January 22, 2012

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts Celebrates 40 years

IKSV, celebrating its 40th Year Anniversary in 2012, has announced this year’s special activities and its future plans at a press meeting.

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts founded under the leadership of Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı with the goal to present the finest examples of the world’s culture and arts, new initiatives and different movements to Istanbul’s art lovers, to promote Turkey’s cultural multiplicity to the world and to transform Istanbul into an important centre of the international culture and arts platform, has become the pioneer of Istanbul’s cultural and artistic life with the festivals and events it has organised for 40 years.

The 40th anniversary activities and special events of İKSV were announced at a press meeting held in Salon located in the foundation building on Tuesday, 17 January. Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Chair of the Board of Directors of İKSV not only shared the special activities that will be organised as part of the 40th Year Anniversary celebrations, but also provided information on the Istanbul Film, Theatre, Music and Jazz Festivals, the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition, Filmekimi, and the Istanbul Design Biennial that will be held for the first time this year.

Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Chair of the Board of Directors of İKSV who stated that in the 40 years, İKSV had become an institution that organises four festivals on international levels and two biennials and realises exclusive events throughout the year, said “Initially founded with the aim of organizing a single “Istanbul Festival”, the İKSV has transformed itself, over a period of 40 years, into an institution that runs four festivals, two biennials and holds numerous special events throughout the year. We are proud to celebrate our 40th anniversary as a non-profit institution involved in culture and the arts. (...) Our dreams, as we celebrate İKSV’s 40th anniversary, go beyond the organisation of culture and art events. Through our activities, we wish to support the development of young individuals, cultivate artists specialized in their own fields, strengthen the international ties of artists and art enthusiasts, ensure the development of participatory and sustainable cultural policies in our country, and contribute to the production of contemporary art in Turkey.”

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