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Foundation of Cultural Researches

KAV_Mesir Macunu festival [1600x1200]

Mesir Macunu festival

Foundation of Cultural Researches, within the scope of its establishment, performs social works in order to constitute heritage awareness at a social level and take steps to protect the traditional values, which are exposed to a swift extinction due to the popular culture. Due to these facts, the Foundation continues to work ceaselessly since 2002.

Foundation of Cultural Researches collects its objectives of establishment under three titles. One of them is to carry out studies intending to take inventory of and archive Turkey’s intangible cultural values. Those studies are carried out by folklore researchers. Data is analyzed by academicians.

Secondly, based on the gathered materials the Foundation performs activities via publishing and promoting in order to keep the existent cultural values alive and pass them onto the next generations.

Year of accreditation: 2012

Domain(s): performing arts; social practices, rituals and festive events; knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe; traditional craftsmanship.

Main Safeguarding measures: a) identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making); b) preservation, protection; c) promotion, enhancement; d) transmission, (non-) formal education; e) revitalization

KAV_Mevlevi Sema ceremony [1600x1200]

Mevlevi Sema ceremony

The Foundation makes cultural researches, constitutes a data bank, an archive by collecting visual, documented and ethnographic materials and presents those accumulations via visual and digital means. It is involved in the press; prepares culture themed audible (music) and visual (film) cassettes and CDs. It cooperates and develops mutual projects with the institutions, which perform similar studies, such as natural and juridical people, associations, foundations, universities, institutes, academies. It organizes relevant scientific meetings, competitions, exhibitions, etc. and also participates in similar meetings organized apart from the Foundation. It establishes councils of science, commissions of specialization; organizes cultural activities such as memorial days, ceremonies, festivals, fairs and so on. It brings gathered cultural accumulations to the public’s attention via newspapers, magazines, books, posters and booklets.

Main countries where the NGO works: Turkey

Local, national or international level of the NGO: National

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