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4 september 2018


8th of September – 7th of October: A Future of Travel exhibition in Istanbul

Noks Art Shipping agency organizes an exhibition about new methods of art-storage in collaboration with Corridor Art Warehouse from Amsterdam. For this exhibition, each artist will contribute artworks together with the crates they have previously been shipped in. It will also share stories and anecdotes of each crate as well as the travels they have gone through. The exhibition includes the work of Dutch artists as Conny Kuilboer, Maarten Schuurman, Esther Brakenhoff and many more! More information will be available on this website.

8th of September: Pop-up Suriname Dinners Istanbul

Kay, a Dutch Singaporean expat and former restaurateur, is known in Istanbul for her dinner series in which she offers her guests a taste of different cuisines from around the world. Organized on a monthly basis, Kay and her pop-up restaurant return to Istanbul on the 8th of September to introduce guests to the Surinam cuisine.
The food served during the evening will be fully based on the mixture of traditions in the Caribbean country and former Dutch colony’s kitchen. The Surinam cuisine is filled with foreign influences among which hints of Chinese, Indonesian, Jewish, African, Portuguese and – of course – Dutch food culture. Dishes that will be served include peanut soup, chicken curry, bakkaljaw sambal and bojo cake. For 130 TL you receive the full Surinam food experience, but be sure to bring your own drinks. For more information visit this Facebook page.

12th of September – 30th of December: SALT Galata “The Universe Flickers” with Rana Hamadeh and curator Annie Fletcher from the Van Abbemuseum - Istanbul

From 12 september until 30 december SALT Galata in Istanbul will show the works of Anna Boghiguian, Rana Hamadeh, Navine G. Khan-Dossos, and Merve Ünsal. Rana Hamadeh is a Netherlands based artist and winner of the highly prestigious Prix de Rome Visual Arts award in 2017. The Universe Flickers is programmed by Annie Fletcher, chief curator of Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and supported by Mondriaan Fund and the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul. For more information about this exhibition click on this link.

13th of September 6th of November: Post-Impressionism exhibition at Tophane-I Amire Culture and Art Center's Beş Kubbe Hall in Istanbul.

Those who are interested in post-impressionism will have the opportunity to see a special collection by some of the most prominent representatives of the genre. The exhibition brings 48 artists and 102 works of art from various countries of Europe, including the Netherlands, to Tophane-I Amire Culture and Art Center's Beş Kubbe Hall. This exhibition contains pieces from the Arkas Collection in collaboration with Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Works of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Kees van Dongen, Edouard Vuillard, Maurice de Vlaminck, Theo van Rysselberghe are only a few of the collection. More information can be found under the following link.

14th of September - 28th of October 2018: The Eye’s Ray

After the presentation of ‘ The Eye’s Ray’ at Bradwolff Projects in Amsterdam, the exhibition is on show in Istanbul. Sefer Memişoğlu’s solo exhibition will open at Depo İstanbul on Thursday 13th of September and will be available to see for visitors from Friday the 14th. The exhibition is curated by Sanne Huisman, a Dutch curator from Amsterdam. More information can be found on the website of Depo Istanbul.

17th of September: Call for proposals ISPA

The ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) made an additional place available in their Fellowship Program for a mid-career arts manager. This opportunity is supported by Dutch Performing Arts/ Performing Arts Fund NL. Participants join the ISPA membership and attend the ISPA Congress where they engage in the development and exchange of ideas with leaders from some of the world's most significant arts organizations, increase their industry knowledge and resources through educational opportunities, and share their experience with their communities. Deadline for application is 17 September. More information can be found under this link!

19th of September 2018: Universal Kids Film Festival - Istanbul

The Universal Kids Film Festival (UKFF) will be held from 20-24 September 2018 in various districts of Tuzla Istanbul in cooperation by the Tuzla District Ministry of Education and private educational institutions.
In the context of this festival Dutch organization Cinekid will organize a full day of workshops for film professionals from around Turkey. Cinekid offers a variety of educational projects and activities that are aimed at strengthening the position of children in relation to media. This project is supported by DutchCulture in the framework of the childrens’ program Genç Kultur. More information on the festival is available on the following link.

19th of September: Business Networking Event Istanbul

On the occasion of a logistics business mission from the Netherlands, the Netherlands Consulate General in Istanbul will be organizing a business networking event on September 19th,  Wednesday in collaboration with Dutch Business Association of Turkey. The mission delegation consists of the representatives of the public and private sector organizations that are active in the Dutch logistics industry and their main objective will be identifying concrete cooperation areas/joint projects for the coming period between the Netherlands and Turkey.
In case you are interested in obtaining further information, please send us an e-mail via ist-ha@minbuza.nl.

20th September – 20th November: Co-designing our Public Space - Consulate General Istanbul

The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul will be organizing a series of design sessions under the title ‘Co-Designing our public space’ between 20 September – 20 November 2018. This program coincides with the major design events of 2018, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial (20 September - 4 November) and Turkey Design Week (16 - 18 November). The main objective of Co-Design is to create a platform for connection and communication within the field of design, to stimulate collaborations between two countries and to promote Dutch Design and the Dutch Approach in Turkey. Follow our Facebook, Twitter and this website to keep posted on these activities!

21th of September – 23th of September: DEF RAP, İzmir

On Saturday, 22 September, Creative Industries Fund NL is organizing a meet-up in Istanbul around the projects selected from the Open Call Turkey #1.
In late 2018, Dutch designers and cultural organizations were invited to submit a plan for a project, intervention or process that employs design for sustainable and inclusive urbanization in Turkey. The meet-up is an opportunity for Dutch and Turkish parties in the field of culture and design to meet each other and share expertise. It will also be possible to pose any questions to Yasmin Kursun and Zineb Seghrouchni of Creative Industries Fund NL. In the autumn the Fund will be issuing a second open call, focusing on challenges involved in urbanization in Turkey.
For more information click here!

22th of September: Co-design session Creative Industries Fund NL - Istanbul

Dutch opera singer Sef Thissen will perform in the Samsun State Opera with the Symphony Orchestra on 22 September. Sef Thissen will also give a workshop about opera to the students of the conservatory, in cooperation with the Samsun Conservatory. With the support of the Netherlands embassy in Ankara, the Samsun State Opera aim is to give students the chance to learn from an experienced Dutch performer. More information can be found here!

22th of September: Sef Thissen performance in Samsun State Opera, workshop for students

Dutch opera singer Sef Thissen will perform in the Samsun State Opera with the Symphony Orchestra on 22 September. Sef Thissen will also give a workshop about opera to the students of the conservatory, in cooperation with the Samsun Conservatory. With the support of the Netherlands embassy in Ankara, the Samsun State Opera aim is to give students the chance to learn from an experienced Dutch performer. More information can be found here.

22th of September – 30th of September: 25th International Adana Film Festival

From 22 September until 30 September the 25th edition of the International Adana Film Festival will be held. For the 25th edition the Adana Film Festival will collaborate with the Dutch Red Tulip Film Festival. The goal of the collaboration is to strengthen the Adana Film Festival's bond with European cinema art and to strengthen the international status of Adana as a city of cultural arts. More information can be found here.

22th of September – 4th of November: Design Biennial Istanbul: Bestiary of Autonomous Machines

The 4th Edition of the Design Biennial will take place from 22 September till 20 November and focusses on the theme ‘A School of Schools’. Several Dutch designers and design organization are selected for this Biennial. During this edition of the Design Biennial, curated by Jan Boelen, a large number of Dutch designers and agencies will participate, including ARK.AMSTERDAM, Studio Makkink & Bey, Mark Henning and SulSolSal. During the period of the biennial More information about the biennale can be found here.

22th of September – 20th of November: Istanbul Design Biennial

‘Bestiary of Autonomous Machines’ is a collective study by the Netherlands based artist and designer Arvid Jense and Marie Caye who together run Studio Arvid&Marie in Eindhoven. The workshop discusses a future in which people and autonomous machines coexist. Studio Arvid&Marie has been working towards a total of 200 workshop results, of which they will display 50 concepts in a digital bestiary. This is an online archive that they are developing in collaboration with visual designer Baptiste Labat and copywriter Vincent Thornhill, and which will be presented at the Istanbul Biennial (22 September to 4 November 2018). For more information click here.

26th of September / 27th of September: ‘Loving Vincent’ open air cinema – ODTU University Ankara

LOVING VINCENT is a project that involves the Middle East Technical University (METU/ODTÜ) and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Turkey. It is about the life and the mysterious death of Vincent van Gogh. The unique feature of this movie is that it is the first completely painted feature movie in the world. The movie will be shown in the open air at the ODTÜ campus in Ankara on the either the 26th or 27th of September.
For the precise date we recommend keeping an eye on the Instagram events page of ODTU.

27th of September: Thursday Cinema – "The New Rijksmuseum" (Het nieuwe Rijksmuseum) - Istanbul

One of the world's most distinguished museums, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is home to paintings by Dutch masters like Vermeer, Rembrandt, Steen and Van Gogh. Following the decade-long renovation of this iconic institution, the documentary reveals the people involved in the fascinating and especially complex project, including the museum director, curators, designers, and politicians. While narrating the story of a 400-year-old building undergoing an immense renovation, the film also portrays disputes, obstacles and frustrations during this extensive task as well as insight into Dutch cultural politics.
Click for more information here!

27th of September & 28th of September: Co-design session: Co-designing a safe bike lane between Karakoy – Findikli

As part of the Co-design program, organized by the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul, there will be two co-design sessions on safe bike lanes in Istanbul. Focus will be on road safety, and sharing Dutch experiences on designing public spaces. This particular workshop, attention will be paid to designing a safe route between Karakoy and Findliki in Beyoglu. Keep an eye on the Facebook page of the Consulate General for more information on the Co-design activities.

29th of September: Opening Çanakkale Biennial

The 6th edition of the Çanakkale Biennial will bring together a selection of contemporary art production in Troy, that celebrates its 20th anniversary of the entry in the UNESCO World Heritage List. “Before the Past – After the Future” will combine Troy’s historical value with temporary art based on the Greek tragedy. Over the years Çanakkale Biennial has positioned itself as one of the most distinguished contemporary art event in Turkey. This year the Dutch artists presence will be very strong with two artist duos Katrin Korfmann & Jens Pfiefer, Hertog & Nadler) and Dutch artist Servet Kocyigit. More information can be found soon on the website of the Çanakkale Biennial.

Good Luck To All Students!

September is the start of a new study year. Nuffic Neso Turkey wishes all students a successful 2018/2019 academic year with new opportunities, ideas and adventures. If you are considering studying abroad, Holland has more than 2100 English-taught study programmes to offer. To discover those programmes, check out our www.nesoturkey.org website, search programmes on www.studyfinder.nl and explore scholarship opportunities on www.grantfinder.nl

Newsletter Spaces of Culture

Spaces of Culture is a project initiated by Goethe-Institut, the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul, the Embassy of the Netherlands and the Institut Français de Turquie, in cooperation with Anadolu Kültür and Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV). The project aims to support cultural initiatives from Izmir, Gaziantep and Diyarbakır, to promote cultural collaborations between diverse local and European entities, to create networking opportunities and strengthen cultural actors. You can subscribe for the newsletter here.

Essays on Design in the Netherlands - Manifold

The online journal Manifold, that focusses on design, technology, art and everyday life, made a series of essays about design in the Netherlands. The last essay of the series is about Aldo van Eyck, an architect from the Netherlands. He was one of the most influential protagonists of the architectural movement Structuralism. With his beautiful designs and special feeling for architecture, the Turkish website Manifold dedicated an article to the Dutch architect. The article is only available in Turkish and can be read on the their website.

A Delicious Farewell: Pre-Departure Seminars

As Nuffic Neso Turkey, start of the new education year is the most exciting time of the year for us. This excitement arise from many factors and the knowledge of the bright minds flying all the way to the Lowlands for a world-class education is among the most important! That is why Nuffic Neso Turkey organised three Pre-Departure seminars this summer. We got together with almost 250 students. enjoyed Dutch food together and got inspired by the speeches of the Deputy Ambassador Erik Westrate in Ankara and the Consul General Bart van Bolhuis in İstanbul. We thank all the students, Mr. Westrate and Mr. van Bolhuis, and wish all the students the best of luck and fun in the new education year.
Nuffic Neso Turkey Team

Do you need a Dutch health insurance during your studies in the Netherlands?

Anyone residing in the Netherlands is legally required to take out a Dutch basic health insurance which provides you with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) that covers your necessary medical costs.  However, some exceptions exist for international students. In example; while the students coming from a EU/EEA country may be eligible to receive the EHIC, students coming from a non-EU/EEA country are not allowed to receive an EHIC if they are in the Netherlands solely for study purposes. Check out Nuffic Neso Turkey’s blog post to see if you are required to take out a Dutch health insurance and how the process normally works.  Stay healthy Neso friends! www.nesoturkey.org

A Step-by-step Guide for the Student Visa (TEV) Application and Re-Consideration Procedure

Applying for a visa can be tedious, however it is only a tiny step which will lead you to a state-of-the-art higher education and a highly rewarding career. To answer the questions which might arise regarding this procedure, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service in the Netherlands) developed a step-by-step guide for the casual student visa (TEV) application and the Re-Consideration procedure which may be applied if the application of a student to a DHEI is found to be questionable. We encourage all the students who are planning to study in the Netherlands to have a look at this useful guide which can be found on www.nesoturkey.org both in English and in Turkish.


Since 1978, The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NESO) has helped more than 4.000 companies from around 50 countries to successfully establish or expand their business in the Netherlands. Now we are celebrating 40 years of Rolling out the orange carpet. There will be several companies present during our event and we will have a ceremonial signing with two investors (on invitation only).