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Cultural Research Foundation

Cultural Research Foundation (CRF) was founded in 2002. Led by folklorists and anthropologists, the work of CRF regarding intangible cultural heritage can be categorized as

• Researching and documenting ICH,
• Sharing and promoting ICH through publications and events, and
• Creating cultural heritage awareness, especially for pre-school and youth.
CRF, accredited under the UNESCO ICH Convention in 2012, carries out these works under the sections of Culinary Culture, Toy, Crafts and Rituals Research Programs. CRF is also a member of the Izmir ICH Commission.

Research Programs

Culinary Research Programme

Culinary research programme includes; nutritional habits, preparing and preserving; techniques, equipment and utensils required, eating manners, practices and beliefs, celebrations and ceremonies, food peculiar to such special days, wedding meals, techniques preparing food for winter, cooks – cookery, places to prepare, Eat and Keep Food, Food and Beverages Eaten at Meals, Materials for Cooking, tandir (ovens / stoves), Sample Dishes from Turkish Cuisine

Toy Research Programme

Toy Research Program covers investigating traditional toy history and production methods, the cultural effect of these toys, as well as transferring to this traditional information to new generations with exhibitions and workshops. The toy and top collection are obtained as a result of the researches within the program, raising the awareness of the children with exhibitions and workshops, and traditional information transmission are among the works of the program.

Ritual Programme

In the Foundation studies; Referring to the article “c) social practices, rituals and festive events;” specified in the Convention for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage; Rituals related to the transition periods of life such as birth, marriage and death, ceremonies and celebrations related to the season, ceremonies and practices that constitute the infrastructure of the harmony or contract between individuals and society such as entertainments and competitions made collectively


Topics covered in traditional handicrafts program; Used raw materials (metal, stone – earth / glass / wood – plant / wood – reed / animal products / bone – horn – leather – fur / natural materials used in root paint etc) age and gender, occupational solidarity – organization, product retention – presentation and marketing techniques and methods, traditional design – re-modeling, technical form – etiquette studies related to the usage areas and functions of handicraft products, products and tools – ceremonies, tools – materials – methods – techniques and rituals

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