IKSV will continue its activities during the second half of the year.
The 32nd Istanbul Film Festival was held between 30 March and 14 April under the sponsorship of AKBANK. 140 thousand cinephiles followed the festival, which presented 226 films by 274 directors from 66 countries at 529 sessions grouped under 23 sections in 6 movie theatres, throughout two weeks. During the festival, in which 88% of all film sessions were filled, 4 master classes, 3 Q&As, one of them with the collaboration of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, film screenings with the participation of directors, actors, or producers, 2 workshops and 9 panel discussions within Meetings on the Bridge were also organised. Istanbulites got their fill of cinema for sixteen days with visits of Costa-Gavras, Peter Weir, Mike Figgis, Carlos Reygadas, and Bille August.
Stars including Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Shlomo Mintz, Mario João Pires, Khatia Buniatishvili, Magdelena Kožená, Kim Kashkashian, and Sol Gabetta participated in the 41st Istanbul Music Festival under the sponsorship of Borusan Holding between 4-29 June. The festival hosted more than 500 artists in Istanbul and approximately 20 thousand viewers followed the festival with 22 concerts as well as Pre-concert Talks and Open Conservatoire events.
25 thousand people followed the 20th Istanbul Jazz Festival organised under the sponsorship of Garanti Bank. The festival took place in different places this year including Feriye Restaurant, Imperial Garden of Yıldız Palace, Consulate General of Austria - Austrian Cultural Office Garden, Embassy of Germany Tarabya Summer Residence, Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Salon İKSV, Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, and Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Stage and featured 21 events. The Lifetime Achievement Awards of this year’s festival was presented to the musician and conductor Durul Gence and musician Hasan Kocamaz. The Istanbul Jazz Festival hosted two prominent names of R&B and “soul”, Alicia Keys and John Legend in its 20th year. American singer, songwriter, and composer with 14 Grammy Awards Alicia Keys performed on Tuesday, 2 July at ParkOrman. 7 thousand people attended to the concert under the sponsorship of Garanti Bank. Awarded with 9 Grammys, John Legend performed at the closing concert of the 20th Istanbul Jazz Festival. The concert was organised on under the sponsorship of Matraş, on Monday, 29 July at Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Stage and 4 thousand musiclovers attended to the concert. The festival also included symphonic projects. E.S.T. Symphony, which is composed of symphonic arrangements of compositions by late jazz musician Esbjörn Svensson, was presented to the music lovers under the sponsorship of Amplio Real Estate Investments on Wednesday, 10 July. The festival hosted another symphonic concert on Tuesday, 16 July. Deutsche Philharmonie Merck led by Wolfgang Heinzel performed at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall with its “Teatime at the Savoy” project together with Opera Swing Quartet and prominent Turkish pianist and composer Kerem Görsev, and his trio under the sponsorship of Merck.
Organised by UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the second annual International Jazz Day was celebrated in Istanbul on 30 April in collaboration with the Republic of Turkey and Istanbul Jazz Festival as the host city partner. For the celebrations of the International Jazz Day concerts, conferences, panel discussions, masterclasses, jazz workshops, film screenings, and exhibitions took place in the whole city on Tuesday, 30 April in Istanbul. The events within the International Jazz Day with the participation of Irina Bokava, Director-General of UNESCO and Herbie Hancock, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO concluded with the International Jazz Day Concert, which was realised on Tuesday, 30 April at the Hagia Eirene Museum with the contributions of the main sponsors Akbank and Garanti Bank, as well as Jaeger-LeCoultre and Microsoft. 3.500 jazzlovers followed the events and the concerts that took place during the day around the city, as well as the International Jazz Day Concert, which was also streamed live on the internet.
Dr. Nejat Eczacıbaşı, founder of the Eczacıbaşı Group and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, was commemorated at the 20th year of his passing with two concerts by New York Philharmonic. More than 5,000 people attended the concerts of New York Philharmonic, lead by conductor Alan Gilbert on 3-4 May.
Preparations for the 13th Istanbul Biennial began
In 2013, Salon İKSV hosted theatre and literature events as well as successful musicians on its stage and gathered different disciplines of art under its roof. Within the first five months of 2013, Salon İKSV hosted nearly 100 events. In addition to musicians and bands such as Calexico, The Radio Dept, Mono, Swans, Daughter, Valgeir Sigurdsson, Tiger Lillies, We Have Band; the Salon İKSV stage was also opened for a brand new theatre project. Sponsored by Efes and with the collaboration of the Istanbul Theatre Festival, “Oyun Salonu” met with theatre lovers at Salon İKSV with three plays, one readout act and one workshop. Honoured by 16 thousand visitors between January and May, Salon İKSV will open its doors for the new season at the end of September.
The title of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, which will be held from 14 September to 20 October 2013 under the sponsorship of Koç Holding, determined as “Mom, am I barbarian?” with a reference from poet Lale Müldür’s book with the same title, by curator Fulya Erdemci. The 13th Istanbul Biennial launched in February with public programme. Three programmes under the titles of Public Capital, Public Address, and Making the City Public were visited by more than 1000 artists and artlovers. The exhibition will include works that question forms of contemporary democracy; challenge current spatio-economic politics; problematise notions of civilization and barbarity, and explore the role of art in this context through innovative and unorthodox languages. Focusing the theme of public space as a political forum, this year the 13th Istanbul Biennial will be free of charge. Nearly 5,000 foreign guests including press members, critics, curators, museum and gallery administrators are expected for the Istanbul Biennial, which will once again transform Istanbul to an art platform followed by the artistic circles all around the world.
Another event by İKSV, which is impatiently followed, is Filmekimi, the autumn film week, will be held between 28 September- 6 October this year for the 12th time. Many awarded films of the year, including Blue is the Warmest Colour / La vie d'Adèle by Abdellatif Kechiche, that won the Palme d’Or, will be screened for the first time in Turkey within the Filmekimi. Filmekimi will go beyond Istanbul and will meet with the audiences in 6 other different cities of Turkey.