Liberatum Istanbul 2011

Liberatum Istanbul International Festival of Culture 2011

The global cultural diplomacy brand Liberatum will host the second edition of the prestigious art, design, fashion, film, music, literature and architecture festival ISTANCOOL from 27-29 May 2011. The festival founder and artistic director, Pablo Ganguli is collaborating with Demet Muftuoglu again who is the creative head of the festival in Turkey. The festival's main sponsor for this year's programme is VAKKO.

Once again, ISTANCOOL will feature leading cultural personalities from Turkey and other parts of the world. Participants this year include Terry Gilliam, Reha Erdem, Tilda Swinton, Riccardo Tisci, Dan Colen, Venice Film Festival director Marco Mueller, Nurgul Yesilcay, Courtney Love, Sophie Calle, Murathan Mungan, Ryan McGinley, Haider Ackermann, Michael Stipe, Serra Yilmaz, Jefferson Hack, Sam Taylor-Wood and Kirsten Dunst among many others. The artistic programme will aim to captivate and open minds.

The inaugural edition of ISTANCOOL created by Liberatum and held in partnership with Istanbul'74 was a significant and important cultural diplomacy summit in Istanbul. It took place in July 2010 to celebrate Istanbul's status as the 2010 European Capital of Culture. The inaugural festival featured Zaha Hadid, Nobel Laureate Sir VS Naipaul, Hanif Kureishi, Gore Vidal, Franca Sozzani, Elif Shafak, Terence Koh, Jefferson Hack, Stephen Frears, Taner Ceylan, Daphne Guinness, Lily Cole, Philip Treacy, Bernard-Henri Levy, Leyla Umar and Michael Nyman - to name but a few participants.

ISTANCOOL is a fascinating and unique cultural experience bringing together some of the world's most talented writers, designers, editors, actors, poets, filmmakers, dancers and musicians to the city of Istanbul. The festival is committed to creating a dynamic arts diplomacy programme in the world and forging greater cultural relations between Turkey and the international artistic community.

ISTANCOOL 2011 is supported by:
Istanbul EDITION - Official Hotel Sponsor; Pegasus Airlines - Official Airline Sponsor; Ministry of Tourism & Culture - Silver Sponsor; Municipality of Istanbul Support; Vakko Fashion Centre, Pera Museum, Tophane-i Amire - Venue Partners; Hallas, Selamlique, Ultra RPM - Festival Supporters; Bravoistanbul - Design Partner; Promat - Print Partner; NTV - TV Partner; Audi - Car Partner; Toles Event and Congress - Logistics Partner; - Digital Media Partner; 28 Black - Drinks Partner; Prime Class - CIP Service; Munferit, Karakoy Baikci - Catering Partners; Bocek Yarim - Film Partner.

Note to editors:

For further information on ISTANCOOL and the festival artistic programme and participants, please contact: Liberatum Istanbul'74

UK/International Press enquiries: Meena Khera +44 7834 538 190
Jacqui Soliman at +44 7885 450 569

US Press enquiries: Kate Schelter +1 323 868 1960

Turkish Press enquiries: Serap Engin +90 532 271 81 81
Zeynep Sungur +90 534 826 47 00

ISTANCOOL PROGRAMME - SEE BELOW. For further information, please contact us at