The City The guide was updated:Ankara is not only the capital of Turkey, it is also the centre of state run artistic talent. The National Opera, National Ballet, National Theatre and the Presidential Symphony Orchestra are all based here. There is just as much talent outdoors on the streets and 60 per cent of the city’s population is under the age of 30. The energy and drive that comes with youth means that Ankara is now experiencing a mini-cultural revolution. Its structure is like a modern European city with parks and wide boulevards.