Kırkayak Kültür, believing in the reality that art and nature are highly important in the development of societies and individuals, aims to provide support for the development of culture, art and nature in our country and in the world. Kırkayak Kültür additionally aims to service for social development by making sure that these concepts are comprehended and well perceived, to promote democratic values, to create the conditions of a life that is rich with culture and coherent with nature. Our organization desires to develop mutual comprehension and sensitivity by sharing art to go beyond regional differences and prejudices and by furthermore promoting cultural and art activities in the cities of Anatolia in order to boost the cultural life. Our organization wishes to perform social, cultural and art activities by creating integrational studies within the framework of dialogue and cooperation. Building on the latter, our goal is that socially, culturally risked and disadvantaged communities thrive against prejudices and discriminations they face. In the spheres of culture and art, Kırkayak Kültür aims to develop and spread cooperation between artists, culture and art activists and non-governmental organizations in Turkey, Middle East and Europe. In the same regards, to perform cultural, art and social activities with women, young people, children, immigrants, asylum seekers, and other disadvantaged groups. KK conducts projects that give support to joint studies between cities of Turkey, Middle East and Europe and it has been founded with the purpose of performing cultural – art and social activities as a result of these studies. Kırkayak Kültür support the fact that artists, culture and art foundations and activists shall share experiences and conduct cooperation by getting acquainted with foundations that perform similar activities.
Kırkayak Kültür Projects and Activities
Kırkayak Kültür; started right based activities and studies after refugee crisis due to conflicts in Syria. Kırkayak, especially, aims to help people of Syria and Turkey living together in harmony.
Kırkayak Kültür Projects and Activities
Kırkayak Kültür; since its establishment in 2011, organizes social, cultural and art activities to help empowering of socially and culturally disadvantageous groups at risk, and to integrate society in a dialogue and solidarity to end prejudices and discrimination against these groups. Besides, Kırkayak Kültür carries out social, cultural and art activities; studies on humanitarian issues caused by political and social circumstances in Middle East in addition to existing issues as immigration, being a refugee, disadvantaged groups and cultures, also findings are presented to people nationwide and worldwide.
Works with Migrants and Refugees
Kırkayak Kültür works with migrants and refugees upon the right to asylum, itself a basic human right. Its philosophy is based from Kant to Derrida and on content of hospitality, cosmopolitism, and the rights of others. This work, including projects and activities, is categorized under “Works with migrant and refugees”.
Culture and Art Projects
Kırkayak Art Center is working with artist from Syria collectively, and organizing activities and exhibitions to get their works reach to both communities and get the artists from both countries together with artist and art-lovers in national and worldwide platforms. In this context, Kırkayak Art Center organizes film festivals, movie screenings, photograph and painting exhibitions, theater performance and various culture-art activities and offers artists “an open space”.
Communal Harmony Projects
- Kitchen Women Workshop: Kitchen is a social space which brings all people together and make cultures interact. In the same way, our kitchen aims to get women from Turkey and Syria together. Women will cook foods from their own cuisines and other cuisines in a wide kitchen to be established in a community center. It’s aimed that women will be economically and socially empowered by selling what they cooked in a migrant restaurant which is another leg of the project.
Dom Research Workshop
Kırkayak Kültür - Dom Research Workshop has conducted a comprehensive study in the Middle East to describe the living conditions of Dom communities. Researchers at the association have been conducting academic and non-academic researches, field visits and a mapping study on such needs of Dom groups in the Middle East.
International Zeugma Film Festival
Seeking to contribute to the city culture with contemporary cultural and art performances, worthily underlining the rich historical and cultural heritage of Gaziantep, Kırkayak Kültür aspires to organize an international film festival called Zeugma, famously known by Turkey as well as worldwide.
Zeugma International Film Festival aims at turning the city of Gaziantep into a hub where Middle Eastern and European movies meet with Turkish movies.
A Kitchen for Women in Gaziantep
'A Kitchen for Women in Gaziantep' project aims at the economical and cultural empowerment of refugee and local women and the mutual integration between them in Gaziantep, with the emphasis of living together and sharing the city. The project will develop a physical kitchen based on the hybrid food culture that had existed before the Syrian crisis, and has been developing by the interaction of the two societies, throughout the 6 year long migration to Gaziantep since 2011.