Erdoğan announces winners of 2017 presidential awards
PRESIDENT Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the winners of the country’s 2017 Presidential Culture and Grand Awards during a reception to mark the anniversary of the Republic Day of Turkey at the Presidential Palace complex on Sunday.
İlber Ortayli, a veteran historian, was the winner of this year’s social sciences award.
Göksel Baktagir, a well-known musician, will get the music award.
Director Yavuz Turgul will receive the prize for cinema.
The traditional arts award was an- nounced for Ali Toy, “who produces works of art with a unique synthesis of calligraphy and architectural design,” the president said.
Selahattin Kara, known for his Istanbul-focused painting, is the winner of the painting prize.
Late Nurettin Topçu, an academic and writer, will be given the Loyalty award.
The awards are annual prizes that have been awarded by presidents since 1995.
This year’s Presidential Culture and Grand Awards ceremony will be held later this year, Erdoğan said.