We are working hard to grow out more designers from this land. We aim to transform the next Design Week into a valuable global design brand by bringing together all stakeholders of the design ecosystem.
You cannot force an occupation such as design into people's minds and heads. You need to create a climate for people to live in, breathe in. This is what has been achieved in Design Week Turkey.
We live in a transformation that comes with global trends in every aspect of our lives, from social life to production and export. Design is one of the most important factors that determines the quality of our lives in many aspects.
As exporters of Turkey, we present the future of our beautiful country a very meaningful and valuable brand. Design Week Turkey is a brand that will grow in the hands of young people who see themselves as citizens of the world, the designers who have crossed the boundaries in their minds, and those who strive to solve problems. The investments in the Design Week Turkey brand, the effort given, and the reason spent were corresponded this year. Universities, R&D centers, companies and public institutions participated in Design Week Turkey with their designs. The world's most renowned designers, design company managers and opinion leaders in this field made their presentations. Design is not a concept bounded by the borders of countries. You can not do your own design activity. Design is a concept between them who are connected to each other over the internet. We have determined the program with this awareness. And more than 61 thousand people came to watch this event. Those young people, who we call our future, have laid the cement of the future in front of our eyes for 4 days. We worked there for 4 days as a supporter of the future owners, not as the owner.
We did what we liked the most. We worked for the future. We have done a work that is integrated with the world and in accordance with the spirit of time. We destroyed the walls in the minds of young people and expanded their perspectives. In fact, what we did was to invest in Design Week Turkey to make it happen. We will continue this investment with increasing strength, because now the brand stands on its own feet. Designers who are the target of the brand came and received their fiduciary.
There are some situations in which you cannot manage with a top-down effect. The bottom current should have arrived, and the demand should have formed. You know, they say that it will come from within. This week, Design Week Turkey experienced this breakdown. Real owners came and embraced their brand. You cannot gather 61,000 people against their will. You cannot force an occupation such as design into people's minds and heads. You need to create a climate for people to live in, breathe in. This is what has been achieved in Design Week Turkey.
I congratulate all my colleagues who contributed. I thank all our visitors. I congratulate everyone who participated with their projects and presentations. I am grateful to the Ministry for their open-ended support to our bureaucracy. We have done a job in accordance with the nature of design and with the spirit of time. May the Design Week Turkey be good for our great beautiful country. Now it will continue to grow in the hands of young people with our support. We always need new ideas. With each new idea, we are taking another step towards the future. Growing more and more with each passing year is a very good source of motivation for making Istanbul, one of the leading metropolises of the world, a capital of design. In order to reach our goal of Turkey having a foreign trade surplus, brand and design are a must. We are working hard to grow out more designers from this land. We aim to bring Design Week Turkey together with all stakeholders of the design ecosystem to make Istanbul a valuable global design brand next year.