Intercultural dialogue through human history can be seen as cultural exchanges that have come to life in different geographies and societies, in various forms and in various places.

The dialogue may appear in many different guises: through the tone/resonance of a music piece, through the taste of the food we eat, through the common cultural heritage, through dance steps, or through the words of a piece of literature.

The Yunus Emre Institute, as Turkey’s lead cultural actor in the international arena, has launched a new Programme with this perspective, which will carry the intercultural dialogue between the EU and Turkey to new dimensions.

The EU-Turkey Intercultural Dialogue Programme provides financial support to projects designed to bring different institutions with different cultural backgrounds together with an aim to enhance mutual understanding and co-operation. The Programme is co-financed by the European Union and Republic of Turkey under the financial cooperation for strengthening civil society. This phase of the Intercultural Dialogue programme has a total budget of €3 million, with nearly 70% of this funding being awarded to four grant projects.

While the British Council, as an architect of one of these grant projects, is working with partners in Greece, Serbia and Turkey to create and strengthen cultural hubs and clusters, the Institut Français d’Etudes Anatoliennes is aiming to produce ‘Europe’s Neolithic Bridge’, a film which will document and share the connected Neolithic heritage of Turkey and the EU.

The Hungarian Cultural Center will organize festivals and activities to bring together cultural operators and citizens around the countries of the River Danube region where the cultural exchange has continued for thousands of years.   Moreover, the Institut Francais de Turquie is facilitating up to 26 residencies for artists to exchange experiences in the countries of France, Germany, Netherlands, and Turkey.

During the implementation of this programme, a series of activities will also be carried out to help the Yunus Emre Institute develop further engagement and interaction with the Network of Cultural Institutes in EU (EUNIC) and support Turkey take its place in the European cultural map.

Yunus Emre Institute has been promoting Turkish culture in 48 countries with 58 cultural centres, with all its influences around the world and building new bridges through language, art and cultural exchange activities.

You may follow the myriad of activities of the Programme and funded projects from our website and social media accounts.


The Yunus Emre Institute was established to promote Turkey, its cultural legacy, Turkish language, its culture and art, and to develop Turkey’s relations and fellowships with other countries.  The Institute aims to encourage cultural interaction and serve those who want to receive education on Turkish culture, language and art, by concentrating its activities on education, science, and the cultural arts. While the Institution pursues its mission of increasing the recognition, credibility, and prestige of Turkey in the international arena it aims to increase the number of friends who create bonds with Turkey across the world.

As a cultural diplomatic institution, the Yunus Emre Institute was established in 2009, with a HQ in Ulus, Ankara, and opened its first branch abroad in Sarajevo.  The Institute currently serves in 48 countries including Europe, Asia, Middle East, East Asia, Africa, and the United States,  with a total of  58 active Turkish Cultural Centers. Recently, the Institution began its activities within Hankuk University in Seoul and Trinity College in Dublin and continues establishing new branches in Abuja, Beijing, Toronto, and Buenos Aires. The Institute aims to continue this expansion to 2023, when it expects to have up to 100 Cultural Centres operational.

Besides the Turkish education provided at the Culture Centres, Turcology departments and Turkish education are supported through the cooperation with educational institutions in other countries. The Institute provides a basis for cooperation between universities in Turkey and those abroad, particularly by using the university ties for science diplomacy.

The Yunus Emre Institute regards creating opportunities for interaction and dialogue as a primary mission. To this end, the Institute is implementing many different projects and planning new ones. With all these large scale projects and other activities, the Yunus Emre Institute aims to develop and strengthen connections with other countries. For that, the Institute organises cultural activities at international level and though its wide international network. cooperates with other institutions that contribute to Turkey’s cultural diplomacy.

The Institute perceives the Turkey-EU Intercultural Dialogue programme within this framework, supporting, as it does, various international projects to improve and strengthen cultural interaction and relations between Turkey and EU Member States. Additionally, this programme is expected to strengthen the relations between the Yunus Emre Institute and European national culture institutes as well as their umbrella organization EUNIC.

The activities within this Intercultural Dialogue programme are expected to increase the dialogue and exchanges between Turkey and EU countries and contribute to long-term cooperation and partnerships. Raising awareness within Turkey of the contribution of international cultural relations to the prestige and international recognition of Turkey is another goal.