Another award for Kenan Yavuz Ethnography Museum

The special award of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for 2022 was given to the Kenan Yavuz Ethnography Museum. Museum founder Kenan Yavuz said, “We won the European Museum of the Year Award in 2021 and the Europa Nostra Grand Prize, a European Union Cultural Heritage, in 2022. Now being deemed worthy of the special award of our Ministry of Culture and Tourism has been a great success.” said.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism Special Awards, given to those who contribute with original works, practices, interpretations or scientific research in Turkey, found their owners. In the statement made by the Ministry, “Contributing to the economic development of the region where it is located, increasing the economic and social life quality by working with the local people, making our cultural depth visible, being a unique example in experience and cultural tourism, it is one of the two most important cultural heritage sites in Europe in 2021 and 2022. It was given to the Kenan Yavuz Ethnography Museum for successfully representing our country in the international arena by winning the award all at once.

In the jury chaired by Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Özgül Özkan Yavuz, Deputy Minister Ahmet Misbah Demircan, General Manager of Fine Arts Ömer Faruk Belviranlı, General Manager of State Theaters Mustafa Kurt, Rector of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Prof. Dr. Handan İnci Elçi, Deputy Chairman of the Presidential Culture and Art Policy Committee Prof. Dr. İskender Pala and Ankara Music and Fine Arts University Rector Prof. Dr. Erhan Ozden took place.

Kenan Yavuz Ethnography Museum Founder Kenan Yavuz said: “It was a great honor and motivation for us to be deemed worthy of the special award of our Ministry of Culture and Tourism, as a result of the evaluation made by the jury members consisting of the most important authorities of our country. It won the European Museum of the Year Award given by the European Museum Forum (European Museum Forum EMF/EMYA) in 2021, and the European Union Cultural Heritage Europa Nostra (European Union Cultural Map Europa Nostra) grand prizes in 2022, making it one of the world’s two most important cultural heritage sites. We were the only museum to have the award at once. Now is; Being deemed worthy of the Special Award of our Ministry of Culture and Tourism has been a great success. We would like to express our endless gratitude to the members of the jury who deemed us worthy of this award. We are a museum of sincerity. The fact that the work we have done together with my family and friends as a social responsibility project in order to pay our debt to our village, our land and our roots, with such great awards, confirms our effort and effort.

Our journey to live and keep alive the beauties of our Anatolia that is about to be forgotten, to bring together the depths of our cultural heritage with our young people, to introduce the ancient Anatolian/Bayburt culture to the world, and to be a unique example for experience and cultural tourism, meets with another beauty every day and continues to grow in waves. The human-oriented understanding of museology, which we brought to the world museology understanding, created a great awareness and brought us together with the most prestigious awards in the world. As the founder of the museum, my biggest dream, which I both worked hard and prayed for, was an award that I would receive from our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who always rewards and encourages the ingenuity with his compliments. Hopefully, this dream will come true with our award.”

In the statement made by the Ministry; The “Ahi Culture Research and Education Foundation” and the Gökyay Foundation, which provides analytical and multidimensional thinking and promotes the spread of chess among young people, received the special award of the ministry for their efforts in keeping the Ahi culture alive.


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