CULTURE, ART AND ENTERTAINMENT Ankara is not only the political capital of the country but the cultural and art capital as well. Residents of the capital city take advantage of the opportunities afforded them by the State Theater, private and amateur theaters, the State Opera and Ballet, the Presidential Symphonic Orchestra, the State Painting and Sculpture Museum and the many art galleries, cultural centers and amateur music groups.
For over 50 years, the State Theater of the Turkish Republic has not only performed the best plays in the world, it has also nurtured an informed following with very refined tastes. The Turkish Republic's ballet, which has performed for more than 40 years, first emerged in Ankara. Just like the theater, this branch of art has created and developed its own audience and following. The theater, opera and ballet opens their curtains on a new season every October and continue staging foreign and national performances until the end of May. The Presidential Symphonic Orchestra also adds vibrancy to Ankara's culture and art scene.
Among the important events held in Ankara are the 'Ankara International Film Festival,' which started in 1988 and the 'Ankara International Art Festival' begun in 1984. Other interesting events include the 'Ankara International Cartoon Festival,' the 'Ankara International Music Festival' and the 'Asia - Europe Art Exhibition.'
When you arrives inside Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Mausoleum you NEVER have to give the tumb the cold shoulder. This is not allowed. So take your picture as me! Have you seen the soldier? Don't move nothing! Is like an statue... Wow!
Some of the Important Reforms Introduced Under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk .
Sultanat was abolished in 1922.
With the proclomation of the Republic on the 29th October, 1923, Caliphat was abolished. This gave the pave to the disbandment of other theocratic institutions on which Caliphat was founded.
In place of the traditional head garment, the fez, introduced under the rule of Sultan Mahmut II, the Western style of hat was introduced together with an overall revolution in dress (1925).
The international calendar and time were adopted (1925).
Within a series of legal reforms Swiss civil law was adapted to the conditions and needs of the country (1926). The Civil Code, Penal Statute Book and the
Trade Law Book were introduced.
The Latin alphabet was adopted (1928).
The legal position of women and their place in society in the new republic was greatly improved (for example the active and passive voting right at national and local elections before many European Countries.)
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There are foreign language Books, periodicals, and newspapers in almost all of the bookstores in Ankara.
In 'Dost Kitabevi' on Konur Street in Kizilay district(the centre of Ankara) there is a huge department on foreign press.
Shopping is another pleasure of any vacation or even business trip. In Turkey you are able to buy special handicrafts which vary from one region to another. Authentic bazaars, rug(carpet) and kilim workshops besides other traditional handicraft centers are offering pleasant shopping. The most well-known shopping center is Kapalicarsi, The Grand Covered Bazaar of Istanbul. The Spice Bazaar is also in the neighborhood.
World famous Turkish rugs and kilims are uncomparable in respect of quality and beauty. You will certainly have a great pleasure in selecting and buying different rugs woven with various styles in different parts of Turkey. Turkish leather and textile products reflecting the latest fashion are attracting the visitors of malls with reasonable prices. The origins of jewellery go back to the neolithic age in Anatolia. Several designs have been created combining the ancient styles with those of the future. Silver and gold jewellery with precious stones are most popular items of shopping in Turkey.
A number of art and antique galeries in the neighborhood of the Grand Bazaar. They sell rare pieces of Ottoman engravings, silverware, needlework, illuminations, ceramics & tiles, paintings and contemporary art. Visiting these kind of merchants is highly recommended.
Another valuable item for shopping is hand-painted ceramics and porcelain, which is originating from Iznik, Istanbul & Kutahya.