Like Everything Good Thing…

Another good thing has come to its inevitable end. Istanbul is living the last moments of 2010 European Capital of Culture…

Only time will tell which aspects of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture will continue to bear fruit in the years ahead. When it comes to permanence, the first things that leap to mind are the restoration projects, and the newly opened museums and art venues. When it comes to sustainability, it’s the fairs, festivals and meetings. Everything passes but the festivals remain. Supported by Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture, they all appealed.  The ones that immediately spring to mind are the poetry and dance festivals, and the festivals of opera and classical music.

Now it’s time for yet another one: the ‘International Istanbul Harp Encounter’.  Dubbed ‘In Tune with the Harp’ and realized in cooperation with the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency’s Directorate of Music and Opera, this meeting lasts a full week from December 1-7. Venues include Boğaziçi University’s Albert Long Hall, the Çırağan Hotel, the Performance Hall of Notre Dame de Sion French Lycée, and Borusan Müzik Evi.
Workshops will accompany the concerts, which include examples of Ireland’s Celtic harp tradition, the French school of the harp, traditional Catalan music, the Baroque harp, electronic music and the advanced art of improvisation. The event, which is bringing together prominent names from different traditions, such as Arianna Savall, Isabelle Moretti, Maire Ni Chatasaigh, Helene Breschand and Andrew Lawrence King, has been dedicated to harpist Ceren Necipoğlu, who was killed in a plane crash in June 2009.

‘Sanat Limanı’ (Art Harbor) at Tophane and ‘Adalar Müzesi’ (Museum of the Islands) on Büyükada stand out among the permanent venues. Recently a new one was added: the ‘Mübadele Müzesi’ (Museum of Population Exchange). Turkey’s first museum organized around the theme of forced migration, it is part of a series of projects undertaken by the Istanbul 2010 European of Culture Agency’s Directorate of Museums and Cultural Heritage with the cooperation of the Foundation of Lausanne Treaty Emigrants and the Municipality of Çatalca. The museum features a large number of items of clothing hidden away in old chests, as well as kitchen equipment, photographs and written documents.
The Museum of Population Exchange was opened with the purpose of preserving, exhibiting and handing down to future generations the culture and folklore of the emigration and pre-emigration period for the first, second and even third-generation relatives of the emigrants, most of whom emigrated either from Greece to Turkey or vice-versa. As such, it awaits contributions from everyone.