Peti Konkurs Poezije i Proze 2018 – The Fifth Poetry and Prose Competition 2018

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The Serbian Library Fifth Literary Competition Poetry and Prose 2018

 RULES of ENTRY

Please ensure you read the rules carefully before entering the competition. Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply may result in disqualification.

All entries must be submitted under the CODE NAME ONLY. All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, twitter etc on the submitted manuscript. The Judge’s decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.

Please fill the ENTRY FORM and in a closed envelope with your CODE NAME written clearly on it, and put inside the envelope your real name, address and contact details (e-mail and telephone with the country code) on the separate form, all forms are enclosed.

 

  1. The Competition is open to all Serbian writers living outside of Serbia. The texts can be written in Serbian or in English, minimum age 18 years old or older at the time of the closing date.
  2. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.
  3. Entries must not have been published previously in print or awarded.
  4. The maximum number of work submitted should be three (3) in each category.
  5. Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.
  6. The Competition is open from 1st May 2018 and the closing date is 1st October 2018. The winners will be announced on 21st December 2018 and the Award Ceremony will be held on the 23 February 2019 at the Serbian Library Mini-Book Fair.
  7. All entries should be posted (no e-mail) to

Pro Art-Serbian Library/Literary Competition,

Plaza 319, 535 Kings Road, London SW10 0SZ, United Kingdom

  1. Submission Fees: £5.00 or 7 Euros or $8 for each poem or each short story; Reference: Competition
  2. cheques from UK only- payable to The Serbian Library in London and sent to Plaza 319, 535 Kings Road, London SW10 0SZ

from UK and abroad PayPal /credit/debit cards sent to (serbianlibrary@gmail.com)

direct transfer from the UK/abroad should be made payable to

The Serbian Library in London

     METRO BANK

Account No: 16440124   Sort Code: 23-05-80

IBAN: GB89MYMB23058016440124

SWIFT:MYMBGB2L

  1. Each entry should have your code name only in the right-hand corner of the first and every subsequent page; below the code name this should be followed by the title and the text
  2. Each entry should be page-numbered and paper-clipped.
  • Each entry should be type-written on A4, double-spaced in clear 12 points recognisable font. Hand-written manuscripts are not
  • Entries submitted can be on any subject but the preferred theme is Goodbye to someone/something we love(d)

Poems: 60 lines. No minimum. Title not included.

Short stories: up to 4000 words. No minimum. Title not included.

  1. PRIZES

There will be one Winner and two runners-up in each category and their work will be published in the book –

Anthology – Poetry and Prose Competition 2018

  1. The work of the two Winners will be also awarded by £100.00 each.
  2. All awarded poets and authors will receive 6 books each.

For further information please contact preferably by e-mail

Vesna Petkovic

serbianlibrary@gmail.com

ENTRY FORM

YOUR CODE:

FULL NAME:

ADDRESS:

PHONE:

EMAIL:

TITLE OF POEM(S): 

 

TITLE OF SHORT STORY: 

 

I enclosed cheque / Transfer/ PayPal in the sum of:

 Declaration

 –Manuscripts submitted are entirely my own work, and have not been published previously

–I give permission to publish them in the Serbian Library anthology

–I have read and accepted the full terms and conditions as…..

 

Signed                                                                                    Date

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 PETI MEĐUNARODNI KONKURS .  POEZIJA – PROZA   2018

 USLOVI KONKURSA:

Pre svega, molimo Vas da pažljivo pročitate uslove konkursa pre učestvovanja.

Popunjavanje prijave će samo po sebi značiti da prihvatate uslove konkursa. Ukoliko ih se ne budete pridržavali, možete biti diskvalifikovani.

Svi radovi se prijavljuju Pod šifrom, i Žiri će ih ocenjivati anonimno. Molimo Vas, nemojte uz radove slati svoje ime, adresu, broj telefona, email, web stranicu, twitter i slično. Odluka Žirija je konačna i ne ostavlja mogućnost za privatno dopisivanje između učesnika i članova žirija. Članovi Žirija ne mogu komentarisati individualne prijave.

Molimo Vas, popunite PRIJAVU, i uz nju (u posebnom zalepljenom kovertu na kojem se jasno vidi Vaša ŠIFRA, pod kojom ste pisali radove) pošaljite:

  • svoje ime i prezime
  • punu adresu
  • email
  • kontakt telefon (sa pozivnim brojem zemlje odakle je autor).

 Podvlačimo, uz PRIJAVU priložite i zapečaćenu kovertu na kojoj će biti napisana SAMO VAŠA ŠIFRA, dok će Vaši podaci biti zapečaćeni unutar koverte.

  1. Konkurs je otvoren za sve srpske pisce koji žive van Srbije. Radovi mogu biti na srpskom i (ili) engleskom. Pisci ne mogu biti mlađi od 18 godina u trenutku objavljivanja Konkursa.
  2. Radovi moraju biti originalni, autentični tekstovi učesnika. Slanje na Konkurs ujedno znaći i Vašu garanciju da su poslati radovi autentično vaši.

Bilo kakva potvrda suprotnog, odmah bi značila automatsku diskvalifikaciju.

  1. Radovi koje šaljete ne smeju biti prethodno objavljivani niti nagrađivani. To se odnosi na samo-izdate radove, publikacije u Srbiji, kao i na publikacije i izdanja bilo gde u svetu.
  2. Maksimum radova u svakoj kategoriji može biti tri (3).
  3. Posmrtno slanje radova nije moguće.
  4. Ovaj konkurs će biti otvoren za slanje priloga poezije ili proze od 1.maja 2018. do 1.oktobra 2018. Pobednici će biti proglašeni 21.decembra 2018, a Antologija sa radovima pobednika će se promovisati za vreme Mini Sajma Knjiga i Srpskog meseca kulture u Velikoj Britaniji 23. februara 2019.
  5. Svi radovi se moraju slati poštom (ne e-mailom) na adresu

The Serbian Library in London

(Konkurs Poezija – Proza)

PLAZA, 319,  535 Kings Road

London SW10 0SZ, UK

10. Administrativno učešće: £5 po priloženom radu. Ref: COMPETITION (KONKURS) ili 7 Evra ili $8 po priloženom radu.10Čekovi, samo od stvaralaca koji žive u Velikoj Britaniji, moraju biti naslovljeni na The Serbian Library in London i poslati na adresu:

PLAZA, 319,  535 Kings Road

London SW10 0SZ, UK

Može se platiti i putem PayPal, kreditne i debit kartice  na  serbianlibrary@gmail.com

UPLATE SE VRŠE I DIREKTNO NA RAČUN

Ime:  THE SERBIAN LIBRARY IN LONDON

METRO BANK

Account NO: 16440124                 IBAN: GB89MYMB23058016440124

Sort Code: 23-05-80                    BIC/SWIFT:  MYMBGB2L

  1. Svaki poslati rad mora sadržati Vašu šifru u gornjem desnom uglu, i na svakoj sledećoj stranici; posle toga sledi naslov i sam rad.
  2. Svaki rad mora da bude označen brojem stranica (svaka stranica treba da bude numerisana), i zaheftan.
  3. Svaki rad mora biti otkucan na jednoj strani papira, formata A4, sa duplim razmakom, u jasnom, prepoznatljivom fontu. Rukom pisani radovi se neće uzimati u obzir.
  4. Stil i teme su slobodni izbor autora, ali tema koja se preporučuje je Rastanak od nekoga/nečega što volim ili sam voleo/volela. Poezija: 60 redova maksimum, a minimuma reči nema. Naslov nije uračunat u broj reči.

Proza: do 4000 reči maksimum, a minimuma reči nema. Naslov nije uračunat u broj reči.

  1. NAGRADE

Biće objavljen po jedan pobenik i dva drugoplasirana autora iz svake kategorije (poezija proza), a njihovi radovi će biti objavljeni u Antologiji KONKURSA POEZIJA – PROZA 2018

  1. Pobednici će biti nagrađeni i novčanom nagradom od po £ 100.00 svaki.
  2. Svi nagrađeni pesnici i autori će dobiti po 6 primeraka Antologije.

Za sve dalje informaije obratite se Vesni Petković na serbianlibrary@gmail.com  Tel: +44(0)2073517555

Mob: +44(0)7801130806

PRIJAVA ZA UČEŠĆE NA PETOM KONKURSU  2018

POEZIJA – PROZA-KRATKA PRIČA

 ŠIFRA:  

 IME I PREZIME:

ADRESA:

TELEFON I BROJ ZA DRZAVU:

E-MAIL:

 NASLOVI ZA POEZIJU:

 

NASLOVI ZA KRATKU PRIČU:

 

BROJ KARAKTERA -REČI:

 PRILOŽEN ČEK ili TRANSFER NA SUMU U GBP:

Svi priloženi radovi su moj autorski rad i nisu objavljivani prethodno. Ovim prihvatam sve uslove Konkursa Poezija-Proza 2018 I dajem pravo da se moji radovi izdaju u Antologiji  Srpske biblioteke za 2018     

 

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Information about the project
Pro Art is a Coordinator of the Erasmus + HOPE  project, which involves six European countries in a challenge to raise awareness about plastic as a serious polluter and one of the major causes of detriment and death of living beings, especially of sea-life, also humans. Our aim is to inform and influence the public to change their attitude and behaviour towards plastic and help to create our environment safer. We plan to hold four public talks and HOPE presentations including exhibitions and films, starting in April 2018.  The principal supporters of the project could be community organisations, schools, public libraries, local authorities, educational or business organisations, media and professionals in the filed (ecologists and environmentalists).
Our second challenge is to reach out to wider society and to involve the diverse communities to implement a new understanding about plastic in their own life and to share it with the local people. We believe that media, professionals and friends, could offer their space, venues, views and expertise or support in some way these educational activities by facilitating our project aims and public talks for example at libraries or schools.
Please contact us if you wish to know more about HOPE project and if you can help us to spread the word about the Pro Art plan for the future. 
Vesna Petkovic
Coordinator
Pro Art & Co
Non Profit Organisation Reg. UK No 5262487
Tel: +44(0)207 351 7555
info@proartandco.co.uk 

         

Erasmus + Partnership, formed by 6 EU countries: UK, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, shares an interest and experience in participating, creating and implementing this project related to plastic in the environment for the benefit of local, national and wider European participants and public consumers. Better knowledge and a constructive attitude towards plastic and its impact on nature and life on Earth must be achieved through a balance between commercial demands and environmental impact which includes additional services, like recycling and the market for recycled products, labeling, collection and waste management and a compliance with EU and local legislation. The aim of the project is to reach out wide in our countries, Europe, and the wider world through social media, exhibitions, films and structured talks about the origin and production of different types of plastic. Our presentations to the public will include innovative ways through mobile devices, simulation of 3D or VR,  presenting the “journey” of plastic from its source material to its use and disposal or recycling which could produce energy or be transformed into a new plastic form.

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NO MAD KARMA – Anglo-Kazakh Pop Group in London

No Mad Karma 27

22 OCTOBER 2015

POSK JAZZ CAFE

238-246 King Street, London W6 0RF

No Mad Karma is a unique group of Anglo-Kazakh musicians, their first release ’27’ just made it’s debut in the Music Week Commercial Pop Chart at Number 11. They perform at Posk Jazz Café on 22/10. Their genre defying music mixes dance grooves with traditional Kazakh melodies and instruments like the khobyz. It’s a rare occasion to see these talented performers. The event is in association with the Kazakhstan Embassy.

Composer Aidos Sagat studied at Kazakh State Conservatory, after which he founded No 1 Kazakh band URKER as singer and keyboards player. After their concert at the Ministry of Sound in London and a chance meeting with Producer Preston Heyman, they formed multinational band No Mad Karma, and recorded their debut album in Almaty and world famous Rockfield Studios in Wales where Bohemian Rapsody was recorded.

It was the first time Aidos has had his compositions sung in English, he plays dombrya  and proudly features unusual Kazakh traditional instruments khobyz (a Goatskin and Horsehair Fiddle played on the bands first single release “27”) and sybyzgy (an even more unusual Wooden Flute played with spittle). His arrangements mix these with modern western elements of Dance, Hip Hop and and R+B. Aidos is also UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for Kazakhstan.

Singer and lyricist David Sye’s father was legendary entertainer Frankie Vaughan, and he is a cousin of Amy Winehouse, and also a revered yoga elder. He has his own experience of living in the eye of great fame, and has his own theories about why so many talents are afflicted by addiction. He said: “My father was clever and lucky. He surrounded himself with immediate family, we’d go fishing, do regular stuff, far from the glitz.”

Backing Singer Diva Jaelee Small has established herself as one of the hottest Soul Voices on the London Scene and is a big part of No Mad Karma’s Album. She features on  their hit “27”.

No Mad Karma prides itself with well known Producer Preston Heyman who has Drummed for Paul McCartney and Kate Bush and on countless hits,

No Mad Karma’s clip ‘27’ is a celebration devoted to Amy Winehouse and other members of the “27” club and is already being shown by British music channels Chart Show TV and Sub TV.

“27” has 30,000 views on YouTube and is currently being featured in sets by the top Club D.J’S on the planet!

Free entry for first 30 people

To Listen “27”  click here

http://bit.ly/NOMADKARMAVSYNTHKARTELL

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REFLECTING ON THE LEGACY OF MAGNA CARTA ON EUROPEAN DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES

25 June 2015 – Jubilee Room, Westminster SW1A 0AA

 11 – 2 pm Entrance : Free

This year Pro Art is contributing to the wider celebration of the Anniversary of Magna Carta. Pro Art is organising a debating programme dedicated to discussions on the meaning of democracy in different societies and especially to the symbolical meaning of Magna Carta and its historic influence. It aims to connect the audience with democracy in the UK and in Europe through a series of talks. This year of celebrating Magna Carta 800 years has inspired many organisations to explore what democracy means, how it would be implemented in their community and what benefits they have through their active citizenship.

Pro Art & Co in cooperation with Santara Sviesa UK Club are organising a seminar at the House of Commons on the Legacy of Magna Carta on the European and World Democracies, reflecting on the principal influences of the Great Charter of Liberties and the following set of charters in the UK, on the similar democratic processes and civil rights elsewhere.

Magna Carta’s historic role and importance is symbolic today. Nevertheless it linked European medieval kingdoms through influences of the Charters of Liberties on their laws, which aimed to limit the power of the ruling classes and to give more rights to people, constituted through greater civil liberties, which eventually led to changes in the political systems and instituted democracy as the ruling principle of governing.

Debate to follow.

The participating lecturers in this seminar are from the UK and other European countries, who will bring their experiences and knowledge on democratic processes and the historical importance of Magna Carta.

Panel speakers:

Baroness Shreela Flather – Chair

Rosalie Rivett Chairman of Women in Diplomacy

Prof. Egidijus Aleksandravičius, Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

David Wardrop UN Asociation Westminster Branch

Cllr. Frances Stainton, LBHF, World Peace and Prosperity Foundation

Sinisa Ljepojevic, journalist and author (Serbia)

Botagoz Hopkinson, Chairman of Conservative Friends of Eurasia and Vice Chair of the Westminster Conservative Women Association

Magna Carta Magna Carta Libertatum (the Great Charter of the Liberties) is the first of a series of constitutional charters in English law implemented from 1215 onwards. It was negotiated between King John of England and a group of revolted barons and signed at Runnymede on Thames on 15th June 1215. The Archbishop of Canterbury drafted it in order to make peace between the opposing parties. It included the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to prompt justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown. The council of 25 barons had been elected to realize it. The charter was annulled by Pope Innocent III, because it failed to be put in practice and led to the First Barons’ War.

Magna Carta

“The charter became part of English political life and was typically renewed by each monarch in turn, although as time went by and the fledgling English Parliament passed new laws, it lost some of its practical significance. At the end of the 16th century there was an upsurge in interest in Magna Carta. Lawyers and historians at the time believed that there was an ancient English constitution, going back to the days of the Anglo-Saxons, that protected individual English freedoms. They argued that the Norman invasion of 1066 had overthrown these rights, and that Magna Carta had been a popular attempt to restore them, making the charter an essential foundation for the contemporary powers of Parliament and legal principles. The political myth of Magna Carta and its protection of ancient personal liberties persisted after the Glorious Revolution of 1688 (overthrowing King James II of England, VII of Scotland and II of Ireland by a union of English Parliamentarians joined by William of Orange), until well into the 19th century. It influenced the early American colonists in the Thirteen Colonies and the formation of the American Constitution in 1789, which became the supreme law of the land in the new republic of the United States. Research by Victorian historians showed that the original 1215 charter had concerned the medieval relationship between the monarch and the barons, rather than the rights of ordinary people, but the charter remained a powerful, iconic document, even after almost all of its content was repealed from the statute books in the 19th and 20th centuries. Magna Carta still forms an important symbol of liberty today,” (Wikipedia)

Today, four exemplifications of the original 1215 charter remain in existence, held by the British Library and the cathedrals of Lincoln and Salisbury.

Beginning of the Music Studies in HNUST China

Entrance exam for the Music Department of Art College, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan, PRC
September 20th, 2014

I arrived to China in February 2014 to take the teaching position of the Foreign Expert for piano at the Hunan University of Science and Technology (HNUST). Playing piano became very popular in China in last 8 to 10 years mostly because of Lang Lang who is Chinese piano super-star. Western teachers have different point of view concerning Lang Lang’s piano playing and his appreciation, understanding or misunderstanding of “Western music”. But, without Lang Lang, piano playing would never be such popular topic in modern China. The statistics have shown that 40.000.000 Chinese children started piano education only in the last year. This is the fact which can’t be neglected. The piano music market is expanding on a daily basis; especially beneficial is for the European and American pianists and teachers who are invited to participate in developing the Piano Faculties at the Chinese Universities.

HNUST  University

Their students have two possibilities to study piano in China. The first one is to enroll in the Special Music Colleges or Conservatoires like in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan or to enroll at the Universities with Music Departments. The difference is in their future position and their professional profile. The Special Music Colleges or Conservatoires will only prepare students for the Performing Art and the Universities will just build up students for the role of teachers and their positions will be connected with the Piano Pedagogy. Of course, one or another doesn’t exclude being performer or being a teacher. However, there are strict rules in Chinese Educational System. One can obtain a Master’s degree from any University, and can teach at the Universities, but for the special Music Colleges or Conservatoires one has to have a Doctorate degree (PhD) or be the world famous performer or to contribute with their work to something of the huge importance for the Chinese educational system. The University where I am teaching – HNUST – is among top 50 Universities in China and according to my fellow colleagues our Music department is the second best in the Hunan Province. HNUST University is famous for their following of the strict rules, which means, once one has enrolled to major, for example in singing, that can’t be changed even if some serious health issues unable students to fulfill their task completely.
On September 20th, I was officially invited from the Music Department of Art College of HNUST to take part in introduction of the piano teaching profession and to become one of the examination juries for the newcomers called here freshmen. Our Music department offers the choices in majoring piano, operatic singing, Chinese operatic singing, Lied singing, Chinese folks music singing, violin, Chinese violin, Chinese flute, arhu, guzhen, yanqin, pipa – Chinese traditional instruments, conducting (only choir-conducting), rock music, pop music singing. It is a small department for the Chinese way of thinking. The HNUST has over 12.000 students living on the Campus, and most of the teachers live there as well.

Yangin Yangin

Arhu

Arhu

Guzhen Guzhen

Mr Xiong Xiao Hull , Vice President

Mr Xiong Xiao Hull , Vice President

Mr Peng Yan, Dean of the Music Faculty

Mr Peng Yan, Dean of the Music Faculty

From 94 candidates, I found 12 of them highly talented, although their playing and singing skills were far away from any European student. But, we should not think that it could not be changed: Chinese students are amazing achievers and once they feel that they have a good teacher, they set up to learn a lot from them. The work they are capable to fulfill in 6 days is hardly to be found somewhere else in the world. It is something related to Chinese tradition and culture. One can not lose “their face”.

Ms Yang Shu, Leader of the Piano Teaching

Ms Yang Shu, Leader of the Piano Teaching

Sanja Stefanovic and Freshmen

Sanja Stefanovic and Freshmen

Xinagtan, 10th October 2014

Bochum, Ruhr, Germany

Bochum – Ruhr – Germany

Travelling through Germany was always easy and quick. I seldom stay longer anywhere but this time I went to see my friend, Sanja Stefanovic, colleague in Pro Art and our Head of Music, and her husband Ilija- a scientist (if the rocket science is plasma physics and nano – whatever? –he is the man). They are two wonderful, cheerful and extremely interesting people. In addition, we had another friend coming from Dorset, Sophia Grech, mezzo-soprano, and also one of the old pals. What a wonderful time we had.
Sanja and Ilija took me to see some very interesting churches in Bochum and nearby, the Castle with musical instruments (real treasure) and Industrial park which is now for recreation and art. I saw absolutely fantastic things and the crown was the exhibition of the Terracotta Army –directly from China (as if Sanja invited them to make our stay meaningful). She is going back to teach at the Hunan University for Science and Technology – Art Department, and one of the purposes of this visit was to make plan for 2014/15. The Terracotta soldiers were there to protect her while in Germany.
Bochum – a nice new town with a few old buildings remaining for the destruction of the WWII. There are beautiful churches and park with lots of “fallen” trees, like dead soldiers fighting their battle with the wind. It was recent Hurricane, which slammed the old trees standing there for centuries. It inevitably made me to think how difficult is to defeat the nature. One thing I did not see – are cats!!! No stray cats, no cats lazy walking around their “properties”, no beautiful cats, as a matter of fact no cats at all. The town is nice, clean, full of young and old and has many places where one can indulge in beers and curry-wurst with chips, local speciality. If you go to see the former mining and industrial area of Ruhr – go definitely to Bochum, because you will see all former industry turned into culture and beauty.

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Pro Art Visits to Cappadocia and Aegean Turkey

Konya former Ikonium
We have crossed the Taurus Mountain to reach Konya which was one of the famous Christian communities, place which was made famous by Apostle Paul and St Barnabas. It was also the former Seljuk’s capital and the centre of Sufi Mystics, where the great 13th c. poet and philosopher, Jelaludin Rumi, lived and his thumb is there also. On our way to Cappadocia we saw the famous whirling dervish’s monastery and their meditative dance and also traditional Turkish belly dance.
Cappadocia, Göreme, Cavusin
These are the most famous chimneys formations in the world, bizarre tuff material, out of this world, created by the wind, water and volcanic eruptions. These soft stone allowed people to hollow out their homes, worship places and the entire subterranean towns from about 2000 years ago. Göreme is an open-air museum and a World Heritage site. We stayed in a picturesque village of Cavusin.
Cappadocia – Monks Valley
This was another day in the spectacular natural world of Cappadocia. These unique rock formations are an inevitable invitation for all to take their cameras and record the world of the fairies. We visited the hidden Ancient Greek village Sinasos and its still standing houses. At the end of the day we visited traditional carpet factory and learned fascinating art of making carpets.
Konya – Caravanserai
The real mystery of Cappadocia are numerous underground settlements and the underground labyrinth towns, which we visited in the darkness of the night (no matter because it was dark inside and only some rarely placed electric lights helped to lit the place). It was also the ancient Silk Road, which brought many caravanserais along the route – we saw one big and famous. Our final destination was Antalya.
Antalya Old Town
This was the Turkish Mediterranean capital city with many historic places to visit, natural beauty and traditional quarters with multicultural and multiethnic population. The best view is from above, from the terrace in the new city, looking down to the old city, harbour and ancient monuments from the Roman time.
Aspendos
Aspendos is an old Roman city with one of the best-preserved ancient theatres in the Mediterranean. Nearby is a medieval bridge from the Seljuk’s time and there is also the Roman aqueduct.

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The Pro Art Club visit to Aegean Turkey in February – march 2014 started at Ismir – this is the Ancient city of Smyrna and the mass destruction of the city in 1922 which paved the way for Kemal Ataturk to win the Revolution, find a wife, modernise and change Turkey forever. Today it’s the third largest city in Turkey. The visit continue to:
Didyma – We visited the Temple of Apollo and the famous oracle site, with 120 columns and one of the three largest buildings from the Ancient time.
Milet – ancient port and the famous place of the philosophers and scientists and has the most beautiful Fausta’s bath house with hot and cold spring waters.
Priene – ancient city between the Great Meander River and Mount Mykale
Troy – the mythical ancient city –state, famous from Homer’s Iliad and excavated by Schliemann in 1868. His wife used to wear beautiful necklace discovered at the archaeological site and believed to belong to Helen of Troy, but without any evidence. In 1998 it became UNESCO World Heritage Site. We also saw the strait of Dardanelles dividing Europe from Asia and the Gallipoli Peninsula where the famous battle occurred in WWI. After this historic visit we went to Ayvalik on the seaside for rest.
Pergamon – the ancient city famous for its library, Zeus altar and the well preserved Temple of Trajan. It was also one of the seven Christian churches to which St John refers in the Book of Revelation. This trip included visit to the carpet factory where traditional silk carpets are produced. The night was booked in the hotel in Kusadasi – the famous holiday resort.
Ephesus – visit to one of the seven ancient wonders of the world – the Temple of Artemis. Apostle Paul also preached there in the theatre but was rebuked. There is also the church of St Mary, a venue of the Fourth Ecumenical Council in the 5th century. Ephesus has preserved marble pavements and streets and there are still well preserved Hadrian’s Temple, Celsus Library, the state Agora, Theatre and many other “wonders”, including small cafes and shopping.
Visit to the rural community of Sirnice and Selcuk – picturesque villages the most famous for their wine and olives. In Selcuk we sawl the Isabey Mosque.

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