Istanbul European Capital of culture 2010
Although Turkey is not yet a member of the EU, the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul is named European Capital of culture 2010. All over Istanbul there are already free concerts, exhibitions of young artists and dance combined with international groups through the whole town for. The year is focused on modern and contemporary art in Istanbul.
There are not only Turkish artists, but there are also projects with international artists and exchange students.
An art production center opened its doors in Istanbul’s Yenikapı district. Yenikapi center is also expected to play a part in the Istanbul European Cultural Capital project in 2010. “Living and Working in Istanbul.” The objective of the project is to host 10 internationally acclaimed artists in Istanbul, allowing them to live and work with Turkish artists to merge ideas and achieve a better understanding of Turkish culture and art.
For the first time ever, the !f Istanbul AFM International Independent Film Festival will show the finest in the year’s independent films from around the world. Bringing together the year’s most talked about films from across the globe, the !f Istanbul AFM International Independent Film Festival will be held from Feb. 12 to 22 in Istanbul.
For the preparations of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture many historic buildings and mosques in the city, including the historic Spice Bazaar and the Hagia Sophia are being restorated.
The Hagia Sophia is part of the extensive efforts to preserve thousands of years of history in Istanbul by the 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency.
Istanbul is also known for years as the place where East and West meet. The bridge over the Bosphorus river literally connects the two continents. Life in Istanbul is really much more lively. Everything breathes history and everyday life it is very modern.
The cultural events during the year take place in all neighborhoods and suburbs of Istanbul. The event is not only intended to attract tourists but also to show art and culture to the local population.
We will keep you updated with the events during the Istanbul European Capital of culture 2010