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Traditional Albaraka Türk Calligraphy Competition
Traditional Albaraka Türk Calligraphy Competition
Traditional Albaraka Türk Calligraphy Competition
Traditional Albaraka Türk Calligraphy Competition

The second calligraphy competition organized by Albaraka Türk ended.

Traditional Albaraka Türk Calligraphy Competition
Traditional Albaraka Türk Calligraphy Competition
Traditional Albaraka Türk Calligraphy Competition
Traditional Albaraka Türk Calligraphy Competition

Along with its banking activities, Albaraka Türk continues to support the art of calligraphy in order to carry our deep-rooted civilization in the fields of culture and art to future. Due to its social responsibilities, Albaraka tries to make the art of calligraphy live and develop, transfers it to new generations and encourages those who are involved in it.

The aim of the bank was to organize the calligraphy competition that it first held in 2005 every five years and to make it a traditional one. However, the great interest in the competition and the following demand caused Albaraka to improve its target of leaving marks in the fields of culture and art and encouraged Albaraka to organize it every three years. After that decision, the second competition was held in 2008.

Albaraka Türk brought together the most famous calligraphers of the world in Istanbul

The Traditional Albaraka Türk Calligraphy Competition, in which 129 people participated with 172 works of art, ended. The rewards of the only calligraphy competition organized by a private institution were given in the ceremony held in Esma Sultan Waterside Residence on November 18. It was a gorgeous ceremony that reflected the importance Albaraka gives to the art of calligraphy. İsmet Yılmaz, Culture and Tourism Ministry Undersecretary, Ahmet Emre Bilgili, İstanbul Culture Director, Safwan Ghanem, Consul General of Syria, people who are interested in calligraphy, competitors, calligraphy experts and media members took part in the ceremony.

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The first calligraphy competition was held in 2005. This year 129 calligraphers from 20 different countries participated in the competition whose theme was ‘charity’ with 172 works of art. The competition took part in 5 categories; Muhammed Yaman (Turkey) came first in Jali Thuluth category, Cuma Muhammed Hamahir (Syria) came first in Thuluth Nasih category and Muhammed D. Cellul came first in Jali Diwani Category. The first 17 works received awards; 23 works were given encouragement awards.

In the competition the jury members were world-famous calligraphers Prof. Uğur Derman, Mehmed Özçay and Davut Bektaş ;the artists of the works received money awards between 3.000 YTL and 12.000 YTL depending on their categories and ranks. In addition, each one of the 23 works of art was given an encouragement award of 1000 YTL. In total 134.000 YTL, the highest money awards in calligraphy so far, was distributed.

40 works of calligraphy that were placed and that were given encouragement awards will be seen by visitors of Ayasofya in the Top Gallery of Ayasofya Museum on 19-30 November. The works will also be displayed in tazhib (illumination), which is regarded as the complimentary art of calligraphy and an art of adornment, in 2009 in new exhibitions for calligraphy lovers.

Dr. Adnan Büyükdeniz, General Manager of Albaraka Türk Participation Bank, said the following about the competition that they organized for the second time:

“Albaraka Türk has done its best to conserve the cultural heritage and to appreciate it and wants to do so in the future too. In this context, it will be appropriate to define the calligraphy competitions as to crown the support of our bank for the art of calligraphy. The art of calligraphy, which has always been in our agenda in terms of the values it has during its one thousand year journey in history, is one of the most important branches of art that reflect Islamic aesthetics. The most important thing that our traditional arts need is publicity. The aim of Albaraka Türk is to encourage those who are involved in the art of calligraphy, to ensure new and high quality works to be produced, to transfer them to new generations, to make this art survive and improve, and to give it the interest and affinity that it deserves.”

The audience listened with great interest to the speeches about the art of calligraphy made by İsmet Yılmaz, Culture and Tourism Ministry Undersecretary, Ahmet Emre Bilgili, İstanbul Culture Director, Nevzat Yalçıntaş, former İstanbul MP, Hasan Çelebi, skilled calligrapher, Prof. Uğur Derman and Mehmed Özçay, jury members.