Public Art For Cities

Mardin, Çanakkale, Trabzon, Konya and Istanbul are preparing to host artists from different countries of the world.

Under the scope of My City programme, European artists will be carrying out their projects in different cities of Turkey and in return Turkish artists will be carrying out their projects in different European cities. Leading European artists who focus on the utilisation of public spaces have already started to make close contact with local cultures. The artists will be living in the identified cities for a period of time. They will be producing a series of work that will be exhibited in  September 2010.
On the European side of the My City programme Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Poland and Finland are taking place. Another event in the programme is that five artists chosen from Turkey will be producing their art as hosts in the cities of Berlin, Dortmund, Helsinki, London and Warsaw.
Organised by the British Council, My City programme aims to strengthen the dialogue between Turkey and Europe by way of art and culture. Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Centre and Anadolu Kültür are also partners of the project.

CITIES HOSTING THE EUROPEAN ARTISTS
Mark Wallinger    Çanakkale
Clemens von Wedemeyer     Mardin
Joanna Rajkowska   Konya
Minna Henriksson Trabzon
Andreas Fogorasi  İstanbul
‘NEW WAVE TURKISH CINEMA’ IN MONTPELLIER 
 The 31st Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival is including Turkey this year on the theme ‘New Wave Turkish Cinema’ with three films each by directors Zeki Demirkubuz, Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Reha Erdem and Nuri Bilge Ceylan. From 23 October through 1 November.

YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THE EIFFEL LIKE THIS!
 The Eiffel Tower is on the verge of an astonishing transformation. From 8 to 29 October France’s national symbol is going to be illuminated in red and white. The project is part of Turkish Season in France, a cooperative effort of CulturesFrance and the İKSV under the auspices of the two countries’ Culture and Foreign Ministries. It will kick off with an exhibition, ‘From Byzantium to Istanbul: One Port for Two Continents’, at the Grand Palais.

THREE EXHIBITIONS AT THE LOUVRE
 The Louvre Museum is hosting three different exhibitions between 10 October and 19 January. ‘Palace Fabrics and Caftans’, which reflects the splendor of Ottoman palace life in the costumes of the sultans, ‘Izmir: Cradle of Ionian Civilization’, and ‘Hittite Civilization’.

CULTURAL FEAST IN VIENNA
  The Turks are throwing a cultural feast in Vienna. A joint effort of the Istanbul Foundation of Art and Culture and the Vienna Konzerthaus, the event, ‘Spot On: Turkey Now’, will happen on 10-11 October.
The event, which aims to start from a rich past and arrive at dynamic, modern Turkey with examples from the various art disciplines, will take place over two days in five different halls of the Vienna Konzerthaus. On the program are more than twenty offerings, from classical music, world music, jazz and pop to literary talks and film screenings.
‘Spot On: Turkey Now’ will kick off with an opening concert by Aynur on Saturday, 10 October. Running simultaneously in the venue’s other halls will be an Aydın Esen concert, a bilingual reading presented by Mario Levi and Doron Rabinovic, and Fatih Akın’s film, ‘Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul’.

IF YOU HAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT
 September was a full month for cinephiles as the films, lectures and workshop activities at Venice, Toronto and Montreal satisfied appetites all around. A pleasant surprise now awaits those who still have room for dessert: the Tokyo Film Festival, 17-25 October, with Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu as jury chairman.

REMEMBER THE FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR!
 Held this year for the 61st time, the Frankfurt Book Fair begins on 14 October. China is guest of honor at this year’s fair. ‘Think global, act local’ is the theme of the fair, which is expected to welcome 7,300 publishers, 299,000 guests and 10,000 newspapers from a hundred countries. Through 19 October.