The International Kuşadası Neopolis Sculpture Symposium, which is held for the second time this year, has started with a ceremony. Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor of Kuşadası Ömer Günel said, “We will continue to work to make Kuşadası a modern tourism city to be known for culture and art.”
The 2nd International Kuşadası Neopolis Sculpture Symposium, organized with the participation of 10 sculptors from Turkey, Iran, Georgia, Estonia and Russia, in cooperation with Kuşadası Municipality, Kuşadası Culture, Art and Promotion Foundation (KUSAV) and Mehmet Nuri Göçen Culture, Education and Art Foundation has started with a ceremony at the Old Camel Wrestling Arena, situated in Kustur area. Aydın Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Evrim Karakoz, Kuşadası Mayor Ömer Günel, Mehmet Nuri Göçen Culture Education and Art Foundation Administrator Rena Çukurova, KUSAV President Levent Köylü, deputy mayors, members of the city council, unit managers, non-governmental organizations and political party representatives and art lovers attended the ceremony.
Speaking at the meeting, the curator of the symposium, Hakan Şengönül, said;
“The theme of the symposium we organized this year is the right to life. Our sculptors will contribute to the formation of the Kuşadası open-air sculpture museum by carving the marble blocks from Marmara Island. I would like to thank our Mayor Mr. Ömer Günel, KUSAV President Levent Köylü and the administrators of the Mehmet Nuri Göçen Culture Education and Art Foundation, who came together to bring works of art to a city and attaching importance to art and artists.”.”
“10 IMPORTANT WORKS WILL BE GAINED TO KUŞADASI”
KUSAV President Levent Köylü said;
“We continue our efforts to make Kuşadası a city that is remembered for culture and art. One of the most important pillars of these works is the International Kuşadası Neopolis Sculpture Symposium. 9 works produced last year were placed in different parts of our city. This year, 10 important works will be gained to Kuşadası.”
Speaking on behalf of Mehmet Nuri Göçen Culture, Education and Art Foundation, Rena Çukurova said;
“The mission of the foundation we established in memory of my late grandfather Mehmet Nuri Göçen is culture, education and art. We try to take part in intercultural events as much as we can. We would like to thank Kuşadası Municipality for pioneering such a work.”
“WE WILL MAKE KUŞADASI A TOURISM CITY REMEMBERED FOR ITS CULTURE AND ART”
Kuşadası Mayor Ömer Günel said;
“I see the Kuşadası Neopolis Sculpture Symposium, which we organized for the second time this year, as one of the important activities for our city. We are working to make Kuşadası a city known for art. For this purpose, we carry out activities in many art branches such as sculpture, painting and music. It is very important for us that art sculpture exists in every street of our city. It is important for us because every guest visiting our city sees these sculptures and majority takes pictures with these works and shares them on social media and also because we want to make Kuşadası one of the important tourism centres of Turkey and the world in the new tourism period. Kuşadası has one of the most important cruise ports in the world, as well as nature and cultural tourism. It will never lose its value in tourism. Since the day we took office, we have been working to bring Kuşadası back to the place it deserves. The Mayor of Aydın Metropolitan Municipality, Özlem Çerçioğlu, also gives us great support in our struggle. We carry out all the works we have been conducting to make our city more beautiful together in cooperation with our Aydın Metropolitan Municipality. This year, our 10 sculptors from all over Turkey and the world will leave very important works in our city. I believe that the 2nd International Kuşadası Neopolis Sculpture Symposium will be as successful as the first one. We will continue to work to make Kuşadası a modern tourism city known for culture and art. I would like to thank KUSAV President Levent Köylü and Mehmet Nuri Göçen Culture Education and Art Foundation President Naile Göçen Çukurova, with whom we organized this symposium.”
“EVERY LIVING THING HAS THE RIGHT OF LIFE”
Mayor Ömer Günel pointing out that the symposium was organized with the theme of “right of life” this year added;
“Every living thing has the right of life. First of all, we defend this right for all humanity and our animals on the street, and we dedicate this organization to all living things.
The symposium was started with the first hammer blow on marble by Aydın Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Evrim Karakoz, Mayor Ömer Günel, Mehmet Nuri Göçen Culture Education and Art Foundation Manager Rena Çukurova and KUSAV President Levent Köylü.
10 SCULPTURES FROM 5 COUNTRIES
Çağdaş Erçelik, Hanife Yüksel, Kemal Özkan Arslan, Burak Çizer, Hakan Şengönül and Vasilisa Chugunova from Turkey, Bahman Chegeni from Iran, Ivan Guldedava from Georgia, Kirill Grekov from Estonia and Mikail Sobolev from Russia are participating in the symposium, which will continue until October 30 and is curated by sculptor Hakan Şengönül, with Mehmet Ali Demirci and Hüseyin Ünlü as the assistants of the symposium.
CLAY WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN
The works of 10 sculptors, who will sculpt marble blocks and shape them with the theme of “right to life” for a month, will be exhibited permanently in different points of Kuşadası. As part of the symposium, a clay workshop for children will be held on October 25. Art lovers will be able to watch the works of artists personally between 09:30 and 18:00 every day. For those who want to watch the sculptors perform their works, a free transport service will depart from Kuşadası Municipality Main Service Building to the symposium area.