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Turkish Jazz Week Pristina


Dokufest, International Documentary Film Festival



17th Ankara International Jazz Festival


17. Flying Broom International Women’s Films Festival


Art Knows No Holdbacks “Haylaz Kedi Trafikte” Theater Sponshorship

The play titled “Haylaz Kedi Trafikte”, staged  by the TEKSEM Turkish Unhandicapped Artists Center sponsored by the Limak Tourism Group, has reached 29040 kids in the provinces of İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Bursa, Elazığ, Antalya and Samsun.

“Lights of the City” National Photography Contest

National Photography Contest

At the contest organized for the second time by the Uludağ Electricity Distribution Corp., works of where amateur and professional photographers have displayed the cities at night, under electrical light, have competed.

Eye Wonder: Female Photographers’ Exhibition in Bank of America Collection

CerModern offered art lovers an exhibition titled “Eye Wonder” in Ankara through contributions by Limak between November 20, 2013 and January 20, 2014, where a selection of female photographers’ works from the collection of Bank of America having one of the richest corporate artistic collections in the world, were displayed.


LimakPort Theater Sponsorship

A comedy theater play, “Kanaviçe”, is successfully staged by İskenderun Municipality City Theater players under LimakPort support. Under favor of this support, local people may watch the play free of charge.

Turkish Jazz Week Pristina, Kosovo

The first of Turkish Jazz Week activities was held in Kosovo by the Turkish Embassy in Pristina to introduce Turkish jazz music. It is aimed that Turkish Jazz Week, sponsored by Limak, will contribute to the development of cultural activities between two countries and will turn into a traditional art event held every year.


Mardin Biennial

Limak supports the Mardin Biennial which aims to bring contemporary art from Turkey’s west to its east; to enliven Mardin’s already enriching geography furthermore with artists, academicians, students and diverse communities; to create a new platform of dialogue; to add new dimension to the notion of the “center” and to place Mardin in a unique position through series of exhibitions.

Gordion Excavation Project

Limak sponsored the construction of the storage building at the Gordion Excavation Project.

Turkish Jazz Week Pristina, Kosovo

The first of Turkish Jazz Week activities was held in Kosovo by the Turkish Embassy in Pristina to introduce Turkish jazz music. It is aimed that Turkish Jazz Week, sponsored by Limak, will contribute to the development of cultural activities between two countries and will turn into a traditional art event held every year.


9th International Kosovo Waking-up with Art Festival


Istanbul Modern Sponsorship


International Adem Jashari Boxing Tournament, Pristina



Flying Broom Traces of Women in Democracy


Harem Ballet to the Benefit of Lösev

Harem Ballet was performed by the artists of Ankara State Opera and Ballet at Kemal Kurdaş Hall of METU on 26 May 2010 of whose revenue to be transferred to Lösev which renders service as to provide assistance to meet all sorts of needs, primarily health and education, of the children with leukemia, and also to establish and run treatment, training and research institutions at national level regarding the genetic and acquired blood diseases.

13. Flying Broom Women’s Films Festival

The 13th of the Flying Broom International Women Films Festival, which was organized by Flying Broom and held every year since 1998, which is the first women films festival of Turkey, was held on 6-13 May 2010. At the festival, of which we are one of the sponsors, long, short, documentary and animation movies of female directors from both our country and the world were presented to the audience and panels, talks and exhibitions are held.


11. Flying Broom International Women Films Festival

The Flying Broom International Women Films Festival, the first Turkish Women Films Festival organized by the Flying Broom Organization every year since 1998, took place between May 8th and 15th, 2008 for the 11th time this year. Within the scope of the festival, of which Limak is one of the sponsors, a number of full length and short films, documentaries, and animated movies directed by female directors around the world were displayed. Several panels, interviews, and exhibitions took place during the festival.

"Turkish Piano Pieces for Children" Music CD World Premiere

Music CD "Turkish Piano Pieces for Children" is recorded by pianist Yeşim Gökalp at a high-tech music studio in Germany. Şefik Kahramankaptan is the supervisor of this project. The outcome CD includes songs composed for children and teenagers by two members of the "Turque Cinque" group of the Republican Era, namely Ahmet Adnan Saygun and Ulvi Cemal Erkin, as well as İlhan Baran and İstemihan Taviloğlu, the second and third generation Turkish composers, respectively.

Among the songs included in the CD, Baran’s and Taviloğlu’s pieces were recorded for the first time and therefore the CD was considered the "world premiere" of the songs. The CD, sponsored by Limak Group of Companies and recorded for both children and adults, is not only a part of the Turkish Music Archives but also an audio example for piano students and teachers that go beyond the syllables of music.

Limak Tourism Group “Introducing Our Culture” Book Project

Limak International Hotels and Resorts considers the promotion of the fundamental elements of our culture developed in thousands of years as a duty, and started to print the books of Yunus Emre, Mevlana, Dede Korkut, Hacivat and Karagöz, and Nasrettin Hodja in English and German languages in 2008, and put these books in the rooms of the guests speaking these languages as gifts.


Limak 18th Ankara International Film Festival

Limak Holding further enhanced its support to the Ankara Film Festival and became the title sponsor of the Festival in 2007. During the Festival, which took place from April 12th to 27th, 2007, Limak Holding hosted a number of stars from the world of international cinema and the Turkish cinema at the Limak Ambassadore Hotel. The "Festival Train" carrying a number of filmmakers, actors, and media members, which departed from Haydarpasa Station on the morning of April 12, was welcome by the Festival band in the Ankara Station.

The opening ceremony, presented by Elif Dağdeviren and Tamer Karadağlı, was held at Farabi Hall at the Faculty of Languages, History And Geography. During the ceremony, which was described as "Magnificent Opening" by the press, Turkish actress Fatma Girik received the "Aziz Nesin Prize" and the Antalya Film Festival received the "Mass Communications Prize". The opening movie of the festival was the Oscar-winning 2007 foreign Film "West Bank Story" directed by Ari Sandel; the director also attended the session.

The festival party took place at Saklıkent Club on the evening of April 13, where Murat Meriç played old 45 rpm records and Baba Zula, a Turkish rock band who composed the soundtracks for Turkish movies "Dondurmam Gaymak" and "Tabutta Rövaşata", held a concert. During the 10-day festival 168 short films and 108 feature-length films were screened for audiences in Ankara.

The Festival award ceremony, hosted by Şenay Gürler and Yetkin Dikinciler, began with a Turkish music concert performed by Belkıs Özener, an unforgettable Turkish singer who has sung in a number of Turkish movies. Writer Erhan Bener received the "Master of Arts Prize" for his contribution to Turkish cinema.

The best feature-film prize went to "Beynelmilel", directed by Muharrem Gülmez and Sırrı Süreyya Önder, Zeki Demirkubuz received the Best Director prize with his film "Kader", Vildan Atasever won the Best Actress for her role in the movie "Kader", and Haluk Bilginer won the Best Actor for his role in the movie "Polis", while Müge Ulusoy won the Best Supporting Actress. İlyas Salman earned the prize for the Best Supporting actor, and Sırrı Süreyya Önder received The Onat Kutlar Best Screenwriter prize, Serdar Yılmaz and Elif Taşçıoğlu the Best Art Direction prize, Rahman Altın the Best Music prize, Gökhan Atılmış the Best Director of Photography, and Çiçek Kahraman for the Best Editing. The famous painter and sculptor Ahmet Müderrisoğlu designed festival t-shirts as souvenirs. Events during the festival were photographed by five photographers from AFSAD (Ankara Photographic Artists’ Association). Within the scope of the festival, the book "Two Famous Women, Fatma Girik" written by Burçak Evren for Fatma Girik, who received the Aziz Nesin Prize, was published as well.

“Beyaz Melek” Film

Limak Holding is one of the sponsors of the movie Beyaz Melek (White Angel), written and directed by Mahsun Kırmızıgül. In addition to being a blockbuster in Turkey, the movie won the Best Foreign Film and the Best Foreign Director awards in Houston Film Festival and thus added another example to the international success of Turkish cinema.

Ahmet from Diyarbakır incidentally comes across with a nursing home. The nursing home residents think this old man was abandoned and they accept him in. Ahmet meets a new world and the heroes and heroines of this world. Ali and Reşat, who pursues Ahmet, learn what a nursing home is for the first time there and this astonishes them. Ahmet, who likes these people after the wedding of Nebahat and Yaşar Hoca, invites the couple who could not go on the honeymoon and the other residents of the nursing home to his own village in Diyarbakır. The residents happy with the invitation set out for an interesting, tragic and besides a funny adventure.

13th Festival of European Films on Wheels

The 13th of the Festival of European Films on Wheels in Sarajevo, a film festival organized by Ankara Cinema Association, took place between November 21st and 25th, 2007. Limak was one of the sponsors of the Festival.

This year, the Festival on Wheels dedicated a special section to the acclaimed director Michael Haneke, one of the most nonconformist filmmakers of the European Cinema. Festival audiences had the chance to see a selection of Haneke’s work which includes "Funny Games", "The Time of the Wolf" and "The Seventh Continent". In addition, the director made a personal selection of European films exclusively for the Festival, which were displayed within the festival program. The titles included "Persona" from Ingmar Bergman, the great Swedish director whom we lost this year, Roberto Rossellini’s "Germany Year Zero", Robert Bresson’s "Balthazar", Jean Luc Godard’s "First Name: Carmen" and Luis Bunuel’s "The Exterminating Angel". The titles selected for the Turkish Cinema 2007 section of the festival featured Fatih Akın’s "The Edge of Heaven", Reis Çelik’s "The Refugee" and Handan İpekçi’s "Hidden Faces".

Fest-i Kült 3 AFGSD Ankara 3. Intercultural Film Festival

The 3rd Fest-i Kült Intercultural Film Festival, organized by the Ankara Branch of AFS (American Field Service) Volunteers to promote intercultural tolerance and voluntary service in society, took place between November 22nd and 29th, 2007. Limak Group of Companies was one of the sponsors of the festival.

In addition to workshops&Idquo;How to Shoot a Movie"?” and "The Culture Hunting in Ankara", a great number of films were displayed in the Festival, including "Tony Takitani" written by Mukarimi and directed by Ichikowa, "Hope" (Umut) directed by the acclaimed Turkish short film director Mehmet Bahadır Er, the documentary "Janitor" (Gündelikçi), which won the best documentary prize in the 43rd Golden Orange Film Festival in Antalya, directed by Emel Çelebi, and an Argentinean movie "Seria Buenos Aires", which received an award in Injuve 2006.

The special screening Fest-i Kült 3.1 took place between March 24th and 28th at the Engineering Auditorium of the Koç University and the students of İstanbul Koç University had a chance to get to know the festival closer.


The 17th Ankara International Film Festival

Limak Ambassadore Hotel hosted the 17th Ankara International Film Festival, which took place from March 16th to 26th, 2006.

Among Turkish films screened during this festival were Anlat Istanbul (Tell us Istanbul), Ayın Karanlık Yüzü (Dark Side of the Moon), Babam ve Ustam (My Father and My Master), Eğreti Gelin (False Bride), Hacivat Karagöz Neden Öldürüldü? (Why were Hacivat and Karagöz Murdered?), 2 Genç Kız (2 Girls), Sen Ne Dilersen (Whatever You Wish), Yolda (On the Road), Dün Gece Bir Rüya Gördüm (I’ve Seen a Dream Last Night), and Sinema Bir Mucizedir (Cinema is a Miracle). The guests of the festival in Ankara involved Finnish director Pirjo Honkosolo, Polish Director Andrzey Bednarek, Mongol Director Byambasuren Davaa, and Zeki Demirkubuz, Atilla Dorsay, Ceyda Düvenci, Vildan Atasever, Güven Kıraç, Nur Sürer, Rutkay Aziz, and a number of other notable filmmakers. All press meetings and reportings took place at the Ambassadore Hotel. The Turkish movie "Anlat Istanbul" (Tell Us Istanbul) was screened in a special premiere at the Ambassadore Hotel.

The 12th European Film Festival On Wheels

Limak Holding hosted the 12th European Film Festival on Wheels, which was organized by the Ankara Cinema Association from November 9th to 12th, 2006, at the Ambassadore Hotel.

The Festival on Wheels offered spectators in Ankara a variety of specially selected movies classified under such categories as European, Turkish Cinema 2006, a Century with Visconti, the Best European Comedies, and Surrealist Movies.

Among the movies screened in special premiers were "Kader" (Destiny) directed by Zeki Demirkubuz, "Dondurmam Gaymak" (Ice Cream, I scream) by Yüksel Aksu, which was Turkey’s entry at this year’s Oscars, "Takva" by Özer Kızıltan, "Eve Dönüş" (Return Home) by Ömer Uğur, and "Cenneti Beklerken" (Waiting for Heaven) by Derviş Zaim. A number of actors and actresses, and moviemakers were hosted at the Ambassadore Hotel.

Presidential Symphony Orchestra Sponsorship

• Domenico Nordio Concerts 2015
• Soyoung Yoon Concerts 2015
• Ludwig Wicki – Soundtracks 2015
• Ning Feng Concerts, 10-11 April 2014
• Sarah Chang Concert, 1 March 2014
• Soyoung Yoon Concerts, 30-31 January 2014
• Swingle Singers New Year Concerts, 29 December 2013
• Alexander Markov Concerts, 10-11 October 2013
• Alexander Markov Concerts 21-22 March 2013
• Alexander Rudin Concerts 21-22 February 2013
• Katia Skanavi Concerts 24-25 January 2013
• Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion New Year Concerts 28 December 2012
• Philippe Aiche Concerts 8-9 March 2012
• Antonio Meneses Concerts 16-17 February 2012
• Mikhael Simonyan Concerts 19-20 January 2012
• Concert for Greeting the Season 27 September 2011
• Elina Vahala Concerts 31 March –1 April 2011
• Vanya Milanova Concerts 6-7 January 2011
• New Year Concerts 29 December 2010
• Robert Cohen Concerts 4-5 November 2010
• Trio Jean Paul Concerts 14-15 October 2010
• Roby Lakatos Concerts 7 May 2010
• David Geringas Converts 4-5 February 2010
• Simona Baldolini and Enrique Ferrer New Year Concerts 24-25 December 2009
• İdil Biret Concerts 8-9 October 2009
• Fazıl Say Concerts 9–10 April 2009
• Natalia Gutman Concerts 12- 13 March 2009
• Patricia Kopatchinskaja Concerts 12-13 February 2009
• Elmira Veda Soprano, Emil Ivanovo Tenor New Year Concerts
• Sholomo Mintz Concerts 4–5 December 2008