Through the centuries, Turkish artists and artisans have developed styles of art that are uniquely
Turkish. Early Turkish artists turned their creative talents to architecture, music, poetry, weaving,
wood and metal working, ceramics, glass-blowing, jewelry, manuscript illumination and calligraphy.
Most people today are familiar with the silhouette of Turkey’s mosques, their soaring domes and
slender minarets. Less well-known is the beauty of their interiors the intricate woodwork of the
pulpit or “mihrab,” their startling blue and green tiles, their richly-worked carpets, and their stunning
Today, a new flowering of Turkish art and culture is taking place. Turkish painters and sculptors exhibit
at home and abroad, in galleries and biannual festivals. Turkish musicians of international acclaim
perform regularly in classical concerts abroad and record on international labels, some of which
have been built up by Turks. Turkish writers are increasingly translated and appreciated. And Turkish
architects design throughout the world. Growing private sponsorship of cultural events means that
Turkey holds more than a dozen international fine arts and culture festivals a year and hundreds of local
ones. Most widely acclaimed are the annual International Istanbul Music, Theater and Film Festivals,
which attract participants and spectators from around the world. Fast growing in numbers are jazz and
blues festivals. Theater is especially popular in Turkey , with talented companies performing the
works of Shakespeare , Brecht and Chekhov as well as new works by Turkish dramatist. Most of Turkey’s
largest cities also have regular seasons for opera, symphony, chamber music and ballet. Turkey’s own
musical heritage is rich, and traditional music is as important to young people as contemporary or pop.
Istanbul has world-renowned artists in different branches of art. One of the many branches of art where
the Turkish are exceptional is at calligraphy. Calligraphy is one of them It is a type of visual art where
usage of fancy lettering in skillful manner is the medium of expression. Masterpieces of the Calligraphy
Art Hilye-i Şerifes,’ that opened at the Yıldız Palace Mabeyn Köşk, is displaying nearly 100 examples of
traditional calligraphic art. The exhibition titled “Masterpieces of the Calligraphy Art Hilye-i Şerifes” at
Istanbul’s Yıldız Palace Mabeyn Köşk and with a wide array of examples from the traditional art form.
There has been great interest in traditional arts in recent years, and municipalities, nongovernmental
organizations and foundations have undertaken big projects dealing with that branch of art noting that
the Presidential Grand Awards in Culture and Arts reflected the popularity of traditional art.