Stay Tuned!

With the first quarter behind it now, Istanbul is starting 2010 all over again. Stay tuned!

Time marches on. And Istanbul has already left its first three months as European Capital of Culture far behind. In its wake are an as yet incomplete Istanbul Conference Center, a renovated Muhsin Ertuğrul Theater and the Sur-i Sultani project on which work continues apace. Istanbullites are still looking at nine whole action-packed months. Although perhaps not always apparent, it should be pointed out that almost all the events taking place in Istanbul 2010 are sponsored by the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency. From ‘New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia-Pacific’ at the Milli Reasürans Art Gallery and ‘From Traditional to Contemporary’ at Istanbul Modern to the Istanpoli project at Garajistanbul and the ‘Mad Art Festival’ at the French Cultural Center, almost everything relating to art is a milestone of the cultural capital program.

Historic structures, people fishing, seagulls and ‘simit’ vendors, all these Istanbul icons are being featured on commemorative stamps. Available free of charge at all Philately Museum branches and PTT Centers in Turkey, the stamps and other philatelic materials were prepared by the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency, the Department of the PTT, the Mint, and the Department of Stamp Printing. For Istanbul aficionados...

Perhaps one of the most enjoyable of all the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture events is the ‘Animators Talent Camp’, aimed at people who either work in the field of animation or would like to. The project is awaiting participants in April to compete with short animated films about Istanbul. For details:

The Marmaray-Metro Rescue Excavations, which take Istanbul’s history back 8,500 years, have been turned into a book.  Comprised of the papers presented at the Marmaray-Metro Rescue Excavations Symposium, the book deals with the cultural, artistic and geological transformation Istanbul has undergone over the centuries. To be distributed to all libraries.,

Attention all Istanbullites who love live music! Stay tuned for the ‘Music of Istanbul Architecture’ events. Combining the concepts of time, space and music, the project includes a year-long series of concerts at Dolmabahçe Palace, the Galata Mevlevihane, Aynalıkavak Pavilion, Aya Irini (St. Irene’s), the Şale Pavilion, Topkapı Palace, the Yenikapı Mevlevihane and the Kumkapı Armenian Church. For further details about the project, launched by the Turkish Music Foundation with the backing of the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency:

‘Dance Platform Istanbul’ is an international training, production and festival event which was launched with the slogan, ‘Istanbul Is Dancing!’ Designed by the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency Theater and Performing Arts Directorate, it begins in April and runs through December.