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Few societies have such a varied and intensive exchange as the Turkish and German ones. This is particularly true of cultural relations. The German art scene is very much shaped by biographies that are linked to Turkey.  At the same time, Istanbul has become a place of longing for artists* from Germany. 

The Kulturakademie Tarabya (Tarabya Cultural Academy), located in historic buildings on the banks of the Bosporus, is symbolic of this. Since 2012, the Academy has been awarding residencies for cultural practitioners from Germany. It has become an outstanding focal point of the pluralistic Turkish-German cultural dialogue. 

In order to deepen the Turkish-German dialogue - especially in times of uncertainty - and to genuinely render it as an exchange of equals, the Allianz Cultural Foundation is funding co-production scholarships at the Tarabya Kulturakademie for an initial period of three years starting in 2021. The scholarships are aimed at artists from Turkey who are working in tandem with partners from Germany. In this way, the Allianz Cultural Foundation aims to strengthen artistic freedom and exchange in Turkish-German cultural cooperation. The scholarships of the German co-production partners are provided by the Goethe Institute. The project will be realized in cooperation with the Goethe Institute and the German Foreign Office.

Both tandem partners will each receive a monthly scholarship in cash to realise their joint artistic project. The tandems will be integrated into the activities of the residency programme. Applications are made through the Tarabya Cultural Academy. Further information about the Academy and the application procedure (in German and Turkish) can be found on the homepage  of the Kulturakademie Tarabya. 

The Kulturakademie Tarabya was founded in 2012 at the initiative of the German Bundestag (German Federal Parliament), enabling artistic exchange between Turkey and Germany. It is located on the grounds of the Historical Summer Residence of the German Ambassador in Tarabya, on the European side of Istanbul, about 15 km north of the city centre. The Kulturakademie is run by the German Embassy in Ankara and is part of the cultural outreach of the German Embassy in Turkey. The Goethe Institute bears the curatorial responsibility for the Tarabya Cultural Academy. So far, a total of around 100 cultural practitioners have been supported, including musician Cymin Samawathie, visual artist Nevin Aladag and author David Wagner. 

Jury and Advisory Board

The five members of the current jury include the filmmaker and director Feo Aladag (chair), the director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne Yilmaz Dziewior, the Islamic scholar and journalist Rainer Hermann, the jazz pianist and composer Julia Hülsmann and the managing director of the Allianz Kulturstiftung Esra Küçük. The jury was appointed by the advisory board of the Kulturakademie.

The advisory board consists of representatives of all parties of the German Bundestag, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institute. The Academy’s advisory board also advises on the conceptual guidelines for the Kulturakademie.

Esra Kücük with the Turkish magazine Art Unlimited

in English and Turkish

Pia Entenmann with the Turkish magazine Art Unlimited

in English and Turkish

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