Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank continues to meet young people in different concepts during Ramadan. Minister Varank’s last stop during Ramadan meetings was ISF, Turkey’s largest animation and sound studio. Varank, who met young people he had never met before, through the social networks of ISF studios, and the popular cartoon Rafadan Tayfalı and the popular folk song of the last period, Samsak Döveçli, had a pleasant evening . Varank, along with young animation, design, and gaming enthusiasts, gave reviews to the studio. Explaining that they will establish an academy at ISF with the support of Ankara Development Agency, Varank noted that the academy, which will also provide online training, will provide human resources for the industry. ‘animation.
INVITATION TO IFTAR IN THE STUDIO
Varank “Are you interested in animation, games and design? Would you like to have a fast-breaking dinner together in Ankara on Sunday evening (April 24) at the digital audio and video studios that produced the movie? Turkey’s most watched animation? Young people from different cities gathered in Ankara around the message “Those who want to participate, do not forget to write their department or profession in the answer”. The address of the meeting was ISF Studios, where the cartoon series “Rafadan Tayfa” has been produced for 8 years Minister Varank, together with his wife Esra Varank and young people, examined the animation production processes on site during the visit organized by İsmail Fidan, the producer and director of the anime series. Varank and his entourage then opened an iftar. Minister Varank said that they will cooperate with ISF through the Ankara Development Agency in his conversation with young people after s the breaking of the fast and that they will support those who receive training in the academy which should be established. Stating that the academy will function as the factory of the sector, Varank pointed out that the young graduates from the face-to-face and online trainings to be conducted here will be brought into the sector.
Varank said he received a promise from Fidan that the students participating in the invitation could come to the studio as interns and that the studio would also be open to sound artists. Explaining that chip design is a niche field on a youth issue, Varank talked about Turkey’s first domestic and spindle-designed CPU, Çakıl.
Stating that his ministry offers activities for people of all ages, from elementary school to traditional entrepreneurs, Varank said, “We bring our kids together in elementary school with experimental technology workshops. We support traditional entrepreneurs who wish to open a business with KOSGEB. We are a ministry that touches all aspects of life.
During the night, Elif Buse Doğan gave a mini concert and surprised the guests who came to the iftar. Doğan performed many works ranging from hymns to folk music compositions. Doğan also sang different versions of Kütahya Tavşanlı’s popular folk song Samsak Döveci. Varank and Doğan posed with the garlic hammer that gave the song its name. After the concert, Minister Varank presented Elif Buse Doğan with a TEKNOFEST coat. After Doğan said he couldn’t attend the last TEKNOFEST in Istanbul due to the crowds, Varank invited him to the TEKNOFEST to be held in Samsun this year. Also on the program, colorful scenes saw Hayri and Kamil, one of the Rafadan Crew characters, offer Ottoman sorbet and rose gold pastry to Varank and the attendees. “We talked about the game with our friends in the industry”
Industry and Technology Minister Varank said he wanted to hear young people’s ideas and hear their opinions on the ministry by holding fast-breaking meetings with young people he had never met , and said, “Last Ramadan, we held the last iftar invitation with young people who are particularly interested in animation, design and the game industry. We talked playing with young people and our friends from industry, we talked about animation, we listened to their ideas on how we can improve Turkey.
“WE ARE REALLY HAPPY WITH WHERE THE GAMING INDUSTRY HAS COME”
Noting that ISF Studios has a very serious infrastructure that also serves Turkish culture, Varank said, “Animation, series and movies are produced here. At the same time, very serious and quality work is carried out as a sound studio linked to dubbing. We are really happy with the point the gaming industry has reached recently. Our companies produce very serious added value. Very serious foreign investors are seriously investing in the gaming industry and in our businesses. In 2021, Istanbul was the city that received the most investment in playgrounds in the world.
“REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT IS ONE OF OUR AGENDA ITEMS”
Emphasizing that as a ministry they carry out projects that touch all aspects of life, Varank said, “We were in Karaman 2 days ago. They have a cheese called Divle Obruk Cheese. They make the cheese, press the bag and put it in the cellar. They last 4 months. As the Ministry of Industry and Technology, we have supported the infrastructure of this cave with the help of the Development Agency. They write to me on social networks. “And what do you do with cheese?” saying. Here I want to explain it. Regional development is also one of our agenda items,” he said.
“WE HAVE FIRST RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEVELOPMENT”
Noting that they touch all aspects of life, Varank said, “As the Ministry of Industry and Technology, we covered the roof of Göbeklitepe with a nanomaterial membrane. If we are struggling to develop Turkey, the first responsibility lies with our ministry.
“WE CARE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE GROW WITH TURKISH MUSIC”
Explaining that they had a good time after the quick break performance with the works performed by Elif Buse Doğan, Varank said, “We care about young people so that they care about folk songs, grow up with the music of our own culture and be aware of the music of our own culture. In fact, ISF studios have done very serious works that serve Turkish culture. It was a different experience to listen to Turkish folk music and to listen to hymns in such a studio. Samsak Döveci’s surprise, from what I can see from his eyes, was appreciated by all our guests.