The young filmmakers were hosted by the Metropolitan Municipality of Gaziantep, as they visited the beautiful historic city of Gaziantep. The Southeastern city is the sixth biggest city in Turkey and the biggest city of its region with its population, economic potential, cultural richness and historic fabric.

The young filmmakers were almost spellbound by the city of Gaziantep, one of the first settlement regions of Anatolia, located at the intersection point of Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean Region. The city has hosted many civilizations and preserved its importance in every period of history, as it bears a mysterious synthesis of various civilizations, cultures and religions, since coming into existence.

Gaziantep is a member of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network as a gastronomic city. As such, while visiting the city, the participants had the chance to cook and taste its local delicacies at the Culinary Arts Training Center of Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality. The young filmmakers cooked and tasted local delicacies such as “puff börek” and “cheese halva”, as they were given information and an insight into the world-famous cuisine of Gaziantep.

The trip also allowed the participants a chance to visit some of the most historic sites of Gaziantep, such as Gaziantep Castle, its baths and historic bazaars, but also the world-famous Zeugma Mosaic Museum, where the most important mosaic treasures of the world are under preservation.

Gaziantep, the city of peace, which has hosted numerous ancient civilizations of Anatolia, today has received more than 500 thousand Syrian guests with open arms. The young filmmakers who were fascinated by the city returned to Istanbul after the programme.