Sinopale Forum, “Culture and Creativity for Local Development”
Production: Chameleon Design and Project Management
Project Development and Management: D.I. Mahir Namur, Prof. T. Melih Görgün
Venues: Salt Galata (İstanbul), Aşıklar Wedding Venue (Sinop)
Project Team: Melek Tuğru Hekimoğlu, Erman Topgül, Yeşim Uzunöz, Yusuf Emre Yalçın, Erkan Akliman, Suzan Atasever, Güngör Erdem, Mert Karaçıkay, Yiğit Bahadır Kaya, Cansu Kırcan, Elif Kuli, Nilüfer Sülüner, Çağatay Şimşek, Oğulcan Övet, Ayça Açıkgöz
Event Coordination: Elif Kuli, Erman Topgül
Event Assistant: Güneş Şenyeşil, Dilan Saray, Neşe Altınel, Şule Tekkol, Anıl Tuhanioğlu, Ebru Güler, Hande Günderen
Exhibition: T. Melih Görgün, Nilüfer Sülüner, Güngör Erdem, Nil İlkbaşaran
Film: “Tarzan Kemal Story of a Citizen” Yusuf Emre Yalçın,
“Oral History and Documentary Film Workshop”, Erkan Akliman
Academic Contribution: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aziz Konukman, Asst. Prof. Alpay Tırıl, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fatma Ünsal, Assoc. Prof. Kevser Üstündağ, Assoc. Prof. Gökçe Dervişoğlu Okandan
Forums were first started in Sinopale 3. Meetings aimed at enabling citizens to think about where they live and to exchange ideas with different perspectives with other participants continued in the 4th and 5th biennials as well. These studies became projects on a larger scale in 2016 with the name of “Sinopale Forum: Culture and Creativity for Local Development”. It is aimed to gather together civil society, public, private sector actors and academicians together, to develop joint thinking and brainstorming, to create collaboration and to encourage the emergence of new projects for the successful sustainable development of Sinop.
Representatives from all actor groups participated in the sessions held in İstanbul and Sinop as both speakers and listeners. In the session held in İstanbul, presentations for learning and sharing such as vision determinations, definitions, good examples and national-international experiences were made. Besides the representatives from Governorship of Sinop and the Mayor of Sinop personally, cultural entrepreneurs, academicians and private sector representatives who work on the subject in Turkey and around the world participated.
In the session organized in Sinop, the ideas for the application emerged. Examples of economic models in which civil society is effective were discussed in order for Sinop to become a “city of culture, education and tourism”. Brainstormings about how the values and culture unique to Sinop can be evaluated in terms of local economic development, the role of civil entrepreneurship in this process, how civil initiatives can be coordinated with projects carried out by the development agency, governorship and local government, and how to achieve common benefit when acting with a common vision were made. Projects to be implemented in the short term emerged in this study where citizens participated.