Programming Istancool 2011

Liberatum is developing the Istancool 2011 festival artistic and events programme.


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Istanbul International Festival of Culture

27-29 May 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

The global British 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 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
Jacqui Soliman at 

US Press enquiries: Kate Schelter  

Turkish Press enquiries: Serap Engin 
Zeynep Sungur 

About Liberatum

Over the last ten years, the international cultural brand Liberatum has presented a new kind of innovative cultural diplomacy festival on the world stage. Countries as diverse as Russia, India, Morocco, Papua New Guinea and Turkey have hosted remarkable Liberatum projects – from education to human rights, science to fashion, and literature to cinema. Special Liberatum events have taken place in major European cities such as Paris and London featuring leading cultural figures of our times. Liberatum programmes consist of opera, theatre, modern ballet, art exhibitions, music and dance performances, fashion events, architecture, film screenings, debates, discussions, talks and Q&As.  The festival events are open to the public completely free of charge and our mission is to connect the finest international cultural minds with their counterparts in the country where we host the festival. The audience enjoys access and dialogue with participants and collaborators. But what sets Liberatum apart is the way it weaves all these artforms together in unconventional forms to produce memorable results.

About Istanbul’74

Istanbul 74’s vision is to bring global events to Istanbul from the cultural, art, film and fashion world. Istanbul 74 aims to and is passionate about showcasing Turkish talent to the world. They have been successful in achieving this by collaborating with the UK brand Liberatum as their Official Turkish Partner for Istancool Festival 2010 and the upcoming Istancool Festival 2011. Istanbul’74 most recently collaborated with Liberatum to present a stupendous hats retrospective of Stephen Jones in Istanbul in association with MoMu Antwerp.

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