technologies that attend to such natural needs and their application.
•To create activity areas that provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to live in harmony with the nature and their environment.
•To develop and practice an understanding of tourism that provides information and cultural exchange.
•Bugday is a member of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) and EEB (European Environmental Bureau), Turkish partner and international secreteriat of ECEAT (European Centre for Eco-Agro Tourism), Turkish Partner of WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms),publishing agency GEN (Global Ecovillage Network)-Europe`s newsletter in Turkish and Turkish press observer of Biofach which is the biggest fair organisation for organic farming in the world.
Bugday's current activities are;
TATUTA - “Eco-Agro Tourism and Voluntary Exchange” project supporting small scale farmers who is practising ecological and traditional farming.
%100 ECOLOGICAL MARKETPLACE - Bugday runs Turkey's first community supported agriculture project as a marketing model. It also serves to preservation of agro biodiversity and traditional knowledge.
SETTING UP NATIONAL AGRI ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME – supports research on traditional knowledge of farming in Anatolia.
SETTING UP MULTI STAKEHOLDER NETWORK FOR SEED SAVING – network for seed and information exchange
BUGDAY ECOLOGICAL LIVING MAGAZINE AND OTHER MEDIA FOR COMMUNICATION - The free flow and availability of information is one of Bugday's main goals.
CAMTEPE TRAINING, DEMONSTRATION AND IMPLEMENTATION CENTER FOR ECOLOGICAL LIVING AND TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE STUDIES – A rural center serves for researching, training, demontrationg and implementing cultural / ecological practicies.
RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION FOR TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE - Bugday Association is using traditional knowledge as a tool for generating solutions for the current needs of human being.
Bugday Association has;
* 812 official registered Association member,
* 2000 recorded volunteer , approximately %10 is active on the projects directly,
* 12000 weekly e- bulletin member,
* 73 local communication points in rural areas of Turkey,
* 3 local marketplace partnerships,
* 1 rural center; 4 rural training region,
* relationships with the academics from 11 different universities,
* wide communication net work within three Ministries ( Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Environment and Forestry, Culture and Tourism)
* wide relationship within European Commission, EU Turkish Delegation
* International Network through IFOAM, ECEAT, EEB, WWOOF.
Bugday's team has 17 people are working together with the tasks below:
* Victor Ananias is the founder and chairman of the Board. He is from rural part of Turkey, he is the visioner, strategy developer and networker of the Association. He works for Bugday since 1990s.
* Batur Sehirlioglu is the coordniator of 100% Ecological Markets. He works for Bugday since 1994. He is one of the pioneers of ecological village concept in Turkey.
* Oya Ayman is journalist. She is working for Bugday since 1998. Her task is general coordination of communication of the organisation.
* Gunesin Aydemir is biologist and reseracher for cultural assets since 1988. She works for Bugday since 1998. Her task is general coordination of the projects, project designing and lobbying activities. She runs Camtepe Rural Center of Bugday in Canakkale.
* Gizem Altin Nance is an expert on art of communication. She works for media relationships.
* Leyla Aslan is working for Istanbul Local 100% Ecological Market as a coordinator.
* Şebnem Eraş is working for rural relationships and rural center in Canakkale.
* Sırma Aylanç is continious volunteer for the rural projects. She works in Canakkale rural center.
* Aynur Arslan is accountant.
* Selma Yılmaz is office coordinator.
* Yahya Talan is responsible for the logistics.
* Lalehan Uysal is consultant for institutional identity and branding.
* Mesut Tunga is working for web relations.
* Esra Başak is wise chair woman in the board. She is responsible for the strategy making.
* Erkan Alemdar is responsible for the accountancy in the board.
* Özcan Yüksek is board member. He is suuporting Bugday with his experience in the media sector.
* Burcu Arık is secretary of the Board. She is a trainer for nature and institutional capacity.

Cooperation:
Bugday Association is mainly targeting people who has sustainable practicies on daily basis. Bugday is known as an organisation which respects, learns from, supports and takes its power from the traditional living assets. In this manner, Bugday’s network has many groups and individuals all around the country and sometimes all around the world. The network nodes can be grouped as like below:
1. Small scale farmers, mainly TaTuTa farmers and participants of 100% Ecological Market Places who are practicing sustainable, nature friendly, certified organic farming techniques which have traditional aspects. Bugday has TaTuTa farmers more than 70 spots around Turkey. Therefore every spot has a big potential for intangible cultural heritage. Camtepe Rural Center is running TaTuTa farmers’ relationships and carrying out some research activities for eco cultural assets. Center is also creating some training and visiting programmes with TaTuTa farmers on different subjects.
2. Local masters are Camtepe Center Activities are mainly based on sustainable living styles for both, rural and city people and research for eco cultural assets. Center designs some practical training programmes such as stone wall making, soap making, basket weaving, traditional medicine, experiencing eco living etc. Center provides trainers for these activities from local masters.
3. Seed Saving Network has 10 NGOs, more than 300 individuals, more than 20 academics adn experts, represantitaves from Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, relationships with international seed saving networks. Bugday has set up this network and supports with;
- lobbying and policy making,
- providing traditional knowledge,
- setting up linkage of the seed subject with organic farming, agri environment policies.
4. Women for Nature project adopts women as producers and dealers of eco cultural knowledge in between the society and also generations. Project aims to support knowledge of whomenship and create a new linkage between rural women and city women populations through generating contact opportunities as like visits, training meetings, guesting. Bugday’s TaTuTa, Camtepe Center and Seed Saving Network activities are suuporting this aim.
5. Lobbying and policy making activities in Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs are providing policy and legislative support for preserving and sustaining eco cultural practices. Bugday has a strategical role in setting up activities of organic law, national organic action plan and national agri environment programme with the partnership of Ministry’s different general directorates.
Folklor Araştırmacıları Vakfı
Foundation of Folklore Researchers
Konur Sokak 36/13
06410 Kizilay
ANKARA
TURKEY
URL: http://www.folklor.org.tr

Accreditation request No. 90057: English
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 1999
Domain(s):

- oral traditions and expressions
- performing arts
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- traditional craftsmanship

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education

Main countries where active:

Turkey

Objectives:
- National and international research about folk culture,
- Support other researchers, NGOs and institute, etc.
- Support traditional festivals,
- Organize symposiums, competitions, etc.

Activities:
1. RESEARCH
KAYSERİ
IHLARA VALLEY (NEVŞEHİR)
LIFE OF KÜRE MOUNTAINS (2002 KASTAMONU)
2. COLOQUIUM
Woman in Anatolia (Dr. Sibel ÖZBUDUN)
Traditional Theatre (Prof. Dr. Nurhan KARADAĞ-Mevlüt ÖZHAN)
Culture-Communication (Doç.Dr. Asker KARTARI)
Theories of Folklore (Prof.Dr. İlhan BAŞGÖZ)
Anthropology of Relegion (Yrd. Doç.Dr. Tayfun ATAY)
Rituals (Prof.Dr. Gürbüz ERGİNER)
Culture of Nomads (Doç.Dr. Muhtar KUTLU)
Folk Music (Doç.Dr. Ertuğrul BAYRAKTAR-Dr.Lütfü EROL)
Reality at Karacaoğlan (Prof.Dr. Ahmet İNAM)
Identification at Photograph (Çerkes KARADAĞ)
Ecological Consept of Humankind (Yrd. Doç.Dr. Erhan ERSOY)
Woman (Doç.Dr. Eser KÖKER)
Turkish Group Behavior (Dr.Erol GÖKA)
Minstrelsy (Metin TURAN)
Jazz (Durul GENCE)
Turkish Traditional Medicine (Prof.Dr. Ekrem SEZİK)
Application of Folklore (Prof.Dr. M.Öcal OĞUZ)
İslamic Philosophy and Haecceity (Prof.Dr. Mehmet BAYRAKDAR)
Rite and Death (Aydın DURDU)
Fate (Prof.Dr. Şahin YENİŞEHİRLİOĞLU)
3. CONGRESS
6'TH INTERNATIONAL TURKISH FOLKLORE CONGRESS . (WITH MINISTRY OF CULTURE)
4. SEMINAR
DOMAINS OF TURKISH FOLKLORE (WITH METU FOLKLORE CLUP)
5. COMPETITION
LOCAL FOLK DANCES COMPETITION
6. EXHIBITION
Cooperation:
Our foundation conducts cultural studies directed to all groups and communities existing in Turkey. Untel today, a Gypsies Folk Culture Photo Exhibition and a Gypsies Folk Music Concert were carried out between 29th September-6th October 2000 in Ankara. A Local Folk Dance Contest in which various folk dances belonging to different communities living in Turkey were exhibited, was carried out in Ankara and currently a project about Anatolian Yörük Weddings is on progress.
Kültürel Araştırmalar Vakfı
Foundation of Cultural Researches - KAV
İncesu Cad. 34/7 Seyranbağları Çankaya
Ankara
TURKEY
URL: www.kultur.org.tr
Tel.: (90) 312 2121762

Accreditation request No. 90142: English
Decision-making meeting: 4.GA - 2012

Year of creation: 2002
Domain(s):

- oral traditions and expressions
- performing arts
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- traditional craftsmanship

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- promotion, enhancement
- revitalization

Main countries where active:

Turkey

Objectives:
Article 3 and 4 of the By laws Foundatıon
The Foundation's purpose:
Article 3 - Investigation of Turkey's cultural richness, documentation, archiving and informing the public through various publications / the events are available to promote. Similar studies done on people, institutions, organizations and private entities such as national or international cooperation in the size of the time.
Foundation’s job:
Article 4 - to achieve the objectives of the Foundation inside and outside Turkey:
• does cultural researches. Collects written, visual and ethnographic materials. Creates archive or information data bank. Presents this accumulation in visual and digital environment. Makes all archived documents, buying-selling and rent operations. Makes press publication activities. Prepares
all kinds of cultural contents, audio (music) and visual (film) tapes and CD s. Cooperates with the other individuals and institutions who carries out this type of work. Develops and implements common projects (associations, foundations, universities, research center, etc..)
• Organizes scientific meetings, competitions, exhibitions, shows and similar events. Participates in similar meetings held outside of the foundation. Sets up science boards and expertise commissions. Organizes cultural activities like commemoration days, ceremonies, festivals, fairs, etc..
• Can provides scholarships to researchers, scientists and experts( domestic and overseas training, master, phd , etc.. )
• Presents the research datas, cultural heritages, through publication like newspapers, magazines, books, posters, brochures, etc.., to the information of the public.
• Promotes the Handicrafts, cuisine, theater, dance, music, etc.. as tourism concepts

Additional information:

Foundation of Cultural Researches, within the scope of its establishment, performs social works in order to constitute heritage awareness at a social level and take steps to protect the traditional values, which are exposed to a swift extinction due to the popular culture. Due to these facts, the Foundation continues to work ceaselessly since 2002.

Foundation of Cultural Researches collects its objectives of establishment under three titles. One of them is to carry out studies intending to take inventory of and archive Turkey’s intangible cultural values. Those studies are carried out by professional Folklore Researchers. Data is analyzed by professional academicians.

Secondly, based on the gathered materials the Foundation performs activities via publishing and promoting in order to keep the existent cultural values alive and pass them onto the next generations. Many activities such as rituals, children games – toys, national and international conferences, exhibitions, displays and festivals based on the culinary culture are performed intending to spread the intangible cultural heritage consciousness to all segments of society. Along with these activities, social networking via internet is provided to reach the target group.

Thirdly, Foundation of Cultural Researches establishes cultural bridges in order to develop mutual projects with the national and international institutions that perform similar studies to the Foundation; and to spread our heritage – worthy cultural richness to a wider group of people. (“Common heritage” themed projects were prepared in concurrence with Bulgaria, Greece and Bosnia – Herzegovina in 2009 and 2010. Interviews continue.)

Foundation of Cultural Researches specified its objectives in the deed of foundation (Article 3 and 4)

“The Foundation makes cultural researches, constitutes a data bank, an archive by collecting visual, documented and ethnographic materials and presents those accumulations via visual and digital means. It is involved in the press; prepares culture themed audible (music) and visual (film) cassettes and CDs. It cooperates and develops mutual projects with the institutions, which perform similar studies, such as natural and juridical people, associations, foundations, universities, institutes, academies. It organizes relevant scientific meetings, competitions, exhibitions, etc. and also participates in similar meetings organized apart from the Foundation. It establishes councils of science, commissions of specialization; organizes cultural activities such as memorial days, ceremonies, festivals, fairs and so on. It brings gathered cultural accumulations to the public’s attention via newspapers, magazines, books, posters and booklets.

Activities:
Culinary Culture Program (Research / Publication and Promotion Project)

• Hamsiname Broadcasting and Introduction Project, TR0401.06.01/BSGS/007 / Promotion of Cultural Rights ın Turkey, Broadcasting Support Grant Scheme (BSGS) (2007). This Project Was Supported by European Union.
• Publication and Introduction Project for Research on Georgian Cuisine Culture in Georgian, TR0401.06.02/CISGS/004 / Promotion of Cultural Rights ın Turkey, cultural initiatives Support Grant Scheme Programme (CISGS) / (2007). This Project Was Supported by European Union.
• Asure Documentary Movie Project (2008-2012) is continuing. (Kadiries and Armenians documentary movie was shot/ Others are continuing )
• Articles about Turkish cuisine for Kamil Koc Bus Monthly Magazine (April 2007- December 2008)

Rituals program (research / publication and promotion project)

• Forest of the children (Kure Mountains National Park / Natural and Cultural Life) Research Publication and Promotion Project (2002 - 2010)
• Natural and Cultural Heritage Dia Shows / LÖSEV Foundation / For Children with Leukemia (2002-2003 / one day a week during 3 months)
• Rituel / Anatolian Heritage / Research Publication and Promotion Project (2002 - 2012)
• Anatolia Tomb Culture / Research Publication and Promotion Project (2008 - 2012)

Toyhouse Program (Research / Publication and Promotion Project)

• Anatolia Toys Culture, Research and Publication Project (2002 / 2010)
• A Universal Toy; Spinning top, Research and Publication Project (2002 - 2011)
• A radio speech about "Traditional Children Toys" (2002)
• A "Traditional Toys" presentation in Ozel Bilim College (2005)
• A consultancy for " Toy Language" documentary , TRT Istanbul Television (2005-2006)
• A "Traditional Toys" Seminar for Gazi University, Department of Physical Education and Sport Master Students (2006)
• Anatolia Toy Culture / Multivision Presentation (2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009)
• A "Traditional Toys" Dia Show in Museum of Anatolian Civilizations (2008)
• A consultancy for " Toy World " documentary (Ceren Gogus / Program Coordinator – Iz TV, March 2008)
• Articles about toys for Kamil Koc Bus Monthly Magazine (April 2007-July 2008)
• Spinning top Festival in Buyuk College (2008)
• For Children's Museum Association A prensentation about "Traditional Toys" and toy work department (2009)
• Datça Toy Festival (28 May 2006 - 2007) (KAV joined as the audience in 2008 and 2009 festival)
• For Children's Museum Association A prensentation about "Traditional Toys" and toy work department (January 2009)

Archive - Document

• Toy Collection : An Archive about Traditional Anatolian Toys (Toy Program) 245 real objects were collected in Turkey. They are different sizes and wood, metal, bone, feathers, glass, leather, textiles, hair, etc.. and they were made from Natural and processed materials. The spinning top, some part of toy archive, are the richest collection of Turkey and it is the unique collection among the world.
• Amulet Collection : An Archive about Traditional Anatolian Amulets (Ritual Program) 115 real objects were collected in Turkey. They are different sizes and wood, metal, bone, feathers, glass, leather, textiles, hair, etc.. and they were made from Natural and processed materials.
• Photograph : More than 100.000 dia-positive (Professional reversal film) and digital (RAW format) photos. This documents, negative film, framed dia-positive are registered in digital media.
• Video : 360 Hour Video Recording (720 * 576 / Pal / Documentary) is registered in casette and digital media.
• Audio : 240 Hour Voice Recording (Compilation / Culinary Culture - Toy Culture - Ritual) Casette/ Tape and Digital media is registered..

Additional information:

Activities of the Foundation of Cultural Research are performed under three main titles. These are: 1) Programme of Rituals, 2) Programme of Culinary Culture, 3) Programme of Toy House.

Activities that are performed under the Programme of Rituals:
Studies are being done in the areas that involve transitional periods of life (such as birth, marriage, and death), seasonal ceremonies, celebrations, festivals, folkloric beliefs, and similar implementations. This programme is managed by Folklore Researcher Doğanay Çevik.

Anatolian Grave Culture:
Project team: Associate Prof. Suavi Aydın, Kudret Emiroğlu and Doğanay Çevik.
Searching and taking inventory of the footprints of Anatolian traditional life in order to pass them on to the next generations are the primal level of this project. At the second level, it is planned to convert this documented research into a publication. This project started in 2002.

Multivision presentation titled “Ritual”: It is the photographical presentation of the rituals related to the Anatolian culture. Those photos were presented in Germany (University of Münster) and Holland (Eindhoven) for the first time. Then, it was presented in Ankara National Photography Days.

“Aşure”, a Documentary Film Project: In our point of view, aşure (wheat pudding with dried nuts and fruits) is one the most important contacts of Anatolia’s intangible cultural heritage. The shooting of this documentary film involving aşure ritual started in 2008.It still continues.

Activities that are performed under the Programme of Culinary Culture:

Food and beverage, required materials and equipment, techniques for their preparation; eating manners, special days, celebrations, ceremonies and similar implementations and beliefs that develop around the kitchen are studied under the Programme of Culinary Culture. This programme is managed by Folklore Researcher (department chief) Nihal Kadıoğlu Çevik.

A programme which is referenced by UNESCO, titled “Protection and Support of Cultural Rights” was carried out by European Union in 2006 – 2007. Under the programme regarding the protection of local languages, there had been a series of projects that were carried out in Turkey. Two of those projects were managed by the Foundation of Cultural Research.

One of them was a project titled “Georgian Culinary Culture”. This project was coordinated by Serpil Kadıoğlu, a volunteer member of the Foundation. Nihal Kadıoğlu Çevik, the coordinator of the Programme of Culinary Culture, edited the Georgian Culinary Culture book. The other project members were Göksun Yazıcı, İlker Özdemir, Senem Doğanoğlu, Yücel Demir. This project intended to search Georgian Language spoken in the kitchen and publish it. The formal code of this project is TR0401.06.02/CISGS/004 / (additional information: Georgian Culinary Culture book was sent to UNESCO at our first application)

Our second European Union assisted project is “Hamsiname Publishing and Promotion Project”. This project was managed by Bedii Engin Koş, a volunteer member of the Foundation. The other project members were Çağatay Engin Şahin, Emine Sevde Yazıcı, Cihan Yılmaz, Pınar Tavukçu, Şükrü Oktay Şahın, Ömer Usta, Soner Özdemir. This project is also a UNESCO referenced (UNESCO / Safeguarding endangered languages / References / Record Corresponding ISO 639-3 code(s): lzz number: 01372) documentary film in Laz language. The formal code of this project is TR 04 01.06.01 / BSGS / 007 (additional information: This documentary film was sent to UNESCO at our first application)

Another project that had been carried out within this documentary film project was the research of kitchen cultures related to the fishery in the traditional life of the people residing in the North of Turkey (Black Sea Region). After the research had been done by the Foundation, the book titled “Hamsi Kurban O Göze” was prepared and published by Heyamola Publishing (2008). Writers of the book are Nihal Kadıoğlu Çevik, Kudret Emiroğlu and Prof. Dr. Cemal Saydam.

Activities that are performed under the Programme of Toy House:

The primal mission of this programme is to do studies for establishing a national based “toy museum” and create projects in order to pass folkloric toys, as indicated in the context of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, to the next generations. This programme is managed by Folklore Researcher Ceren Göğüş.

Studies, such as making a research, taking inventory, collecting the samples of traditionally produced toys in Anatolia, and bringing those data to the public’s attention via publishing are being done since 2002. A book titled “Anatolia’s Toy Culture” is being prepared regarding those studies. The writers of the book are Associate Prof. Dr. Hülya Tezcan, Assistant Prof. Dr. Tosun Yalçınkaya, Cumhur Sönmez, Ömür Tufan and Ceren Göğüş.

Studies concerning creating awareness among the media, NGOs and educational institutions about the Anatolian toys, as intangible cultural heritage values, continue. Some of the institutions which we provided consultancy service and in which conferences and work – shops were organized are: Büyük Kolej, Özel Bilim Koleji, Gazi University, Anatolian Civilizations Museum, “Association of Establishing Child Museums, Kamil Koç magazine, TRT (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation) İstanbul, İz TV, etc...

By means of the Programme of Toy House we continue to study on creating awareness among children via festivals. “Datça Toy Festival”, which was prepared by our Foundation and organized by the Municipality of Datça in the years 2006 – 2007, was the first in its field in Turkey.

A Toy Exhibition was held in 2010 within the frame of International Children Theatre Festival in Ankara. At the end of this year, an exhibition as part of the game and toy symposium organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Research and Education, will be held. This exhibition provides children to play with the toys that are produced in the work – shops.
Cooperation:
Projects and connectted communities

• Asure Documentary Movie Project / Kadiries and Caferians and Alevis
• Hamsiname Broadcasting and Introduction Project / Laz
• Publication and Introduction Project for Research on Georgian Cuisine Culture in Georgian Project / Georgian
• Rituel / Anatolian Heritage / Research Publication and Promotion Project / An Exhibition - performances and published work to promote unique cultural identity and develop cultural dialogue about Alevis - Bektasi, Caferians and Jews, Armenians, Nusayri and Syriacs, the Mevlevi, like Kadiri groups..

Additional information:

We can define the cooperation groups as women, children and elders as part of the studies carried out under the Programmes of Ritual, Culinary Culture and Toy House, which are within the frame of the Foundation of Cultural Research study programme. We cooperate with public institutions, local municipalities, academic institutions, NGOs and press (magazines, TV, radio) when organizing projects and activities within the scope of the mentioned programmes. This cooperation is made by expert participation within the frame of taking inventory of the intangible cultural heritage values.

The Foundation cooperates with children aged 6 to 10 for the Toy Culture Programme, women aged 40 to 60 for the Culinary Culture Programme and elders involving religious people for the Ritual Programme, in the projects prepared and carried out by the Foundation. This group consisting of women, children and elders are the sources that are in the traditional culture and the makers and the conveyers of the intangible cultural heritage products. We prefer to organize mutual activities and cooperate with the public institutions, local municipalities and NGOs for activities like festivals, exhibitions, etc.

Along with these national projects of the Foundation, it endeavours to broaden the scope of cooperation by preparing projects with international partners. The Foundation continues for the last five years to take steps to create mutual projects with Turkey’s neighbouring countries.
Milletlerarası Kukla ve Gölge Oyunu Birliği Türkiye Milli Merkezi
Turkey National Center of UNIMA
Konur Sok. No: 66/12
06440
Ankara
TURKEY

Accreditation request No. 90100: English
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 1990
Domain(s):

- oral traditions and expressions
- performing arts
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- traditional craftsmanship

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

Objectives:
The center which aims to introduce Turkish puppet and shadow theatre arts in Turkey and in the foreign countries, to make known other nations puppet and shadow theatre arts in Turkey, to research, develop, protect and let live these arts, has realized most of these subjects like the introduction of our puppet and shadow theatre in Turkey and in foreign countries, the protect of artists’ rights and the development and diffusion of these arts.
Activities:
The mentioned works that carried on protection and preservation of Turkish Shadow Theatre Karagöz, as an important intangible cultural heritage, for eighteen years is attached.
A meeting about preservation and presentation of Turkish Shadow Theatre Karagöz, named ‘Karagöz Workshop’, has been held in July, 22 2008 in Ankara. Some official institutions, NGO representatives, artists, scientist and researchers were invited to that workshop. At the end of the workshop an action plan for 5 years was prepared.
To organize and support the international or national performances or shows included in or independed from activities for presentation of Karagöz art.
UNIMA Turkey works for adding theoretical and applied lessons about traditional Turkish theatre in Conservatoires and Theatre departments in Universities and Colleges. Today Traditional Turkish Theatre lesson is optional in some Universities.
Works and developments about puppet theatre in other countries are declared to Turkish artists and works in Turkey are declared to UNIMA National Center and other centers of UNIMA.
UNIMA Turkey informs Turkish artists of festivals around the world and helps them to join these festivals with the financial aid of official associations. Furthermore UNIMA Turkey National Center works for finding a place for periodic performances, and continues its works about founding a traditional theatre museum, an archive and a library.
Cooperation:
Our organization is in cooperation with individuals, institutions, local authorities and NGOs for creation, preservation, protection and transmission about intangible cultural heritage. For example ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage-Living Karagöz Symposium’ has been held in cooperation with Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Gazi University and UNESCO Turkey National Commission in April, 27–29 2006 as well as ‘Karagöz Workshop’ has been held in July, 22 2008 in Ankara and for presentation of Karagoz Tradition, UNIMA Turkey organised 'Karagoz and Hacivat Figures Exhibition', in cooperation with OASİS Culture and Entertainment Center September 24- October 05, 2007, Mugla.
Uluslararası Mevlâna Vakfı
International Mevlana Foundation
Mazhar Oktem sok.
no :17/2 Ufuk apt.
Sisli-Istanbul
TURKEY
URL: www.mevlana.net
Tel.: 0090 536 542 56 67; 0090 212 247 54 88

Accreditation request No. 90143: English
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 1997
Domain(s):

- oral traditions and expressions
- performing arts
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- traditional craftsmanship
- other
- PROTECTION AND TRANSMISSION: The foundation’s role will be to protect the respect for the Mevlevi Heritage and to prevent distortion by preserving and disseminating authentic practice. The fund is directed by the descendants of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi and the culture and traditions of Mevlevi tangible and intangible heritage are well-protected by The Family since 13th century so till now they are correctly transmitted from generation to generation. For the correct transmission of this knowledge, the fund representatives, when requested, have travelled and are ready to travel without the restriction of geographical boundaries to transmit their knowledge in symposiums, meetings prepared by legal, semi-legal and civil organizations related to the subject via the spheres they are functioning in. RESTORATION / EDUCATİON: The foundation is active in the process of establishing a 'Living Museum and Mevlana Research Institute' in order to provide the public an experience of Mevlevi traditions and to act as a site for continued research. Our foundation views Yenikapı Mevlevihanesi, being architecturally the largest in Istanbul as providing an ideal site for the realization of this project. We are in good standing with the local government authorities who have consulted with our Board of Directors in the renovation of this building in order to be able to preserve its original architecture. During this process our foundation is in close cooperation with Konya Seljuk University Mevlana Institute. As a result it is being successfully rebuilt and partly renovated in the correct manner by our government. DOCUMENTATION / RESEARCH: The book “Mevlana and Mevlevi Order Throughout the Centuries “ was published in 2007 by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and International Mevlana Foundation with the financial sponsorship of Turkcell, the main cellular gsm operator in Turkey.

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

Main countries where active:

Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, United States of America

Objectives:
1. To research the works and thoughts of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi.
2. To preserve the authentic personality of Mevlevi culture and tradition by understanding and preserving its way of living in its historical and cultural context in order to make available, in the modern world, the universal and timeless wisdom Mevlana contains about the basic values of humanity and human art of living.
3. UNESCO's sphere being in culture and education, we believe the meticulous work of the International Mevlana Foundation(IMF) will be required for the realization, and the correct interpretation and transmission of this culture from generation to generation. Mevlevihanes are institutions where Mevlana followers practiced the Mevlevi way of living. They were first established in Anatolia, at the period of Seljuks, and later spread during the time of the Ottoman Empire to Europe (eg. Tsallonika), Africa (eg. Cairo) and to the Middle East (eg. Damascus). Today some have been restored in the correct way while others continue in a distorted or limited manner due to budget constraints or neglect.
4. Correct restoration and administration of Mevlevihanes are vital for safeguarding Mevlevi culture and tradition. Mevlevihane is where:
- The History of Mevlevi culture and tradition is studied
- Mevlevi literature, its forms and its masterpieces are analyzed and learned
- Mevlevi music and the construction of the musical instruments used are taught
- Sema (the dance of the dervishes) and its correct harmony with Mevlevi music is taught
5. Legal, cultural and social organizations which are not familiar with Mevlevi tradition may easily make mistakes and distort Mevlevi culture. Thus, Mevlevihanes must not only be restored in the correct manner but should also be administered in a manner that safeguards the intangible heritage of Mevlevi Culture. The importance of the practice of the Mevlevihanes in bringing into being the intangible spiritual experience of Tasavvuf cannot be understated.

Activities:
Our Fund representatives provide consultancy, upon request, to specialized legal, semi-legal or civil organizations which are concerned with Mevlevi tradition, music, poetry and literature.
The representatives of our foundation entitled to transmit information in the international activities are: The four sisters and one brother (and their children) of the 22nd and 23rd generation of the descendants of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi together with certain academicians and musicians present in our foundation who are experts in Mevlevi Tradition.
All members of International Mevlana Foundation are volunteers. The income of the foundation is solely via donations. The secretary of the foundation is the only person on the payroll. The members are each related to the intangible Mevlevi culture either by their family history, their studies in life, or the personal experiences that brought them to this path. Our specialists are well known personalities in their areas such as Sema teaching, Mesnevi commentating, mystical music performing and teaching.
Being a NGO, we are in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture for certain projects. One of the most prominent of these projects was the celebration of 2008 as the World Mevlana Year. Our fund will continue its activities by being involved in 2010 Istanbul European Capital of Culture Project. Also note our involvement with the Yenikapi Mevlevihanesi (6a above)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
1. Faruk Hemdem Celebi, President of the foundation, 22nd descendant in line of Mevlana Family
2. Esin Celebi Bayru, Vice President and 22nd descendant in line of Mevlana Family
3. Isın Celebi, descendant of Mevlana, ex- minister, businessman
4. Emel Celebi Gursoy, 22nd descendant in line of Mevlana Family
5. Neslipir Celebi Sayar, 22nd descendant in line of Mevlana Family
6. Gevher Celebi, 22nd descendant in line of Mevlana Family
7. Celaleddin Celebi, 23nd descendant in line of Mevlana Family
8. Neset Celebi, 23nd descendant in line of Mevlana Family
9. Azra Kumcuoglu, 23nd descendant in line of Mevlana Family
10. Gul Gursoy, 23nd descendant in line of Mevlana Family
11. Pirden Gursoy, 23nd descendant in line of Mevlana Family
12. Selin Celebi, 23nd descendant in line of Mevlana Family
13. Osman Bayru, descendant of Yenikapı Mevlevihanesi, Istanbul
14. Aylin Mac Carthy, descendant of Yenikapı Mevlevihanesi, Istanbul
15. Dr. Nasir Baki Baykara, descendant of Yenikapı Mevlevihanesi, Istanbul
16. Mehmet Dulger, descendant of Mevlana, ex-minister, Author
17. Prof. Talat Halman, Turkish Literature, ex- and first Cultural Minister of Turkey, Author
18. Prof. Kenan Gursoy, Professor of Philosophy, Dean of Galatasaray University- Science and Literature Faculty
19. Dr. Nuri Simsekler, academician on Theology, Mesnevi commentator, Author
20. Tahir Akyurek, Mayor of Konya
21. Yusuf Beyazit, General Manager of National Foundation Association
22. Nilgun Olgun, Architect specialized in restoration projects
23. Reha Sagbas, Musician, Member of TRT, Turkish Radio and Television
24. Hakan Talu, Musician, Member of TRT, Turkish Radio and Television
25. Nur Arttiran, Mesnevihan, Mesnevi commentator and author
26. Tugrul Inancer, Postnishin, Mesnevi commentator
27. Huseyin Top, Postnishin, Mesnevihan, Mesnevi commentator and author
28. Dr. Emin Isik, academician on Theology and Tasavvuf, Postnishin, Mesnevihan, Mesnevi commentator and author
29. Huseyin Erek, Postnishin, Mesnevi commentator
30. Kadri Yetis, Postnishin, teacher of Sema, Postnisin
31. Nail Kesova, Musician, teacher of Sema, Postnisin
32. Nadir Karnibuyukler, businessman and Postnisin
33. Mehmet Emin Holat, semazen, National Tasavvuf Music Group Member
34. Sami Kucuk, Semazen, National Tasavvuf Music Group Member
35. Ahmet Calisir, Musician, National Tasavvuf Music Group Member
36. Semsi Susamis, Musician, National Tasavvuf Music Group Member
37. Nacit Dileme, Semazen, Banker in Switzerland
38. Sefika Kutluer: Well known flute player with performances in Mevlevi music
39. Dogan Hizlan, Journalist, Author of many books on art and culture
40. Osman Saffet Arolat, Journalist, Editor in Chief for “Dunya”, the most prominent financial newspaper in Turkey
41. Cetin Demirhan, Journalist, Programme producer for the national TV channel TRT
42. Sukran Celebi, business woman, Social Activities
43. Ayse Gonul, business woman, Social Activities
44. Esin Demiroren, business woman, Social Activities
45. Berna Ceylan, business woman, Social Activities
46. Insaf Altinbuken, Supporter, Social Activities
47. Henza Colakoglu, business woman, Social Activities
48. Husnu Ozyegin, businessman, main sponsor for the renovation of Galata Mevlevihanesi collaborating together with the Turkish National Foundation Association
49. Turkan Sabanci, business woman, owner of Sabanci Museum in Istanbul holding cultural masterpieces, Founder of Aksanat Cultural Center in Istanbul
50. Ismail Yesilnacar, businessman, Social Activities
51. Filiz Gungor, architect, business woman
52. Abdulhamit Cakmut, Event Organizer, school owner
53. Refik Kutluer: Event Organizer
54. Ali Akkanat, businessman
55. Halil Dursun, businessman
* Postnisin or Dede is the head of a Mevlevi group (Whirling Dervishes)
Cooperation:
A summary of some of the activites which IMF members and groups have been involved are concerned with maintaining and transmitting the intangible Cultural Heritage of Mevlevi tradition. These activities have been undertaken largely in public and academic domains and not for commercial purposes nor in opposition to other traditions.

Esin Celebi Bayru TV Programs, Konya University Television, Haber Turk,
Dr.Nuri Channel D, TRT INT Interview on Mevlevi Culture and Simsekler Tradition
Esin Celebi Bayru Conference at Konya Seljuk University on World Women's Day on Mevlana and Women
Esin Celebi Bayru Presentations at Mevlana symposiums in Izmir September 9, Kars Kafkas University and Trabzon
Esin Celebi Bayru Invited by The Mevlevi Order of America Association to Neset Celebi conferences in universities and cultural centers at SF Sema& the Musicians Group Berkeley,Asland,Virginia,Portland,Seattle,Florida
international University,Maui and Honolulu Esin Celebi Bayru In 14 different cities of USA, programmes explaining Sema & the Musicians Group Mevlevi Culture
Faruk Celebi Information provided on Mevlana and Sema Dr.Nuri Simsekle at New York Metropolitan Museum, Universities of Sema & the Musicians Group Yale and Princeton
Esin Celebi Bayru In Iran, presentation at Abdulbaki Golpinarli Symposium
Dr.Nuri Simsekler Conferences at Tahran, Tebriz, Hoy, and Baku Universities
Neslipir Celebi Sayar Conferences in Tahran International Mevlana Symposium
Dr.Nuri Simsekler Faruk Celebi Consulltancy to TRT at Belh, Afganistan
Dr. Nuri Simsekler on documentaries
Esin Celebi Bayru TV Programs in BBC, El Cezire, private and state channels
Dr.Nuri Simsekler in Indonesia, Korea, Tajikistan,Azerbaijan, Iran
Meeting Pakistani Minister for Culture on Mevlana and exchange of experiences
Dr. Emin Isik Public weekly meetings studying Mevlevi Tradition being an example of cultural anthropology and its fundamentals
2009 Projects of Possible Collaboration
- A walk of 802 km on 802nd birthday of Mevlana is planned to start from Yenikapi Mevlevihanesi, Istanbul to end after 45 days at the tomb of Mevlana, Konya, on the day of his death. The originator of the project is a young married couple.
- Spiritual leaders in Turkey are planned to be invited to Konya for a symposium for the inauguration of Mevlana's Birthday on 30th of September..
- Mrs. Esin Celebi Bayru will be visiting USA in June 2009 for conferences in Freeland WA, Seattle WA, Kula HI, Sausalito CA, Ithaca NY.