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KurdîLit: Network for Kurdish Literature and Publishing in Turkey

KurdîLit: Network for Kurdish Literature and Publishing in Turkey was designed by Diyarbakır Arts Center, Lîs Publishing House, and Literature Across Frontiers as a first step in a number of planned projects that aim to strengthen the visibility of Kurdish literature.

BAK: Revealing the City through Memory Exhibition at Amed Art Gallery!

The Diyarbakır exhibition of BAK: Revealing the City through Memory project will open at Amed Art Gallery on 16 April 2016. The exhibition will be on view until May 8.

BAK: Revealing the City through Memory Exhibition at Istanbul DEPO

The Istanbul exhibition of BAK: Revealing the City through Memory project, realized with the participation of 24 young people from 10 cities across Turkey, will open at DEPO on 4 March 2016. The exhibition, comprising 6 video and 5 photography works will be on view until April 10.

Kino 2015 German Films Program was in Diyarbakır

Organized by Goethe-Institut and German Films, Diyarbakır edition of Kino 2015 German Films Program is realized in cooperation with Diyarbakır Arts Center between 26 and 28 November 2015.

BAK: Revealing the City through Memory participants came together in Diyarbakır on 23-29 May 2015

The second workshop of BAK 2015 took place in Diyarbakır on 23 – 29 May 2015, with the participation of 24 young people from Balıkesir, Batman, Çanakkale, Diyarbakır, İzmir, Mardin, Muğla, Şırnak and Urfa.

The Secret Life of Stories: Visualizing Children’s Stories through Object Theatre

The Secret Life of Stories took place between 2-11 December 2014 in Diyarbakır and Çanakkale.

Open Call for BAK: Revealing The City Through Memory 2015 has Ended

July 2014 - June 2016 Aydın, Balıkesir, Batman, Çanakkale, Diyarbakır, İzmir, Mardin, Muğla, Şırnak, Urfa

Exhibition: Never Again! Apology and Coming to Terms with the Past

"Never Again! Apology and Coming to Terms with the Past” exhibition will be opened in Diyarbakır between 4-29 June, 2014 in Sümerpark Amed Arts Gallery

Final exhibition of BAK: Revealing the City through Memory will be on view in 5 cities

BAK: Revealing the City through Memory presents its final exhibitions in 5 cities from January t0 March 2014.

The Fire and The Wedding Video Exhibition

The Fire and The Wedding video exhibition takes place between 20 January-5 February 2013 at Sümerpark Amed Gallery with a forum and panel on forced migration.

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KurdîLit: Network for Kurdish Literature and Publishing in Turkey

KurdîLit: Network for Kurdish Literature and Publishing in Turkey was designed by Diyarbakır Arts Center, Lîs Publishing House, and Literature Across Frontiers.

BAK: Revealing the City through Memory Exhibition at Amed Art Gallery!

The Diyarbakır exhibition of BAK: Revealing the City through Memory project will open at Amed Art Gallery on 16 April 2016. The exhibition will be on view until May 8.

BAK: Revealing the City through Memory Exhibition at Istanbul DEPO!

The Istanbul exhibition of BAK: Revealing the City through Memory project, realized with the participation of 24 young people from 10 cities across Turkey, will open at DEPO on 4 March 2016.

Kino 2015 German Films Program was in Diyarbakır

Organized by Goethe-Institut and German Films, Diyarbakır edition of Kino 2015 German Films Program is realized in cooperation with Diyarbakır Arts Center between 26 and 28 November 2015.

BAK: Revealing the City through Memory participants came together in Diyarbakır on 23-29 May 2015

The second workshop of BAK 2015 took place in Diyarbakır on 23 – 29 May 2015, with the participation of 24 young people from Balıkesir, Batman, Çanakkale, Diyarbakır, İzmir, Mardin, Muğla, Şırnak and Urfa.

KurdîLit: Network for Kurdish Literature and Publishing in Turkey was designed by Diyarbakır Arts Center, Lîs Publishing House, and Literature Across Frontiers as a first step in a number of planned projects that aim to strengthen the visibility of Kurdish literature.

The Diyarbakır exhibition of BAK: Revealing the City through Memory project will open at Amed Art Gallery on 16 April 2016. The exhibition will be on view until May 8.

The Istanbul exhibition of BAK: Revealing the City through Memory project, realized with the participation of 24 young people from 10 cities across Turkey, will open at DEPO on 4 March 2016. The exhibition, comprising 6 video and 5 photography works will be on view until April 10.

Organized by Goethe-Institut and German Films, Diyarbakır edition of Kino 2015 German Films Program is realized in cooperation with Diyarbakır Arts Center between 26 and 28 November 2015.

The second workshop of BAK 2015 took place in Diyarbakır on 23 – 29 May 2015, with the participation of 24 young people from Balıkesir, Batman, Çanakkale, Diyarbakır, İzmir, Mardin, Muğla, Şırnak and Urfa.

The Secret Life of Stories took place between 2-11 December 2014 in Diyarbakır and Çanakkale.

July 2014 - June 2016 Aydın, Balıkesir, Batman, Çanakkale, Diyarbakır, İzmir, Mardin, Muğla, Şırnak, Urfa

"Never Again! Apology and Coming to Terms with the Past” exhibition will be opened in Diyarbakır between 4-29 June, 2014 in Sümerpark Amed Arts Gallery

BAK: Revealing the City through Memory presents its final exhibitions in 5 cities from January t0 March 2014.

The Fire and The Wedding video exhibition takes place between 20 January-5 February 2013 at Sümerpark Amed Gallery with a forum and panel on forced migration.

DSM's project "Human Rights and Cinema with Civil Society in Diyarbakır" ends with the closing program on Urbanization and Urban Transformation in cooperation with the Diyarbakır Coordination Council of TMMOB on December 26, 2012.

Diyarbakır Arts Center completed the first half of its project, “Human Rights and Cinema with Civil Society in Diyarbakır” which aims at contributing to the artistic and cultural aspect of civil society in the city. The project that is composed of thematic film screenings and round table discussions, started on 16 September 2012 in Sülüklü Han with the opening screening of the documentary Pockets of Resistance. The program continued with screenings and discussions on Children Rights in cooperation with ÇAÇA and Migration Foundation on 20-21 September 2012, Youth and Education in cooperation with Diyarbakır Eğitim-Sen and Local Agenda City Council Youth Assembly on 6-7 October 2012, and Women and LGBT on 12-13 October 2012. The activities planned in November were postponed to December due to hunger strikes in prisons. On 7-8 December 2012, the project will continue with film screenings and discussions on Human Rights and Social Justice in cooperation with Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV) and Sarmaşık Association. The closing session will be held on 26 December 2012 with the screening of Ekümenopolis by İmre Azem, and a discussion that will focus on Urbanization and Urban Transformation. The project is supported by the Open Society Foundation.

The activity program “Looking at World Literature and Grand Masters from Amed” organized by Lîs Publishing House and Diyarbakır Arts Center in cooperation with Sülüklü Han, and launched on April 22nd, ended on May 13th, 2012. The 4-week literature and music program showed the cultural dynamism of Diyarbakır as well as the practices with which it contributes to world literature, and included talks on the masters of world literature, Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, Edgar Allan Poe and T.S. Eliot. The mini concerts of significant groups of Kurdish music accompanied the event that took place with the participance of 6 speakers and 15 musicians, and was followed by 800 people. who also had the opportunity to get the books of these authors translated into Kurdish for free.

“Don’t Tell Us Fairy Tales! Cultural Dialogue Between Women in Trabzon and Diyarbakır”, a project initiated by DSM in collaboration with actress and director Dilek Güven and supported by the General Consulate of Sweden, started on September 5th, 2011. As an initial step of the project, a drama workshop will be held for women in Diyarbakır in cooperation with Yenişehir Municipality Women Education and Psychological Support Center EPIDEM, and will continue with 40 participants from different ages and backgrounds during October. As a paralel activity to the drama workshops with amateur women, a professional play will also be staged with two equivalent women casts from Trabzon and Diyarbakır. The process for the play will be composed of paralel rehearsals in both cities, followed by a meeting and stage performances in Diyarbakır, Trabzon and İstanbul.

“Cultural Diversity in Old Diyarbakır” photography exhibition is getting a start with the curatorial work of Osman Köker from Birzamanlar Publishing in Diyarbakır and Istanbul. Organized in cooperation with Anadolu Kültür and with the support of Global Dialogue, the exhibition presents the communities of Old Diyarbakır with a rich perspective of architectural texture and daily life, and will be opened in Diyarbakır Sümer park Amed Art Gallery with an opening on January the 14th, 2012. The exhibiton will be open between 15 January-7 February 2012 in Diyarbakır and after that, it will move onto Istanbul. After the opening at Tütün Deposu on February 10th, 2012, the exhibiton will stay open between 11 February-10 March 2012 in Istanbul.

The well-received performance by Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyası, “You’re not a Fish After All”, premiered in Diyarbakır and Batman between 20-22 June 2012 with the organization of Diyarbakır Arts Center. “You’re not a Fish After All”, realized by Mihran Tomasyan after the assassination of Hrant Dink, is a performance based on dance and sound, and keeps on with its journey in Anatolian cities after the 14-show tour in Beirut in 2011. The performances on 20-21 June took place in Diyarbakır with the cooperation of Aktif Sanat Center and the Batman performance on June the 22nd was realized in cooperation with Batman Culture and Art Center. The performances drew great attention from the audiences and young local artists, who had the opportunity to have a discussion session with Mihran Tomasyan afterwards.

Diyarbakır Arts Center (DSM) participated in “Women in Action” Conference, organized by UK-based culture and arts organization Artrole, that aims at creating links between UK and arts in the middle east. The conference took place in Erbil between 25-27 November, 2011 with the participance of women artists, scholars, activists and cultural managers from a diverse set of countries including Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan Regional Government, Netherlands, U.S.A. and Germany. As well as presenting on the work of Anadolu Kültür and Diyarbakır Arts Center, DSM team also made many contacts with civil society and culture organizations for possible regional cooperations in the near future.

Diyarbakır Arts Center organized a panel on “Bilingual Children Books and Mother Tongue in Early Education” at 3rd TÜYAP Book Fair in Diyarbakır in cooperation with Lîs Publishing House and Sur Municipality. Sur mayor Abdullah Demirbaş, scholar Aylin Küntay from Koç University, director of Armenian schools Garo Paylan, and author-translator Diawer Zeraq were the panelists while Netice Altun from Diyarbakır Eğitim-Sen moderated the session. The discussions that focused on the significance of bilingual education in early childhood, and alternative methods for billingual education was followed by the audience with great attention. After the panel, the Turkish-Kurdish bilingual children books written by 5 European authors and published by Anadolu Kültür, was spread for free to children visiting the fair.

Diyarbakır Arts Center completed the first half of its project, “Human Rights and Cinema with Civil Society in Diyarbakır” which aims at contributing to the artistic and cultural aspect of civil society in the city. The project that is composed of thematic film screenings and round table discussions, that started on 16 September 2012 in Sülüklü Han with the opening screening of the documentary Pockets of Resistance. The program continued with screenings and discussions on Children Rights in cooperation with ÇAÇA and Migration Foundation on 20-21 September 2012, Youth and Education in cooperation with Diyarbakır Eğitim-Sen and Local Agenda City Council Youth Assembly on 6-7 October 2012, and Women and LGBT on 12-13 October 2012. In November, the project will continue with film screenings and discussions on Human Rights and Social Justice in cooperation with Human Rights Foundation of Turkey and Sarmaşık Association, and the closing session will focus on Urbanization and Urban Transformation. The project is supported by the Open Society Foundation.