From Turkey With Love

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  • Don't Hate the Business, Become the Business!

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  • From Turkey With Love

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  • Panel: DON’T HATE THE BUSINESS: BECOME THE BUSINESS!

    When Wen Ji­abao vis­ited Turkey in Oc­to­ber 2010 (the first Chi­nese pre­mier to do so) a bi­lat­eral agree­ment to triple trade to $50bn within five years was the most sig­nif­i­cant out­come.  Also in Oc­to­ber Turk­ish news­pa­pers re­ported that Chi­nese war­planes took part in a mil­i­tary train­ing ex­er­cise at an air­base in cen­tral Turkey, in what is a first in­volv­ing China and a Nato mem­ber coun­try. As one of the world’s fastest grow­ing economies, Turkey has been po­si­tion­ing it­self to boost eco­nomic and trade re­la­tions across the re­gion as well as glob­ally. The cul­tural dis­courses en­cour­aged in Turkey today should be seen as part of the cen­tral plank of the Turk­ish for­eign pol­icy: eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and cul­ture as part of a pack­age of trade and in­vest­ment port­fo­lio. As state fund­ing for the arts in Turkey hardly ex­ists and what there is has his­tor­i­cally been un­der­stood in na­tion­al­ist, her­itage and tourism terms, my pre­sen­ta­tion will con­tex­tu­alise the busi­ness arm of the arts and the al­most ex­clu­sive pri­vate pa­tron­age that is the con­tem­po­rary arts in Turkey today.

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