Liberatum Istanbul 2010

A riveting artistic journey. An astounding cultural and fashion celebration that was held in the fascinating city of Istanbul.


The global cultural diplomacy brand Liberatum, Istanbul 74 and Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency invite you to take part in a riveting artistic journey. A special cultural celebration called Istancool to be held in the fascinating city of Istanbul. Dates: 2-4 July 2010.

Istancool promises to be a mesmerising festival of art, design, fashion, literature, film, music and ideas. It will reflect an unique and innovative collaboration bringing together some of the most renowned British, Turkish and other international cultural icons. Istancool aims to stimulate and captivate audiences.

Our vision is to produce a spectacular festival that will feature a diverse, stimulating, high-quality and thought-provoking programme aimed at raising the profile of Istanbul as a forward-thinking world city. One of the festival’s goals is to complement Istanbul’s new position as the 2010 European Capital of Culture whilst creating a dynamic and independent brand that will contribute significantly to the city’s cultural calendar. The festival will further strengthen UK/Turkish cultural relations and aim to promote a positive image of Istanbul in the international media.

Istancool will enhance the reputation of Istanbul as a great cultural city and pay tribute to Turkey’s cultural heritage. It will present an ambitious and original programme which will aim to place Istanbul firmly at the centre of the international cultural scene in 2010. Istanbul continues to evolve and an event such as Istancool will serve to nurture the city’s cultural identity locally and on the world stage.


The programme will include exhibitions, performances, art installations, fashion showcase, talks, discussions, Q&As, film screenings and masterclasses. Guests will include leading actors, designers, musicians, directors, artists, authors and media figures such as Nobel Laureate Sir VS Naipaul, Philip Treacy, Zaha Hadid, Taner Ceylan, Dazed & Confused and AnOther Magazine editor in chief Jefferson Hack, Gore Vidal, Terence Koh, Gareth Pugh, Lily Cole, Haluk Akakce, Academy Award® nominated musician Michael Nyman, Waris Ahluwalia, Elif Shafak, Academy Award® nominated director Stephen Frears, Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani, Alfred Dunhill creative director Kim Jones, Serdar Gulgun, The Misshapes (Leigh Lezark and Geordon Nicol), Defne Sarisoy, Shekhar Kapur, Wallpaper editor in chief Tony Chambers, Daphne Guinness, Leyla Umar, Academy Award® nominated screenwriter and author Hanif Kureishi and Time Out founder Tony Elliott among many others.

in association with the Turkish Ministry
of Culture and Tourism
2-4 July 2010 Istanbul, Turkey

Founder and Artistic Director: Pablo Ganguli
Creative Head of the Festival: Demet Muftuoglu
Exclusive Organising Partner: Istanbul 74 (Alphan Eseli and Antony Todd)

Hosts: Liberatum, Istanbul 74 and Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency
Title Sponsor: Turkish Airlines
Lead Sponsor: Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism
Official Hotel Sponsor: W Istanbul
Collaborative Partner: AnOther Magazine
Venues: The Seed, Istanbul Modern, Pera Museum, Vakko, HM Consulate-General Pera House
Partners: Doğuş Otomotiv, Vogue Turkiye, Financial Times, Harper’s Bazaar, UltraRPM, Alem, Lobby PR, Aker Wines, Absolut
Creative Partner: XOXO The Mag
Global Public Relations Partner: Meena Khera Public Relations
Operations and Sponsorship Partner: Nicola Woods
Co-ordinating Partner: Redmint Communications
Turkish Event Organisation and Media Relations: Murat Tufan
Design and Art Partner: Roopa Basu
Website Sponsor: Cookee
Technical Sponsor: NOC

For further information, please contact:

Meena Khera Public Relations

3 Denbigh Close, London W11 2QH
Tel: +44 (0)207 034 0200
Meena Khera: +44(0)78 3453 8190/

Jacqui Soliman: +44(0)78 8545 0569/
Mikey O’Brien: +44(0)77 6414 1079/


Murat Tufan
+90 532 598 2058

Redmint Communications

2nd Floor, 16-19 Southampton Place, Holborn, London, WC1A 2AJ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7745 7255
Ceyda Pekenc: +44(0)78 8159 3487/
Hulya Soylu: +44(0)7990 516994/

1 July

7pm "Legendary Istanbul" Exhibition. By Invitation Only

8pm Istancool Dinner at Sakip Sabanci Museum in honour of Zaha Hadid. By Invitation Only

2 July - Day One - Friday

10.30am Vakko Cultural Centre tour and brunch followed by a special piano recital by Michael Nyman, CBE dedicated to Turkey and Vakko.
By Invitation Only

1pm Official Istancool Opening Ceremony
Turkish Innovative Cultural Performances

3pm Literature- Sir VS Naipaul reads from A Writer's People: Ways of Looking and Feeling. Followed by a Q&A with Franca Sozzani.

4pm Financial Times presents: The Future of Digital Media: editor Robert Shrimsley, AnOther Magazine and Dazed & Confused editor in chief Jefferson Hack, Wallpaper* editor in chief Tony Chambers, Time Out founder Tony Elliott. Moderated by Defne Sarisoy

9pm Istancool Opening Gala dinner in association with the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency at Sepetciler Kasri
Turkish performances.
By Invitation Only

11pm Harper's Bazaar hosts Istancool After Party. By Invitation Only

3 July - Day Two - Saturday

10:30am Welcome Speech by Levent Calikoglu

11am Literature: Hanif Kureishi, Lady Nadira Naipaul and Elif Shafak talk about how their childhood shaped
their literary journeys as writers of Muslim origin. Moderated by Tarik Guneysen

12pm Art and Photography: Michael Nyman discusses his film and photographic work with Haluk Akakce

1pm Istancool Lunch hosted by Vogue. By Invitation Only

2pm Fashion/Education: Vogue presents Kim Jones portfolio workshop with Turkish emerging designers. By Invitation Only

3pm Zaha Hadid - A special talk

5pm Fashion: Daphne Guinness and Philip Treacy with Haluk Akakce on Hat Design

6pm Leyla Umar in conversation with Gore Vidal

9pm Jefferson Hack and AnOther Magazine host Istancool Dinner. By Invitation Only

11pm AnOther Magazine Istancool Afterparty. By Invitation Only
DJs: The Misshapes, Gareth Pugh

4 July - Day Three - Sunday

11am Botero Exhibition Private View. By Invitation Only

12pm Pera Museum Lunch. By Invitation Only

1pm Ozalp Birol on the history of Pera Museum and old Istanbul photographs from the Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation Photography Archive

2pm Stephen Frears, Vecdi Sayar and Shekhar Kapur on the wonders of arthouse and independent films

3pm Shekhar Kapur and Alphan Eseli on world cinema that has inspired Mr Kapur's filmmaking

4pm Taner Ceylan on what contemporary Turkish culture means to him

5pm My Beautiful Laundrette - Film Screening. Presented by Stephen Frears and Hanif Kureishi. Hosted by Muammer Brav

5:30pm Reception at HM Consulate-General Pera House. By Invitation Only

8pm Istancool Closing Dinner hosted by Demet Muftuoglu. By Invitation Only