Kars Studies

1.1.2004 - 30.3.2011
Kars, Istanbul

Kars is one of the first cities where our Local Cultural Policy work began. Following the meeting with broad participation held in Istanbul in 2004, the first steps were taken with the Kars Municipality and the civil society organizations in the city to form local cultural policies in Kars. The report of the focus group meetings held in 2005 was shared for the first time with the citizens of Kars on 25-26 March 2006. Following the two-day meeting, citizens began to work on collaboratively creating a City Guide for Kars. Anadolu Kültür acted as moderator in the creation of the guide. In view of the meetings and work carried out from 2005 to 2007, Kars was elected as one of the three cities to take part in the Strategies for Local Cultural Policies project.

In the local cultural policies work carried out in the city, the preservation of cultural heritage became the main focus in accordance with the priorities of citizens. In parallel to the principles set out in the European Council’s “Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society” (CETS No:199), Anadolu Kültür treated the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Kars as a whole. In Kars, the knowledge, understanding and protection of the common heritage transferred from the past was assessed within the framework of a non-discriminative approach to cultural heritage, and cultural heritage work was carried out with women, young people and children defined as specific target groups in transferring the common heritage to future generations.