December 22 - January 9| Young Photographers Exhibition in Istanbul

December 9|  Screening of Winter Sleep

September 19 - October 19| The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul

May 20, 2014| Threshold - A Staged Reading by Hasan Erkek

May 16 - 25, 2014| 13th New York Turkish Film Festival

May 15, 2014| Young Photographers Award Open Call Application Deadline

May 2-3, 2014| Sakinan Göze Çöp Batar (An Overprotected Eye Always Gets Sand in it)

April 1, 2014| Deadline for SVA Summer Residency Scholarship

January 16 - March 1, 2014| Private Matters organized by Ceren Erdem, Jaime Schwartz, and Lisa Hayes Williams

November 12-30, 2013 | 2013 Young Photographers Exhibition in Istanbul at The Elipsis Gallery

August 2, 2013 | 13th NYTFF Film Submission Deadline

July 27-28| "Oasis" Presented by NY2Dance at Ailey Citigroup Theater

May 2013| 2013 YPA Winner Announcement

March 21| Deadline for SVA Summer Residency Scholarship Applications

November 30, 2012| Priene Hali Benefit Sale

August 26, 2012| Korhan Basaran performance at the Wild Project

June 27, 2012| 2012 SVA Open Studios

March 30-September 15, 2012| "Films About Conscience" Open Call

April 27-May 10, 2012| "The Space Between: A Panorama of Cinema in Turkey" at The Film Society of Lincoln Center

January 4-17, 2012| "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" at Film Forum 

January 4-15, 2012 | "Lick but Don't Swallow," by Ozen Yula

November 5-18, 2011 | "Young Photographers Award" Exhibition 

November 11, 2011|Kardes Turkuler Music Workshop

November 11, 2011| Asli Çavuşoğlu: Words Dash Against the Façade

November 13, 2011 Kardes Turkuler in Concert with Arto Tuncboyaciyan  feat. Special Guest Ara Dinkjian

October 15, 2011| Application Deadline for Call for Short Films: "Films about Conscience" Project

October 8, 2011|Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by Nuri Bilge Ceylan at NYFF

July 13-16, 2011 | "For Rent," by Ozen Yula    

June 2011 | Summer Residency Program at SVA

May 2011 | "Young Photographers Award" winner announcement

April 11 | Summer Residency Program at SVA Application Deadline

March 25&27 | Public Screening of Majority (Cogunluk)

December 3-5, 10-12 | 12th New York Turkish Film Festival

October-November 2010 | Turkish Film Screenings in Ithaca (NY), Madison (MI), Milwaukee (MI) and Seattle (WA)

August 5, 2010 | Summer Residency Program: Open Studios & Exhibition



Project grants & Co-sponsorships


The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul

 Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society

is pleased to support the grant project


The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul

presented by 

September 19 - November 2


Tomtom Mahallesi Boğazkesen Caddesi
no: 45 Bodrum kat Tophane Beyoğlu
Istanbul, Turkey


The Built Environment, Lower East Side is an exhibition featuring nine international artists, none of whom have previously shown in Istanbul. These artists are grounded in the urban spaces they inhabit and in which they work. The Lower East Side in Manhattan, New York City is a seminal zone of activity for these artists and The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul transports some of the energy and attitude that exists within the creative communities of the LES and exposes that dynamism and spirit to Tophane, Istanbul.

These artists work in photo-based practices, painting, collage, printed matter, sculpture, video, and some are producing site-specific works, directly engaging with the built environment of Istanbul. The artworks combine references to constructed space with a focus on urban topography, specifically a sense of how the order and structure of our environment can produce a sense of disorientation, confrontation, or sometimes anxiety.

The artists whose works are included in The Built Environment, Lower East Side in Istanbul are Anna K.E., Carol Szymanski, Eli Ping, Erica Baum, Frank Heath, Jill Magid, Josh Tonsfeldt, Joshua Abelow, Robin Cameron. The project is curated by Kathleen Madden, art historian and lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Barnard College, Columbia University.

For more information about the exhibition, please see here.


Threshold - A Staged Reading by Hasan Erkek


Threshold - A Staged Reading by Hasan Erkek

Presented by Phoenix Theatre Ensemble

May 20, 2014  at 8pm
The Wild Project
195 E. 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009


 Tickets: $25

For ticket information click here

Leaving their increasingly impoverishing rural life to immigrate to the city, a multi-generational  family finds themselves relieved of the restricting pressure of customs on individual freedom and yet struggling to adapt to urban life.  Bringing together three different generations of one family, Hasan Erkek focuses on the links of each generation with the “past”, the “present” and the “future” during the process of transformation.

Threshold”, one of the most significant plays of Hasan Erkek, received the Yunus Emre Award given by Bakırköy Municipality in 1997. The play, seen by thirty thousand people when staged by City Theatres of Istanbul Municipality in 1998 and again by thirty thousand audiences when performed by the Ankara State Theatre in 2008, achieved a record in its own right. It was published in Turkish and French in Turkey, in French in France, in Russian in Azerbaijan, and in Armenian in Armenia. It will be published in Spain very soon.

About Hasan Erkek

Hasan Erkek is an award winning playwright, poet and professor of drama at Andalou University. His plays have been performed by more than 35 theatres around the globe, including in Algeria, Lebanon, Kosovo, Cyprus, Cameroon, as well as at Turkish National  and City Theaters. He is also a poet, has written radio plays (approximately 16 radio plays were broadcast by national radios in Turkey) and film scripts.


Sakinan Göze Çöp Batar (An Overprotected Eye Always Gets Sand in it)


Sakinan Göze Çöp Batar (An Overprotected Eye Always Gets Sand in it)

Conceived and Choreographed by Christian Rizzio
Performed by Kerem Gelebek 

Presented by French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

May 2 -3, 2014 at 8pm
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY


Tickets: $15 FIAF Member / $20 Non-member

For tickets call 1800-982-2728 or purchase here.

Renowned choreographer Christian Rizzo investigates the notion of exile in this poetic solo work, first presented at the 2012 Festival d’Avignon.  

For this solo, Rizzo inserts dancer and Turkish immigrant Kerem Gelebek into his sublime and enigmatic world. Unfolding through a series of fragments and haikus, the piece expands from an examination of exile into a stirring meditation on the complex relationship between choreographer and dancer.

Sakinan is presented as part of DANSE: A French-American Festival of Performance and Ideas, New York City, May 1–18, 2014, organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with additional support from Institut Français and Ville de Lille, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (S.A.C.D.)


About Christian Rizzio

Christian Rizzo studied fine arts at the Villa d'Arson in Nice, where he began to branch out into dance. During the 1990s, he performed with a number of contemporary choreographers, and often created soundtracks and costumes for them as well. In 1996, he founded the company l'association fragile and began presenting events, dances, solos, and group pieces, while also commissioning work in fashion and the visual arts.



Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society is pleased to award the following projects with funding support in the 2013 summer cycle 

"Aegean Folk Tales," a book project by Münire Bozdemir
Selected works 
by Nilbar Güreş in apexart's upcoming 2014 exhibition "Private Matters

Münire Bozdemir received a grant to fund her project "Aegean Folk Tales" which involves writing and re-writing, illustrating and animating folk tales, fairy tales and legends that she collected and video-recorded while travelling through mountain top villages in Aegean Turkey. The project was first inspired by her grandmother's stories, and these folk tales and fairy tales present a significant glimpse into Turkish social life, social values, culture from an innovative perspective. Bozdemir's book also contains an animated component and the project will ultimately be fully animated.  She is currently a research arts student at Columbia University, School of the Arts, Fiction Writing MFA program.

Nilbar Güreş received a grant to support her participation in an upcoming exhibition "Private Matters," curated by Ceren Erdem, Jaime Schwartz and Lisa Williams and on view at apexart from January 15-March 1, 2014. "Private Matters" will bring together artists who have uniquely displayed secure information with their audience, blurring the boundaries of the public and private. Previously, Nilbar has participated in exhibitions such as “What is Waiting Out There”, 6th Berlin Biennial, Berlin (2010); “Where Do We Go From Here?”, Secession Vienna, Vienna (2010), “What Keeps Human Kind Alive”, 11th International İstanbul Biennial, İstanbul (2009) and the travelling exhibition titled “Tactics of Invisibility”, which was previously exhibited at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2010) and at Tanas, Berlin (2010-2011) and at Arter, İstanbul (2011). She previously had three solo exhibitions; Nilbar Güreş at Rampa (2011), “Nilbar Güreş: Window Commission 2010″, Rivington Place, London (2010) and “Unknown Sports; Indoor Exercises”, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2009), “Self-Defloration”, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart (2011).



Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society is pleased to support the grant project


Presented by NY2Dance

July 27- 28, 2013
Ailey Citigroup Theater

405 W 55th Street, New York, NY 10019



Moon and Stars Project grant recipient Nejla Y. Yatkin will be showcasing the New York premiere ofOasis, a choreographed performance centered on a juxtaposition between the desert and the oasis. Similar to mystical realism in literature the piece exists in two realities – magical elements blend seamlessly with the real world meaning that the "real" and the "fantastic" exist in the same stream of thought.

After a successful preview performance in New York and Washington, DC last year, this evening length multi media dance theatre work for 7 dancers with original music composed by Iranian American composer Shamou is making its premier at Danza Nuevo in Lima, Bates Dance Festival in Maine and then at the Ailey Theatre in New York.

“Everything about Nejla Yatkin’s newest dance is bold: It addresses challenging subject matter through movement that is daring in construction and assured in its execution.”
– The Washington Post

In 2012 Oasis received the Excellence for Choreography Award at the preview performance from the New York International Fringe Festival.


About NY2Dance

NY2Dance was formed in 2000 by dancer and choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin in Washington, DC. NY2Dance in short for Nejla Yasemin Yatkin Dance, a bridging of cultures from East and West, is a virtuosic dance theatre company of engagingly individual dancers from around the world who explore the abstract telling of humanities’ story. The company’s mission is to: 1) create works that reflect the complexity of human existence, that tap the essence of what is common within all humanity and to embrace spirituality as a guiding force, a point of communication as well as reflection; 2) to collaborate with other artists from various disciplines from around the world; and 3) to preserve the works of master choreographers. For more information please visit

About Nejla Y. Yatkin

Nejla Y. Yatkin is originally from Berlin, Germany with Turkish roots. In her choreography, she explores the beauty as well as complexity of memory, migration, transformation, identity and multiculturalism through movement. In 2000, she began choreographing solo works after dancing with several companies in Germany and the USA for over 10 years. To date, she has performed in 25 countries and 75 cities around the world and has choreographed on the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the Washington Ballet and The Maryland Dance Ensemble as well as the Baltimore Ballet. A recipient of many awards and honors, Ms. Yatkin has received the DC Mayors Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist and 6 Metro DC Dance Awards, among other notable acknowledgements.

Performance Cast

Shay Bares, Sevin Ceviker, Fadi Khoury, Jean-Rene Homehr, Karina Lesko, Rachel Holmes and Nejla Y. Yatkin.