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From Hostility to Friendship

Turkish Society of Canada in collaboration with Turkish Consulate General in Toronto cordially organized a very special exhibition; “FROM HOSTILITY TO FRIENDSHIP 1915-2015” to remember the fallen soldiers in Gallipoli with Poppies by the famous Turkish Artist Mr. Hikmet Çetinkaya.

The Battle of Gallipoli of 1915 is the epic and unprecedented story of humanity in the First World War. Although almost 200,000 Turks, Australians, New Zealanders, British, Canadians among others lost their lives, at the end of that catastrophy, human values succeeded to prevail over warfare.

The Battle of Gallipoli is not just a battle, but an extraordinary display of courage, compassion and mutual respect. No battle has created such a strong friendship and everlasting peace among its warring parties in its aftermath.

The famous Turkish Artist Mr. Hikmet Çetinkaya dedicated his prominent work of 40 paintings of Poppies titled “From Hostility to Friendship; 1915 – 2015” to the fallen soldiers lying in peace next to each other in Gallipoli today.

Opening ceremony of the exhibition was held  on March 4, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at The Rotunda, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto with the attendance of Mr. Ali Rıza Güney, politicians and Turkish community members.

Exhibition was open to public until March 6, 2015 Friday and received great interest. We would like to acknowledge City of Toronto for their support in organizing this event.

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