2014 December

MESSAGE OF THE CEO

Welcome Aboard

Dear Guests, 

During these last days of 2014 we are filled with the pride and joy of having left behind yet another successful year. We are celebrating our 81st anniversary, but we see that the more we grow the younger we seem to become. That youthful synergy in turn makes us...

CITYSCOPE

The Festival On Wheels In Its 20Th Year
Mounted by the Ankara Cinema Association with contributions by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Festival on Wheels is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The festival will be in Ankara through December 4, in...
The Man Who Played With Fire Returns To His Hearth
Previously held in Istanbul, the ceremony at which the awards named for Mevlânâ Jalaleddin Rumi’s famous cook, Ateşbâz-ı Velî (literally, Velî the man who plays with fire), are presented was held in Konya...
Getting Lost In Paris
Featured in the show, which runs through January 31, are 63 black-and-white photographs shot by the photographer in Paris over a two-year period. But, although Aytek shot the photos in Paris, she did not shoot them of...
Between Life And Death
  This comprehensive selection of paintings, videos, personal items and documents representing Berksoy’s multifaceted artistic production reflects the artist’s relationship with people with whom she has...
If Haluk Bilginer Were Evliya Çelebi
You’ve played Evliya Çelebi in movies before. Can you tell us how Evliya Çelebi looks through your eyes?To my mind, Evliya Çelebi is curious above all else. His curiosity grows out of his naiveté. At the same...
A Japanese In Bodrum
How would you define your cuisine?My dishes are based on classical Japanese cuisine but there is also an international influence.Why do you prefer fusion cuisine?I can’t be said to prefer fusion cuisine, but because...
Baku 2015: The Games That Will  Shape A City
By Friday, June 12, 2015, Baku will be ready to host a memorable and historic first edition of the European Games. The European Olympic Committees in December 2012 handed Azerbaijan the responsibility of hosting the...
An Emerging Startup Nation: Turkey
  The conference was organized jointly by Borsa Istanbul and the University of California, Berkeley, Program on Entrepreneurship and Development in the Middle East. Speakers at the October 23rd conference were...
Be Aware Of Pku Disorder
What is PKU Disorder?PKU, or Phenylketonuria, is an hereditary metabolic disorder, and some 200-250 babies on average are born with it in Turkey every year. Due to a deficiency in PAH or phenylalanine hydroxylase (the...
36Th Marathon On The Bosphorus
One of the most important sporting events staged in Turkey, the 36th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon, which includes Turkish Airlines among its sponsors, started on November 16 from the Anatolian side of the...
Mimar Sinan Needs To Be Recognized
A new project is getting under way sponsored by the Touring and Automobile Club of Turkey, the Istanbul Province Department of Culture and Tourism, the the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB), the...
Filling The City With Design
Titled “ The Future Is Not What It Used To Be”, the 2nd istanbul Design Biennial is seeking to answer the question, “What is the future now?”  A total of 53 projects in areas like design, technology,...
Diyalog Devam Ediyor
Backed by intense interest and popular demand, the Dialogue in the Dark exhibition, which opened on December 20, is continuing at Istanbul Gayrettepe Metro Station. The event, which includes Turkish Airlines among its...
The Last Rendezvous
  The 17th Randevu Istanbul International Festival brings audiences a rich and original program of films previously screened at the world’s leading festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Sundance and...
Music For Peace
Made up of children and young people, the Music for Peace Orchestra will be performing a colorful repertoire as part of “BİFO and Music for Peace”. Serving the fundamental purpose of providing free musical...
A Whiff Of Flamenco
Seven brothers who were playing instruments even before they learned to read and write and setting the stage on fire with their Flamenco dances, Los Vivancos are coming to Turkey. The brothers will appear at the...
Salt Tower  Of The Alps
Mozart’s HouseOne of the first names that pops to mind at the mention of classical music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart left his mark on Salzburg. The house on whose third floor the great composer was born is open to the...
The Pearl Of West Africa: Abidjan
- Its lagoons are the hallmark of Abidjan, which lies on the Atlantic coast. Be sure to take a boat tour to explore these spots of natural beauty up close.- See examples of Ivory Coast’s traditional arts at the...
Çağlar Çorumlu’s Merzifon
What does Merzifon mean to you?Merzifon is a charming Anatolian town in Amasya province, which is known for its rock tombs and as the place where Ottoman heirs to the throne were schooled in the art of ruling....
Concerts For The Grownups, Theater For The Kids
Violin DaysKnown in Turkey as “the Man who Makes the Violin Cry”, Farid Farjad will perform at the Zorlu Center on December 6. Now emanating tranquility like foam on the ocean, now plunging listeners into the...
“Wave” In İzmir
  Large-scale canvases are featured in this show, which is being mounted as the opening event in festivities marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of Ege University. The works draw attention to energy in...
New Show From İpek
  Featured in the show, at Galeri İdil in Nişantaşı from December 11 through January 17 are the artist’s most recent works in the style of Expressionism. İpek, in whose canvases we see traces of the...
Paris In 5 Questions
01_ Which is the oldest bridge in Paris? Pont Neuf Pont Alexandre III Pont Saint-Louis Pont de l’Archevêché
The Essence Of Mevlâna
  Mevlāna Jalāl ad-Dīn Rumi's gift to mankind, the Mathnavi is a balm for the soul, a masterpiece in which you will find exceptional tales with profound insights into life and faith. The late Şefik Can, who...
Medieval Handiwork
The illuminated manuscripts and miniatures that left their stamp on medieval Europe  come together with miniatures depicting the traditions of India, Iran and Mexico in a book entitled Codices Illustres,...
The Boy Who Could Not Dream
  Fikri Rüyakaçıran is a boy who, as his name indicates, cannot dream no matter how much he wants to, a boy whose favorite pastime is looking at his ‘Discarded Stamp Collection’ and fantasizing about it....

ARTICLES

Curiosity Is As Important As Intelligence
There seems to be wide support for the idea that we are living in an “age of complexity”, which implies that the world has never been more intricate. This idea is based on the rapid pace of technological changes, and the vast amount of information that we are generating (the two are related). Yet consider that philosophers like Leibniz (17th...
Fairytale Land Of The Modern Age: Abu Dhabi
Pearl of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, while preserving its cultural heritage on the one hand, is focused on the other on gearing up for the future. Channeling the wealth it derives from its natural resources into everything from art and culture to sports, entertainment and tourism, this modern oasis promises a unique experience in every...
Life Is Good In Isparta
We could have gone to Isparta in May and joined the rose-pickers, but unfortunately we missed the season. Vestiges of Ottoman times loom before us in this city where we stroll around going gaga over the carpets and rose products for which the area is famous: Firdevs Paşa Mosque, one of the city’s oldest, Kutlubey Mosque, built in 1429 and...
Getting Pleasure Out Of Life
You have said that a life can be dedicated to an idea. To what idea have you dedicated your life?My purpose in this life is to help alleviate, even to a small degree, suffering from any one of man's major health problems. That is my highest goal. More specifically, I want to leave behind some contribution towards treatment for metabolic...
Victory Goes To Koepka In The Turkish Airlines Open 2014
As a Final Series event with a prize of 7 Million dollars, Turkish Airlines Open held at Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club in Antalya Belek, November 13 to 16 is one of the most important legs in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. U.S. golfer Brooks Koepka was the winner of the exciting and fiercely fought four-day tournament that pitted...
Balkan Beauty: Albania
Our first stop is Tirana, a city designed by Italian artists that has saluted the world proudly as Albania’s capital since 1920. Affording visitors pleasurable experiences in its historic venues, galleries, shopping centers and gourmet restaurants, Tirana also looks quite modern with its wide, asphalt streets. As long as you’re here, take...
The Baroque Side Of Istanbul
Even an imperfect pearl is a precious stone with highlights and shadows. The Baroque is a bit like that. Slightly more slender minarets, slightly more curving tendrils in the decorations, colorful stained glass windows, chiaroscuro frescoes in place of tiles… It is in the architectural monuments themselves that we can read the relations...
10 Reasons To Go To Nuremberg
  Lord Of The CityThe most potent symbol of Nuremberg’s traditional wealth, the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle) that rises on a hill above the River Pegnitz continues to gaze down today in all its nobility and splendor. Opposite the castle gate you can see the home and famous rabbit sculpture, inspired by the painting of the renowned artist...
Being A Good Digital Citizen On Social Media
Communication is going digital, and in the last 30 years especially has thrown itself from the industrial age into the arms of the age of information and sharing. How ready are we for this transformation?
Drogba vs. Messi: The Big Scramble For Epic Food
The best airline in Europe, Turkish Airlines strives to be the best not just in products and services but in every area of the business. One of those areas is advertising. The airline in recent years has worked with some of the biggest names in sports, like Caroline Wozniacki, Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant. Its 2013 advertising film, Kobe vs...
Wedding Night In Konya
What events will be part of the “Night of Reunion” ceremonies this year?As well as the whirling dervish rituals, visitors who come to Konya as guests of Mevlâna will again have a chance to attend a number of artistic, cultural and scholarly events: national and international symposia, panel discussions, lectures, Mathnavi readings, and...
The Taste of Pastırma...
One of mankind’s earliest techniques for preserving meat, salting and drying is encountered in all the culinary cultures of the world today. But the process is slightly different in Turkey: as it begins to dry, the meat is coated in a paste of finely ground spices called çemen to produce the legendary taste of pastırma. Pastırma is...

TURKISH AIRLINES NEWS

Turkish Airlines is now offering its passengers high-speed wireless internet and television service through the Global Communication Suite System installed on its wide-bodied aircraft. In collaboration with the Anadolu News Agency, the airline's...
An alternative ‘spend miles’ website where Miles&Smiles members can shop using their miles, miles plus money or simply money, www.shopandmiles.com has gone into service. Previously spending their miles on either free tickets...
Turkish Cargo recently won both the “Cargo Airline” and the “Combination Carrier” of the year awards at “Payload Asia 2014”.  One of the air cargo industry’s most prestigious magazines, Payload Asia held its 30th awards...
A new survey system designed to measure Turkish Airlines’ passenger satisfaction with ground services has gone into effect in the check-in areas at Istanbul’s Ataturk and Sabiha Gökçen airports. Slated to be expanded to other airports as...
The Final of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Amateur Series was held for the second time this year at Belek and ran from November 9 – 16. This Grand Final Tournament matches were played at the King, Queen, and Prince courses of the Cornelia...
Following an agreement signed with Verifone, Turkish Airlines has begun deploying Verifone’s VPlatform end-to-end payment solution at all of its domestic ticketing offices and agencies. VPlatform brings ticketing offices together with agencies...
Turkish Airlines has been deemed worthy of the “Best Structured Financing of the Year” award in the Bonds & Loans / Aircraft Financing category. Already certified as the best on the European continent thanks to several awards for aircraft...