Opening address: Dr. Stefan STOEV, Chairman of IDEA Society,
The Association of Isparta Young Businessmen, The International Youth Vision Association, and The IDEA Society have fostered Cultural Exchange between Turkey and Austria, between Isparta and Vienna, through the EU - Turkey Intercultural Dialogue Project. The project duration was twelve months, and its objective was to increase mutual knowledge and understanding between Turkey and Austria via mutual cultural and artistic activities. The project sought to establish a partnership and create a long lasting cooperation between The Association of Isparta Young Businessmen, The International Youth Vision Association, and the IDEA Society. The project stimulated cultural exchange through increased knowledge and understanding of handicrafts and art photography between Austria and Turkey. The development of traditional cultural handicrafts and the creation of new visions through collective activities in Isparta were additional benefits of the project. The exchange of knowledge and experience among professionals from both countries provided an aggregate value for both Isparta and Vienna and further enhanced the cultural dialogue between these two societies.