The Turkish Cultural Week has been organized in the Capital from May 10 to 14 under the headline“ European literature goes to Turkey, Turkish literature goes to Europe”
The event has been put together by Goethe-Institute Istanbul as part of the European Union’s Cultural Bridges program. The first part of the project unfolded in Turkey. The project provided Turkish audiences with the chance to engage first-hand with European authors and to participate in open and lively debates with them. It also gives European audiences the chance to familiarise themselves with Turkish culture by encountering well-known authors, musicians and photographers. An EU library on wheels was created which has been travelling in 24 cities of Turkey with nearly 50 European writers, photographers and filmmakers from seven EU countries – Austria, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Italy, Bulgaria & Belgium – plus Switzerland. The bus stays a week in each city where readings with authors, film and photography workshops are organised for the youth. The bus will then be transformed into a “Turkish library on wheels” and nearly 20 Turkish writers will present their work in the participating EU countries. Joint exhibitions will be organised in Istanbul, Pécs and Essen.
At the opening of the event in Bucharest, H.E. Ayse Sinirlioglu, The Ambassador of Turkey in Bucharest hosted at the Turkish Residence a reading by Turkish writer Buket Uzuner from her book “ Mediterranean Waltz” that was also translated in Romanian, followed by a reception.
In her opening speech on May 11, HE Ayse Sinirlioglu spoke about the honour guest of the event, saying: “Mrs. Uzuner is one of the most read authors in Turkey, and Istanbul has had a central position in her writings. The city is beautifully presented in her latest novel as well as in Mediterranean Waltz, a book that was awarded Istanbul University’s best book of 1998.” Buket Uzuner was born in Ankara in 1955. She is an author of short stories, travelogues, and novels. Uzuner is trained as a biologist and environmental scientist. She has studied and worked at universities in Turkey (Hacettepe and METU), Norway, the USA and Finland. Her books have been on Turkish national best seller lists since 1992, and translated into seven languages. She is the literary advisor for foreign literature at Alfa-Everest publishers, which prints 1.5 million books per year in Turkey. Uzuner won The Yunus Nadi Prize for her novel: The Sound of Fishsteps (Bal¦k ?zlerinin Sesi) in 1993 and her novel: Mediterranean Waltz (Kumral Ada- Mavi Tuna) was awarded as “Best Novel” of 1998 by the University of Istanbul. Mediterranean Waltz is published in Italy, Greece, Israel, South Korea, Romania and Spain. Gallipoli has recently been published in Greece.
Her short story collection: A Cup of Turkish Coffee is published in England. Buket Uzuner was selected among the 75 Most Influential Women of the Republic of Turkey, for Sabah Group by well-known professionals, civic leaders, members of the press and academia to celebrate the Republic of Turkey’s 75th anniversary. She has been presented as honorary fellow writer by the University of Iowa. Uzuner has also presented the Middle East Technical University appreciation award in Ankara in 2004. She has travelled and lived widely in North Africa, North America and Europe.
Other projects included in the Turkish Cultural Week event include a Peasant Museum concert today, as of 9 pm, featuring the Izmir pop-rock band Model ( the band includes