The introductory meeting of the Beyoğlu Cultural Road Festival was held in Galataport Istanbul. Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, who attended the introductory meeting, said that the festival will be held between 29 October and 14 November.
Pointing out that Beyoğlu Cultural Road contains the modern and historical texture of Istanbul, Minister Ersoy said that following Galataport, Tophane, Galata Tower, Galata Mevlevi Lodge, Tarık Zafer Tunaya Cultural Center, Mehmet Akif Ersoy Memorial House, Istanbul Cinema Museum and Atlas He stated that 1948 Cinema, Emek Cinema, Taksim Mosque Culture and Art Center, Atatürk Cultural Center and Culture Street are located.
“AKM has become a worldwide work that will be open to life 365 hours a day, 24 days a year”
Ersoy pointed out that the Galata Tower turned into its original identity after the restoration, and said:
“It now welcomes its visitors as a museum. You know the attention it draws. It currently receives as many visitors as Topkapi Palace. In other words, it almost quadrupled before the restoration. Tarık Zafer Tunaya Cultural Center has become a living culture and art venue of the region after our maintenance, repair and renovation works. Atlas Passage currently hosts the Istanbul Cinema Museum, which serves with its technology that includes world-class firsts and a very rich archive, and the Atlas 1948 Cinema, which we have renewed in the most modern way without losing its nostalgia. Our museum itself is already a separate attraction point.
In addition, galas, festival screenings and exhibitions continue to add color to the lives of our people. I would like to especially mention the building that hosts the museum. There he carried out a detailed restoration and restored a very valuable treasure. kazansteep. I am sure that you will enjoy visiting the building as well as the museum. Again, within the scope of this project, we opened a door to both his historical personality and literary value as a sign of loyalty to the cherished memory of our Poet of Independence. Mehmet Akif Ersoy Memorial House has truly become one of the most special values of Beyoğlu Cultural Road with its identity and what it offers, and of course, AKM, which we will inaugurate on October 29, Republic Day, is the door to life 365 days and 24 hours, where almost all branches of art meet people of all ages and from all walks of life. It was a world-class work that will be open.”
Stating that they made an investment of over 5 billion liras for only 2,5 works on the cultural road, Ersoy said, “Of course, there is more on this route. Package Post Office, Tomtom Street, Beyoğlu Municipality Istiklal Art Gallery, Garibaldi Stage, Odakule Passage, Emek and Alkazar Cinemas, Refia Övüç Maturation Institute, Maksim, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Painting and Sculpture Museum, SALT Beyoğlu, İKSV – Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Pera Museum, Arter (Koç Museum) and Gezi Park are also very valuable places in Beyoğlu Culture Road. I think that the investments of both our Ministry and the private sector in strong cooperation are sufficient indicators to understand the importance, depth and value of the Beyoğlu Cultural Road Project.” used the phrases.
More than a thousand artists will take part in the festival
Minister Ersoy explained that they will hold 1000 exhibitions and special projects, 64 concerts, 40 workshops, 75 art and literature talks and video mapping shows at 45 different points with the participation of more than 25 artists at the Beyoğlu Cultural Road Festival.
Pointing out that AKM will open with the opera “Sinan”, a Turkish composition, on October 29, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said, “The opera 'Sinan', which was specially composed for the opening of the AKM by the instructions of our President, will meet with art lovers. The libretto of this special opera, composed by our esteemed teacher Mr. Hasan Uçarsu, is by Dr. It belongs to Bertan Rona Beyefendi. The work brings the famous Italian director, Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, to the stage.” he said.
Ersoy stated that the London Philharmonic Orchestra, recognized as one of the best orchestras in the world, will perform a very special repertoire on the AKM stage with its giant 31-person staff, adding, “Haydar Haydar, written by veteran Turkish composer Özkan Manav, will also be performed. is included in the programme. Thus, the London Philharmonic Orchestra will have included a Turkish composer's work in its repertoire for the first time.” said.
Minister Ersoy stated that as part of the festival, the digital exhibition in which the world-renowned artist Refik Anadol establishes a hybrid relationship between architecture and new media arts will take place at the Alkazar Cinema, and the digital exhibition “Monet & Friends”, which will meet art lovers in important cities of the world, will take place at Galataport. gave the following information:
“We will be holding the 'Korkut Ata Turkish World Film Festival' between 8-12 November. 13 countries and autonomous republics will participate, from Kazakhstan to the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). Nearly 100 actors, directors, ministers in charge of the cinema and art sector, bureaucrats and corporate executives from these countries will come together. Atlas 1948 Cinema, Emek Cinema and Tarık Zafer Tunaya Cultural Center will screen the works of this festival. A different art work shaped by the need for sensitivity towards nature and living things, 'Herbal Fantasy' exhibition at the French Cultural Center will meet with art lovers. Taksim Mosque will bring together magnificent Seljuk artifacts with its visitors with the 'Tracking Heritage' exhibition. There will be 29 works interpreted by our 74 artists, such as calligraphy, tile, marbling, miniature and hand-drawn.
At Maksim, we will see an installation created from waste materials, in which the French artist Bernard Pras and the famous painter Pierre Auguste Renoir interpreted the work 'La grenouillère'. As a result of the 'Young Art: 7th Contemporary Art Project Competition', 45 works determined by the selection committee will be exhibited at the Tarık Zafer Tunaya Cultural Center. There will also be a selection exhibition consisting of the works of 32 newly graduated young artists representing Turkey's new generation artists at Tophane-i Amire-Tek Dome. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Osman Hamdi Bey Hall will open its doors to the works of students studying at 87 Fine Arts High Schools and Fine Arts Faculty of more than 80 universities across Turkey.”
Beyoğlu Culture Road will become the international brand of Istanbul and Turkey
Pointing out that the Beyoğlu Culture Road Festival will be held twice a year, once in the first and in the fall, Ersoy underlined that Beyoğlu Cultural Road will become the international brand of Istanbul and Turkey.
Mentioning that users can get information about the events with the special mobile application prepared for Beyoğlu Cultural Road, Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said:
“We did our work so that no detail was overlooked. With the special mobile application prepared for Beyoğlu Culture Road, users will be able to get information about the events that will take place. They will be able to plan the events they will attend by viewing which event is held in which place closest to them. They will be able to access detailed information about the event venues and get directions to these points. Users will also have information about all the events they have attended or will attend, thanks to the profiles they have created. While the events are taking place, they will be able to follow the current news and social media shares from the application.”
Stating that they aim to complete the restoration of the Tekel Buildings in İzmir by the end of 2022, Ersoy said, “We will bring it together with art lovers. We know that it is a very sensitive point for fountains. Within the scope of the plan, we are projecting a large Republic Village and a culture and art valley. As of 2023, after the monopoly building comes into service, cultural and artistic activities will start here, just like in Istanbul.” he said.
Ersoy, emphasizing that the goals set by President Erdogan in the construction of AKM are very beneficial, concluded his words as follows:
“Already, he always expresses his love for Istanbul on various occasions. Being the mayor also makes a very important difference because he knows this city very well. There were three projects that they wanted me to complete very quickly in the first cabinet meeting after I took over the job. One of them was our Ankara CSO building. We finished and opened. The other was Istanbul AKM. We're done, we're opening on October 29. Of course, AKM is not only a project on its own, but also a work that has a very important contribution and effect in the transition of Beyoğlu Cultural Road from idea to practice. In this respect, the direction shown by our President has been very beneficial for us to see ahead. By the way, the third project in question is Rami Barracks. Hopefully, we will open it at the end of 2022 with the identity of Istanbul's largest library.”
Ersoy made observations at Galataport Istanbul after the event.