Preliminary Programme of Activities

Friday, 2 December, 2005

12.00 Arrival in Istanbul and Registration

15.00-18.00 Visit of the Dolmabahçe Palace

• The Dolmabahçe Palace tour will comprise the visit of the various expositions actually held in the Palace, with a view to emphasizing the concepts of “palace-museum”, “museum in museum”, “museum-store”

18.00-19.00 Welcome Reception

• Welcome address by Dr. Cemal Öztaş, Director of National Palaces, to be followed by a video show on National Palaces.

• Transfer to Ortaköy (Feriye Palace) by motorboats.

19.00-22.00 Dinner at Feriye Restaurant by Mr. İsmail Ünal, Mayor of Beşiktaş

Saturday, 3 December, 2005

09.00-10.30 Inaugural Speeches

• İsmail Ünal, Mayor of Beşiktaş
• Mehmet Özhaseki, President, Union of Historical Towns, Mayor of Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality
• Oktay Ekinci, Chairman of the Chamber of Architects of Turkey
• Prof. Dr. Metin Sözen, Chairman of Advisory Board, Union of Historical Towns; President of the ÇEKÜL Foundation
• Louis Roppe, President of the European Association of Historical Towns and Regions,  Council of Europe
• Yavuz Mildon, President of the Chamber of Regions; the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
• Representative of UNESCO
• Participating Ministers
• Bülent Arınç, President of the Turkish Grand National Assembly
• Ahmet Necdet Sezer-President of the Republic Turkey

Venue: Yıldız Palace
Hall: Imperial Stables

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break

Visit of the Chalet Palace, Yıldız Porcelain Factory and the Town Museum

13.15-15.00 Lunch

15.00-15.30 Departure to the “MKM- Mustafa Kemal Cultural Centre”

15.30-18.00 Panel: “New Approaches to the Protection of Historical and Cultural Heritage and Recent Experiences in  European Countries”

• Moderator: Fikret Üçcan, Advisor to the Prime Minister;

• Anders Knape, Vice-President of  the Chamber of Local Authorities, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe; Mayor of Karlstad
• Michal Firestone, Secretary General of the International Committee on Historic Towns and Villages
• Brian Smith,  Secretary General of the European Association of Historic Towns and Regions

• A general evaluation by : Prof. Dr. Ruşen Keleş, Member of the Advisory Board of the Union of Historical Towns; Member, Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government, Council of Europe

18.00-18.30 Visit in the MKM- Modern Art Hall of the Exposition of Turkish Artists.

18.30-20.00 Cocktail and Dinner

A Show by the “Anatolian Fire: Dance and Music Group”

Sunday, 4 December 2005

10.00-11.00 Meeting in the Ihlamur Pavillion

11.30-15.00 Boat Tour on the Bosphorus

15.30 Departures