Melodi Var Öngel: “After this experience, I learned that you can always invite people to see the beauties and goodness in something that they are not familiar with or they don’t feel close to. Huge step to reach peace is to trust and respect the cultures we have prejudices against or we nurse a grudge against. Once we can understand what ‘Beyond borders’ means for these two cultures, we can actually understand how we are so close to each other.”
Umut Vedat: “This was not my first visit to Armenia, yet every short visit to Armenia makes me peaceful.”
İhsan Ay: “These type of journeys, brings together the contributions on areas such as tourism, economy and culture. So that it is a way to increase acquaintances and to strengthen the cooperation.”
Osman Akyıl: “Either culturally and historically Armenia is a country which should be visited. Armenia is a place where it has close ties with Turks, Kurds and other Anatolian people. We should get to know eachother more and we should increase the diologue.”
Erdinç Alnıak from Çanakkale, member of the Troya Culture Association, was supported with the Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant to visit Yerevan, to hold creativity workshops with the children in Armenia as part his joint project ‘Art for My Neighbour’.
İlgi Karaaslan and Mert Ayaroğlu from Istanbul, were supported with the Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant to visit Yerevan, to take part in the Yerevan Architectural Biennale, to promote the biennale in Turkey and to build partnerships for cross-border cooperation projects.
Berkant Kılıçkap, Serhat Utku İnan, Duygu Güngör, Mihran Tomasyan and Ömer Öztüyen from Istanbul, were supported by the Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant to visit Yerevan, to take part in the High Fest International Performing Arts Festival with their dance piece titled ‘Family Trees’.