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40 Days And 40 Nights Of Complate Fun
AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE FOR TURKEY’S RETAIL SECTOR, THE ISTANBUL SHOPPING FEST HAS ENDED WITH SMILES ON THE FACES OF SHOPS AND SHOPPERS ALIKE.
The Istanbul Shopping Fest, which kicked off at the sound of a gong on Fransız Sokak on March 19th, ended on April 26th following 40 days and 40 nights of non-stop shopping fun. The scene of myriad activities from concerts to contests for the duration, Istanbul was literally flooded with visitors. A favorite with foreign as well as Turkish tourists, the festival gave a boost to shopping in the city and more than accomplished its aim of reviving the domestic market.
The main venues for the events, Abdi İpekçi, Bağdat and İstiklal Streets were brightly lit for the 40 day-40 night shopping marathon thanks to a series of concerts, street exhibitions and fashion shows. Every Saturday night one shopping center each on the city’s European and Anatolian sides stayed open until 2 a.m. One of the main attractions of the festival, where consumers enjoyed discounts of up to 30 percent, was the Fashion Festival staged on Serdar-ı Ekrem Caddesi on April 9th.
GOING BIG TIME
Realized under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Office of Governor of Istanbul Province, with the support of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the Turkish Exporters Association and coordination by the Shopping Center Investors Association, the Shopping Centers and Retailers Association and the United Brands Association, the Istanbul Shopping Fest ended with pure pleasure for all involved. The festival, which expended considerable effort on promotion abroad, reaped the fruits of its efforts and has decided to expand in scale in the years ahead.
A major thoroughfare on the city’s Asian side, Bağdat Caddesi came to life on the evening of Saturday, April 9th in an Istanbul Shopping Fest event staged by the Power FM DJ’s. Starting at 7 p.m., dance and percussion shows and LED screen games continued throughout the night as surprise gifts were distributed. Revelers who came to Bağdat Caddesi were regaled with performances by the popular Power FM DJ’s Geveze & Bay J. Nor was the fun limited to this. Visitors to the avenue also shopped till they dropped at special discounts.
ProcessIon on İstiklal Another special event of the Istanbul Shopping Fest was a procession that started from from the Odakule building on İstiklal Caddesi at 11:30 the morning of April 16th and continued up to Taksim Square at the top of the hill. Festival managers and prominent figures from the sector also joined in the festivities.
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