What Happened In The First 6 Months?
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More than 80 culture & art events took place during the first six months within the scope of 600th Anniversary of Polish-Turkish Relations
The first part of the events within the scope of the culture program organized throughout the year 2014 for “600th Anniversary of Polish-Turkish Relations” has been completed. More than 80 concerts, theaters, dance performances, exhibitions, interviews, panels and film displays related to the Polish culture and art have met with the art lovers from January to July 2014. Organized in coordination with Culture.pl, a digital platform of Adam Mickiewicz Institute established for introducing the Polish culture to the entire world, the events will start again in September with the same pace.
More than 80 events were organized in various cities including Istanbul, Antalya, Bursa, Ankara, Izmir, Mardin and Bodrum during the first half of the year 2014 within the scope of “600th Anniversary of Polish-Turkish diplomatic relations”.
The events grouped under “visual arts”, “actual music”, “classical music” and “theater and dance” categories have met close to 400.000 spectators. Moreover, art-lovers also found the chance to learn about and enjoy Polish culture, daily life and latest news from culture & art areas via our main project portal, Turkiye.culture.pl.
Including Distant Neighbors, Close Memories at the Sabancı Museum, the exhibitions such as Neighbours - Contemporary Narratives From Turkey and Beyond at Istanbul Modern, Ruptures and Convergences, jointly organized by Kuad Gallery and Wrocław Art & Culture Center, and the exhibition POLES, held at The Empire Project, were among the salient events in visual arts.
Works from Ruptures and Convergences at Kuad Gallery
Within the scope of 600th Anniversary, the streets of Kadıköy became home to an alternative event. As part of the Street Art Common Experience project, Polish street artists M-City and Sepe & Chazme painted two wall murals at the Yeldeğirmeni area.
Music-Lovers Met Different Genres
Jazz, classical, traditional, folk and other alterative music concerts were performed within the scope of music events during the first part of the Turkey program in 2014. Marcin Masecki and Soniamiki concerts at the Pera Museum were among the highlights. The 21st Izmir European Jazz Festival, and more recently, the 21st Istanbul Jazz Festival were two important organizations hosting Polish musicians as part of the 600th Anniversary project. The festivals featured master artists and groups from the Polish jazz world including Tomasz Stanko, Janusz Prusinowski Trio, Maciej Obara International Quintet, Mitch and Mitch, Leszek Możdżer and Stryjo in this year’s program.
Sinfonia Varsovia & Krzysztof Penderecki enchanted Istanbul and Izmir
The 28th Izmir International music Festival and the 42nd Istanbul Music Festival hosted legendary names of Polish classical music this year. Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, celebrating their 30th year, and legendary conductor Krzysztof Penderecki, among the genius musicians of the 21st century, have met with the spectators in the fascinating atmosphere of the Ephesus Antique Theatre.
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Another project under the classical music category was the multi-disciplinary project, Soundscapes From Poland. The four-day music event covering talks, concerts and workshops was organized in cooperation with the Istanbul Technical University Dr. Erol Üçer Center for Advanced Music Studies (MIAM).
Polish Theatre on Turkish Stage
Polish theater has also been introduced to the Turkish spectators with various events during the first half of the year. The 19th Istanbul Theater Festival hosted the contemporary and innovative theater artists of Poland. While TR Warszawa performed the opening play No Matter How Hard We Tried... written by Dorota Masłowska, as well as Nosferatu, the Baltic Dance Theater performed a recent edition of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The world premiere of the play, Proust-Pamuk Memory, by the Opole Theater was also held during the Festival.
Polish and Turkish Film Met on the Bridge
The 33rd Istanbul International Film Festival between 5-20 April 2014, featured award-winning Polish films including Ida, Papusza, Field of Dogs and Wałęsa: Man Of Hope among this year's highlights. Major film events earlier in the year included the Kieslowski retrospective at Istanbul Modern, selected screenings from the Polish Film School at Pera Museum, Kędzierzawska and Zanussi retrospectives at Sabanci Museum, as well as Polish highlights at DOCUMENTARIST.
The 600th Anniversary events will close with the exhibition to be held at the Pera Museum, at the end of the year. Different categories of events, which will start again in September with the same exciting pace, will continue to meet art lovers from different cities and venues across Turkey.
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All events are organized as part of the cultural programme celebrating the 600th anniversary of Polish-Turkish diplomatic relations.
Edited by Elçin M. 18/08/2014