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Istanbul International Festival of Culture
27-29 May 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

The global cultural diplomacy brand Liberatum and Turkish creative agency Istanbul’74 in association with AnOther Magazine 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 Liberatum and artistic director, Pablo Ganguli are 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, Dan Colen, Venice Film Festival director Marco Mueller, Nurgul Yesilcay, Courtney Love, Sophie Calle, Murathan Mungan, Ryan McGinley, Haider Ackermann, Michael Stipe, Serra Yilmaz, Sam Taylor-Wood and Kirsten Dunst among many others.

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.


Thursday 26 May 2011

7:30pm Being With You – Skype Paintings by Sandro Kopp

9pm Istancool Welcome Dinner at Karakoy Balikcsi Restaurant 

Friday 27 May 2011

Vakko Fashion Centre

12pm Festival Luncheon  

12:30pm Festival Opening and Welcome

1pm Conversations with the Maestro Terry Gilliam discusses his filmmaking  adventures with Alphan Eseli

2pm Cinema in the Age of Marketing Marco Mueller, Kirsten Dunst and Nurgul Yesilcay What does Contemporary Cinema Tell Us About The World Today

3pm Fables of Turkey Murat Daltaban and Hakan Gunday The Impact of Turkish Literature on Theatre

3pm Haider Ackermann Workshop

4pm Q&A – Tilda Swinton with Serra Yilmaz

5pm Io Sono L’Amore – Film Screening

Pera Museum

4pm Talented Mr. Ripley – Film Screening

7pm The Adventures of Baron Munchausen – Film Screening

8pm Special Dinner in honour of Terry Gilliam at Ulus 29

Saturday 28 May 2011

Pera Museum

1pm The New Audi A6 presents Istancool programme event  ‘Collapse into Now’ film project Michael Stipe, Sophie Calle, Sam Taylor-Wood. Chaired by Jefferson Hack A series of short films made by artists including Sam Taylor-Wood and Sophie Calle to accompany each of the songs on R.E.M’s most recent album

2pm  Culture of The Young Dan Colen and Ryan McGinley Street Art and Its Effect on Counter Culture

2pm-4pm Festival Luncheon at Pera Palace    

3pm The English Director Sam Taylor-Wood presents ‘The English Patient’. Directed by Anthony Minghella  

8pm Pablo Ganguli, Demet Muftuoglu  and Jefferson Hack  host festival Gala Dinner at Istanbul University

11:30pm Festival Party at Karaköy Liman 

Courtney Love Performance 

Sunday 29 May 2011

Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Centre

1pm Sophie’s World A Talk with Sophie Calle

2pm Love and Revolt Reha Erdem with Firat Yucel The Cinema of Reha Erdem

3pm Artists Vs Brands Courtney Love The Artist as A Brand

4pm Voices of Hope Amnesty International – Readings 5pm Murathan Mungan interviewed by Mumammer Brav

Pera Museum

2pm Q&A – Terry Gilliam 

2pm Thomas Dozol Workshop

2.30pm The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus – Film Screening

5pm 12 Monkeys – Film Screening

6:30pm Cocktails on the Bosphorous – Halas 71 Boat trip hosted by Caroline Koc 

8:30pm Closing Dinner 

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