In a world where globalization increases day by day, the need grows for understandings like solidarity, democratic culture, freedom, justice, equality and respect. As theater and drama people, we believe that we must stand from an equal point to everybody and maintain solidarity among each other, which is why we have determined the theme “Circle for a fair World”.
The “Circle” brings a great opportunity for improvement in democratic attitude and behavior by giving the understanding that everyone stands equally from one another. For the Circle or Circles created with our fair labor and grow with our efforts and in time encompasses humanity and the world.
Since the birth of mankind, it is possible to observe forms of Circles in all of human actions. Especially during childhood the circle grows so much that a large circle containing almost everybody is created. With the increase of age, different circles from before are formed based on the basic actions of individuals.
Anatolia the cradle of civilizations, where our event shall take place, has earned it’s title from the migration and intercultural interactions which we shall touch upon and discuss at our event. Interculturalism is formed by different communities getting to know each other and finalizes with blending of the cultures. “Art is hidden under a small pinch of grass for those who know it’s secret. Those who do not know this secret will think that it is under a mountain” is an annonymous saying which was formed as a result of interculturalism in this region and expresses that art is everywhere.
A big circle of the world’s drama and theater people shall be formed in Ankara. At our congress, the relation between theater, drama and education shall be examined, “Circle for a fair World” themed workshops, papers, academic and theater performance programs such as special interest groups shall give place to entitled studies such as:
Cultural interaction, imigration and contiguity,
Social life policies and human relations,
To belong, to be in or out ,
To form creative drama circles in education, culture and art,
A life without circles.
We are looking forward to seeing your work.
Come on! To the Circle!
The official languages of the IDEA 2017 is English / French / Spanish
Convenient spaces will be available for the exhibitors at the Venue.
Official letters of invitation can be printed from the online registration system after the registration procedure is completed. The organizing office may ask for the registration payment.
Turkey in Brief
Turkey is a rapidly developing secular democracy with a population of nearly 80 million and is a candidate for membership of the European Union. It is the only country to straddle Europe and Asia, a fact that is reflected in its complex cultural make up. Asiatic Turkey, or Anatolia, constitutes the bulk of the country. It consists of a vast peninsula framed by four seas, the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara, the Aegean and the Mediterranean, each of which has its own distinctive character. Both in human and geographical terms, Turkey is a country of immense diversity. There are crowded cosmopolitan cities, such as Istanbul and Izmir, high plateau, forested mountains and Mediterranean beaches. The climate and ecology are equally varied, ranging from temperate rain forests on the eastern Black Sea Coast to semi-desert in the Southeast.
Turkey has more Classical ruins than any other country, but also boasts some of the world’s finest Islamic art and architecture. Whether your interests or those of your guests, extend to exploring archaeological sites, trekking, rafting, nightclubbing, or simply lazing on a beach, Turkey is for you. And you are assured of a warm welcome. Turkish hospitality is second to none and grows out of a long tradition. Much the same could be said of Turkish cuisine, to which Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans have all contributed. The results are as varied and enticing as the country itself. According to most experts, Turkish cuisine is the third most extensive cuisine in the world after Chinese and French. With so much on offer, there is no doubt that you will find something to suit your tastes and tempt your palate.
All participants are required a valid passport and may be required a visa for visiting Turkey. Please contact your nearest Turkish Embassy / Consulate for this purpose. Participants from those countries where there is no Turkish diplomatic representation office can obtain their visa at the airport on arrival to Turkey.
Banking & Currency Exchange
The currency unit is “Turkish Lira”. Some foreign currency can be exchanged on arrival at the airport in Ankara. Most of the banks are open from 9:00 to 16:30 Monday through Friday, some banks in the city provide extended banking hours. Exchange facilities are also available in hotels and exchange bureaus located in the city center and shops near the venues.
Most of the hotels, restaurants and shops accept major international credit cards.
Personal Insurance & Liability & Emergency
Personal insurance and accident insurance are recommended to all participants during their stay in Turkey . The Organizing Committee will not accept any responsibility in this respect but assistance will be provided in urgent cases. In case of illness or accident, contact the hotel receptions or registration desk in the Congress venue. The participant in the Conference agrees that the Organizing Committee and Secretariat does not assume responsibility for personal medical and travel expenses incurred during the Conference. Participants are advised to obtain their own travel insurance policies. Attendees waive any claim against the Organization for injury or other damages resulting in any way from Conference participation. If you need a private insurance service please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate & Dressing
August is the end of summer with mild weather of approximately 24-28 °C in the daytime and about 15-18 °C in the evenings. We recommend you to bring light clothes and rain coats for possible showers.
Business & Shopping Hours
Government offices are open in weekdays from 8:30 to 17:00 and closed at the weekend. Most of the shops are open from 9:00 through 19:00 Monday to Saturday. Some of the supermarkets, shopping malls, department stores, newspapers and food shops are also open on Sundays. Certain newspapers in English, German and French are available in the hotels.
Tax and service charges are included in the cost of all goods and services. Although it is not mandatory, a small tip is expected for good service (5% - 10% of the bill).
The electric current is 220 Volts / 50 Hz AC with European type connections.
Getting to the city and the Congress Site from the Ankara Esenboğa Airport
IDEA 2017 World Congress Office provides private transfer services, available for those who register as a user at the congress webpage http://ideaturkey.org
The transfer service can be purchased at a cost of 40 EUR, and has the advantage of a clean, safe and air-conditioned vehicle and guaranteed exact price.
Delegates who purchased a transfer service from IDEA 2017 World Congress Office will be picked up at the International Terminal Arrivals Lounge if their flight is direct from outside Turkey to Ankara, and at the Domestic Terminal Arrivals Lounge if their flight is via Istanbul, i.e. with transfer flight from Istanbul to Ankara. Therefore, passengers that fly via Istanbul are kindly requested to come to the Domestic Terminal Arrivals Lounge, which is about 250 meters away from the International Terminal. In both domestic and international arrivals, delegates will be met by a representative holding a Board with the Congress Logo. If any delays are experienced due to problems, such as delayed luggage etc., it is recommended to contact the transfer representatives for their assistance.
On the 11th – 12th – 13th – 14th – 15th of July, student representatives from Ankara University will be at the Airport Site, at both the Domestic and International Terminals Arrival Lounges, from 9:00 to 21:00 to provide the Congress Participants with practical information and assistance. Student representatives will be wearing a WHITE t-shirt with the IDEA 2017 Logo on.
In addition, a frequent shuttle service, BELKO, provides access between Ankara Esenboğa Airport and the city center. BELKO Bus services are scheduled for all flights arriving at Esenboga Airport. BELKO buses leave for the city center 25 minutes after aircraft landings. The journey to the city centre (Belko City Bus Stop) takes about 30 minutes. From this point, it is recommended to take a taxi from the terminal’s taxi ranks to access the city centre Hotels or the Ankara University campus area (The bus fare is BELKO 8 Turkish Liras – about 4 EUR; and the taxi fare around 20-25 Turkish Liras – about 10 EUR.)
From the city center (Belko City Bus Stop), buses to the airport depart at 03:00 – 04:00 and every half hour between 04:30 and 21:30. Between 21:30 and 03:00 services are arranged according to the departure times of flights.
There is also a municipal bus, number 442, that runs between the Airport and the Ankara Inter-city Coach Terminal (AŞTİ). These buses can be caught at the passenger exit doors of the arrival floors of both Domestic and International Terminals.
Finally, it is also possible to take a taxi from the Airport Taxi rank all the way to the hotel. A typical fare to the city centre hotels or the ANKARA UNIVERSITY campus would be around 80-100 Turkish Liras, which is about 45 EUR.
From the 9th of July Monday onwards, student representatives from ANKARA UNIVERSITY will be at the Airport Site, at both the Domestic and International Terminals Arrival lounges, from 9:00 to 21:00 to provide the Congress Participants with practical information and help. This service will end on the 10-16 July 2017.
Getting to and from the Congress Site
All Congress sessions and Opening Reception will take place at the ANKARA UNIVERSITY Campus, which is 7 km away from the city center (MAP 2). Majority of the Congress Hotels are at the city centre and in the Kavaklıdere area; therefore, a shuttle transfer will be running between the Congress Hotels and ANKARA UNIVERSITY. This shuttle will be available only for the participants who booked their hotel rooms via http://ideaturkey.org.
The required shuttle tickets will be delivered to the delegates via e-mail prior to their arrival.
Map 1: City Center Hotels area and the ANKARA UNIVERSITY Campus, the Congress Site.
It is also possible to reach ANKARA UNIVERSITY campus by ANKARA UNIVERSITY district buses, EGO buses, minibuses (dolmuş) and taxi.
ANKARA RAPID TRANSIT NETWORK
Map 2: ANKARA RAPID TRANSIT NETWORK, Metro, Ankaray