WHICH CITY OTHER THAN ISTANBUL COULD BETTER TELL THAT PEACE CAN BE MAINTAINED THROUGH CULTURAL SHARING AND OPENNESS?

Making art accessible and opening the art and culture activities, which have been carried out in closed circles on different corners of the city, to the attention of the residents and international platforms are today two of the most important purposes of Istanbul 2010. In our day, art activities are clustered in certain districts. The locals of the city, who are residing outside these districts, cannot properly benefit from the art and culture life mainly because of transportation problems. Ordinary Istanbulite, who cannot make it to these districts, is left outside and alienated from art activities. For this reason, appropriate investments should be made to enable the realization of art activities in every region of the city. Moreover, the mentioned alienation imposes a negative influence on the art production potential of Istanbul; the creative energy of the urban residents cannot meet with the culture industry. There are a limited number of artists, who are provided with the necessary environment for producing artworks. Plus, the versatility of the works remains poor… Conversely, art and artists should be available everywhere in the city, including public spheres, hospitals, schools, libraries, street walls and community centers. They should be accessible around every corner. Istanbul should be able to tear down the walls of art centralized behind doors in a number of places. The city must trigger a vision to make art flow through its main arteries. By evaluating the participative dynamics, which explore and open new horizons, Istanbul 2010 intends to channel the city’s transformation towards the need to live in a cultivated environment. As a capital of empires, Istanbul is one of the unique cities of the world in terms of cultural wealth. This cultural richness is owed to the city’s location, forming a bridge between Asia and Europe. As it is situated at the crossroad of land and sea transportation lines connecting the two continents, Istanbul has always magnetized the attention of artists, culturists, refugees, the unemployed, the industrialists etc. Today, with its globalizing economy Istanbul continues to attract manpower and minor investors from neighboring countries. It is the number one destination of new migration movements, especially for those rapidly leaving the agricultural sector. Hence, the city is briskly turning into a megacity. In today’s atmosphere of tension, deepened by the dissociations and polarizations created by this megacity concept, one should remember and highlight the knowledge and tradition of uniting different cultures under the same roof, inherited from the Ottoman era. Especially today, referring to the role Istanbul is playing as an attraction center on the position Turkey has gained in integrating with Europe, the city will set a model for Europe and for the entire world, through its new intercultural communication that benefits from the basics of this cultural dialogue legacy and the revival of mutual enrichment and co-existence practices. Being a capital embodying many cultural diversities and knowing how to take advantage of these in the past, Istanbul today as the European Capital of Culture, will be a city relating its cultural heritage to different cultures it still continues to attract by bringing them together via creative channels, thereby developing infrastructures that will effectively utilize new energies emerging from this encounter. Today, Istanbul is given an opportunity to take on its function as a bridge between the East and the West, a repeatedly highlighted quality which was once lost in words. In order to enrich intercultural mobility and communication and to render the encounters into creative energies, Istanbul is projected to take steps for getting closer to its east and west and for turning into an attraction center for the art and culture circles of different worlds. As a consequence, Istanbul will put itself in a position to show Europe and other cultures seen outside the borders of

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