Today’s Zaman – Hulya KoyiIit among winners of 2014 Presidential Grand Awards

Hulya KoyiIit among winners of 2014 Presidential Grand AwardsTurkish screen actress Hulya KoyiIit and neyzen (reed flute player) Niyazi SayIn are among the recipients of the 2014 Presidential Grand Awards in Culture and Arts, Turkish news agencies reported on Wednesday.Other recipients of the awards, which recognize individuals or institutions in various fields of the arts each year, include author-columnist Alev AlatlI and Professor Engin AkarlI, a historian with the Istanbul-based private Iehir University, the DoIan news agency reported.

The 2014 awards, in which newly elected President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan is deciding the winners for the first time, are being granted in the fields of cinema, music, literature and history, as well as to an outstanding institution. The latter prize is being bestowed upon the Turkish Religious Foundation (T) for its andquotT Encyclopedia of IslamandquotThe awardsand#39 recipients will be honored in a ceremony to be held at the new presidential complex in Ankaraand#39s BeItepe district.

The date of the ceremony has yet to be announced.Launched in 1995, the Presidential Grand Awards in Culture and Arts aim to recognize both Turkish andor foreign individuals andor institutions that have made a significant contribution to Turkish culture and honor them in the name of the state, in order to encourage such contributions.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman

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